Simon Brown.

All articles and research about GOD, on my web sites and this blog are about the ONE TRUE Father GOD, who is the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who’s personal covenant name is Yahweh.

As are all my articles and research about Jesus, are under His covenant name of the begotten Son’s personal name of Yeshua.

It is not my purpose to force you to agree or believe with what's on my websites, but rather to share my research.
As the record goes. I'm Just a soul who's intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood. I am Simon Brown. Amen.

Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! Matthew 11:15.
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the
SON of God?
1 John 5:5.
NOT GOD OR A TRINITY, but as St john has said: but he that believeth that Jesus is the SON of God? 1 John 5:5.
And as Jesus has said: ETERNAL LIFE is believing His Father GOD is the only ONE TRUE GOD alone. John 17:3. Which is the FIRST commandment one MUST believe. Mark 12:29.


Dear friends, just to remind you, as I am a human being, I am capable of making mistakes. If you believe I am wrong, don't let it go, but please be kind and let me know. Thank you.

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21.



Monday, 29 February 2016

ARE Near-Death Experiences TRUE? or FALSE?

ARE Near-Death Experiences TRUE? or FALSE?



Near Death Experiences


ARE Near-Death Experiences TRUE? or FALSE?


Near Death Experiences TRUE? or FALSE? By Simon Brown.
Simon Brown looking at NDE's
Here we look at some Interesting Facts. We Look At Near-Death Experiences. And What did Enoch, Josephus and Jesus say in Luke 16.19 about life after death? 
This is a subject I have been fascinated with and have studied for many years. 

Throughout the generations there has been 1000'S of remarkable stories that also confirm with the stories told by Enoch Josephus and or HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME and the story of the rich man and the beggar Lazarus told by Jesus himself in Luke 16.19.
Just in case your not familiar with Enoch, Josephus and Luke 16.19 and you haven't read part one of this article, please may I enlighten you or click here to read the first part of this article

Who Was Enoch? Website for this image crystalinks.com
Enoch was a prophet of God and a preacher of righteousness and the seventh down from Adam. The famous Noah with his ark was Enoch's great grandson.
In the book of Enoch Chapter 9:10 - 11. States:
And now behold the souls of those who are dead, cry out. 11. And complain even to the gate of heaven.
Enoch confirms the men who were killed by the evil giants in the days of Noah were dead and yet there souls were crying and complained to God about the evil giants taking their lives.
The question is how can dead people complain if they are dead and have no soul that lives on?
Who Was Josephus?
Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian, born in Jerusalem in the year AD 37, and died around AD 101. He came from five generations of distinguished priests and his mother claimed descent from the Maccabeans. He was well educated and mixed with all the notable thinkers of his day, thereby honing his natural gifts of memory and good judgement. He acquainted himself with the leading Jewish politico-religious party of the time, consisting chiefly of Pharisees and Sadducees, and was to later record the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. His writings gave important insights into first century Judaism, and were eventually translated by William Whiston. He wrote books called Antiquities of the Jews, and I found many of his verses lent weight to my own views, some of which I offer here:



















Josephus


What Is The Story Of Luke 16.19?
 Click On The Video below To find Out. 
 The Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16:19. Commentary by Simon Brown.

In this video above HADES is portrayed here by Luke as an unbearably hot place set in a ‘great chasm’. The rich man looks up to see Abraham, and Lazarus and Abraham look down onto him.

Some people who believe that Heaven and Hades are non-physical entities, detached from our mortal world, have likened this story to a parable. The implication being that Jesus is describing what Hades might feel like rather than an accurate representation of an actual place. Hades or Sheol we understand is a place for departed souls rather than a place of burial for if this was not the case dialogue between Abraham and Lazarus could not have happened.

But this story is quite different from other parables told by Jesus, not least because here he uses real people. In this story we find reference made to Abraham, Moses, The Prophets, The Rich Man, His Father and his five brothers.

Annas the High priest, the ruling power behind the Sadducees responsible later for the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Annas is the father of 5 sons who met Jesus face to face and wanted Jesus dead, he had power and authority through his position. He and his gang denied the resurrection of the body in Mat 22:23, Luke 20:27, Acts 4:1-2, 23:8. and believed that a persons soul dies with his body. 

Could this be the same five brother in laws the rich man was trying to reach? It is certainly a coincidence.


In fact, we see in the gospel of Mark how the Sadducees challenged Jesus’ doctrine in the resurrection and life after death. Jesus puts them straight 
and makes it very clear to them saying that our souls do not die by saying:
“and as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ He is God, not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.” said Jesus. Mark 12:26.

We then see that Jesus raises the same Lazarus from Hades in John 11 and wonderfully proves them wrong in proving the soul does not die.

This is worth noting as in no other parable does Jesus give a character's personal name but instead refers to the character saying ‘a certain man’ or ‘a sower’ etc. Click HERE TO READ ABOUT A commentary. AS we continue on from Part 1 in exploring the story of Lazarus


I mention this story told by Jesus himself in this article because it tells a story of the afterlife that we have a soul that departs from our bodies and lives on after death. Agreeing with the remarkable stories told by so many NDE patients.
These experiences of NDEs have been reported by just as many children as adults and stories of them go back as far as Paul who wrote half of the New Testament. 

NDEs were widely reported even before they became known to a mass audience through Raymond Moody,s 1975 book Life after Life.

NDEs are now so popular and common that the philosophers, priests, psychologists and cultists are now all concerned and now realise when the heart stops and the brain is dead we are still alive and conscious. And with the high tech hospitals more people who would normally die are brought back to life with the biggest shock ever the electric shock.
Around 15 % of cardiac-arrest victims are revived with many story's from being in HELL fire burning in pain to many feeling better then ever, incredibly well bathed in a bright light, a feeling of great joy and happiness. Some who have met relatives there children, and, even Jesus there to welcome them in.
What could be better? It's all like a wonderful dream. Is it a dream you may ask? They then realise it Is not a dream as they feel their souls being sucked back into their cold bodies with great disappointment, and what is very interesting here, is nearly all who experience a NDE are transformed into a new person, they become more compassionate, loving, caring and many quite religious, they then realise there is more to life and a reason for life.

