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February 21 – Annihilation for the dead is a deadly doctrine

“And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God…” – Job 19:26

Scripture reading: Job 19:26-29

Most Christians understand the contemptible heresies of Jehovah’s Witnesses and others regarding our bodily resurrection. They believe men will simply cease to exist after they die. They reject the idea of a glorious bodily resurrection. But Job believed and clearly taught the reality of the glorious resurrection after death for Christians and the disastrous resurrection to judgment of those who reject the Saviour.

God taught the resurrection of the dead. This was evident from the hope of the saints of the Old Testament. You see Abraham’s confidence in the resurrection even through his mourning and burial of Sarah. You see David’s confidence of seeing his dead son again. You see it when saints named their children, giving them names of hope. They knew resurrection was on the way. And most of all, they knew the One through Whom that resurrection would come. You see that in Hebrews 11-12. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, all who were given to Him by the Father and placed their hopes in Him would have that glorious resurrection. Their resurrection would be a resurrection of life. They were in Jesus when He died, was buried and rose again!

Those who believe in annihilation are holding to a deadly doctrine. They too will have a resurrection, but it will be a resurrection of death. You have the Good News of the resurrection; don’t you want to share it with others?

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that you will look forward to standing before God in your resurrected body and that you will introduce others to the One Who gives new bodies and new souls!

Pastor Mitchell Persaud is a missionary at New Horizon URCNA, in Scarborough, ON, Canada, where he has ministered for over 20 years. Feel free to Google his name for more information about New Horizon. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at

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