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The Purgatory Myth
by Wayne Blank
No One Is Now In Heaven, Hell or "Purgatory"
All humans that have died are dead. Dead means dead. Dead does not mean alive anywhere.
"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing" (Ecclesiastes 9:5 KJV)
Everyone that has ever lived and died is now awaiting a resurrection. The first resurrection will occur at the time of Christ's return, the second resurrection will occur 1,000 years later.
The first resurrection:
"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. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 KJV)
The second resurrection:
"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished" (Revelation 20:5 KJV)
Then, the fire that will burn the unrepentant to unconscious ash (total oblivion - see "They Shall Be Ashes") that awaits those who refused to repent and obey God:
"And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 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. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell [note: the actual original word of the Bible translated as "hell" in this verse actually means the grave - see the Fact Finder question below] delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death" (Revelation 20:11-14 KJV)
Fact Finder: When does "hell" mean the grave? When does "hell" mean fire?