“or the living know that they will die, but the dead don’t know anything. There is no longer a reward for them because the memory of them is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5 (HCSB)
“Whatever your hands find to do, do with [all] your strength, because there is no work, planning, knowledge, or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.”. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (HCSB)
The living are conscious that they will die, but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they any more have wages because the remembrance of them has been forgotten.
All that your hand finds to do, do with your very power, for there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in Sheol, the place to which you are going.”
In answer to the above, my guides inform me that that applied before the Ransom Sacrifice. If you’re born in Christ, you will be raised up at death. It is merely a transition. In fact, there are many spirits that fell in under the Ransom Sacrifice that died before Christ’s time. It was a covenant that covers all of Mankind. Where religions like the Jehovah’s Witnesses get off tract (in my mind), is that they think Man was still intended to live in perfection on the Earth as humans.
But Satan altered that Divine Plan when he lied to the first human pair. The Ransom Sacrifice put things back on track; except that the Heavenly life was introduced into the picture. Satan and his dark forces are the ones that Ecclesiastes 9:5 and 9:10 would apply to now. They’re the ones with their necks on the chopping block – not Mankind. We have a Savior that covers all of Mankind. The fallen angels are the ones that are still on the outs with the Creator. Christ did not sacrifice his life for the angels that rebelled.
At the Book of Luke 4:33-34: “In the synagogue there was a man with a spirit, an unclean demon, and he shouted with a loud voice: ‘Ah! What have we to do with you, Jesus you Nazarene? Did you come to destroy us? I know exactly who you are, the Holy One of God.” (HCSB)
Although Satan and his forces consider the Creator and Christ their enemy, they do not consider themselves equal in power. They know all life stems from the Creator. Satan wanted to be a god, but one of lessor power, because he knows the Creator is all powerful. Well, he got his wish, but not exactly what he wanted. He ended up in a war that he cannot win. He enticed and pulled other angels into this mess with him. It’s a terrible thing to know that your Creator wants to kill you someday in the future. But that’s what these fallen children of Almighty God are faced with every day of their lives, in a spiritual prison as far as they’re concerned. Their outlook is not just bleak, it is totally without hope. Revelations 20:7-10 sums it up.
“When the 1,000 years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. Their number is like the sand of the sea. They came up over the surface of the earth and surrounded the encampment of the saints, the beloved city. Then fire came down from heaven and consumed them. The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and