Misinterpreted Texts on the State of the Dead

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Study Notes by Pastor Stephen Bohr have 277 pages, spiral bound. | The DVD set contains 18 presentations on 9 DVDs.

We live in a world that is obsessed with the supernatural. Spiritualism has inundated the media and the entertainment world. One regularly hears about the zombies, out-of-body and near-death experiences, UFO's, ghosts, necromancers and dead humans coming back as angels. What does the Bible say about the state of the dead? Does the soul leave the body at death? Are the righteous dead in heaven praising the Lord? Are the souls of the wicked suffering in hell? In this series, Pastor Stephen Bohr answers these and other questions about death and the afterlife.

"The prince of evil has power to bring before men the appearance of departed friends. The counterfeit is perfect, reproduced with marvelous distinctness. Many are comforted with the assurance that their loved ones are enjoying heaven. Without suspicion of danger, they give ear “to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” 1 Timothy 4:1. Ellen G. White, From Here to Forever, p. 338

This new 18-part series is an expansion of Pastor Bohr's previous study notes "Puzzling Texts on the State of the Dead", and also "Misunderstood Texts on the State of the Dead". A description of each chapter follows:

Chapter Titles:

  1. The Right To The Tree Of Life
  2. Rachel's Departing Soul
  3. A Thief and A Witch
  4. Absent From The Body and Present With The Lord
  5. Paul's Dilemma: Stay or Depart?
  6. The Souls Under The Altar
  7. The Spirits of Just Men
  8. Preaching To The Spirits in Prison
  9. Three Inseparable Distinctive Doctrines
  10. The Dead Who Stand Before God
  11. The Resurrection and The Life
  12. The Keys of Hades
  13. The Rich Man and Lazarus
  14. All Live To Him
  15. Undying Worm and Unquenchable Fire
  16. Immortality of The Soul or Resurrection of The Dead
  17. The First Post Modern
  18. Spirits of Devils


#1: “The Right to the Tree of Life” - In this penetrating study, Pastor Bohr examines the Tree of Life passages from Genesis to Revelation. In the process he shows that man’s life at the beginning and in the new earth was/will be contingent upon continual partaking from the Tree of Life. You will learn many new concepts from this lecture.

#2: “Rachel’s Departing Soul” - Did Rachel have an immortal soul that departed her body the moment she died (Genesis 35:18)? This lecture offers a comprehensive study of the words “body”, “soul,” and “spirit” in the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures.

#3: “A Thief and a Witch” - Did the penitent thief really to go Paradise with Jesus on Good Friday? Did Saul speak to the departed soul of Samuel when he went to visit the Witch of Endor? This lecture presents compelling reasons why the thief did not go to Paradise and Saul did not speak with the departed spirit of Samuel.

#4:Absent from the Body and Present with the Lord” - What did the apostle Paul mean when he expressed his desire to be absent from the body and present with the Lord? Did he want this to take place the moment he died or at the resurrection? A careful analysis of this misunderstood passage in 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.

#5: “Paul’s Dilemma: Stay or Depart?” - Did the apostle Paul believe that he would go to heaven immediately upon the moment of his death? In this careful study, Pastor Bohr analyzes Philippians 1:21-24 and shows that Paul’s hope was not in the immortality of the soul but rather in the resurrection of the dead.

#6: “The Souls under the Altar” - In this incisive study of Revelation 6:9-11 Pastor Bohr answers several questions: Are the souls under the altar the disembodied spirits of the dead? Which altar are they under and how do they cry out? How does the story of Cain and Abel help to explain this passage? How does this passage relate to the beheaded souls of Revelation 20:4?

#7: “The Spirits of Just Men” - Hebrews 12:22-24 refers to the perfecting of a group of just men whose spirits are seemingly worshiping in heaven. Are the disembodied spirits of the faithful dead now in heaven praising the Lord? A careful study of the passage indicates that the religious world has totally misunderstood this beautiful passage of Scripture.

#8: “Preaching to the Spirits in Prison” - This lecture is a comprehensive study of I Peter 3:18-22. Did Jesus go and preach to the spirits of the dead after He died? Who were these spirits in prison and what did Jesus preach to them? The answers to these questions will surprise you.

#9: “Three Inseparable Distinctive Doctrines”: We must study three biblical doctrines together. If we get one of them wrong, the others will be wrong as well. Those there interlocking doctrines are the judgment, the state of the dead and the second coming of Christ.

#10: “The Dead who stand Before God” - How is it possible for dead people to stand before the judgment seat of God? In this study Pastor Bohr provides convincing evidence that Revelation 20:11-12 describes the millennial stage of the judgment while Revelation 20:13-15 describes the post-millennial stage. You will be amazed at this study!

#11: “The Resurrection and the Life” - Is there any connection between the story of the rich man and Lazarus and the resurrection of a man called Lazarus? In this lecture, we will see why the parable of the rich man and Lazarus is the only one that contains a proper name. Some amazing new insights into John 11.

#12: “The Keys of Hades” - An exhaustive study of the Hebrew word sheol and the Greek word hades. Should these words be translated “hell”? Conclusive evidence that these words describe the resting place of the dead and not a place of burning.

#13: “The Rich Man and Lazarus” - Does the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus really teach that the wicked suffer conscious torment immediately after death? What is the central lesson of this story? Pastor Bohr shares many new and fresh insights into the background, the audience, and the theological meaning of this story. Conclusive proof that Jesus did not believe in the immortality of the soul but rather in the resurrection of the dead.

#14:“All Live To Him” (Luke 20) - Did Jesus teach that the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were conscious and alive in His day? An amazing study on why Jesus told the Sadducees that these three Old Testament heroes lived in His day, before the second coming.

#15: “Undying Worm and Unquenchable Fire” - Did you know that the fire which will consume the wicked will never go out? Did you know that the righteous, not the wicked, will live in the everlasting fire? Did you know that the conscious torment of Satan and his angels would last for a long time? A new and fresh approach to the ‘hell passages’ of the Bible.

#16: “Immortality of the Soul or Resurrection of the Dead?” - Did Jesus teach that the soul of man is conscious and immortal? In this study, Pastor Bohr contrasts the view of death of Socrates and the Greek philosophers with the view of Jesus.

#17:The First Post Modern” - Satan used five methods to deceive Adam and Eve at the beginning of human history and he is using these same methods to take the world captive in these end times.

#18: “Spirits of Devils” - The danger of spiritualism in the last days. Take Revelation 16:13, 14 as the foundation and quotations from Ellen White. The importance of ignoring the senses, emotions, feelings, what others say, the experts, etc. Our only protection will be in an it is written. Talk about Satan’s counterfeit second coming.

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State of the dead
Written by Keri on Aug 1st 2023

Pastor Bohr is very knowledgeable on this topic. He clearly presents the meaning of the words in Hebrew and Greek. I would recommend this DVD to anyone trying to teach the truth on the state of the Dead.

Super Highly Recommended
Written by Deborah Cunningham on May 12th 2021

If anybody has been desiring and praying for light on the Bible subject of the end state of the deceased, I super highly recommend this book. The notes and content are true, thorough and Bible-based. I'm thankful for SUMTv and for the opportunity to purchase this excellent Bible information source. It is a must-read!

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