Pam Reynolds states in her interview with the BBC that death, annihilation is a big lie.
 She must know about the truth of life after death more than most people. WHY? Because Pam was clinically dead for 1 hour.

The atheist doctor who has just resuscitated the patient after telling their story becomes more alarmed and shaken than the patient themselves.

I read in one article that, the doctors who believed that YOUR SOUL JUST DIED are now having to say NO IT DIDN'T.

Many Doctors nurses and surgeons are continuously reminded that they could be wrong about life after death.
That there could be a God and this God is trying to reach them. Well let me tell you there really is a God
a heaven and a hell just as Enoch, Josephus and Jesus stated. 

Yes they warned us that we have a soul that lives on either in heaven or in Hades which people understand as HELL. 
If you believe that the crazy theory that teaches NDEs are just hallucinations caused by starvation of oxygen to the brain cells then you may need more oxygen yourself which may help you to understand your thinking is wrong. Here's why.

Doctors completely puzzled
How is it that doctors are now completely puzzled after hearing their patient tell them that as soon as their heart stops and the patient hears their doctor say they have flat lined, meaning the patient is clinically dead yet the dead patient tells them that they were watching the whole thing from the ceiling after floating out of there body. 

How is it doctors have been told by the patient precisely what tools were used on them which have never been seen before by the patient.

How is it doctors and nurses have been told about the precise conversation made by the doctors and nurses in the theatre by the patient who heard the whole conversation when they were clinically dead. 

How is it that blind people who have experienced an NDE who have never had sight before yet tell the doctor precisely what the operating tools looked like and even described what the nurses and the doctors looked like incredibly precisely and accurately when the blind NDE patient was completely blind and has been all of the life.

Maria and Tennis Shoe.
How is it a patient who had a NDE called Maria told the doctors and nurses that she floated out of her body and hovered around the hospital and saw a tennis shoe on a window ledge that had never been seen and could not be seen elsewhere.

Pam Reynolds
And just recently a new story that blew a hole in the hallucinations theory which became famous because of Pam Reynolds an American singer who watched the surgeons remove her skull with great detail and then moving in to a bright glowing realm. The doctors literally killed her by draining her blood from her head to be able to remove an aneurysm from her brain. After being clinically dead for 1 hour and then pumping her blood back into her head to bring her back to life. Pam told the surgeons about the surgical tools used on her and words spoken in the theatre about her to be remarkably accurate. The surgeons were left scratching their heads. 

I have copied and added this small article from YouTube about Pam's NDE with the video to watch also.


Pam Reynolds Lowery from Atlanta, Georgia was an American singer-songwriter. In 1991, at the age of 35, she had a near-death experience (NDE) during a brain operation. Her NDE is one of the most notable and best documented in NDE research.

During "standstill" operation, Pam's brain was found "dead" by all three clinical tests - her electroencephalogram was silent, her brain-stem response was absent, and no blood flowed through her brain which left her clinically dead. Interestingly, while in this state, she encountered the "deepest" NDE of all.

She made several observations about the procedure which later were confirmed by medical personnel as surprisingly accurate.
Pamela Reynolds Lowery died of heart failure at the age of 53 (1956 -- May 22, 2010)

This famous near-death experience is considered by many to be proof of the reality of the survival of consciousness after death, and of a life after death.

Her out-of-body recollection is “the single best instance we now have in the literature on near-death experiences to confound the sceptics," according to Kenneth Ring, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Connecticut and a chronicler of these episodes.


 

Pam Reynolds became a born again Christian.

In fact there are 1000's of reports of vivid common and life transforming NDE's with survivors from many countries all over the planet.

The evidence of us human beings being immortal having a soul/spirit which departs from the body after death is proving to be clear cut and rock solid. 

In fact Dr Sam Parnia of Southampton university is designated to finding one thousand five hundred survivors of cardiac arrest who were clinically announced dead to tell their story's . If NDEs are hallucinations then why is Dr Parnia using a technique called hidden target, in certain hospitals? He is placing pictures on high shelves which are invisible both to patients and staff. They are placed in a position where only a floating soul Departing from a body moving towards the ceiling could see them. 


It is always important to read and research what the experts say who have no personal agenda and do not believe in God, like 
Sam Parnia who is an Assistant professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his medical degree from the Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospitals (UMDS) of the University of London in 1995 and his PhD in cell biology from the University of Southampton in the UK in 2006. He is director of resuscitation research at the State University of New York in Stony Brook and an honorary fellow at Southampton University Hospital, Wikipedia.

Sam Parnia has proved the hallucinations theory is incorrect. And the Near Death Experiences, are puzzling and real.

However although Dr Sam Parnia is unlocking the truth regarding the positive results and finding of NDEs 

No Matter What Evidence We Have

Near Death Experiences TRUE? or FALSE? By Simon Brown.For many I am very sad to say it will not matter what evidence they or any one provides there will always be sceptics and scoffers. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,2 Peter 3:3 kjv. 

I have many friends and even my own mother and father in law are not in any way interested in things that may prove there is life after death. Which means they will not know the truth until they die. And then it will be to late.

                                                                             Photo of Simon Brown with 

Unless they are as fortunate as the patients of NDE's

We even have certain Christians now teaching on Christian TV that NDEs are nothing but crazy dreams , well I believe they are terribly wrong and Christians should no better for Paul who wrote Half of the New Testament had a near death experience which I will return to shortly.

All I ask is that you don’t wait too long to begin that dialogue. By the sounds of it, not everyone is as fortunate as the patients of NDE's

Emma Brown at grave yard. Near Death Experiences TRUE? or FALSE? By Simon Brown.Fortunately for us the Bible also suggest something else. That if we are still alive it is not too late to seek out God, to hear his words and repent for our sins. Where your soul ultimately ends up is still entirely up to you:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”- John 3:16

Emma Brown at Grave yard. 

My good friend Dr Richard Kent states below

NDE's :
As I stated above. half of the New Testament was written by Paul he was a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, when he persecuted and arranged the stoning of Christians. After an encounter with Jesus Christ he became a follower of Jesus, and one of the most famous teachers in the New Testament. 
Paul was stoned to death and had an experience of Heaven, all recorded in the Bible, before being raised back to life.

