The Shadow of death is destroyed
( From a Radio sermon of Bro. Julius Adewumi)
"For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord." (Eze.18:32).
God said he has no pleasure in the death of even the wicked. The devil has made man to think it is God that is killing mankind. If anybody dies, they say God took the person away. God is not the one that is taking people away at all. The devils cause death. When holy people die, the angels rescue their soul from the hand of the devils which cause the death. Whether death by sickness or accident, when any christian dies, the angels who are always walking with them will have to take the soul to Paradise. But that sickness is not caused by God. You may say "what about old men like Abraham, Jacob?" When they died, if men lived that long, and they have to give up the ghost, that is the trend of events on this planet earth. We know it was not the will of the Lord, but those are permitted in the world. But for a little baby or a young man to die of disease or accident, most of those are directly caused by evil spirits. Aging process may cause the body to disintegrate: even that is not in the original plan of God for man. God has the power to also keep us from aging, just as he has the power to keep us from accidents. God is eternal! He is not too old to walk around. He does not age! So he has the power to keep all from aging. Remember in the bible, Adam, and all the sons up to Methuselah lived for over 900 years. Do you think those were not the same type of bodies we are wearing now? Or do you think their own blood was different? No! (Acts 17:26 said God has made of one blood all men ).
Some critics thought maybe the calendar used for their age was different. But the same writer gave the age of Abraham in the same book of Genesis as 175 years when he died. He surely was using the same calendar. It was not exagerated either. Men are still living up to 120 years, but those are not common. God has a better plan for mankind. He did not intend for us to die. How can we come back to that priviledge? Someone may say he does not want to live that long. Remember "eternity" is longer than that, which is where we are going. It is God who will still keep our new body immortal. However God did not intend for us to throw away these our bodies.
An evidence of this is that the Lord Jesus Christ resurrected and took up the same flesh and bone out of the grave, now glorified. This shows that we will not have a glorified body outside of the flesh and bone body which God has given us now. This is the reason why the graves will be opened and the dead in Christ will be resurrected first. It was not in the original plan of God for the body to disintegrate and to become dust. Christ said "He that believeth in me, though he were dead yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."
This is the will of God. He has the power to keep us alive. But the question is how can we get this power of Jesus to be kept alive? A lot of people do not know how to walk with Jesus. We first have to be born again. Be filled with the Holy Spirit; then we have to submit to all the doctrines of Christ and all the precepts of the Lord, and the statutes of the Lord. We have to walk in his way as he said "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." Mathew chapters 5 -to-7 are full of the sayings of the Lord which we must heed, not to mention those sayings that may look like difficult such as "fasting", when he said "this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting". (Mat.17:21, Mk.9:29). It means Christians should fast once in a while if just because it is part of the sayings of Jesus. This is because those are the things he will use to keep us from aging, not to mention the protection from forces of evil. Wisdom that he gives will instruct one to eat right, exercise often and so on. We receive direct wisdom from him when we walk with Jesus. The bible said he can renew our youth like the eagles. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isa.40:31). Waiting upon the Lord has to do with fasting, listening to him, and reading his word.
In the vision where I saw two men fighting and the one knocked down the other dead, and I went near to raise the dead man back to life, I said the Holy Spirit took me into the spirit realm where the soul of the dead man was. In the spirit realm, I saw this man (really the man's soul) tied to a stake. The reason why men are tied to stake at death is so that they cannot return to their body till their bodies are disposed of by people alive. When men die, a spirit usually comes and forcefully pull out their soul from their bodies and carry them away. If they are struggling with the death spirits, they will be tied to stakes first and whipped till they are tired (for lost souls). I know this from personal experiece. (Read "the last enemy is defeated".) Only God can deliver any soul out of death's prison yard. (Isa.14:17 said " he opens not the house of his prisoners"). But saints do not go through such punishment. Saints simply open their eyes and find themselves amidst other souls in Paradise, transported by angels in no time. Christ said, in effect, "I have the power to lay down my life and have the power to take it up again; no man take my life from me." (Jn.10:18). He is the champion. He is the only man that ever was taken into the dark abode and he whipped them and came back alive by himself. And he now has turned things around so that his sons can be pulled even to such places by the Holy Ghost to dialogue the release of anyman. When the Holy Ghost caused me to appear where the dead man was tied to stake in that vision, I said angrily "why should he be tied down? let this man go!" The fellow which tied him to stake looked at me with a query look, as if to say "who are you to say in anger that we should let him go?" When our eyes met, I repeated my words, but this time softly yet firmly: "let this man go!" Then the fellow waved his hand as a permit to let him go. Immediately, the chains holding the dead man was loosed and he stood up and came to me. When we were about to go, a voice spoke from one corner that "shouldn't we ask the Father's will concerning this?" That, in a way, is like many believers always like to think: "maybe it's not the will of the Lord for a dead person to be raised." But immediatley another voice replied from a distance and said: "The Father's will is already written in the scriptures." That was how we were allowed to return.
Believer, the Father's will is already written in the scriptures as this message is sent to reveal to you that "CHRIST HAS ABOLISHED DEATH, AND HAS BROUGHT LIFE AND IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT THROUGH THE GOSPEL" (2Tim.1:10). Believe it and stand your ground against death! " They overcame him (the dragon) by the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Rev. 12:11).
(Continue in "The Redemption of our body". Our body shall finally be redeemed. Believe with all of your heart, and walk with the Lord, keeping his sayings. You can also please God like Enoch and disappear in the rapture without seeing death. The just shall live by faith. God bless you.)
Bro. Julius Adewumi
GOSPEL DISTRIBUTION MINISTRY