Call on My key of everlasting life when you are about to pass through the gates to enter My heavenly abode, and you will experience a glimpse of the wonders that I have prepared for you.”


Can You Still Get Saved After You Die?

First Published April 1983

There are three different words which are translated in our English Bibles as either hell or the grave. The Hebrew word "Gehenna" is usually translated "Hell", meaning a fiery Hell. The other word usually translated in the English as "grave" comes from two different words: the one in Hebrew "Sheol", and the other in Greek, "Hades". Neither one of the original words have the meaning of what we think of as a grave today, a hole in the ground. What both of them mean is: "Sheol", the unseen state. "Hades”, the unseen state, the Spirit World.

In other words, the dead are living spirits, existing and living in the spirit world, though unseen. Not buried in a hole in the ground. Every place it says "grave" in the Old Testament is "Sheol", meaning "the unseen state", and every place it says "grave" in the New Testament it's "Hades", meaning the same thing, the Spirit World. Only the word "Gehenna" really means "Hellfire" in the Hebrew, real genuine Hellfire.

Today, to you and me, modern people, the word "grave" only means one thing, a hole in the ground that you bury a dead body in. That is not at all what the original words mean. They mean "the unseen state", the invisible state of those spirits. Invisible to us except upon apparition or some manifestation. It means they are in the Spirit World, not in a hole in the ground, neither all in Hellfire either, but they are in the Spirit World. They are very very active, though invisible, usually unseen.

Too many of these translations and interpretations are coloured by the doctrine of their particular church, just as was the King James translation. Remember, it was translated, in a sense, by a bunch of Church men and by the Church, and they figured that the best way to keep their people in the church building was to scare them to death that any place outside was going to be Hellfire, and that if they died out of the Church they went straight to Hellfire, regardless, with no alternative, no in between.

Many churches have misled people in saying that that meant death and hell and everybody in it were thrown into the lake of fire, when it is not necessarily so. The Church has had to cling to those extreme doctrines about the building to support their own organisation: And about Hell being fire and eternal to scare people into the building. According to the Church, if they did not come to the building and go through the rites of the Church, they were going to go to Hell. What a travesty against the Truth. Many churches are guilty of misleading the people and even offending people's sense of justice and grace and love and mercy of God by using words which are not true expressions of what the God really intended for it to mean. By their exclusive doctrine precluding any chance of anything between Heaven and Hell, many churches have ruled out anything that is outside of the Church. When here these words make it as clear that there is an in between. The spirits who are now in that in between unseen state, their final fate is going to be decided at the Great White Throne Judgement.

In fact, those spirits of the dead who are now in the spirit world, they are again in a state of probation. They are going to be judged according to how they are behaving right now in the Spirit World, whether they are serving God or the Devil there. Contrary to Church doctrine, their fate is not always completely sealed by death.

Those who were saved in this age of grace during this life, of course, their fate is settled. They are definitely saved and strictly going to Heaven, and have gone there, no doubt, and been sent back to help us. And it is possible that some of Satan's saints who have finally and forever rejected Jesus Christ and are still rejecting Him in the Spirit World and still serving the Devil, that their fate is pretty much settled as well, except for how bad and how much damage and evil they did, which they still doing. Therefore, they can not get their final judgement until the Great White Throne Judgement when their cup of iniquity is full and they have finished all their God damnable dirty work, including all the fiends of Hell and devils and evil spirits of the departed dead.

Therefore judgement cannot come until the end of the spirit world, of death and hell and Sheol and Hades, the end of the unseen state, because they are still operating in the unseen state. Ghosts are still haunting, spirits are still spiriting, our helpers are still helping, and the evil spirits are still cursing and damning and rebelling, so that all their dirty work isn't done until the Great White Throne Judgement. And all those who died unsaved and perhaps didn't know the Gospel, but maybe did the best they could with what they knew, are now on probation or in the Spirit World and are going to be judged according to how well they operated in the Spirit World.

Maybe people are receiving Jesus in the spirit world right now. Jesus went and preached to the spirits in prison who had died up till that time. (Mt.12:40 & Mat:12:40;"For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” 1Pe.3:19 & 1Pet:3:19, 4:6; “by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”Eph.4:9 & Eph:4:9; (Now this, "He ascended" --what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?” Could it be possible that some people are going to get saved now in the Spirit World, the Afterlife, when they see the realities of the real World of the Spirit?)

Some can get saved in the spirit world. If you can get saved in the Millennium, if you can get saved in the New Earth, why couldn't you get saved in the Spirit World right after death? In other words, there are going to be three classes of people in the Spirit World. The definitely Saved and bound for Heaven, their fate is settled. The unalterably reprobate incorrigible evil spirits of the departed dead who are still going to be just as rebellious and just as disobedient and just as loyal to the Devil in the Afterlife as they are now, their fate is settled too. Then there are people who are in between and maybe are good but never heard the Gospel and never had a chance to get saved, but were not really evil. That is why He has to wait until the Great White Throne Judgement to judge them as to whether they will be saved or not, whether they are written in the Book of Life or not.

Look at the patience and mercy of God, that even the people who never heard will have a chance to receive the Lord in the next life in the spirit world, even between now and the Great White Throne Judgement. Why would God have had that Judgement for if everybody that came to that Judgement, all the unsaved dead, were being raised just to be cast into Hell? Then what is the point of the Judgement? There are millions of people who die who are not that wicked and evil to go straight to Hellfire, but neither have they heard the Gospel in order to be saved, so therefore God gives them a chance in the Spirit World.

That explains all the strange verses in the Bible about Jesus preaching to spirits in prison and all that sort of thing. That's right now in the Spirit World. He went and preached to the spirits in prison the Gospel of salvation, to tell them that had not heard to believe on Him so they could live and be saved. "He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life!" (Jn.3:36 & Jn:3:36) So there is a specific example of a concrete case of spirits being saved in the Spirit World. Why else is there this time of probation in the unseen World to watch their families and relatives and friends and what they are going through? If anything would persuade somebody to get saved that ought to be it, an after death experience. God in His mercy is trying to persuade everybody to be saved that He possibly can, even after they die. The Bible says, "Thy mercy is from everlasting to everlasting". (Ps.103:17 & Psa:103:17)

Doesn’t that give you a picture of a loving God and an everlastingly merciful Jesus Christ, that the people who never really had a fair chance here and now are going to get that chance? We are speaking of a different class of people, the departed dead being saved in the Spirit World, the Spirit Realm, the Unseen World, after death. Everybody is going to have a chance.

And this brings out another scripture: "This is the light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world!" (Jn.1:9 & Jn:1:9) Whether dead or alive, they get the light. Sooner or later they have a chance to be saved. Now doesn't that fit your picture of an all loving all merciful God Who will be not only merciful to the now living, but also to the dead?

God is going to give everybody a chance, dead or alive, now or then, to hear the Gospel, to even see and believe and receive Jesus Christ as their Saviour! That sure fits the doctrine of Universal Reconciliation, that everybody's going to get a chance, either now or then, here or there, in this life or the next life, the Millennium or even Heaven on Earth.

It is wonderful to realise that God is all loving, all merciful, all patient, "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to the knowledge of salvation." "That all men might be saved." (2Pe.3:9, 1Ti.2:4) So why not in the Spirit World as well as in the Millennium, if even on the New Earth?

David Berg

Edited by Almondtree Productions