Paul visited Heaven.

Many Bible scholars also believe that Paul visited Heaven after his stoning. This is described in 2 Corinthians 12:1- 4: "Let me tell about the visions I've had, and revelations from the Lord. Fourteen years ago I was taken up to Heaven for a visit. Don't ask me whether my body was there or just my spirit, for I don't know; only God can answer that. But anyway, there I was in Paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others.

I work with a very good Christian friend, a retired medical doctor Dr Richard Kent who has interviewed around three hundred people who have experienced NDEs , click here to see what Dr Richard Kent states , for he is a expert on NDEs More Here

Are Near Death Experiences In The Bible?

Dr Richard Kent believes that the Bible clearly teaches about Near Death Experiences, and After Death Experiences, commonly called Resurrections. We believe that Paul clearly had a Near Death Experience, visited Heaven, and recorded his experience in the Bible. 

THE BIBLE, Near Death Experiences and The Truth.

Simon's Conclusion


So what have we learnt from this story. Let's have a look.

  • The prophet of God-Enoch believed and taught that we are immortal having a soul/spirit which departs from the body after death.

  • Flavius Josephus the great Jewish historian, believed and taught that on death our souls departed from our bodies and go to Hades/Hell or paradise/heaven.

  • The apostle Simon Peter a servant of Jesus also believed and taught we are immortal having a soul/spirit which departs from the body after death. 
    Here's why
    The book of 2 Peter 2:9 states- 1 (KJK) and to reserve the unjust. 2 (NASV) and to keep the unrighteous.How can you keep or reserve something if there is no soul that lives on to reserve or keep for the day of judgment?

  • Jesus himself also told us of a story of the afterlife in the rich man and the beggar Lazarus that we have a soul that departs from our bodies and lives on after death.

  • And as we have read above. We also have 1000's of remarkable stories of NDE's that also confirm with the stories told by Enoch, Josephus and The apostle Simon Peter and the story of the rich man and the beggar Lazarus told by Jesus himself in Luke 16.19.

  • All the people above have the same story.
    All the people above say the same thing
    All the people above confirm with one another. Remarkably. Accurately and Precisely.

This one verse makes it absolutely clear and simple Just as I believe Jesus would want it to be and understand. 

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
In fact there are so many statements from Jesus regarding life after death I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not a God of dead men, but of living.' Matthew 22:32 (Y.L.T)
Barnes' Notes on the Bible
Here below we see St Paul, plainly that the apostle gives no intimation of an intermediate state between being at home in the body and being present with the Lord. There is not the slightest intimation here that the soul sleeps, or rather, that there is no soul.

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 2 Corinthians 5:6 - 10
People's New Testament
5:6 Therefore we are always confident. Because of what is stated in 2 Co 5:5.

Knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. Paul knew, when danger threatened, that to be at home in the body was to be absent from the Lord's presence, and that if he was slain and thus left the body, he would go at once to the presence of the Lord.

I'm not convinced that all testimonies of people who thought or believed or say they have experienced a NDE are genuine. Although most seem sincere.

However I do believe there are many remarkable genuine cases and that the Lord God has given many people a vision of heaven and others of hell so that they might repent and turn to Him and be saved.

The Lord God is Love For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16) Which is why he is warning us because he desires not one person to perish but all be saved. (1 Tim. 2:4 to 7). (The Message)4-7 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we've learned: that there's one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. 

God made us and loves us all and desires that we love him with all our hearts. King James Bible
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37 As His saved-by-grace servants, when we become born again we don’t want anyone to go to Hell. But those who refuse to surrender there life's to God and refuse to repent will sadly be forced there because of their sins. Our creator is completely holy and just – God must punish sin, just as we punish criminals who commit crimes. But the punishment will be fair.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 6:23




A Personal Story Regarding My Mother.

Please may I also share with you this story of my mother who died at 52 years old of Leukaemia.

My mum had been ill with leukaemia for several years and at this point was in hospital. It was a few days before my mum passed away and she was very poorly, she was high on morphine and her eyes were closed most of the time and she could only just about understand our conversations.
Photo of my mother Julie and my youngest 
sister Teresa.



Knowing my mum was in her last few days or hours and me being a believer I had to do all I could to save her soul. I asked my mum if she would mind if I got a vicar to come and pray with her as I was so desperate for her to be saved. I knew mum believed in God but I believe she never knew Jesus as she had a troubled life. Her parents were Muslims and she had not been taught the the difference between all religions she just always believed that there was a God and that was enough.

I don't even know if any one had ever told her about Jesus, so I knew I had to, this would be my only chance to show her what I believed was the truth, and to repent and believe on her death bed. I was so overjoyed mum said yes so I left and returned a little while later with the first vicar I came across after nearly knocking his door down in panic as I knew time was very short. 

Near Death Experiences TRUE? or FALSE? By Simon Brown.The vicar asked mum if she would like him to pray for her and mum said yes. So the vicar asked her to follow the sinners prayer and then they did holy communion and as mum was drinking the wine the vicar said do not worry about drinking it all and my mum said no I want to drink it all I am feeling better. It was like she just received a new burst of energy, me and my two sisters were so shocked. I believe the Holy Spirit came in to mum at that moment, of course that's what I hoped for anyway .

Two days later mum sadly died in hospital with her family around her. 

Several years had passed since mum died and my sister Jenny called me up and in the conversation she told me she had an amazing and very very clear dream. She said the dream was about my mum.Well to be honest I thought it was of no real importance. But as I tell you about the dream you will understand how wrong I was. 
Photo of me at my mothers grave.

But first let me tell you a bit about Jenny , she was not a Christian at this point and knew nothing regarding the Bible or near death experiences this is what makes it so amazing as she could have never of known anything she told me. In her dream mum came to her , she says mum was glowing as bright as the sun, she was radiating this amazing love , amazing peace. She spoke to Jenny and told her she was so happy there and did not know now why she was so upset about dying as it was so beautiful there. She said to Jenny that they are showing her around up there and to tell Simon all about it. Jenny said mum had a bunch of flowers in her hands and they seemed as if they were alive, and mum was glowing with this amazing happiness. Now what amazes me is how did Jenny know what the many people who said they experience a NDE was the same experience told by 1000's of remarkable stories all over the world?

