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Flight of the Falcon Heavy
Flight of the Soul-Spirit
The Unhappy Space Flight of Starman in His Tesla Roadster to an Encounter with Eventual Total Destruction
The Pleasant Flight of the Pure Soul-Spirit to PARADISE, its Second Landing in Celestial Regions
This subject can be adapted for classes, conferences or sermons
In this artistic creation, the mannequin astronaut Starman, at the wheel of his sharp-looking Tesla Roadster, comes very close to an interstellar body in his dangerous orbit around the Sun. Any asteroid, comet, bunch of rocks or dense dust in deep, black space could destroy Starman as well as the Tesla.
In this abstract, the Soul-Spirit, having had its spiritual status validated as “Pure” at the First Celestial Landing, happily and tranquilly flies across wondrous spiritual dimensions toward the Second Landing, which is Paradise, in the regions of Hades, where Jesus Christ also went after His mortal body died on the cross.
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The form and appearance of the Pure Soul-Spirit when it puts off its earthly physical body and enters spiritual regions. The apostle Paul represents it as “naked.” Analysis of 2 Corinthians 5:1-8. “…clothed… not… naked.”
Does the Pure Soul-Spirit that has just left the deceased physical body have “substance and form?” Analysis of 1 Thessalonians 5:23. The meaning of “…the spirit” returns “to God that gave it,” in Ecclesiastes 12:7. In the case of the Soul-Spirit that has left the dead physical body, his right of free will is revoked!
The meaning of “…it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,” in 1 John 3:2.
The form, shape and appearance of God who is Spirit.
Locomotion of the Soul-Spirit just freed from the physical body. “…carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.” “My desire is to DEPART and be with Christ.” “…I know that the putting off of my body will be soon.” After Souls-Spirits come out of deceased physical bodies, do they have self-locomotion? Actions preprogramed in the Soul-Spirit.
The Soul-Spirit of the person who dies “in the Lord” “shall not come into judgment.” It “will not be judged.” This is what Jesus Christ teaches in John 5:25.
The jubilant Flight to Paradise!
Paradise! “What no eye has seen, nor ear Heard, nor the heart of man conceived…” “I know a man in Christ who… was caught up into Paradise...”
Where is Starman and the Tesla Roadster as of the present?
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The sequence of graphics and texts
The subject of Part 3 of this Analogy between the Flight of the Falcon Heavy and the Flight of the Soul-Spirit is “The Unhappy Space Flight of Starman in His Tesla Roadster to an Encounter with Eventual Total Destruction,” and its counterpart in the analogy: “The Pleasant Flight of the Pure Soul-Spirit to PARADISE, its Second Landing in Celestial Places.” This subject does not appear in the image-slide.
Left, in the lower corner. The photograph of Starman at the wheel of the Tesla, with the globe of planet Earth clearly visible to his right. This is a real photograph taken by one of the three cameras connected to the car in such a way as to make possible the taking of this and other truly unforgettable pictures.
The Tesla Roadster, with Starman as chauffeur, remained in orbit more than 100 miles (170 kilometers) above Earth during only six hours. This maneuver was carried out to confirm that the controls did function as necessary to place payloads in orbit around the planet.
The text: First Holding Phase: In orbit around planet Earth for six hours.
We thus represent in this “Analogy” the First Holding Phase of Starman and the Tesla. To be sure, a spectacular scene for an automobile built on Earth and a mannequin “Made on Earth.” Up there in orbit around the planet. The car, a convertible. Starman, exposed to the elements. Both, out in the open, without the protection of some large metallic shell that would enclose and, hopefully, protect them. Starman, confident and proud, safe in this first orbit, enjoying such a tremendous adventure and scenes, well, out of this world!
We do not wish to imply by using the term “Analogy” in this context that similarities between Starman and the PURE Soul-Spirit are evident. Underline "PURE." On the right side of the image the focus is on the “PURE Soul-Spirit,” the “IMPURE” not being included in the scenario. There are similarities between Starman and IMPURE Souls-Spirits, a subject we plan to explore, Lord willing, farther along in this series.
At the lower right, a group of four graphics, and the words “First Landing” under the graphics.
These graphics replicate a scene from the previous message (Part 2 of the Analogy) where the Pure Soul-Spirit, freed from its deceased physical body and accompanied by an angel, arrives at the First Landing of its very exciting, fantastic flight through celestial places. A different graphic is selected to represent him in this scene, to wit, that of a male dressed in white, partially transparent. Though certain lines and features of his earthly body are visible, let us keep in mind that he no longer inhabits that body. The graphic is used only to aid in the visualization of the scenario of the First Landing.
