I came to Jesus in 1989 and was baptised in water and the Holy Spirit in the same year. I attended Pentecostal churches as well as Baptist fundamentalist type churches which all share the same fundamental beliefs about certain things differing on issues to do with the Baptism of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.

But all those churches agree wholeheartedly on the destination of the “saved” and the destination of the “unsaved.”

In my own zeal for the Lord I used to go into the city of Perth and preach Friday nights and some Saturday’s in the main shopping malls. I was driven to preach to the people so that their blood would not be on my hands. I thought I must tell them about Jesus so that they would choose Him and escape going to Hell when they die.

One particular period at that time I discovered Mary Kathryn Baxter’s story about being taken by Jesus at night in the spirit into Hell for 40 days in a row. I listened to her story on tape all week and then went into the city and preached with that burden in my heart. I was desperate and crazy! I was scary to behold as I preached into the faces of the oncoming shoppers going about their own business in the busy city mall.

Dennis Rhodes middle row, far right.

In those days I was a Government employee in the Fisheries Department of Western Australia. The picture above shows me before I became a believer in Jesus Christ.

After becoming a Christian whether at work or on days off I would preach and witness to anyone and everyone about the need to come to Jesus and be saved so that when you die you will go to Heaven instead of going to Hell.

I knew nothing at all about Heaven personally…but I wanted everyone to come there with me one day. But I thought I knew a lot about Hell! And I did.

As I mentioned above, Mary Kathryn Baxter’s revelation of Hell impacted me greatly. I preached with her burden for souls escaping the torment of Hell. But in the decades since reading and listening to her revelation I have been through much and have changed my views. In her book she says many things which confirm to me that her whole system of theology is skewed as indeed all of us do.

In her revelation she was left in Hell by Jesus so she would experience for real what it is like…at one point she says…

If only I were, or had been, more like Jesus, I would not be here, I thought.”

This clearly reveals her faulty understanding of the New Covenant. If only I were more like Jesus? Really? This thought is the thing I write about most on this site. It is a clear refusal to accept Jesus as our only righteousness, it is a refusal to believe that the Cross has done its work in the believer. To Mary, not being like Jesus sends a soul to a tormenting Hell forever. She must leave out many verses of Scripture to come to that conclusion.

I wondered if this was just a dream. Would I wake up? Was I really in hell? Had I committed some great sin against God and lost my salvation? What had happened? Did I sin against the Holy Ghost? I remembered all the Bible teaching I had ever heard.

Again in her time in Hell she reveals her thinking saying she remembered “all the Bible teaching she had ever heard”…..I emphasise this because this is exactly the point!! We ALL read the Bible with built in definitions ALREADY directing our thinking on everything we read. We already have strong views on what God is, what man is, what death is, what Hell is, what heaven is, what salvation is, what Jesus is, what God is, what Church is, what Life is, what works are, what the flesh is, what the Law does, what Satan is, etc etc etc….

During this time, I knew I was never alone-Jesus was always there.  But even with that knowledge, I sometimes could not feel His presence.  And I was so afraid of having to go back to Hell that I was fearful to even have Jesus near me sometimes.

This is exactly what is happening daily in the psyche of millions of “believers” worldwide as a result of the teaching of eternal punishment in a literal burning fire. Fear rules the hearts of Christians, NOT love. Because FEAR rules the heart, Love cannot ever be the fruit. Jesus is kept faraway because of fear that we cannot do what He commands us to do and so we will end up in Hell-fire

Then on heaven Mary says that God the Father told her….

“My angels go down and bring the children to Me when they die.  I have a place where they can grow, learn and be loved.  I give them whole bodies and restore whatever parts they are missing.  I give them glorified bodies.”

Can God be seen and touched and known? God is spirit, and is all present in every place all the time. To imagine Father in a certain place a place where children can come to Him as Mary intimates is to make an idol of God. Also Paul told us that NO ONE has yet received immortality except Jesus….and certainly no one has a glorified body yet except Jesus.

Her book like many others that seek to prove Hell is a real place with all the agonising torments is written by one who has pre-existing teachings and biases as their foundation on these subjects.