Photo of my sisters Jenny 

Please let me remind you. NDE patients have felt better then ever, incredibly well bathed in a bright light, a feeling of great joy and happiness.

So my sisters dream is Remarkably. Accurately and Precisely the Same as NDE's. Is This A Coincidence?

As believers we do know that heaven is a beautiful place simply because Jesus told us a parable called,

The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price
Matthew 13:44-46 
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. 



You see Jesus made it clear in this parable. Those who put their trust in him will receive a treasure beyond compare and this is why the many NDE patients are transformed into a new person.

They have been given a taste of Heaven and some HELL. Literally. The Bible states OUR MINDS CANNOT COMPREHEND HOW WONDERFUL IT WILL BE FOR THOSE WHO TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST.

Many believers may say that my sister's dream is not biblical or possible. That's not what the Bible states 
“‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.

Acts 2:17.

What did Jesus say? 
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
Many years later I crawled out of bed one morning and always being brain dead first thing I was amazed with these words that popped in to my head saying, YOUR MOTHER IS IN HEAVEN. The words were so clear I was surprised.
More Testimonies of Heaven 
Enoch States
And the spirit of you who have died in righteousness shall live and rejoice, And their spirits shall not perish, nor their memorial from before the face of the Great One unto all the generations of the world: wherefore no longer fear their contumely.
THE GREEK TEXT OF THE 
7QENOCH FRAGMENTS:4.

1 Corinthians 2:9 States: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. King James Version (KJV)
The Second Epistle of Paul StatesThere I was in Paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words Corinthians 12:1- 4:

Well dear friend I ask you one question. WILL YOU BE THERE?
Watch this video below to make sure you will be there.
The fact is there are 1000's of reports of vivid common and life transforming NDE's with survivors from many countries all over the planet.

In fact Dr Sam Parnia of Southampton university is designated to finding one thousand five hundred survivors of cardiac arrest who were clinically announced dead to tell their stories . If NDEs are hallucinations then why is Dr Parnia using a technique called hidden target in certain hospitals? He is placing pictures on high shelves which are invisible both to patients and staff. They are placed in a position where only a floating soul departing from a body moving towards the ceiling could see them.

WHY is an atheist/agnostic Dr. Sam Parnia who is one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death going to the extreme to prove to himself he could well be wrong?

M.J. STEPHEY of the TIME Science wrote an article called: What Happens When We Die?

He asked Dr Sam Parnia:

'What was your first interview like with someone who had reported an out-of-body experience?'
He replied:

Eye-opening and very humbling because what you see is that first of all they are completely genuine people who are not looking for any kind of fame or attention. In many cases they haven't even told anybody else about it because they're afraid of what people will think of them. I have about 500 or so cases of people that I've interviewed since I first started out more than 10 years ago. It's the consistency of the experiences and the reality of what they were describing. I managed to speak to doctors and nurses who had been present who said these patients had told them exactly what had happened and they couldn't explain it. I actually documented a few of those in my book What Happens When We Die because I wanted people to get both angles -not just the patients' side but also the doctors' side - and see how it feels for the doctors to have a patient come back and tell them what was going on. There was a cardiologist that I spoke with who said he hasn't told anyone else about it because he has no explanation for how this patient could have been able to describe in detail what he had said and done.
He was so freaked out by it that he just decided not to think about it anymore. Read more:
  
Friends what we find here is, as you have read above, atheists cannot understand NDE's or out-of-body experiences and most are so freaked out by it, they just decide not to think about it anymore. They close their minds.
  

 Is there any explanations why so many close their minds and do not want to believe we do not die?? Why do atheists want to believe when we die that we are dead??
  
There are people in the world today who believe we do not die and these people understand why so many of these experiences of NDEs have been reported.
  
These people are Christians. They believe what Jesus taught when he said: 'And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell'. Matthew 10:28
  
In fact there are so many statements from Jesus regarding life after death.  I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not a God of dead men, but of living.'Matthew 22:32 (Y.L.T)
The verses above make it clear that we have a soul/spirit which departs from the body after death. People can harm hurt or damage or kill our bodies but no one in the world can harm or kill our souls except God.
  
But why is it that only Christians can understand NDE's?
  
It is because Jesus made it very clear that if we accept and believe in him we would understand ALL TRUTHS including his secrets in heaven.
  
The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
11 He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven" has been given to you" but not to them.12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them 13 this is why I speak to them in parables: Matthew 13:10 to 14.
  
How is it unbelievers do not understand Near-Death Experiences or Out of body Experiences??
Because again Jesus made it very clear. If we do not accept and believe in him we would not understand the truth.
" Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand 
14 In them is fulfilled" the prophecy of Isaiah:
"'You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.  15 For this people's heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.' 
Matthew 13:14-16.

This is why people like the cardiologist in the story above was so freaked out by his patient who had an Out of Body Experience.
  
He decided not to think about it anymore because he could not understand it.
What did Jesus say?
"'You will be ever hearing but never understanding;  you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
  
So now, we as Christians understand why there are so many atheist Doctors, Nurses, Cardiologists and Surgeons who are still burying their heads in the sand.

If people would only believe what Jesus said when he said: And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
  
How did Jesus know 2000 years later that the body is just a shell and when it dies our souls depart from our bodies and lives on?
There can be only one way Jesus knew- Jesus was who he claimed to be!!!
  
IS JESUS TRYING TO REACH US???
  http://www.realdiscoveries.org/videobox/watch/61/john-524-truly-truly-i-say-to-you.html   
  "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
 John 11:25, New International Version 1984
ALSO READ Are Near Death Experiences In The Bible?  
Dr Richard Kent believes that the Bible clearly teaches about Near Death Experiences, and After Death Experiences, commonly called Resurrections.
 He is a retired medical doctor.
 He is an expert on the subject of near death experiences
Are Near Death Experiences In The Bible? 
Dr Richard Kent who has interviewed around three hundred people who have experienced NDEs
Dr Richard Kent who has interviewed around three hundred people who have experienced NDEs 

Incredible Stories of Near-Death Experiences

Where do we go when we die? Are there really such place as Heaven and Hell? Within these pages are the testimonies of 25 individuals who have had near-death and after-death experiences. 