The FORM and APPEARANCE of the Pure Soul-Spirit
With regard to the form and appearance of the Pure Soul-Spirit which has shed its earthly physical body and entered spiritual regions, the apostle Paul represents it as “naked” (1 Corinthians 5:1-8).
He calls the physical body an “earthly house,” and a “tent.” This earthly body is “destroyed” by death.
But, the just, the pure, the saved, by virtue of dying “in the Lord,” have “a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens,” the which Paul also calls a “habitation… from heaven.”
“…having been clothed, we shall not be found naked”
Nevertheless, Paul himself explains, by the Spirit, that the new “habitation… from heaven” for the Soul-Spirit with eternal salvation totally assured is acquired at the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:42-58), and not immediately after the death of the physical body. It turns out then that, when the Soul-Spirit leaves the deceased physical body, it, effectively, does not have a body in which to dwell until it enters the new “spiritual body,” incorruptible, glorious, powerful and immortal, which comes forth in the process of resurrection. And, this is the state of the Soul-Spirit during its Flight to Paradise in Hades, and its stay in Paradise, where it awaits the resurrection, which involves a transformation of the “natural body” to the “spiritual body” (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-53). A state which Paul represents as “unclothed,” saying that when the Pure Soul-Spirits are “clothed with” their “habitation which is from heaven,” in the resurrection, then, “having been clothed,” they “shall not be found naked.” “…naked,” that is to say, without a body in which to dwell. “…naked,” then, only in this context, and not in that of naked, physical human bodies.
As the physical human body can exist and execute its necessary functions, even though it not be clothed with material garments, so also the Soul-Spirit can exist and manifest itself within the parameters that govern in the Hadean Paradise, despite not being “clothed” in a natural, physical body.
As the Soul-Spirit can do it without having a natural, physical body, so also it can do it without a spiritual body, and it does so in the Hadean Paradise.
But, as the normal, moral human being likes to present himself, or herself, dressed decently, so also the Pure Soul-Spirit would like to be clothed in its new “habitation… from heaven,” the which will be its appropriate “raiment” in the “new earth,” the new “Paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7), where is to be found “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 21).
By the way, the apostle Paul does not say or imply that the promise of this “habitation… from heaven… building of God… house not made with hands… eternal… in the heavens” is only for the 144,000. The Jehovah’s Witnesses apply the text only to the 144,000, doing the same with a great part of the New Testament, but any studious, objective person quickly sees that they are inexcusably and blatantly mistaken, for the epistles of Paul, Peter, John, James and Judas were written not only for the 144,000 but for all the Christians to which they were specifically addressed, and, by extension, to Christians in all times and places of the Christian Age.
Does the Pure Soul-Spirit have “substance and form” just after it comes out of the deceased physical body? It does not have a physical body; neither does it yet have a glorified, spiritual body, and, in this context, it is “naked,” but, does it have some substance or form? It has BOTH, according to the following Bible texts.
1 Thessalonians 5:23. Being a “spirit” engendered by “the Father of spirits” (Hebrews 12:9), the Soul-Spirit that leaves the physical body would conserve the same spiritual substance that it received from God, the Father of spirits. It does not lose it.
“…the spirit” returns “to God that gave it.”
The faculty of free will is taken from the Soul-Spirit!
Ecclesiastes 12:7. Solomon says that when “the dust,” that is to say, the physical body made of material elements, returns “to the earth as it was… the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7). By “return to God who gave it,” I understand, personally, that God takes absolute control of the spirit (Soul-Spirit) that abandons the physical body, which returns “to the earth” as a consequence of death.
God the Creator bestows free will on the Soul-Spirit while it is in the live, physical body so that it may choose between Good and Evil. That it may decide to whom it will serve, whether to its loving and benevolent spiritual Father, or to Lucifer, the incorrigible Enemy of God, the good angels and the good souls. That it may determine its own eternal destiny.
Once it leaves the physical body, the Soul-Spirit is no longer in possession of free will! It may have thoughts about its state and desire fervently to change it, but It can no longer implement decisions on life-styles, priorities, outcomes it would like to have for its present existence, eternal destiny, etc. It may wish to inhabit another physical body and relive life on earth, but it cannot. It may think of breaking away from the angels and fleeing Hades, but it cannot, figuratively speaking, lift a finger or move an inch on its own. It is totally at the mercy of God the Father who engendered it “in his image and likeness,” expecting it to honor that divine origin.