Fear is the overriding result of taking heed to such writings. I for one want nothing to do with her message, which is also the message of wider Christianity today. It is bondage! It is blasphemous and a cruel accusation against the Father.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not about where you go when you die!! The gospel –the Good News – is that God sent His son Jesus to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, so that through believing into Jesus we might know Father…HERE AND NOW.

Joh 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent

Being saved…is not dying and going to some place where God is….as if God is not here, but up there. Being saved is having the Mediator Jesus come live in your heart so you may begin to KNOW GOD in you.

Sure, when you die, you die in Jesus. And those without Jesus, what of them?

Those without Jesus, when they die, are still as they were–LOST. Well where do they go?

This is what I was speaking about before. Each of us have definitions and teachings we go by. This is what I believe about the question–“Where do the dead unbelievers go?”

I do not believe in a place called Hell. But I do believe that the spirit’s of unbelievers have departed their bodies at death leaving their soul in the grave asleep. Their spirit not being born again wanders the spirit realm around the earth and most likely through the earth. These are what people refer to as ghosts.

Jesus verified the existence and reality of ghosts when He appeared to the disciples after His resurrection.

Luk 24:37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. (pneuma)
Luk 24:38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?
Luk 24:39
Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit(pneuma) does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
Luk 24:40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
Luk 24:41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”
Luk 24:42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.
Luk 24:43 And He took it and ate in their presence.

Look carefully and consider what Jesus revealed here. The disciples thought they were seeing a ghost!

Jesus did not rebuke them for thinking ghosts are real.

He acknowledged ghosts by saying “…Handle Me and see, for a spirit(pneuma) does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” Jesus was standing there in a resurrected(immortal) body/soul. His spirit now joined again as one with body and soul- Completely human.

Ghosts or spirits that have departed the body at death do not have a physical form and cannot eat and drink.  Thus they float about going where they will trying to be satisfied but totally unable to be. This is the realm and existence of unbelievers.

No different really to what they were experiencing upon earth when they were still in their body.

http://condemnednomore.com/2017/03/28/so-where-does-an-unbelievers-spirit-go-when-they-die/

So in effect I do believe in Heaven and Hades but not in the way the church teaches. The heavens and Hades are not separated by a long distance but by unbelief. The heavens and Gehenna are our experience here in this life according to our beliefs.

We are tormented day and night here if we have not believed into Jesus, and that goes for the Christian as well as the non Christian. We have peace and Joy according to our beliefs here in this life through accepting Jesus as our ONLY life or nature.

As long as we imagine God out there, or up there, or next to me, separated in any way from ME…then we have the torment of endlessly trying to be like God…and failing….and trying…and failing. This is Gehenna!

True peace and rest comes when we accept our total death on the cross and our total union with Christ Jesus now…a union that says I am as He is in this world…which gives us the assurance that we may have BOLDNESS IN THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT….not FEAR!!

1Jn 4:15  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 
1Jn 4:16  And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 
1Jn 4:17  Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 
1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 
1Jn 4:19  We love Him because He first loved us. 

Jesus is ready to come into your heart and be the LINK between you and Father. He waits for your permission. He waits for you to ask Him in. Do you want to know God? Do you want to truly live? Ask Jesus to come into your heart and live inside you…it is the ONLY way to know Father–This is eternal life…..not dying and going to heaven.

C.S Lewis in his book The Great Divorce uses the symbol of a Grey Town as a picture of Hell. It is an interesting read.

Another is Dr.George Ritchie’s account of his near death experience-Return from tomorrow.

If you believe that Hell is a literal place or torment in fire and brimstone forever and ever that is your choice.

This is what God Himself says about burning people in fire.

Jer 7:30  For the children of Judah have done evil in My sight,” says the LORD. “They have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to pollute it. 
Jer 7:31  And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart. 

If God calls the practice of burning children in the fire in Gehenna an abomination and says it NEVER enters His mind do such a thing….then friend your Hell views are not Father’s views. They belong to the Hell god–Lucifer who controls the minds of millions of Spirit filled believers in Jesus with the fear of Hell.

