The Spirit World
The Scriptures are full of the "Supernatural." The only cure for
the "Materialism" of the present day is to discover what the Scriptures
reveal as to the "Spirit World." There is but a step from the "Natural"
World to the "Spirit" World. The dividing veil is our "fleshy" bodies.
The "Heavenlies" are peopled with Spirit Beings. They are of two classes, good and evil. They are classified as "Seraphim, " "Cherubim...... Angels" (Good and Bad), "Principalities, " "Powers, " "Age Rulers of Darkness, " "Wicked Spirits, " (Eph. 6:12)p "Thrones, " "Dominions, " (Col. 1:16) "Fallen Angels, " (2Pet. 2:4) "Spirits in Prison, " (1Pet. 3:18-20): "Demons, " "Seducing Spirits" 1 Tim. 4:1.
The "Seraphim" have three pair of wings. They are the attendants of the "Lord of Hosts" and call attention to His holiness. Isa. 6:1-3.
The "Cherubim" or "Living Creatures, " as described in Eze. 1:4-6; Eze. 10:1-3,
have only two pair of wings, but they have "four faces on their head,
the front face that of a "Man, the right side that of a "Lion, " the
left side that of an "Ox" (calf), and the back that of an "Eagle." They
also have the "hand of a man" under their wings on each of their four
sides. They are the Guardians of the Throne of God.
The "Four Beasts" or "Living Creatures" of Rev. 4:6-8.
differ from the "Living Creatures" of Ezekiel, in that each Beast
instead of having four faces has but one. The first Beast having the
face of a lion, the second that of a calf, the third that of a man, and
the fourth that of a flying eagle, and each "Beast" has "six wings" and
"eyes before and behind." The mention of a "Rainbow" by both Ezekiel
and John (Ez. 1:28, Rev. 4:3) identifies the two visions as relating to the Throne of God.
"Seraphim, " "Cherubim, " "Angels, " and all other "Heavenly Beings"
are created beings. They did not exist from all eternity. (Col. 1:16.)
The Angels are "innumerable in number." Heb. 12:22. They are "mighty in power" but not almighty. 2Thes. 1:7. They excel in strength. One angel destroyed 185, 000 of the Assyrian army in a
night. An angel rolled away the stone from the Tomb of Christ, and one
angel shall bind Satan and cast him into the "Bottomless Pit." They are
"Glorious" beings (Luke 9:26) ', and have "great knowledge, but are not Omniscient. They neither marry nor are given in marriage. Matt. 22:30.
That does not mean that they are "sexless" and have not the power of
procreation. All the angels in the Scriptures are spoken of as men, and
were so created in great numbers, and as they do not die (Luke 20:36), there is no need for "procreation, " but that they have such power seems indisputable from Gen. 6:1-3,
where we are told that the "Sons of God" (angels), had intercourse with
the "daughters of men, " and the result was a race of "Mighty Men." See
Chapter two on the cause of the Flood. From this we see that the
The Angels are "Ministering Spirits" to them who are "heirs of salvation, " (Heb. 1:13, Heb. 1:14), and "Executioners of God's Wrath" on the "wicked." 2Thes. 1:7-8. They will gather the "elect of Israel" from the four corners of the earth, (Matt. 24:31), and are commissioned to supply the physical needs of God's people. Matt. 4. 11; 1Kings 19:4-6.
Demons are not to be classed as angels. They appear to be "disembodied
spirits, " some think of the Pre-Adamite Earth, the inhabitants being
disembodied because of the sin that caused the Pre-Adamite Earth to
become chaotic. This is plausible, because they seek to re-embody
themselves in human beings. They are wicked, unclean, vicious, and have
power to derange both mind and body. Matt. 12:22; IS: 22; Luke 4:35; Luke 8:26-28; Luke 9:42. They are the "Familiar Spirits" of the Old Testament, and the "Seducing Spirits" of which Paul warned Timothy. 1Tim. 4:1. There are three prominent Personages spoken of in the Scriptures outside of the Triune God.