This is, to my understanding, the meaning of “return to God who gave it,” and not that the spirit of each and every human being, of the bad as well as the good, is absorbed again into the very Spirit of God.
“…it has not yet been revealed what we shall be”
1 John 3:2. “…it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,” states the apostle John, “but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2), reference being to Jesus Christ in His appearing “a second time, apart from sin, for salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). In other words, the form and appearance the Souls-Spirits have that depart from human bodies at the instant of death has not yet been made known to the Souls-Spirits that yet occupy flesh and blood bodies. We simply are unable to explain the composition, form or appearance of the new spiritual body we will have. Not even by using the most sophisticated computer programs could we create a graphic that would truly represent the features and appearance of the spiritual, powerful, glorious, incorruptible, immortal body.
Philippians 3:21. We are speaking of a body “conformed to His glorious body,” that is, of the body Jesus Christ actually has on the heavenly throne at the righthand of the Father (Philippians 3:21). But, we will not have such a “glorious body” until the just in Paradise are resurrected and the just alive on earth are transformed in the moments leading up to the appearing of Christ “a second time, apart from sin.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 9:28). Then, yes, “we shall see Him as He is,” for we also shall have received the same kind of spiritual glorified body!
“God is Spirit”
His “form… shape… what He looks like… appearance”
John 4:24 and John 5:37. “God is Spirit” (John 4.24), and as such has “form” (NRSV, RSV, NKJV). He has “shape” (KJ21 -21st Century King James Version). “You have not seen… what He looks like,” says His Son, Jesus (ISV -International Standard Version). So, He does “look like something;” He has “appearance.” These are translations of the Greek εἶδος in John 5:37. “From G1492; a view, that is, form (literally or figuratively): -appearance, fashion, shape, sight” (Strong’s Greek Dictionary). The complete statement by Jesus in John 5:37 reads: “You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.” (NKJV) Human beings in bodies of flesh and blood cannot see the “form… shape… or appearance” of the Creator, God the Father. Only the Son. “Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who comes from God. This one has seen the Father” (John 6:46).
Since, then, the “Father of spirits” has “form” (shape, appearance), we surely do not err by postulating that the Soul-Spirit which departs from the physical body that has just died also has FORM. We cannot describe it, but it does have shape, appearance, form.
And, it has mind and memory; intelligence, conscience, the ability to judge and the capacity for communication with other spiritual beings. This assertion rests on the account by Jesus Christ of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) and the teaching regarding “those submitted to judgment by God having to respond for themselves,” found in texts such as 2 Corinthians 5:10, Matthew 7:21-23 and Matthew 25:31-46.
Locomotion of the Soul-Spirit just freed from the physical body
“…carried by the angels to Abraham’s side”
“My desire is to DEPART and be with Christ.”
“…I know that the PUTTING OFF of my body will be soon”
In the image-slide, the five indistinct white forms, that is, practically without any trait that would identify them, moving upwards toward Paradise, in Hades, symbolize the Pure Souls-Spirits that, having neither a physical body nor a spiritual, glorified body, fly to the Second Landing, where they will await the resurrection and return of Christ in glory.
“Fly.” According to the scenes of the rich man and Lazarus, when the physical body of the poor man Lazarus dies, “he was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side,” that is, to Paradise, in Hades (Luke 16:22). In other words, as a Soul-Spirit without a physical body, and yet without a spiritual, glorified body, “he was carried by the angels.” Do the bodiless Souls-Spirits not have the power to move on their own? Did Lazarus not have such a power after the death of his physical body?
The apostle Paul expressed his desire to “depart and be with Christ” (Philippians 1.23). “I know the putting off of my body will be soon,” writes the apostle Peter (2 Peter 1:12). “…depart” from the physical body no longer alive, or, as Peter says, “putting off” that body, are actions the Souls-Spirits of Paul and Peter would have to take obligatorily. Actions already programed in the Soul-Spirit of every human being. They could not do otherwise. Nobody can. The Soul-Spirit absolutely must leave the physical body no longer alive. The “program” that forces that action cannot be altered or deleted. The action is irreversible. In the same way, the flight of the Soul-Spirit to the First Landing, where its flight path either to Paradise or to Tartarus is determined, is preprogramed and unavoidable.