You will never come to know your heavenly Father’s heart while you are still terrified of Him.

In the world today controlling what people believe is very important so much so that Governments spend billions of dollars to indoctrinate their citizens through education and media. In Communist China re-education camps are filled with those “wayward’ citizens who happen to believe differently than official government policy. The Government wants people to look ONLY to the Government as their god, their help in time of need, their provider, their mother, their father. Anyone who expresses belief in another God must be re-educated.

Western governments are no different, only the way they re-educate and indoctrinate is different than the Chinese. In the West indoctrination occurs through the education system and through the Media. Controlling what the population believes is the most important factor for any Government in this world. Children are grouped together according to age in school class rooms and are taught official government sanctioned knowledge about the world and themselves and their nation. History is taught which is cherry picked and carefully chosen to support whatever agenda the government has and whatever ideas they want to foster within the population.  The Media outlets main purpose is to control what people are allowed to know and to believe. Every day, even every hour and some stations 24 hours, 7 days a week are reporting the latest news and views from the local level to worldwide. All of their stories are carefully vetted and follow the agenda set by the handlers at high levels.

Thus you will see that all over the world every major news outlet carries the same stories. There may be a hurricane decimating India and millions of people affected by it but the news media ignores it and focuses instead upon the Florida Hurricane. If a white policeman kills a black citizen then it is reported by all news media and discussed on talk-back radio for days and weeks….but if a black man kills a white citizen then no news coverage is given at all. We have had a normal rainfall year in Western Australia but the eastern side of Australia has had a drought. The news media will not ever focus upon the normal year here, instead they link the drought in the east with global warming and climate change. Basically the news media is a propaganda branch of the Government…the Government in turn is an instrument of social control by men and angels higher up than them.

And so the doctrine of Eternal Punishment is also propaganda which is part of a hidden agenda. A propaganda war has been waged since the beginning to steal the hearts of God’s children and to turn them away from finding His love. The teaching of eternal punishment and belief in it is a deadly blinding influence in the heart.

Suppose you never knew your real father

Let us suppose that you never knew your real father. You were brought up by some other ‘father’. While you were growing up you began to hear stories about your real father (without realising he was your father)and these stories naturally formed your views about this man. You have never met him, but you already have definite views about him through the opinions and stories of others. This is what has happened between you and God.

You have been told that God is a God of wrath and anger…..and a God of Love and mercy.

You have heard that there is a Heaven and a Hell and you will go to one of them forever when you die. Further to that– God Himself will see to it that you do go to a lost eternity forever and ever. His wrath is against you now and will stay that way FOREVER if you do not repent….or so we have we been taught.

You do not have to know the Bible to have those ideas planted inside your head. If you have grown up in a western country then you have been exposed to such ideas all your life through stories and movies and media….through popular expressions like “Ohh Go to Hell!!”…or…”He scared the Hell out of me!”..Or, “Heavens above!” Or try the rock bands of the last 50 years….

I’m on the Highway to Hell– by ACDC

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Knocking on heavens door- Bob Dylan

Like a bat outa Hell – Meat loaf….   And many many more!!

The deeply entrenched idea of a heaven above and a Hell beneath is inescapable. Strangely most unbelievers hold very firm views about the afterlife and God. Just read the death notices in any newspaper. They unanimously hope that there is a heaven for uncle Joe to go to….they hope that he has not gone to Hell! They don’t even believe in the Bible or Jesus or God, but they ‘sure as hell'(another propaganda phrase) think a lot about heaven and hell when death comes their way.