These 25 individuals have died as a result of a heart attack, a road accident, a suicide attempt, a Vietnamese bullet wound, on the operating table, of pneumonia, and many other lethal conditions. The individuals in this book recount their amazing stories of the afterlife, having crossed the Final Frontier of death. Some tell of their wonderful experiences in Heaven, and the love, joy, and peace they found there. Others recall terrifying images of Hell, which is very real, according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Heaven and Hell are described in great detail, as well as how to go to Heaven, and avoid Hell.
  Incredible Stories of Near-Death Experiences
Incredible Stories of Near-Death Experiences

Near Death Experiences And The Bible.
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Most people today believe that when you have died you are dead. However the many atheist, Doctors, Nurses, Cardiologist, surgeons all over the world who believed that YOUR SOUL JUST DIED are now having to say 
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Near-Death Experiences
Near Death Experiences. By Simon Brown, What I believe.

We believe NOT ALL, but there are many remarkable and genuine cases of Near-Death Experiences and that the Lord God has given many people a vision of heaven and others of hell so that they might repent and turn to Him and be saved.

We believe Jonah died and was the first ever recorded-near death experience.
I went down to the moorings of the mountains; 
the earth with its bars closed behind me forever; 
yet you have brought up my life from the pit, 
O LORD, my God.

Saint Paul also had his own experience.
Half of the New Testament was written by Paul he was a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, when he persecuted and arranged the stoning of Christians. After an encounter with Jesus Christ he became a follower of Jesus, and one of the most famous teachers in the New Testament.
Paul was stoned to death and had an experience of Heaven, all recorded in the Bible, before being raised back to life.
Many Bible scholars also believe that Paul visited Heaven after his stoning. This is described in 
2 Corinthians 12:1- 4:
"Let me tell about the visions I've had, and revelations from the Lord. Fourteen years ago I was taken up to Heaven for a visit. Don't ask me whether my body was there or just my spirit, for I don't know; only God can answer that. But anyway, there I was in Paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others.
How interesting St Paul states born again believers have a ''SPIRIT'' 

Near Death Experiences, prove and confirm with the Bible.
The Bible confirms not all but certain and many cases of Near Death Experiences to be genuine.
It is important to know that no person can and will live in God's heavenly Kingdom and be saved without accepting, believing, receiving, repenting and following Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour. Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 NIV.
I am Simon Brown, may God bless those who seek him. Amen.
What happens when we die? Is soul sleep biblical? Read more.  
Was Lazarus in Luke 16:19 a beggar?


Is Jonah From The Bible The First Ever Recorded Near Death Experience?
 
ALSO READ: Scientific Evidence For Near Death Experiences.
Free Christian Teaching By Dr Richard Kent. Dr Richard Kent is a retired medical doctor and full-time evangelist, He travels the world preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and is involved with mission work on Death Row in the Philippines. He is the author of The Final Frontier and Beyond The Final Frontier. He is also an expert on Near Death Experiences and has personally interviewed over 300 people who have died, gone to either heaven or hell, and returned to tell others about their amazing experiences. CLICK HERE
UPDATE 17/11/2014

Jesus made it absolutely clear below that humans have a soul that does not sleep or die.
King James Bible
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28.

King James Bible
And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
Pulpit Commentary
Verse 18. - And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, - literally, in the departing of her soul; not into annihilation, but into another (a disembodied) state of existence (vide Genesis 25:3) 

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
35:16-20 Rachel had passionately said, Give me children, or else I die; and now that she had children, she died! The death of the body is but the departure of the soul to the world of spirits.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, for she died,.... In childbirth; she had most passionately desired children, without which she could not live with ease and peace of mind, and now she dies by having one; see Genesis 30:1; and by this account of her death it appears, that death is the separation and disunion of soul and body; that at death the soul departs from the body; that the soul does not die with it, but goes elsewhere, and lives in a separate state, and never dies; it goes into another world, a world of spirits, even unto God that gave it, Ecclesiastes 12:7,
And even God/ Jesus Himself, who has said  but are not able to kill the soul: This is clear and plain as 1, 2, 3. If no one can kill the soul? except God, than it must survive death of the body.

THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF THE SOUL'S SLEEP.
Sec. IV. 
Proceeding from the sound premises, that the combination and unity of spirit and body is the peculiar nature of man as a created whole; that therefore the rending of this link puts the soul-spirit not less than the body into a state of death, but that the soul-spirit cannot die in the same way that the body does, which latter is dispersed into its elementary constituents; that in general, on account of its divinely-formed nature, it cannot perish, and by the might of the revealed will of God continues to exist independently (which Origen maintained in opposition to the GvrjToyfnrxiraiof Arabia),—in primitive times some have here and there chanced upon the thought, that the separated soul is in a state of sleep without consciousness, and without sensibility, until God wakens it up at the last day, together with the body. Even Tertullian (de anima, ch. lviii.) is aware of this opinion, and controverts it. Vigilantius, whom Jerome attacked, appeared inclined to it. The schismatic Armenians entertained it. Even Luther expressed it here and there, although only conjecturally and vaguely.1 The sup porters of the special doctrine of the soul's sleep in the time of the Reformation were the Anabaptists. Against these Calvin 'wrote in 1534 hisPsychopannychia 2 It is only the coarsest form of the doctrine which is here combated by Calvin, and is touched by his counter-argument. The -later advocates, especially among Socinians and Arminians,3 limited themselves to denying all external activity to the soul in its separate state. Subsequently, with the increasing insight into the corporeal mediation of the soul's activities, the adoption of an absolutely unconscious sleep of the soul recurred all the more frequently.4
There are certainly scriptural passages which may apparently be made available in favour of the sleep of the sou!, especially in a period which, without distinguishing as to the history of redemption between the Old and New Testament, argues from isolated scriptural texts, no matter out of what kind of books and connections. The many scriptural texts were appealed to in which dying is called a falling asleep, and death a sleep; for instance, 1 Cor. xv. 20, 1 Thess. iv. 13. Complaints and questions were depended upon, such as those of Ps. Ixxxviii. 10-12 (comp. Ps. vi. 5, xxx. 9, cxv. 17; the whole of the book of Job, nearly akin to Ps. Ixxxviii., Isa. xxxviii. 18, Ecclus. xvii. 27):
Wilt Thou show wonders to the dead,
Or do shadows stand up to praise Thee?
Shall Thy grace be declared in the grave,
Thy faithfulness in the under-world?
Shall Thy wondrous might be known in the darkness,
And Thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
but especially upon Eccles. ix. 4, "A living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know at least that they shall die: but the dead know nothing, and have no reward to hope for; for the memory of them is forgotten;" and ix. 10, "All that thy hand is able to do, do it with thy whole might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Scheol, whither thou art going;" with which John ix. 4, "A night cometh in which no man can work," appears to agree. Finally, also appeal was made to those who were wondrously recalled from death into this present life—to Lazarus, Jairus' daughter, the widow's son of Nain, and Tabitha. None of them that were thus aroused from the dead gave any information upon the condition of the spiritual world. For what other reason than because not only their bodies, but also their souls, had slept in unconsciousness? The folly of this mode of argument is manifested in such statements of Scripture as characterize the state of separate souls before the resurrection, certainly as a state that still waits for its decided completion. At the head of these scriptural assertions was placed Heb. xi. 39. .But perhaps the final ground of the assumption that the disembodied souls sleep, was the presumption that the soul without the body cannot be active; because, as the author of theQuiestiones ad Anliochum expresses it, soul and body are related as musician and lyre; or because, as it is formulated by Lactantius, there is wanting to the soul separated from its body the capacity of perception, no less than to an eye torn out of the body is wanting the faculty of vision.
The futility of all this reasoning may be easily shown. Scripture calls death a sleep, so far as the disappearance of the soul of a dying person out of the body resembles the retreat of the soul of a person falling asleep out of the corporeally evidenced external life; but it nowhere says that souls vanishing out of their bodies sleep. And although it compares the entire state of the deceased person to sleep, yet from this comparison is not to be deduced a continuance of the soul in a state without consciousness, and without sensation; since, although the,soul of the sleeper has retreated from the full activity of waking life, as carried on by the body, still it is not sunk into a state of passivity without consciousness and perception. Now there certainly, in places such as Eccles. ix. 10, appears to be attributed to the separate existences in Scheol such a numb, dull, self-contained passivity; but by the side of such passages there are others which show that the separate souls are neither without consciousness, nor without memory, of what passed in this world, nor without fellowship with one another, although, on account of their bodilessness and of their state of death, in a shadowy manner. Read the scene represented by Isa. xiv. 9 in Scheol, at the entrance of the king of Babel: "The kingdom of the dead is moved from beneath, to rise up and meet thee: it stirreth up the shadows for thee; even all the lewd ones of the earth; it raiseth up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All rise up and say, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?" In Ezek. xxxi. 16 all the trees of Eden and Lebanon (princes) were comforted in the under-world at the similar fate of the cedar (Pharaoh); and in the description, Pharaoh, on his entrance into Scheol (Ezek. xxxii. 17), is accosted by the mighty ones of the people, as in Isaiah is the king of Babylon. The objection that these are poetic fictions, does not set aside their demonstrative power. For the history of the citation of the spirit of Samuel (1 Sam. xxviii.5) proves in a similar way that the separated souls in Scheol were not conceived of as without consciousness and without perception: those prophetic pictures, therefore, proceed from prevailing ideas, as moreover is confirmed by the Hadesdoctrine of other peoples, especially the Egyptians, according to which the separate souls in Amentes do not sleep, but find themselves, according to their position and character in this world, unhappy or happy. The fact that in the Old Testament we read nothing of the Egyptian distinction of the under-world into hell and Paradise,6and on the other hand, that we find such absolutely mournful lamentations as in Ps. lxxxviii. 11-13, arises from this, that the sense of death as a wrathful punishment was deeper in Israel than elsewhere, and that, in default of a word of revelation, men did not dare to picture to themselves more endurable representations of Scheol.
That souls in a separate state, because they are bodiless, are incapable of perceiving what is external to themselves, and of giving external evidence of themselves, is, as is manifest from the representations of the events of the under-world above quoted, an assumption foreign to the Holy Scripture. Certainly the putting off of the body cuts through the intercourse of man with this present world, as it has been corporeally and especially sensibly effected; but instead of the present world, another surrounds him, and his life, far from being an unconscious and absolutely inactive one, is still, although with a predominating inward direction, a life manifoldly related externally to that world of the future.7. The Old Testament has shown to us the inhabitants of Hades in communion with one another; the parable of the rich man gives us the same representation; and the visions of the spirit-world in the Apocalypse present to our eyes anything rather than quietistic assemblies, or even silent sleeping chambers8. Certainly it cannot be physiologically proved at all, that the soul associated with the body into a combined life, can moreover, without the body, continue to lead a self-conscious active life; and moreover, it can only be approximately proved psychologically from the double life which the spirit-soul leads already in this present state. But biblical psychology, in the presence of the doctrine of the soul's sleep, may be content with this, that the Holy Scripture assumes as actual that which is not capable of proof by natural means.
That people raised from the dead—such as Lazarus—had nothing to relate of the other world (as it is taken for granted that it must be concluded from the silence of Scripture on the subject), is absolutely no proof of the sleep of the soul, as little (as we have shown in Div. I. Sec. I.) as our knowing nothing of a life that preceded our present life is a proof against the doctrine of our pre-existence. The spirit of Samuel (1 Sam. xxviii.) knows of the other world, and speaks forth from it, for he remains in his sphere. But when a sphere of life is exchanged for one wholly different, ase.g. also in the magnetic sleep, in that case the consciousness of the one is merged in that of the other, and does not return till it reverts into the condition that has been left.
