Catholic Faith on death/Purgatory - The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,” which is experienced by those “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” (CCC 1030). It notes that “this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned” (CCC 1031).
Truth Provided from the WORD of GOD
Note: Your purification is done here on earth, NOWHERE ELSE!!! Satan wants you to believe in a place called purgatory because he knows once you die you go to sleep and then comes judgment. Believing you can make yourself right in a place called purgatory is causing many to believe they can get away with sin here on earth where it counts. You cannot continue to transgress the Law of God. By breaking God’s Law, you will receive the “Mark of the Beast”. There is NO SECOND CHANCE!!! This is why it is written in the book of 1Timothy 6:12 ‘Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life…” Your fight and test of loyalty to the God of Heaven is done while the soul lives in the body, here on earth.
THE DEAD ARE (Resting In Peace) RIP.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-15 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this, we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep."
1. Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
2. Job 14:10-19 “But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where [is] he? [As] the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens [be] no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live [again]? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands. For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin? My transgression [is] sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity. And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place. The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow [out] of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.”
Psalms 76:6 “At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.”
Psalms 88:5 “Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.”
Psalms 6:5 “For in death [there is] no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?”
John 11:11-14 “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
Note: God did not do away with the Commandments at the cross. After our beloved Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven to be with His Father, the disciples were still talking about the dead or sleeping saints that are in the earth. They are still there today and no place called purgatory. The saints’ blood cries out from the earth to God where most of them were all killed during the time of the Dark Ages.
Proof found in the last book of the Bible, Revelation 6:10 “And they (sleeping saints) cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?”
More proof of the dead sleeping:
Acts 20:9 “And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.”
Job 7:4-10 “When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day. My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope. O remember that my life [is] wind: mine eye shall no more see good. The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no [more]: thine eyes [are] upon me, and I [am] not. [As] the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no [more]. He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore.”
Protestant’s belief system and their so-called biblical foundation for going straight to heaven - “absent from the body present with the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 “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.
Biblical Proof of their doctrine is in error:
Revelation 15:8 “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.”
Note: the temple is the dwelling place of God. This is called heaven. Everyone that loves God is willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord but first you must wait like everyone else till the resurrection.
Daniel 12:2 “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.”
Daniel 7:10 “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.”
Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
Note : When everyone is raised from the dead and they find themselves not being caught up into the air to meet the Lord, rest assured their name was not found in the “Book of Life” because the wicked “received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.
There is a process one must go through. This process happens while you live on earth and no where else. When your probation closes you will sleep in the dust until the “Day of Judgment”.
1. Daniel 12:2 “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.” 1ST. YOU MUST BE RAISED OUT OF YOUR SLEEP AND STAND BEFORE GOD (JUDGMENT DAY).
2. Revelation 21:27 “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” 2nd. YOU MUST BE FOUND WORTHY TO ENTER INTO HEAVEN (book of Life).
3. Revelation 22:14 “Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” 3rd. Note: John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Matthew 19:17 “But if thou wilt enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS.”
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Ellen White <-clickAfter Satan and the wicked surround the city of God and its inhabitants, what occurs? The record books of life and death are opened, “and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:12). Christ looks upon the vast throng of the wicked, and they all become “conscious of every sin which they have ever committed” (Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 481).
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Then in the sky, above the throne of God “is revealed the cross; and like a panoramic view appear the scenes of Adam’s temptation and fall, and the successive steps in the great plan of redemption” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 481-489.
It is not until at this time that the law of God — the 10 commandments on the 2 tables of stone — that had been removed from the earthly temple at Jerusalem-is brought to view. “There is a sanctuary, and in that sanctuary is the ark, and in the ark are the tables of stone, on which is written the law spoken from Sinai amidst scenes of awful grandeur. These tables of stone are in the heavens, and they will be brought forth in that day when the judgment shall sit and the books shall be opened, and men shall be judged according to the things written in the books. They will be judged by the law written by the finger of God, and given to Moses to be deposited in the ark” Manuscript 20, February 7, 1906 (see also Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 484).