In view of these realities, the matter of the Souls-Spirits having or not having the power to move on their own after the death of the physical body becomes more or less academic. If they have it, their departure and subsequent trip to the First Landing are preprogramed in their being, and they will go there, whether they want to or not. If they do not have it, then God’s angels will be in charge of their transportation, and they will be taken there, whether they want to go or not. As noted previously, they no longer have the power of free will to decide in these matters and circumstances what they will do or will not do. On this tremendous reality every Soul-Spirit still occupying a live human body should meditate long and hard, obeying and living the pure gospel of salvation to the last breath so that a flight to Paradise will be fully assured.
According to the account of the rich man and Lazarus, Abraham, over in Paradise, and Lazarus with him, responds to a request by the rich man on the other side in Tartarus, saying: “…between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us” (Luke 16:26). While the verb construction “pass from here to you” might indicate self-locomotion, and “would” has to do with will power, the movements by the inhabitants of both places are limited and controlled by the divine laws that govern them.
Reiterating: The Father of spirits now exercises complete control over these Souls-Spirits no longer in the material world. The right to make their own decisions and implement them (free will) has been taken from them. For example, the right to pass from one side to the other of the “great chasm” that separates Paradise from Tartarus. Needless to say, if those in Tartarus had free will and the power to act on it, Tartarus would be totally empty in the bat of an eye!
May every Soul-Spirit that, today. occupies and utilizes for evil (wrong, destructive purposes; actions hurtful to self and others) its live, physical body, take serious, sober note. Continuing thus until the death of the physical body, the inescapable Flight of the “Impure Soul-Spirit” will certainly take it to Tartarus, where it will be able to meet the egotistical, presumptuous rich man who did not even have the decency to have compassion on the sick and hungry beggar Lazarus. Just like the rich man, it will want to cross over to the side of Paradise, but there is absolutely no way for bad, immoral, evil, unrepentant, disobedient souls to make that passage. Never on your life! So then, it would be worth its while to set its earthly life on a way of justice and right-living. To repent, and be baptized “for the forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:37-47), then live the rest of its earthly days in holiness, finishing them “in the Lord.” Only in that way can it receive a pass to the First Landing and proceed from there to Paradise.
“The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psalms 90:10). Are you ready to “fly away?” Am I ready to “fly away?”
The text to the left of the four graphics. At the First Landing, the Soul-Spirit confident of having been faithful to God to the end of its journey on the Earth, presents itself, giving its name. There might be some possibility of its having deceived itself with respect to the preparation necessary for this decisive moment, but, in the case of our example, the name is found quickly in the Book of Life, providing proof, that, as a matter of fact, in terms of its earthly life on Earth, that phase ended successfully “in the Lord” (Revelation 14:13).
The Soul-Spirit that finishes “in the Lord” its earthly sojourn “shall not come into judgment.” It will “not be judged.”
At the extreme right, the column of text beside the beings moving up toward the Second Landing. The Soul-Spirit of the human being who is convinced that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, obeys His gospel and faithfully keeps it to the end of its days on earth, finishing them “in Christ,” is PURE. Made so by God through His grace and mercy. Christ says that he does not come to the First Landing to be judged. He is authorized to go directly to PARADISE.
What reason would there be to submit to judgment the one who already has eternal life assured by virtue of having died “in the Lord?” As a matter of fact, the Lord Jesus Christ teaches that such a judicial procedure is NOT programmed for the PURE Soul-Spirit. He says:
John 5:24. (New King James Version) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
John 5:24. (New International Reader’s Version) “What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. They will not be judged. They have crossed over from death to life.”
John 5:24. (New Revised Standard Version) “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
Κρίσις is the Greek word translated “judgment” in the NKJV and the NRSV; “judged” in the NIRV. Strong’s Greek Dictionary defines it as follows: “(Subjectively or objectively, for or against); by extension a tribunal; by implication justice (specifically divine law): - accusation, condemnation, damnation, judgment.”
Instructively, the repentant thief on the cross pardoned by Jesus Christ did not have to wait for some future “judgment” to determine his spiritual Destiny, but was admitted to Paradise that same day, together with Christ. “Truly, I say to you, TODAY you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).
To the left, the center text that says: The propulsion system is fired for the third time and (Starman and the Tesla) take off for an orbit around the planet Mars.
In the photograph above those words, Starman and his Tesla Roadster are seen leaving the planet Earth behind. Only a portion of the globe of Earth is visible.
