No one knew about death in all God’s creation. But here, a deceiving encounter, and disobedience, opened the door for the

Entrance of Death


Gen. 2:17 - “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Adam was just created. He found himself alive in the middle of a garden, with beautiful vegetation and surrounded by animals of all kinds that appeared to be paying attention to him. The Creator was beside Adam, talking to him about the things and the rules of life between Creator and creatures. Fruits of all kinds, in ripe condition, were hanging from the surrounding trees. Pointing to them, the Creator said: “of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou surely die.” Gen. 2:16,17.

Shall die. What that means? Nobody had seen a dead leaf, a dead animal. Was something really awful? God gave Adam a mind with reasoning powers, capable of choosing one way or the other; freedom of choice. For guidance and protection, God gave Adam the commandments of life, God’s law. Adam could know what was right, what was wrong.

Lucifer who was cast out from heaven for his rebellion, took opportunity at the forbidden tree to deceive Eve. Adam had been advised of the problem with the Everebellious angel, and when Eve came to his side eating of the fruit that will make them as gods, Adam knew the reality of the situation... He could not see himself without Eve and with sad determination ate the fruit and broke God’s commandment too. Gen. 3:1-6.

That day our first parents died spiritually, the garment of light that God provided to cover their bodies, disappeared, and they saw themselves naked. They lost the close association with their Creator and Source of Life. They lost their home in Paradise. The dominion God had given Adam over the earth and nature passed to the hands of Satan, as he was the new master. Satan, a created being, does not have life to give. With that perfect and strong body, Adam went for 930 years, but without the Source of Life, time came when the vitality in his cells went completely out and he died. God had said: “Thou shall surely die.”

The Word of God does not teach the concept of half and half death, that a soul or spirit conscious of existence is going out of the body at death. That is what Satan told Eve: “Ye shall not surely die ... Ye shall be as gods.” Gen. 3:4,5. Even today, some people still believe that lie.

At Creation “the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Gen. 2:7. Every person living today is a living soul; can think, talk, and do things. When death comes, the body returns to the dust of the ground, the conscious person or the soul perishes, and the spirit of life goes to God. In many verses, the Bible refers to death as sleeping. Jesus said: “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.” John 11:11. Those who sleep are unconscious. “The dead know nothing.” Eccl. 9:5. “The dead praise not the Lord.” Ps. 115:17.

An awakening is expected from those sleeping. The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth.” John 5:28,29. That is in the morning of the resurrection, at the Second Coming of Christ. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thess.4:13-17

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” ! Cor. 15:20-22.

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