He is mentioned three times in Daniel (Dan. 10:13, Dan. 10:21; Dan. 12:1), where he is called a "Prince" who stands for Daniel's People-the Jews. He is called in Jude 9 the Archangel. In Rev. 12:7
he is seen in command of the Angelic "Army of Heaven." His work seems
to be to deliver God's people, particularly the Jews, from the power of
Satan, and finally to oust him and his angels from the Heavenlies, and
cast them down on to the earth. Rev. 12:7-9. He also has something to do with the resurrection of the dead, for he is associated with the "Resurrection mentioned in Dan. 12:1, Dan. 12:2,
and he contested with the Devil the resurrection of Moses, (Jude 9) and
the "voice" of the Archangel that will be heard when the "Dead in
Christ" shall rise, (1Thes. 4:16), will be the "voice" of Michael, for he is the only Archangel mentioned in the Scriptures.
is mentioned by name four times. In Daniel twice and in Luke twice. He
seems to be associated with the redemptive work of God. He appeared to
Daniel (Dan. 8:16; Dan. 9:21-23),
to inform him as to the "time" of Christ's "First Coming, " and when
the "time had come" he announced to Zacharias the birth of Christ's
"Forerunner" -John the Baptist, and later to Mary the birth of Jesus. Luke 1:19, Luke 1:26, Luke 1:27. His position in heaven is lofty, for he said of himself to Zacharias "I am Gabriel that Stand in the Presence of God."
speak of Satan last not because he is the least of the three, for in
many ways he is the greatest, but because of his evil character. He is
the source of all the anarchy and rebellion in the Universe. See the
Chart and Chapter on "Satan" for his history.
us now consider man's relation to the Spirit World. Man in his physical
and spirit makeup, was made for two worlds, the Physical and the Spirit
world. Writing to the Thessalonians Paul says,
"I pray God your whole 'Spirit' and 'Soul' and 'Body' be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1Thes. 5:23. Writing to the Hebrews he says
"The Word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of 'Soul' and 'Spirit, ' and of the 'Joints and Marrow' (body), and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Heb. 4:12.
From these references we see that man is a Trinity, and is composed of a "Body, " "Soul' " and "Spirit." Man was made in the "Image of God" and God is a Trinity.
The difference between plant and animal life is, that the plant has not
"conscious" life, while the animal has a "living (conscious) soul." The
difference between animal life and human life is, that while animals
have a "living soul" man has more, he has a "spirit."
man differs from a beast in having a "spirit, " yet he is as to his
"body" only an animal. That is, his body, as to its functions, is like
the body of an animal in its vital processes of respiration, digestion,
assimilation and general makeup; so when the Apostle speaks of the
"Natural" body he refers to the "animal" body of man. And when he
speaks of man's "Spiritual" body, he means a "body" not some "ethereal
substance, " but a body with form and shape, but controlled and
regulated by spiritual rather than natural laws. In other words both
our "Natural" and "Spirit bodies" are composed of "matter, " the only
difference being that the matter of our "Natural" bodies is adapted to
this "Physical" world, while the matter of our "Spirit" bodies is
adapted to the "Spirit" world. It makes the subject clearer to speak of
a "Spirit" body, rather than a "Spiritual" body, for the word
"Spiritual" refers more to the "religious" attribute of a body, than to
The "Threefold Nature
of Man" may be illustrated by the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was a tent
surrounded by a court, which court was enclosed by a curtain fence.
(See diagram of the Tabernacle.) The tent was divided into two parts,
one twice the length of the other, by a "veil" or curtain. The larger
part was entered from without by a curtained doorway, and contained the
"Table of Shewbread, " the "Altar of Incense, " and the "Seven Branched
Candlestick." This part was called the "Holy Place." The smaller part
was entered from the "Holy Place" through the "veil" or dividing
curtain, and contained the "Ark of the Covenant, " on the lid of which,
between the "Cherubims, " God took up His residence in the "Shekinah
Glory." This part was called the "Most Holy Place." There were no
windows in the Tabernacle, and the only entrance was through the
curtained doorway into the "Holy Place."