John 3:16 Mistranslated

When our minds already contain biased views about a subject or a person it is very hard to see any other option but the one we already hold. But with God all things are possible. The Disciple whom Jesus loved –John the son of Zebedee  wrote the famous verse of Scripture known as John 3:16. This verse would have to be the most read and translated verse of all.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. New King James Version

Those who have had the Tare of Eternal Punishment sewn into their psyche all their life immediately interpret this verse to suit that inbuilt bias. In fact that is also what the so called Bible Translators did as well. You will see that they did not translate, but interpreted.  Here is John 3:16 from Literal versions…

John 3:16  For so greatly did God love the world that He gave His only Son, that every one who trusts in Him may not perish but may have the Life of Ages. Weymouth Trans

John 3:16  for God did so love the world, that His Son—the only begotten—He gave, that every one who is believing in him may not perish, but may have life age-during. Young’s Literal Trans

John 3:16 For God, so loved, the world, that, his Only Begotten Son, he gave,––that, whosoever believeth on him, might not perish, but have life age–abiding. Rotherham’s Emphasised Bible -known as the world’s most accurate Bible!
John 3:16 For thus God loves the world, so that He gives His only-begotten Son, that everyone who is believing in Him should not be perishing, but may be having life eonian. Concordant Version
The Greek word αἰώνιος aiōnios(G166) in this verse has been translated as everlasting in most versions, but these 4 versions above have translated it as ages; age during; age abiding; and eonian. The word comes from (G165)αἰών
aiōn. An aion is what we also call an eon..an age. The aion can be long or short or unknown, but it is simply an age of time. Aionios is also a time word!!
James Strong and Thayer may say that it means forever or everlasting but they have a biased view from the beginning. Just let the Bible confirm what it means.
We know that the word Everlasting appears first in the Old Testament. In Hebrew the word in question is olam olam. Strong and others of his era (aion) will tell us that olam means forever or everlasting as in an “everlasting covenant”.
 
Lev 24:8  Every Sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.
 
The word translated as everlasting here is olam olam(Strong’s number H5769) James Strong tells us that olam olam means From H5956; properly concealed, that is, the vanishing point; generally time out of mind (past or future)...he says it comes from another root word he has numbered H5956–‛âlam which he says means to veil from sight, that is, conceal (literally or figuratively). In other words olam olam should not be rendered as everlasting at all. It means an age of time that is concealed or hidden from us. But it is still to do with TIME!! Time is created by God….ETERNITY is not a created thing. Everlasting is not accurate but misleading. The offering of show bread by Aaron and his sons is not EVERLASTING because those who are in Christ Jesus are the new and better priesthood.
 
Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.
 
The Aaronic priesthood and the Levitical Priesthood have come to an end. The Covenant in Leviticus 24:8 was not everlasting, but for an unknown age of time. Unknown to us, but not to God! God knew that Israel would break His ‘everlasting’ covenant and that  Jesus would become the new High Priest of a better priesthood in which we have been made kings and priests to our God.
So do you see that the Bible itself argues against this erroneous translation of olam olam? It never meant everlasting but for an age of time.
 
Thus when the Greek writers of the New Testament chose a word similar to olam olam, to mean ‘for an age’ they chose aion, aionios and aionian which ALL SPEAK OF TIME….not forever or everlasting or eternity.
The wrong translation of these words has caused huge problems….but not for God of course.
 
Have a look  at Leviticus 24 yourself….I will highlight each use of olam olam (H5769) which should mean for an age–but has been translated to mean forever or some other similar word.
 
Lev 24:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 
Lev 24:2  Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually. 
Lev 24:3  Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever(should say FOR AN AGE) in your generations. 
Lev 24:4  He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the LORD continually. 
Bread for the Tabernacle
Lev 24:5  And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. 
Lev 24:6  And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD. 
Lev 24:7  And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 
Lev 24:8  Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting(age abiding or age lasting) covenant. 
Lev 24:9  And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons’; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire by a perpetual(age lasting or age abiding) statute. 
Is it any wonder that Zionist Christians and the Vatican and Messianic Christians think that Israel today are going to be saved by keeping the old Covenant ways and reinstituting Temple services in a rebuilt temple?? If these things were an everlasting covenant then they must do it. But in fact–it was NOT EVERLASTING AT ALL!! It was only UNTIL the better covenant was ratified by the better sacrifice made by the better HIGH PRIEST JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH. Therefore it was not everlasting to begin with…and neither is aionios life everlasting life.
 