To the right of those words and the photograph, a long graphic begins in the lower part, with red, orange, yellow and white elements that indicate the moment when the third firing of the propulsion system of the Falcon Heavy takes place. The graphic is then extended diagonally as a white vapor toward the top of the image to indicate the high velocity flight of Starman and the Tesla to a position in orbit around the planet Mars.
The JUBILANT Flight to Paradise!
In the center of the image, the text that says: Once his spiritual status is confirmed, he joyously takes flight for Paradise, accompanied by one or more angels.
As Starman and the Tesla leave the First Holding Phase, an orbit around the planet Earth that lasts for just six hours, to arrive at an orbit around Mars, analogously, the Soul-Spirit, once confirmed its spiritual status as “Pure, in the Lord,” leaves the First Landing in a Flight for Paradise, accompanied by ANGELS. These are events and circumstances we have already considered, at least, to some extent.
What we would really like to make stand out here is the sentiment of “jubilance.” Imagine it! Flying to Paradise! Accompanied by God’s angels! Possibly through panoramic views of unimaginable beauty far beyond even the most spectacular scenes on earth. That never have been conceived in the mind of any human being, nor could they be, for they belong to another world. With the absolute certainly of a pure, eternal happiness in idyllic places prepared by the loving Creator and His Son for those who love them, respect and follow them.
In contrast, if Starman were a live human astronaut, what sentiments would he experience during a flight to an uncertain orbit, but that, whatever it might be, would result in his making an infinite number of very long flights in dangerous stellar space, without any hope whatsoever of a positive outcome?
At the extreme left, the text toward the upper corner that says: A velocity error causes it to overshoot the planned trajectory.
Due to this velocity error, Starman and the Tesla overshoot the planned orbit around Mars, going farther and farther out in the Solar system of the Milky Way Galaxy.
The text in the upper center, to the left of the red and yellow spiral, that says: There are never any errors of trajectory or destiny on this trip.
For a fact, a great difference between events planned by humans and those planned by the Creator God is that, while human errors often cause theirs to fail, God’s are executed without mistakes.
Where are Starman and the Tesla Roadster as of the present?
To he left, in the upper corner. Farther out! Farther out! Farther and farther away! Last photograph: The crescent of the Earth at the left.
As of March 07, 2018, about 11 a. m. EST, Starman and the Tesla car were 5,238,000 miles (8,430,401 kilometers) distant from planet Earth, going away from the planet at 7,239 miles an hour (11,650 kilometers an hour).
The orbit Starman and Tesla are in is not around Mars, as planned, but around the Sun, an orbit that takes 571 days.
Recently, some scientists calculated at 6% the possibility that the Tesla Roadster would collide with Earth during the next million years, and at 2.5% the possibility of a collision with the planet Venus. Should it happen that at some time the Tesla Roadster would fall toward Earth, it would be consumed in flames, without causing any damage, before it reached the surface.
If no interference takes place, Starman will continue its solitary trip in interplanetary space between orbits of the Earth and Mars for millions of years. But, that is not a problem. He is listening to Ziggy Stardust on the radio!
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Untrue! Starman is not listening to anything but the silence of space, for the battery of the Tesla went dead several hours after the flight of the Falcon Heavy began.
But, what sublime music beyond any humans have ever conceived will the Pure Souls-Spirits be listening to during their Flight to Paradise?
The text in the upper center that says: Toward an orbit filled with tremendous dangers and, eventually, into total oblivion!
The text in the upper, right corner. The Second Landing is in PARADISE.
Since Paradise is a place in celestial-spiritual dimensions, no picture, abstract or esoteric earthly creation whatsoever can transmit a substantial idea of the enchantments it has for the Pure Soul-Spirit.
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him, God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). At least, we know they exist in “the world to come” (Hebrews 2:5), some visions of Revelation, for example, those of chapters 21 and 22, providing impressive and intriguing scenes, described in this-world language and images, of those things in celestial realms, of those things “no eye has seen.”
“I know a man in Christ who… was caught up to the third heaven… was caught up into Paradise… and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.” Thus the apostle Paul did write in 2 Corinthians 12:2-5, Paul himself being the “man in Christ” who “was caught up into Paradise.”
Flight of the Falcon Heavy; Flight of the Soul-Spirit. An analogy. Part 1. Subject: Of weights, noises and cargos. Adaptable for classes, conferences or messages. Substantial text with a number of points and applications.
The tense flight of Starman to the First Orbit. The obligatory flight of the Soul-Spirit to the Frist Landing. Part 2 of the series: Flight of the Falcon Heavy; Flight of the Soul-Spirit. An analogy.
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