Tabernacle and its Courtyard is a type of the "Threefold Nature of
Man." The "Courtyard" represents his Body, the "Holy Place" his Soul,
and the "Most Holy Place" his Spirit, and as there could be no
communication between the "Courtyard" and the "Most Holy Place, " only
through the "Holy Place, " so there can be no communication between a
man's Body and Spirit only through his Soul.
the completion of the Tabernacle it remained empty of the "Presence of
God" until the "Spirit of God" descended and took up His abode in the
"Most Holy Place." So a man may be complete as to body, soul and
spirit, but his spiritual nature -Will remain unregenerate until the
Holy Spirit enters and takes possession of the "spirit" compartment of
his nature. This happens when the "New Birth" takes place.
a man dies his soul and spirit separate from the body, and the body is
laid in the grave, but the "spirit" is not "bodiless, " it has what
Paul calls its "Psychical" or "Soulish" body. This may be illustrated
by a peach. A peach is a trinity. It is composed of the "flesh of the
peach, " the "stone, " and the "kernel." Let the "flesh" correspond to
the "body" of man, the "stone" to the "soul, " and the "kernel" to the
"spirit." Remove the "flesh" of the peach from the stone, and the
"kernel" still has a "body, " the "stone." So when a man's "body" is
separated from his "soul" and "spirit" at death, the "spirit" is not
"bodiless, " it still has its "Soulish body." As this "Soulish body"
can hear, and speak, and think, and feel, it must have some "tangible"
form. It is not a "ghostlike" structure. There are doubtless
limitations in its use, or there would be no need for it to recover its
physical body at the Resurrection.
That there is such a thing as the "Soulish Body" is brought out in the story of the "Rich Man and Lazarus." Luke 16:19-21.
story is not a Parable, but a description by Christ of something that
really happened in the other world to his own personal knowledge. It
declares that both Lazarus and the "Rich Man" died and were buried.
That is, their bodies were left on the earth. What happened to them in
the "Underworld" then, is descriptive of what happened to them in their
"disembodied state." In that state they were conscious and the Rich Man recognized Lazarus, which he could not have done if Lazarus had not a body,
not his "physical" body, he left that on the earth, but his "Soulish"
body. This is proof that the "Soulish" body is not simply a body, but
that in its outward form and appearance it conforms to the earthly body of the owner, otherwise he would not be recognizable in the other world. Again the "Rich Man" could see, and feel, and thirst, and talk, and remember, proving that he possessed his senses and had not lost his personality. This proves that there is no break, as "Soul Sleep, " in the Continuity of Existence, or Consciousness, in passing from the "Earth- Life" to the "Spirit-Life." The one life merges into the other' just as the "infant-life" merges into the "boy-life, " and at the Resurrection the "Spirit-Life" will merge into the "Resurrection-Life, "
just as the "boy-life" merges into the "man-life." I am just as much
myself when I am stripped of my clothing, as when I had it on. So
death, though it strips me of my "material" body, only changes my
environment but does not destroy my Personality or BODILY FORM.
in the Scriptures always refers to the "body, " not to the soul, and
the expression, "Asleep in Jesus" refers to the Believer only.
The "Threefold Nature of Man" is clearly brought out in the Diagram.
"The Threefold Nature of Man."
outer circle stands for the "body" of man, the middle for the "soul"
and the inner for the spirit, or what Paul calls the "Carnal" (1Cor. 3:1-3) ; the "Natural" (1Cor. 2:14) ; and the "Spiritual" (1Cor. 3:1) ; parts of man.
the outer circle the "body" is shown as touching the Material world
through the five senses of "sight, " "smell, " "hearing, " "taste" and
"touch." The soul uses the "Five Senses" of the body as its agents in
the exploration of the phenomena of matter and historical research, and
for its self expression and communion with the outside world. The
"Gates" to the soul are "imagination, " "conscience, " "memory, "
"reason" and the "affections." The "Gate of Imagination" of the soul
corresponds to the "Gate of Sight" of the body, being the "eye" by
which the soul sees. The "Gate of Conscience" corresponds to the "Gate
of Smell, " by which the soul detects the presence of good and evil.
"Gate of Memory" corresponds to the "Gate of Hearing, " by which the
soul recalls what it heard. The "Gate of Reason" corresponds to the
"Gate of Taste, " permitting the soul to compare facts as the taste
compares foods. The "Gate of the Affections" corresponds to the "Gate
of Touch, " being the hand by which the soul feels the person of the
one it loves.
The Spirit receives
impressions of outward and material things through the soul and body.