Aionios Life as seen in John 3:16 is the Life of the Age—or the Life pertaining to the Age. It is not everlasting. And so, if the Life we have received is a downpayment on the Life of the Age to come when we shall receive an immortal body…then those who do not believe shall not perish FOREVER either. Those who are not believing are perishing now! They are Lost now! Those who believe in Jesus are found now! They are alive now. They have received Life and that life is in His Son—it is called aionian life –or the Life of the age—or life age abiding.
 
No doubt this confuses you. You have such deep propaganda sewn into your mind by the enemy that you cannot see the truth. But God can show you if you are willing to be shown.
 
If you go through the Bible from front to back and see every occurrence of the word forever and everlasting and eternal and instead change it to what it should say–as in the versions I quoted above–you will see that you have been propagandised and have had the completely wrong view of many things.
 
May God richly bless and lead you to see that He is a loving Father who never even thought of burning anyone in a fire.
 
Jer 7:31  And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom(Gehenna in Greek), to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart
 

Dennis E. Rhodes

 

 

For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Now, right now is the acceptable time to be saved from sin. Right now. And the effects of being saved from your sins can be yours RIGHT NOW.

It is not a matter of dying and going to heaven…but a Salvation to be had right now. And the opposite is also true. Have no fear about dying and going to a lost eternity in Hell for Hell is also RIGHT NOW.

For if you do NOT have Jesus you are in torment right now. For your heart yearns to know God but your mind turns you away from Him. And without Jesus you are dead in trespasses and sins. Without Jesus you have no hope RIGHT NOW….let alone after you depart. Without Jesus you are already condemned and in Hell.

But with Jesus you are already lifted up into heavenly places in Him….RIGHT NOW! With Jesus in you you have become a child of God and right now are His, though you walk through this wilderness by faith calling those things that be not as if they are. Heaven is in the believers heart.

Today is the acceptable time to enter heaven through belief in Jesus Christ. And as soon as you do, heaven enters you and you enter heaven. Hell departs from your heart, though it will still try to attack you from the outside. You will have changed identities and citizenship. You will have become a new creation in Christ Jesus and a member of the kingdom of God. You will be translated out of the kingdom of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love–JESUS. Al this takes place for real in your heart for that is where Heaven is in this current age.

When you have repented and are calling Jesus your Lord and Savior the sounds of heaven fill your spirit with joy and gladness. Your soul is lifted up out of the bondage of sin…and your body begins to experience the touch of heaven as your spirit overflows with His power and love.

Thus while here in the wilderness we sing the refrain David wrote….

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.[literally:for a length of days]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The issue is not when you die you will go to Heaven or Hell. No–the issue is you are in Hell NOW!! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved NOW from your sins…for if you do not believe that He is Lord and Christ you shall die in your sins. In other words you are in the torment of Hell already if you are still controlled by your sins.

But there is freedom and life for you today–while it still called today. While you are still alive in your body it is today , it is NOW….and Now is the acceptable time for you to call upon the Lord Jesus and receive the reconciliation. Receive the forgiveness of all your sins TODAY!

“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”Hebrews 3:15

Today I declare to you that TODAY you can be saved, restored to God and forgiven. Today, RIGHT NOW you can leave Hell behind and enter into LIFE in Jesus Christ.

I find it illuminating to say the least that Peter, under the inspiration of the Spirit of God says that King David is(present tense) dead and buried.

Act 2:29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.

