Moody Adams We know that there is life beyond the grave in the same way we know George Washington lived. I know there was a man named George Washington because history books written by reputable people tell me so. I know there is life beyond the grave in the same way—history written by reputable people tells me so. Here are the historical records of life-after-death cases found in the Bible.
The Law of Moses demanded that Jews maintain a day of rest and worship on Saturdays. A Jew who did not observe Saturday worship was guilty of breaking God’s law. Suddenly, after the resurrection of Christ Jews stopped honoring the Sabbath and began their day of worship on Sunday, the day Christ arose. They believed that the death and resurrection of Christ made way for a new path to God. Based on the Messiah, Jesus, instead of the law.
I Kings 17:22 tells us the son of the widow of Zarephath was raised from the dead: And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
II Kings 4:34 records the restoration of a dead Shunammite boy: And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.
II Kings 13:21 says a young man who died and was laid in Elisha’s tomb came back to life: And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
Matthew 17:3,4 records that Moses and Elijah were seen alive by Peter, hundreds of years after they had died: And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if you wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
Matthew 27:52 says many saints were raised from the dead at the time of the crucifixion: And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose.
Luke 7:14, 15 tells of the resurrection of the widow’s son from the dead: And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto you, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother.
Luke 8:52-55 declares Jesus Christ raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead: And all wept, and bewailed her: but He said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleeps. And they laughed Him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And He put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and He commanded to give her meat.
John 11:43, 44 documents Lazarus’ return to life: And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth.
Acts 9:39, 40 says Dorcas was restored to life after she had died: They brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
Acts 20:9-10 tells of a man named Eutychus being restored to life: And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
The Bible’s record of reputable history shouts loud and long, “There is life beyond the grave!”