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5535 sleep, and death

5535 sleep, and death

Scripture often uses sleep as an image of death, indicating that believers will be awakened to resurrection on the last day.

Death described in the imagery of sleep

The sleep of death for human beings in general Ps 90:3-6 See also Job 7:21; Job 14:10-12; Ps 13:3; Da 12:2; Mt 9:24 pp Mk 5:39 pp Lk 8:52-53

Death as resting with the ancestors 1Ki 2:10 See also Dt 31:16; 2Sa 7:12; 1Ki 11:43 Solomon; 1Ki 14:20,31; 1Ki 16:6; 1Ki 22:50 Jehoshaphat; 2Ki 14:16; 2Ki 15:7; 2Ki 16:20; 2Ki 20:21 Hezekiah; 2Ki 21:18 Manasseh

Those who fall asleep in Christ Rev 14:13 See also Jn 11:11-14; Ac 7:60; 1Co 15:6,17-19

Death is not the end of existence

Jn 5:28-29 See also Job 14:13-15; Ps 17:15; Isa 26:19; Da 12:3; Lk 16:22-23; 1Co 15:20,51-57; 1Th 4:13-18

Sleep denoting the finality of judgment for the lost Jer 51:57 See also Ps 7:3-5; Ps 76:5; Jer 51:39

See also

6644eternal life
9210judgment, God’s
9240last judgment

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