In Peter’s understanding, David is in the ground–BURIED. Now remember this is stated by Peter on Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus hung on the Cross and said to the thief next to Him, “Today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
If it is true that Jesus descended into Hades and preached to those who were dead so that the dead may live unto God in the spirit, then how is it that Peter says David is still dead and buried.
What part of David is said to be still dead and buried 50 days after Jesus died on the cross?
It is the body and soul of David that is dead and buried….his spirit has returned to God who gave it.
Only Jesus has an immortal soul and body. No one else! The souls of the dead rest in the grave waiting for a resurrection. Some of those dead shall be raised first before the great mass of humanity to receive immortality in their soul and body. Their spirit shall again be joined with their soul in a new body. This is the First resurrection that only the Overcomers shall attain to.
The rest of the dead, who(their soul) sleep in the grave shall be raised up after the thousand year rule of Christ and His immortal  Overcomers. This large group is made up of fleshly Christians as well as the multitudes of unbelievers. At that time all shall bow the knee and confess Jesus as Lord. These ones shall not receive their immortal bodies until such time as they are made subject to Christ in their life- Sanctified.
Act 2:30 Therefore, (David) being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
Act 2:31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
Act 2:32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
Act 2:33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
Again we can learn something of the state of the dead. Jesus has already been resurrected, this we all know. Peter tells us what that entails.
His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
The soul of the dead person is in Hades. Jesus was raised up and out of that condition. He is alive! But for everyone else who has died, their soul is in Hades or Sheol as the Hebrew says.
David is still in Hades according to Peter here–50 days after the Cross. To be specific–David’s SOUL is in Hades/Sheol. It is a condition where the soul is “asleep”…a waiting period between death and the reunification with their departed spirit which will be at their resurrection.
Peter also quotes from Psalms saying “nor did His(Jesus) flesh see corruption.”
Again we learn that David’s flesh and therefore the flesh of everyone else who has died has corrupted–ie- ROTTED, decomposed and returned to dust. Death is a return to the former condition we once were when we were put together…spirit, soul and body.
The Body is made of dust and is earthly- When the spirit departs at death the soul and body “die”. The body decomposes back to the earth…the soul sleeps in the grave–Hades/Sheol….and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
A person is not a whole person if all he possess is his spirit. A spirit without a soul and body cannot express itself. This is why all the spirits in heaven are waiting to be able to get a new body and an immortal soul.
The Church has taught that the soul is immortal–but that is error. Only Jesus Christ has immortality. This is what Peter is saying here in Acts 2. He has been raised up and given immortality in soul and body. All people have an immortal spirit, for the spirit comes from God and returns to God. But all people must come to repentance and be born again through faith in Jesus Christ so that their human spirit is filled with the LIFE of God found in Jesus Christ.
The Spirit of God comes into a newly born again believer and joins Himself as ONE SPIRIT with that person’s spirit giving him/her life. Their soul must be gradually brought to a place of conformity to the Jesus who lives in their S/spirit. This is the sanctification process which is our faith relationship with God. It is learning to walk in the spirit accessing His life and grace everyday.
The spirit of an unbelieving person is joined with the spirit of the evil one. We are all said to be “by nature children of wrath”..our inner nature is powered by the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience. Once we repent and believe in Jesus, the evil one leaves our spirit and the Holy One joins Himself to us as one spirit. Now we are sharers in the Divine nature, children of God who have as their inner nature the spirit of God.
The spirit of the unbeliever, because he is joined and dominated by the evil one does not return to God upon his death. His spirit now roams around in the darkness, trying to find peace and contentment but being unable to because only a body can enable that to happen. The spirit’s of believers have returned to God to enjoy the presence of God and the other saints who are with Him in spirit.
At the resurrection, after the first resurrection of the Overcomer believers, these wandering spirits shall be reunited with their soul to kneel before Jesus whom they shall see on His throne. At that time they shall confess Him as Lord and be freed from the evil one joined to their spirit. They shall now be as new born babes in Christ needing discipleship. God in His wisdom will have these masses of people, now believers, discipled by Holy Spirit led immortal believers and those raised up believers not yet having received their immortality.
The resurrection is the hope of the Christian. However we can obtain a better resurrection and be a part of ruling and reigning with Jesus in an immortal body.  Or we can be raised up in the General resurrection of all the dead after the thousand years has ended. Either way all of us are waiting for that day when we hear His voice and arise to meet Him.
Our Judge is also our Saviour! That is good news.

Why don’t Christians believe that God will save all people? There is not a simple answer to this
question.

I was not a believer in this wonderful reality until December 4th 2011, before that I believed that
God would only succeed in saving a small percentage of people…those who choose His Son
Jesus. The reason I write this blog is to excite others who are open to hear the good news of His
Victorious Salvation.

Oh the joy unspeakable when God broke through my darkened understanding with his
message of victory and power!!! The darkness rolled away from my heart as His word opened
up to me, revealing what was always written but not seen because of the traditions of men
holding my mind shut.

