As a born-again Christian, I have learned a lot about death. This has given me peace because I have known that it is only through death that I will get to experience eternal in the Kingdom of God, where there is no suffering but joy. I have been reading all this in the Bible and noted that death is mentioned a lot. This has led me to have the question, “How many times is death mentioned in the bible?”
The number of times death is mentioned in the Bible varies depending on the version of the Bible. In King James Version, it is mentioned 333 times, and in other Bible versions, it is said to be mentioned approximately 372 times. Death is mostly mentioned in the book of Psalms, Jeremiah, and Romans.
In this article, I invite you to join me as we delve into the topic of mention of death in the Bible. Will also uncover answers to questions such as what the Bible says about death, the types of death there are according to the Bible, and what happens after death according to the Bible and much more, so read till the end.
What does the Bible say about death?
The Bible says that because Jesus Christ overcame death, we will also overcome it. According to Romans 6:5, the Bible implies that because we are united with Jesus in His death, because of the faith we have in Him, we will also be resurrected after death, just like Him. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, he was able to defeat death by resurrecting on the third day, which brought salvation for all human beings. Therefore, those who have faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection believe in His salvation and will receive life after death in the Kingdom of God, which is eternal.
Also, the Bible says that death is like sleeping, unconscious, and unaware of anything happening around us. The Bible uses the word sleep more than fifty times to represent death. According to Ecclesiastes 9:5, the Bible implies that the living knows they will die, but the dead knows nothing, for their memory is lost. Therefore, Christians learn that after they are dead, they will not know what is happening around them, just like one knows nothing when they are asleep.
Additionally, the Bible says that God has power over death. Throughout the Bible, we learn about the miracles of raising the dead, which were performed by different people. In 1 Kings 17:17–24, Prophet Elijah raised the son of the widow of Zarephath. In 2 Kings 4:18–37, Elisha raised the Shunammite woman’s son, and also, a man was risen when his body touched the bones of Elisha in his grave, according to 2 Kings 13:20–21. Also, in the Gospel of Luke, we learn about the different people that Jesus raised from the dead. Let us not forget that Jesus was also resurrected after dying for three days. All these miracles happened because God has power over death and can resurrect the dead. God used these people to raise the dead and show that he has power over death.
Where death is first mentioned in the Bible?
The first time death is mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis 2:17. According to this verse, the Bible narrates that the day the first man and woman would eat from the fruits of the tree of knowledge of what is good and evil, they would die. In this verse, God was talking to Adam and Eve after he had created them. God brought Adam and Eve into the Garden of Eden and told them to eat all the fruits except those on the tree in the middle. He warned them that if they disrespected his instruction and ate those fruits, they would receive death as their punishment.
Bible Verses about Death
John 11:25-26 implies that Jesus said he is the resurrection and those who believe in Him will live and never die.
Romans 14:8 implies that whether we live or die, we do it for the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:22 implies that just like a man dies in Adam, man also lives in Christ.
Ezekiel 18:32 implies that God says he does not take pleasure in the death of anyone.
Matthew 10:28 implies that we should be afraid of the one who destroys both the soul and body in Hell and not those who kill the body and leave the soul, but
Types of death according to the Bible
According to Isaiah 59:2 and Ephesians 2:1, Spiritual death is the separation of human beings from God because of sin. One can be alive physically, but spiritually they are dead, as it is suggested in 1st Timothy 5:6. However, the best thing about spiritual death is that it is easy to escape and get spiritual resurrection through repentance and forgiveness of sin. Therefore, sinners can get a second chance to reunite with God when they confess their sins and ask for God’s forgiveness.
According to 2nd Corinthians 4:16, the Bible implies that physical death is the separation of inward from outward man. From the story of the fall of man in Genesis, we learn that it is our destiny to receive physical death. Therefore, it cannot be escaped. However, through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, the inward man will live forever in Heaven as it is speculated in 2nd Corinthians 5:8, or Hell according to Luke 16:23
According to Ezekiel 18:4, only those who sin will die. They will receive eternal death, which is the separation of the soul from the body for the spirit to be cast into Hell, where it will perish. According to Ecclesiastes 12:7, when the body dies, it returns to dust, and the spirit returns to the Lord. However, for the sinners, the spirit is cast out from Heaven and into the lake of fire to burn for eternity.
According to Revelation 20:14, the Bible suggests that the second death is in the lake of fire. Therefore, when the spirit of the sinners is thrown into the lake of fire, it will perish, and that will be the second and final death. According to Revelation 20:5-6, the Bible implies that the blessed are the holy ones who will receive the first resurrection because they will not experience the second death but will reign with Christ for thousands of years. Therefore, the believers and righteous shall not receive the second death because Jesus will save them from judgment.
What happens after death, according to the Bible?
First, after death, the believers’ souls are taken to Heaven to have everlasting life in the Kingdom of God. According to John 3:16-18 and 36, the Bible implores that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will have eternal life. Also, according to 2 Corinthians 5:6–8, the Bible mentions that afterward, we are away from the body but with the Lord at home. This also teaches Christians that after death, they will receive eternal life and live with Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God.
Second, after death, those who don’t believe in Christ Jesus will receive everlasting punishment. According to John 3:16-18 and 36, those who don’t believe in Christ Jesus will be condemned, and God’s wrath will remain with them forever. Just like the believers are to receive eternal life, the non-believers are also to receive eternal punishment, which according to Revelation 20:14 is a lake of fire and their second death.
How many deaths are directly orchestrated by God according to the Bible?
The Bible does not specifically mention the number of deaths that are directly orchestrated by God. However, according to studies from scholars, around 2,821,364 deaths are counted in Bible as either carried out with the assistance of God or directly coordinated by Him. God caused these deaths by either the use of plagues, floods, walls, bears, and helping other people to execute them. This number includes the deaths in the Old and New Testaments.
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