Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, I have no pleasure in them; 2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble (When your arms and hands tremble), and the strong men shall bow themselves (When you can no longer stand up straight), and the grinders cease because they are few (You have very few teeth left), and those that look out of the windows (Your eyes) be darkened, 4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low (You become hard of hearing), and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird (Yet the slightest sound will wake you), and all the daughters of music shall be brought low (You will not be able to hear sweet sound of music). 5 Also when they shall be afraid of heights, and fears in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail (With old age, life becomes just a burden). Because man goes to his long home (Sheol/the world of the dead), and the mourners go about the streets.
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In this passage of Scripture, we have a look at the life of a man in his old age, and in his physical death. When his soul, man’s eternal being goes to Sheol/the world of the dead. The King James Version correctly says, “Then man goes to his long home,” while some newer versions incorrectly say, “Then man goes to his eternal home.”
The book of Ecclesiastes was written possibly 1,000 years before Jesus Christ. When the writer of this book died, his soul went down to Sheol. Sheol for the Old Testament saints is paradise and a long home, not an eternal home.
The writer then continues, by giving us a look at what happens to our body and spirit when we, our soul passes from this world into Sheol.
Some people, who have seen with their spiritual eyes, when someone else is dying, say that when the spirit of a man leaves his body, it looks like a silver wisp of smoke, or a silver cord, rising from the body towards the sky.
Ecclesiastes 12:6 (Remember your Creator) before the silver cord is loosed, (your spirit departs) or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well (These are three saying of that time, meaning he died. If King Solomon had written this today, he would have probably added, ‘he kicked the bucket.’). 7 Then the dust (his body) will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
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