One reason why Christians do not believe in Universal Restoration

While chatting on a Yahoo chat room, a 71 year old brother who has been saved since he was
38 argued with me over this wonderful message.

His mind shut down when I shared that the translators got it wrong when they interpreted
Gehenna as Hell. I said to him that they should have left it as Gehenna or as The “valley of the
sons of Hinnom”, like Jeremiah 19:6 renders the place.

The aged brother adamantly refused to even look at the relevant verses saying that, “ he
believed that God had preserved his word for us which we got through the blood of the
martyrs….it is innerant and infallible” he said. Trouble is he means the KING JAMES
VERSION!!! Not the original scrolls.

When I pressed him to see that Hell is wrong, it should say Gehenna, he said that “the word
hell is the word God chose to use for us to read.”

REALLY?! DID GOD CHOOSE IT OR DID THE TRANSLATORS?

The translators are not infallible, they were not given the original revelation. The translators are no more capable of getting the word usage right than any missionary today is. Many
missionaries struggle today in foreign lands trying to translate a Bible in the local language.
They are not inspired any more than you or me!!
But we are supposed to think of the venerated King james version differently than the version
a hill-tribesman may have . They are no different in that men have written both.
If a person was to forsake the idolatry of worshiping a book and ask God to teach them, they
would soon come to see that those translators were wrong with a few key things. Those
errors in translation have hidden the message of God for centuries!!!
further study
There is much that is good about the King James version. I use it often and love the poetic
style and close literal rendering of most verses. Yet when it comes to the teaching of eternity
and the fate of the dead the use of the word Hell is not helpful.
The original languages use Sheol and in Greek – Hades. Both simply mean the grave. They
carry the meaning of something covered, hidden and there is hint of “a questioning” in the
meaning.

Gehenna in the gospels is rendered “Hell fire” in the KJV , when in fact it is a real place outside
the city walls of Jerusalem where rubbish was burned by constantly burning fires, and worms
ate the rubbish and rotting things thrown there.
Look at these verses to compare…

Mat 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable
for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast
into hell. KJV

Mat 5:29 If therefore your eye, even the right eye, is a snare to you, tear it out and away with
it; it is better for you that one member should be destroyed rather than that your whole body
should be thrown into Gehenna. Weymouth

Mat 5:29 `But, if thy right eye doth cause thee to stumble, pluck it out and cast from thee, for
it is good to thee that one of thy members may perish, and not thy whole body be cast to
gehenna. Young’s Literal

Rotherham’s Emphasized version also has Gehenna and many other literal versions do.

To the hearer Jesus was talking about the well known city dump. To the reader today who has been indocrinated all their life with the Hell message, the King James’ usage of Hell, carries
with it the whole pagan idea of what that place is all about.

Death in the mind of a First century Jew was not a trip to heaven or to hell ( a place of Greek
myths) but death was to sleep in the grave, to rest with their fathers in the grave.

The word Hell was inserted where the place name Gehenna appeared. This is not translation
work, but interpretation. Those men have done a great disservice to the body of Christ.

Another verse…

Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? KJV

Mat 23:33 O serpents, O vipers’ brood, how are you to escape condemnation to Gehenna?
WNT

Mat 23:33 `Serpents! brood of vipers! how may ye escape from the judgment of the gehenna?
YLT

Again we see that the KJV uses Hell where it is the place name Gehenna. The interpretors
were already influenced by the dark teachings of Hell because it had been preached by the
Roman Catholic Church for over 1000 years before the English versions were made.
Augustine had made this Hell concept popular in around 500 ad. By the time 1611 came along
generations of Christians had received a distorted message about the fate of the dead.

More study needed ?

As I have said before, the Angel said that the birth of Jesus as LORD and SAVIOR would
become good news to all people. Luke 2:10

The Gospel of modern Christianity is anything but good news! Most go to a lost eternity in a
burning lake of fire where they will be forever tormented. The God who will send them there
is the one who died for them, and also commanded His followers to forgive their enemies.
Instead of forgiving them, that non-Gospel teaches bad news. I for one will never go back to
that darkness now that the light has broken through.