T.B JOSHUA: Weep Not For The Dead Pst Olumide Akinrinlola It's always painful and sad when the one you love is no more. Nobody wants his or her loved one to die no matter the age. However, people hardly know that the death of a loved one is not the end of life or punishment to the dead. Death is not a punishment or end of the victim. Many are bereaved when their loved one is dead because they don't know what happens next and because they will never see him again until the trumpet sound. But they never knew that the spirit of the deceased lives on. If only we know where a Man is going after death, we will not cry or mourn the dead because the separation of his body from his spirit and soul is NOT the end of his life which we all addressed as death. "And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it." Eccl 12:7. It simply means that anyone who parted away is not dead. His or Her spirit was only separated from his body to be with God in Heaven and live forever in glory or to be with the demons in hell to be tormented till eternity. "Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die." John 11vs 25-26. Any believer who died in Christ will live again and will live with God for eternity. We should be more concerned about where we are going after death. The weeping and wailing are meaningless, it won't wake the dead. It is hard for the family of the bereaved to stop crying for losing someone to death. But indeed, they are only crying in vain. Weeping cannot wake up the dead. We should only weep for ourselves and our children who are not in Christ while they still live and have the grace to repent and accept Jesus into their lives. One thing is certain here which we must all know as said in the book of luke 20:36 that believers who died in Christ will not die anymore, because they will now be equal to the angels and become the Sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. And to all of us reading this: We must also know that: "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15: 22 In the book of 2nd Samuel ch 12 vs 21 -22, David’s servants said to him, “Why are you doing this? When the baby was still alive, you fasted and you cried. Now that the baby is dead, you get up and eat food.” David replied to them and said, “While the baby was still alive, I fasted, and I cried. I thought, ‘Who knows? Maybe the Lord will feel sorry for me and let the baby live.’ But now that the baby is dead, why should I fast? I can’t bring him back to life. Someday I will go to him, but he cannot come back to me." This is the basic truth my brothers and sisters, weep not for the dead; weep not for the late Prophet T.B Joshua but instead, weep for your heaven. And weep for your family who is not in Christ now and preach repentance to them for they still have the grace to repent and amend their ways before death comes knocking. There is no more repentance or grace after death. A cry of repentance for the living who is not yet dead is what we need and not in the other way. Our cries and prayers for the dead are meaningless as they do not have any effect on the deceased and it won't change anything. Our tears including the prayers that we offer for the dead won't change the destination of the deceased - I mean it won't take him or her to heaven or hell. Instead, we should please weep for our Heaven and stop weeping for the dead. This dead thing is turn by turn World Limited. The only thing we don’t know is when and how we are going to die. So, let’s prepare for our heaven. If you love yourself, please work towards making heaven and if you love your neighbour, please preach to them to live a Godly life and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Please repent! Jesus Christ is on His way coming... I just told you! Say: Lord Jesus, I am sorry for my sin. Forgive me. (confess your sin) I accept you today as my Lord and Saviour, come into my life and remain there forever. Amen.