Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Depending on what your taste of music was, or is, or still is, you may or may not know who Warren Zevon was. He died in September of 2003 at age 56, of lung cancer, after a long and successful performing career in the rock music industry (in contrast to those who now labor in a very different kind of "Rock" movement). Given only 3 months to live when the diagnosis of his advanced cancer was made, he managed to survive a little over a year, during which time he produced a final album which featured his rendition of Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door. Although Bob Dylan may have performed the original, that he wrote, technically better, Zevon's version of it, by a man who knew full-well that his death was imminent, was certainly the more powerful in terms of sheer human emotion - something that people all over the world must endure every day as they knowingly face their own life's end from a terminal illness.

Where Is "Heaven's Door"?

Everyone has had family or friends who have passed away, and it's quite natural to wonder what happened to them when death occurred. Where are they now? Are they in heaven? Are they somehow still conscious? Are they alive and dead at the same time?

The example of Jesus Christ clearly answers the question. The Son of God (see The Logos) was born as a normal physical human (Hebrews 2:14-18). After He was brutally killed (see How Did Jesus Christ Die?), His body was placed in the tomb (see The Garden Tomb) where He remained dead until He was resurrected to life. His resurrection would not have been necessary if He had been alive while He was dead.

What does The Bible actually say about what happens when humans die, and more importantly, what does The Word of God say about how and when they stop being dead?

A Peaceful Sleep, No Sense Of The Passage Of Time

A Later Resurrection

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This Day In History, September 12

490 BC: The Athenians defeated the second Persian invasion of Greece at Marathon.

1609: English explorer Henry Hudson, while employed by the Netherlands, discovered a famous river in eastern North America that would later be named after him - the Hudson River. New York City was originally named New Amsterdam.

1683: Austrian and Polish forces took Vienna, Austria, back from the Ottomans after the Battle of Kahlenberg.

1683: Vienna was retaken from the Ottomans.

1722: The Treaty of St. Petersburg ended the Russo-Persian War.

1758: French astronomer Charles Messier began his Messier Catalog of deep-sky objects with the Crab Nebula - the remnants of a supernova explosion that was first observed by Chinese astronomers in 1054.

1848: Switzerland adopted a new constitution under which it became a federal republic.

1878: The obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle, originally cut from the quarries of Aswan in about 1475 B.C., was erected in London.

1953: John F. Kennedy, 36, married Jacqueline Bouvier, 24.

1972: Idi Amin, dictator of Uganda, sent a cable to the United Nations Secretary General to announce that since no statue of Hitler had been erected in Germany, he proposed to set one up in Uganda.

1990: Agreements were signed by the United States, Britain, France, Russia, and East and West Germany which permitted the re-unification of Germany - a key event in European history, and Bible prophecy.

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