But the chief mistake of those fruitless efforts of the Psychopannychia to establish itself, lies in the denial of the difference of the two Testaments in the development of the plan of salvation.9 There is a considerable difference between the condition of the souls of the departed prior and subsequent to the advent of Jesus Christ. If he who believeth on Christ shall live, though he die—if he shall not see death for ever—if he have eternal life now present, and be passed from death unto life,—in the light of these declarations of the Lord, it is every way objectionable to conceive of the spiritual existence of those whose spirit even here below was life (£&>»? Sia SiKaioavvrjv,Rom. viii. 10), as an existence still subjected to the supremacy of death, whether it be by the expression of this supremacy in them as suffering, or only as bondage. The souls of the righteous are only still awaiting the overcoming of death in their bodies (Rom. viii. 11), and the overcoming of death generally. They are veKpoi, so far as the totality of their essential state is not yet restored; but in respect of the souls, they are living in the land of the living: they are at home with the Lord, after whom they longed: they are in that Paradise where Paul heard unspeakable words: they are before God's throne, and serve Him day and night in His temple, as John sees in Apoc. vii. 15, when that which is to happen on this side of the judgment of the world and the glorification of the world is revealed to him;—for that these apocalyptic visions are anticipations of that which first awaits the blessed on the other side of the resurrection, or that those blessed are already risen from the dead,10 as if the first resurrection were to be considered as extending throughout the whole of secular history—these are idle and arbitrary subterfuges. No; they even now as blessed spirits behold God who is a Spirit, and the God-man who is the Lord of the Spirit, through which He has already in this life changed them by degrees into His image (2 Cor. iii. 18). At least the degree of blessing of vision (visio beatifica) is even now a manifest one, and many are partakers of it, although certainly, beyond that closing act of the world's history, the bliss even of the most favoured will experience a manifest enhancement.
In respect of those who have died in Christ, therefore, the thought of a sleep of the soul ought never to have arisen. The death of those who die in the Lord has only the mask, but not the nature of death.11 Considered in itself, it is the operation of divine wrath; but this operation of wrath, regarded with respect to them, the dying, is penetrated through and through by divine love. In the might of this love they break through, and are found in the place where they already were in this life in respect of their true nature; in the principle of love, of light, of life, of liberty.12 They are only dead Karet aupKcu, but alive Kara irvevfia; they sleep not, but they enjoy a sabbatical rest from their temporal trouble (Apoc. xiv. 13); they wait in peace, as already perfected, for the conclusive perfection even of their bodies, by their being made alive again and glorified. But it was not till the completion of the work of redemption that the destiny of the pious had this heavenly issue. The souls of the Old Testament dead, and indeed of those who died in faith in God the Redeemer, not less than of the godless, went to Hades. The souls of the former were, it is true, in the midst of Hades in God's hand, but still in a state of subjection to wrath and need of redemption. Perhaps the parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke xvi. 19), and the word of the Lord (Luke xxiii. 43), " To-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise," might be regarded as a confirmation of the faith that was at that time general among the Jewish people, —that Hades was divided into one place for the pious, and into another place for the godless—into Geenna(Gehinnom) and Paradise ((rem Eden), which, moreover, was called the bosom of Abraham (Dn-QK hvf lp'n),13 and is designated there in the parable as the consolation which indemnifies for the affliction of this present time. The expressions of the Old Testament Scripture itself give us no clear image, because for the most part they are coloured subjectively, and we might almost say mythologically. Nevertheless they all agree in this, that the state of Hades is a state of death still unabolished,—a life not void of consciousness and perception, but certainly dreamlike, and only darkly conscious in the shadows of the previous bodies; and that the special horror of the destiny of Hades consists in the being cut off from the revelation of God's love in the land of the living.
Notes:
1 He -writes to Nic. Amsdorf about the 18th Jan. 1522 (see De Wette's edition of the Letters of Luther, part ii. p. 122): "De animabus tuis non satis habeo quod tibi respondeam. Proclive raihi est concedere tecum in earn sententiam, justorum animas dormire ac usque ad judicii diem nescire ubi sunt. In quam sententiam me trahit verbum Scriptures dormiunt cum patribus suis. Et mortui resuscitati per Christum et apostolos idem testantur cum velut a somno evigilarunt, ignari ubi fuerint." In what follows, he concedes that there must be exceptions to this sleep of the soul as well in the sphere of the blessed (Elias, Moses, Abraham, and Lazarus) as of the lost (the spirits in prison, 1 Pet. iii. 19, who at least to the time of Christ's preaching did not sleep; and the people of Sodom, of whom Jude 7 says, in the present tense, " ignis seterni poenam sustinentes"). But his conclusion remains: " Verisimile autem, except is paucis omnes dormire insensibiles." The letter is of an earlier date, but the view here expressed occurs still even in the Enarrationes in Genesin. It is true he says here, on Gen. xv. (Erl. edit. pt. vi. p. 120), distinguishing the sleep of the future state from natural slumber: "Anima non sic dormit, sed vigilat et patitur visiones, loquelas Angelorum et Deibut on ch. xlix. (Erl. edit. pt. xi. pp. 801-306), he compares the intermediate state with the condition of the foetus in the womb, and seems to regard it as unconscious. "We pass on and come again to the last day before we perceive it; moreover, we know not how long we have been in that state." We do not wish to deny that this is the doctrine of the sleep of the soul, which, together with its scriptural reasons, we shall proceed to confute; but Luther does not teach thus: he expresses himself in this way in all modesty only hypothetically, being gladly willing to be taught by any one that is better informed, and at length declares that the manner and the place of that rest of the future state are things that are placed beyond our knowledge.
2 The completion of the Psychopannychia belongs to the year 1534. In the year 1536, Calvin added a second preface, moderating the polemical bitterness; and in the year 1545, the book appeared at the same time in two Strasburg editions, with somewhat differing titles. At the close, Calvin put the seal to his refutation, saying: "Istud rursum lectores omnes (si qui tamen erunt) memoria tenere volo, Catabaptistas (purposely, instead of Anabaptistas) quos ad omne genus flagitiorum designandum nominasse satis est, esse prseclari hujus dogmatis authores." Comp. for the rest on the history of the doctrine of the sleep of the soul, Sylloge Scriptorum de Spiritibus puris el animabus humanis, etc. (Ratisb. 1790), pp. 87-92 (a classified catalogue, whereas Grasse's Bibliotheca Psychologica, 1845, is alphabetical); and especially V. E. Loscher, Select Collection of the Best Writings on the State of the Soul after Death, 1735, excerpted and enriched in Herbert Becker's communications from Dr Valentine Ernst Loscher's auserlesener Sammlung, etc., two parts, Augsburg 1835-36.
3 But also among those who were theosophically disposed, as Ph. Matth. Hahn, and his associates, Goltz, Thomas Wizenmann, the friend of Fr. Heinr. Jacobi, vol. i. (1859) p. 88.
4 Even about the middle of the previous century this was the solution of the "Soul-sleepers (Hypnopsychites)," that as soon as the Organs of the body were destroyed, the soul must sink into its original assoupissement, its previous powerlessness. Thus, for example, Thom. Burnet (mort.1715), in his work de statu mortuorum et resurgentium (in French, by Bion, 1731): L'aine ne peut avoir aucune sensation ou perception du monde exterieur, de quelque phenomene que ce soit, ni d'aucun mouvement de la matiere, a moins qu'elle ne soit unie a quelque corps, ou a quelque portion de la matiere. Thus in Germany, Heyne, in Werder, the chief advocate for the soul's sleep. The best counter arguments are those of Simonetti and Timoth. Seidel. Many of the productions on both sides are anonymous, as A Treatise of the Sleep of Souls after Death (1754), and a letter to the anonymous author of the Treatise on the Sleep of Souls after Death (in the same year 1754). Both treatises proceed on the ground that every finite actual spirit must have a body; but says the latter, "It is true that after man's death the soul passes out of association with this body, but not generally out of association with matter." In the frankest way, Fries (Jahrbb. fur deulsche Theol. 1856) has lately expressed himself in Heyne's view. That the personal Ego of man, says he, should be without the body, is altogether not conceivable, and the soul can therefore only lead a dreamlife in the intermediate state. We cherish for this dear friend, who in the meantime has gone to his home, a better hope than this.