As the scene of the whole history of the great controversy is finally shown, all the wicked-including Satan himself-voluntarily confesses that God is righteous and just in all His ways, and that they are wrong to rebel against Him and His government (Romans 14:10-11; Isaiah 45:23; Philippians 2:10-11; Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 486). After all the wicked have clearly seen that they are the ones guilty of death, then the execution of the judgment occurs, and fire from God comes down upon the wicked-including Satan and his angels-and the whole earth becomes a lake of fire. This fire continues to burn until all traces of sin, sinners and all who rebelled against God and His perfect loving law are burned up and nothing contaminated by sin remains-including Satan himself (Revelation 20:9-15; Jude 14-15; Malachi 4:1, 3; Psalms 11:6; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Obadiah 15-16). “Fire comes down from God out of Heaven. The earth is broken up. The weapons concealed in its depths are drawn forth. Devouring flames burst from every yawning chasm. The very rocks are on fire. The day has come that shall burn as an oven. The elements melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein are burned up (see 2 Peter 3:10).
The fire of Tophet is ‘prepared for the king,’ the chief of rebellion; the pile thereof is deep and large, and ‘the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it’ Isaiah 30:33. The earth’s surface seems one molten mass, a vast, seething lake of fire…. “The wicked receive their recompense on earth. They ‘shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts.’ Some are destroyed as in a moment, while others suffer many days. All are punished according to their deeds.
The sins of the righteous have been transferred to Satan, the originator of evil, who must bear their penalty. Thus he is made to suffer not only for his own rebellion, but for all the sins which he has caused God’s people to commit. His punishment is to be far greater than that of those whom he has deceived. After all have perished who fell by his deceptions, he is still to live and suffer on. In the cleansing flames, the wicked are at last destroyed, root and branch, Satan the root, his followers the branches. The justice of God is satisfied, and the saints and all the angelic host say with a loud voice, Amen” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 488-489.
“They (wicked) were punished according to the deeds done in the body. Some were many days consuming, and just as long as there was a portion of them unconsumed, all the sense of suffering remained. Said the angel, ‘The worm of life shall not die; their fire shall not be quenched as long as there is the least particle for it to prey upon.’ “Said the angel, ‘Satan is the root, his children are the branches. They are now consumed root and branch. They have died an everlasting death. They are never to have a resurrection, and God will have a clean universe’” Early Writings, p 294-295.
The same fire which destroys sin and sinners will also purify the entire earth from the curse and effects of sin. Once this is accomplished, God will “make all things new” not all new things, and a new heaven and a new earth will be created, which will be the new and blessed home of the redeemed which they will possess for ever and ever (Psalms 37:29; Zechariah 14:6-11).
Sin will never revive again — the whole great controversy will be forever ended. Neither will there be sickness, pain, suffering, or death there, nor will God’s people ever cease to learn something more to the love of God for them.
The dwelling place of the Father and the Son will be with the redeemed. They will be able to behold the face and excellent glory of the Father and the Son and will be able to talk and fellowship directly with Them (Revelation 21:1, 3-5), and will worship Them on the Seventh-day Sabbath throughout ceaseless ages (Isaiah 66:22-23). So throughout the eternal ages, none will ever cease to advance in the knowledge of God’s love; which means that our love for God, and knowledge of His love for us, will be constantly growing without end throughout infinity. “While the earth is wrapped in the fire of God’s vengeance, the righteous abide safely in the holy city. Upon those that had part in the first resurrection, the second death has no power (see Revelation 20:6). While God is to the wicked a consuming fire, He is to His people both a sun and a shield (see Psalms 84:11)…. “`And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away’ Revelation 21:1.
The fire that consumes the wicked purifies the earth. Every trace of the curse is swept away. No eternally burning hell will keep before the ransomed, the fearful consequences of sin. One reminder alone remains: our Redeemer will ever bear the marks of His crucifixion. Upon His wounded head, His hands and feet are the only traces of the cruel work that sin has wrought….“Human language is inadequate to describe the reward of the righteous. It will be known only to those who behold it. No finite mind can comprehend the glory of the Paradise of God…. There will be no weariness in doing the will of God and offering praise to His name. We shall ever feel the freshness of the morning, and shall ever be far from its close…. “There, immortal minds will study with never-failing delight the wonders of creative power, the mysteries of redeeming love….Every faculty will be developed, every capacity increased. The acquirement of knowledge will not weary the mind or exhaust the energies. There the grandest enterprises may be carried forward, the loftiest aspirations reached, the highest ambitions realized; and still there will arise new heights to surmount, new wonders to admire, new truths to comprehend, fresh objects to call forth the powers of mind and soul and body.
“And as the years of eternity roll, they will bring richer and more glorious revelations of God and of Christ. As knowledge is progressive, so will love, reverence, and happiness increase. The more men learn of God, the greater will be their admiration of His character…. “Sin and sinners are no more; God’s entire universe is clean; and the great controversy is forever ended” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 489-492.
Matthew 7:14 “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”