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The Doctrine of Intermediate Consciousness (Updated)


"The Doctrine of Intermediate Consciousness" as opposed to The Doctrine of Intermediate Unconsciousness


afterlife, conscious, consciousness, hereafter


"The historically Pagan Belief that during the Intermediate State, between death and Christ's Return, the dead are consciously experiencing either comfort or torment in the Afterlife"

Proof-Texts and Cross-References

Gen. 37v35; 1 Sam. 28v3-25; Ecc. 12v5-7; Mt. 17v1-3, 22v23-33; Mk. 12v26-27; Lk. 16v19-31 [6], 20v37-38, 23v43 [6]; Jn. 8v56 [5]; 2 Cor. 5v1-8 [6], 12v1-4; Philip. 1v21-25 [6]; Rev. 6v9-11, 7v9-12


Welcome to our study into the Doctrine of Intermediate Consciousness, as it relates to the Doctrine of Eternal Torment.

Foundational Principles

The following principles are foundational to the Doctrine of Intermediate Consciousness.

The Belief that the Bible Teaches a Conscious Intermediate State

The proof-texts, often sighted in defence of Intermediate Consciousness, include Genesis Chapter 37 Verse 35, First Samuel Chapter 28 Verses 3 to 25, Matthew Chapter 17 Verses 1 to 3, Matthew Chapter 22 Verses 23 to 33, Luke Chapter 16 Verses 19 to 31 [6], Luke Chapter 20 Verses 37 to 38, Luke Chapter 23 Verse 43 [6], John Chapter 8 Verse 56 [5], Second Corinthians Chapter 5 Verses 1 to 8 [6], Second Corinthians Chapter 12 Verses 1 to 4, Philippians Chapter 1 Verses 21 to 25 [6], Revelation Chapter 6 Verses 9 to 11, and Revelation Chapter 7 Verses 9 to 12.



» The Twelfth Mennonite General Conference defended the Doctrine of Intermediate Consciousness in Article XVII of the 1921 Garden City Confession of Faith [6], concluding "that in the interval between death and resurrection, the righteous will be with Christ in a state of conscious bliss and comfort, but that the wicked will be in a place of torment, in a state of conscious suffering and despair. (Lk. 16:19-31; 23:43; Phil. 1:23; II Cor. 5:1-8; I Thes. 5:10; II Pet. 2:9)" [6].


» The Greeks believed in a conscious afterlife [1], where the righteous and heroic were consciously consigned to Elysium [2], and the evil doers to Tartarus [3].


1. Afterlife (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; 23 November 2011)
2. Elysium (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; 23 November 2011)
3. Tartarus (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; 23 November 2011)
4. Intermediate State (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; 23 November 2011)
5. EJ Hill. John Chapter 8 Verse 56 (Ejays; 24 November 2011) ✔
6. Article XVII: Of the Intermediate State: The 1921 Garden City Mennonite Confession of Faith (Wikisource; 1 April 2008) ✔


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