5 The evasion that this was a juggling or a diabolical deception (e.g. Turretin, Tertulliau, and Jerome), is a self-delusion. See, on the other hand, 1 Chron. x. 13, LXX., and Ecclus. xlvi. 20.
6 See Duncker, Geschichte des Aiterthums. i. 70-76 (ed. 2).

7 Thus also judges v. Hofmann, ii. 2, 482, where the idea is rejected, that the incorporeity of the soul implies that it only regards itself, and is deprived of the outward expression of its life.
8 Or even, to speak in human language, "a monastic world," as Martensen (JDogm. sec. 276) thinks.

9 Even the work of the able Capadose, directed against the sleep of the soul, suffers from this deficiency, Gedanken iiber den Zustand der Seelen in der Abgeschiedenheit zwischen Tod und Auferstehung (Dutch 1845; German by Darn man u, Dusselthal 1846). As Capadose interprets the Old Testament declarations of the future world in a New Testament way, so Maywahlen, in his book, Der Tod das Todtenreich und der Zustand der von hier abgeschiedenen Seelen (1854), transplants the Old Testament kingdom of the dead as such into the New Testament period, thinking that not until the parousia of Christ do those who believe on Him break through the bonds of Hades, and are taken up into heaven as those who are raised again. We cite these two works only by way of illustration. Both errors against the truth are old and widely diffused. Even Konig and Girder, although acknowledging a history as belonging to Hades, teach, that even the souls of the faithful come into Hades; and the latter even refers the word of the Lord to Hades, which says, " In my Father's house are many mansions." Nevertheless, in the art. "Hades," in Herzog's B.A., he declares it to be only probable that Hades is the middle place for the totality of the dead, especially pointing to Apoc. xx. 13 as an apparent counter evidence. But this passage (if there were no other important reasons to be found) would prove nothing against it, since by DxXxwx on the one hand, and iitxra; and xirii on the other, are only indicated per merismum collective spaces which conceal the dead (see v. Hofmann, Schriftb. iii. 725). An inside of the earth concealing the dead will not be proved from that. On the other hand, H. AY. Rinck, in his work on the condition after death, of the view that is declared in the Old Testament of Schedl as the place of assembly of all the dead, even of the faithful, denies the objective actuality, and maintains, concerning the assumption that the pious of the Old Testament were in Hades, that it is without any scriptural foundation; and yet nothing is more certain than that the Old Testament knows as yet nothing of blessed men who are in heaven. It was not until the ascension of Christ that heaven became open for men, and became the place of assembly for a human ecclesia triumphans.

10 Thus v. Rudloff, Die Lehre vom Menschen, p. 895. Rightly on the other hand, Karsten, Die Letzten Dinge (ed. iii. 1861). John sees especially at five several periods of the history of the end, the souls of the faithful standing before God; and from this fivefold image we can not only see what sort of a condition the intermediate state is, but also how far and in what direction we can speak of a process of development therein.
11 Thus it must be; and yet it would not be thus, if, as Strbbel thinks, even the soul of the believing Christian passed into Hades, and found itself there, not indeed in sleeping, but perchance in waking death, with more or less dull pain or longing to retrace its steps. Such a representation is appealed to even by Schleiermacher, when he, on the other hand, says of the representation of a sleep of the soul, "that our Christian selfconsciousness can put in no definite protest to the contrary" (Dogm. sec. 161, 2). But to him who rests on God's word, both representations are equally opposed to the Christian self-consciousness realized by him. It is true Strobel replies(Luth. Zeitschr. 1857, p. 772), "It is rhetoric—nothing further—troublesome philosophizing rhetoric — melting away before the divine word of the Holy Scripture like butter in the sun;" but we refer then, as now, to the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the Apocalypse, which afford us the deepest glimpse into the spiritual archetypal world, and to the condition of those who are separated there in faith; and we will rejoice, living and dying, that in front of the light that beams towards us from thence, those thoughts of Hades concerning the intermediate state must melt away like ice.

12 The kingdom of God is in us, says Ph. Nicolai, in Rocholl, Luth. Zeitschr. 1860, p. 216; the young infant comes from the body of its mother into the world, tanquam ah intra ad extra; but the regenerate soul of a dying Christian passes out of the world into the kingdom of God's glory, velut ah extra ad intra.
13 See thereupon v. Rudloff, Die Lehre vom Menschen, p. 310.