The "Sense Faculties" of the spirit are the "Spiritual faculties" of
"Faith...... Hope, " "Reverence, " "Prayer, " and "Worship." In his
unfallen state the "spirit" of man was illuminated from Heaven, but
when the human race fell in Adam, sin closed the window of the spirit,
and pulled down the curtain, and the "chamber of the spirit" became a Death Chamber,
and remains so in every unregenerate heart, until the "Life" and
"Light" giving power of the Holy Spirit floods that chamber with the "Life" and "Light" giving power of the NEW LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS.
We see then why the "natural" man cannot understand spiritual things.
He cannot understand them until his spiritual nature has been renewed.
the spirit of the Natural man is not only darkened, his "Will" stands
as a "guard" at the door, and prevents the entrance of the Holy Spirit,
and it is not until the "Will" surrenders through the power of the
"Sword of the Spirit, " the ... Word of God, " that the Holy Spirit can
enter and take up his abode in the "spirit" of man.
battlefield of "Good" and "Evil" is in the "soul" of man. It is not
enough that the Holy Spirit should take up His residence in the
"spirit" of a man, He must have access to the "soul" and "body, " as
shown on the Diagram. Not until then can a man become "Sanctified" for
"Holiness" is conditioned on a "Spirit Filled" spirit, soul and body. A
healthy soul and spirit need a healthy body, and if the body is given
over to carnality and the lusts of the flesh, even to fasting that
weakens it, the soul and spirit suffer, and the whole man becomes
Let us now trace
the life of the soul and spirit after they have left the body. In the
story of the "Rich Man and Lazarus, " we have a description of the
"Underworld." We find that it is made up of two compartments,
"Paradise" and "Hell, " with an "Impassable Gulf" between. At the
bottom of the Gulf is the "Bottomless Pit" or "Abyss." This is a place
of temporary confinement for "Evil Spirits" (Demons). It has a
King-"Apollyon, " but is kept locked by God, who commissions an angel
to open it when He so desires. Rev. 9:1-3; Rev. 17:8; Rev. 20:1-3. Study in this connection the charts on "The Spirit World" and "The Resurrections and the judgments."
the resurrection of Christ the soul and spirit of the righteous dead
went to the "Paradise" compartment of the Underworld. There Christ met
the "Penitent Thief" after His death on the Cross. On the day of His
Resurrection Christ's soul and spirit returned from the Underworld, but
He did not return alone, He brought back with Him all the occupants of
the Paradise section and locked it up, and now He now has the "Keys of
Death and Hades." Rev. 1:18
R. V. Here "Death" stands for the "grave" and "Hades" for the
Underworld. Some of those who came back from the Underworld with Christ
got their "bodies, " and rose and ascended with Him as the
"First-Fruits" of the resurrection "from among the dead." Matt. 27:52, Matt. 27:53. The rest were taken up to the "Third Heaven, " where Paul was caught up, 2Cor. 12:1-3. Paul called it Paradise. There all the Righteous dead that have died since Christ's resurrection go, that they may be "With the LORD." Phil. 1:23. 2Cor. 5:8.
the souls of the Righteous dead shall remain until the time comes for
the resurrection of their bodies, then when Christ comes back to meet
His Church in the Air, He will bring back the souls of the Righteous
dead from the Paradise of the "Third Heaven, " for we are told that He
will bring them who "Sleep in Jesus" WITH Him (1Thes. 4:14),
and they shall continue on to the earth and get their "bodies" from the
grave, and then ascend again with the "Translated Saints" to meet
Christ IN THE AIR.
as we know the souls of the "Wicked Dead" are still in the "Hell
Compartment" of the Underworld, and will remain there until the Second
Resurrection, when they will return to the earth and get their bodies,
and then go to the "Great White Throne" judgment. After judgment they
will be sentenced to the "Second Death, " which means that they shall
die again, in the sense of losing their bodies again, and as
"disembodied spirits" be cast into the "Lake of Fire, " (Gehenna, the
"Final Hell"), to suffer in flames forever. As soul and spirit are
impervious to flames, this explains how the wicked, after being
disembodied again by the "Second Death, " can exist forever in literal
When the earth is "Renovated
by Fire, " Satan and all the "Evil Powers" of the Heavenlies will be
imprisoned, and the heavens will be "cleansed" of all evil and
rebellious spirits. In the New Heavens and Earth man will be restored
to the condition Adam was in before the Fall, and the "veil" between
the Natural and Spirit Worlds will be removed.
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