is the issue rapture or purgatory?
"Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old." Psalm 25:6 (NIV)I sometimes struggle to see how God's Word applies to our life. Especially when we been waiting a long time for some prayers to be answered. For hearts of loved ones to fully turn to Jesus. For manna to rain from heaven.The funny thing about waiting is it can be all-consuming. It inhales our attention, chews our focus and swallows our thoughts, leaving us in a place of uncertainty and doubt. We forget God's power to fulfill our hopes for prayers answered. Its then, when we can't see how He's going to bring things to pass, We have to rely on His faithfulness in the past.Remembering God's faithfulness in other's lives in Scripture, reminds us of His faithfulness in our own.When the waters rise, you've waited long for rescue and you feel God's forgotten, remember... Genesis 8:1*: But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.When dust and debris threaten to replace passions, dreams and callings and you feel God's forgotten, remember... Genesis 9:15: I will remember my covenant between me and you.When the pitter-patter of little feet is silent and you feel God's forgotten, remember... Genesis 30:22: Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive.When fear, worry, doubt and anxiety enslave and you feel God's forgotten, remember... Exodus 2:23a, 24a, 25b: During that long period...The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out...God heard their groaning and he remembered... and was concerned about them.
so no rapture and no purgatory, so where do the spirits/souls of men go? cease to exists? how so?
The topic of man's makeup can be illuminated by the scriptures when it comes to the soul of man. It is the word that will divide the soul and the spirit of a man. Many will only mention soul, but a further search will show a distinction between the two, soul and spirit. The soul consists of the intellect, emotion and shares the will with the spirit of a man. The spirit is what is called 'inner man' or that which is born by the Word of God. It is also the unregenerated man. So the spirit of man is what Paul calls 'who knows the mind of man except the spirit of man and who knows the mind of God except the Spirit of God'.
Something we should take a look at and understand how man do respond to God and what in man that constantly oppose God and His Commands.