Sin brought death into the world, but how and why? Adam and Eve could eat of the Tree of Life, just not the Tree of Knowledge. God did not want us to experience death and Adam and Eve would have lived forever, but once they became aware of sin by eating of the Tree of Knowledge God did not want them to live in that sin forever and death entered in.
In the Book of Isaiah, there were those that thought they could hide from death. We see this same thing today where people believe in reincarnation. Isa28.15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Hell we have an agreement, when the overwhelming whip passes through it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter”… But no one can hide all will die: Heb9.27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…
The Bible speaks of the first and second death and it speaks of death being an enemy of God. How does this all fit into the plan of God? Let’s start with death as an enemy, here we see that death will be the last enemy to be defeated; 1Cor15.26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
Now let’s address the first and second death. The first death which is physical death will be no more, all will live for eternity. The second death which is spiritual death will also be no more, but there is a different future for the believer and the unbeliever. Believers will not be hurt by the second death: Rev2.11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’ Our physical bodies will be resurrected and our spiritual bodies will be with God.
Unbelievers, those that did not want to be with God by their earthly rebellion against His rules for life and salvation will experience the second death. So what is the second death: Rev20.14 Then Death and Hell were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, eternity in the lake of fire. The Bible in this verse clearly states that the second death is eternity in the Lake of Fire. The unbeliever’s spiritual body will experience death and their resurrected physical body will go into the Lake of Fire to be away from God for eternity.
Published on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 @ 7:30 AM CDT