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At the end of Job, God blessed him and gave him twice as much as he had in the first part of his life but he still has seven sons and three daughters. Is it a common interpretation that his first seven sons and three daughters who were killed are alive in heaven? This would be twice as much--fourteen sons and six daughters. What are other interpretations from groups that would find the former interpretation unacceptable?

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This is a common interpretation since everything else of Job's was doubled. The only problem you have are the references in Job that seem to discredit the notion of life after death. – Affable Geek Aug 29 '13 at 21:34
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@ Affable Geek-came across this today Job ch 19 v 25-27.Like any scripture it is open to one's interpretation in the same way as the seven son's and three daughters are. – 77 Clash Aug 30 '13 at 19:01
There is a sequel to Job if you're interested! – Peter Turner Aug 30 '13 at 21:27

At Acts 2:34 we see that not even David, who was considered to be one of the righteous kings, ascended to heaven. The Bible indicates that Jesus was the first one to be resurrected to spirit life and ascend to heaven. (John 3:13) This would include Job and his sons and daughters. They are still potentially eligible for a resurrection to earthly life during the thousand year reign of Christ. (Job:14:14-15; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:13)

This is what Jehovah's Witnesses believe. You can read more about the condition of the dead and the hope for the dead in chapters 6 and 7 of the book "What Does the Bible Really Teach?", which you can read for free online.

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@ Plv Jude 1 v 9 "But even the archangel Michael when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses".This would indicate that the body of Moses is going to Heaven. – 77 Clash Aug 31 '13 at 10:51
@user2572 I am not really following your reasoning. There is nothing there to indicate Moses was going to heaven. The dispute was over Moses dead body. The scriptures do not say what Satan had in mind for Moses' body, but he may have wanted to entice people to worship Moses' body or grave in some way. – plv Aug 31 '13 at 15:31
How about… – user2428118 Aug 31 '13 at 18:44
@ Plv valid Point !! where my reasoning came from was that the soul of moses was still in his body and this is what Satan (the accuser) was after,by bringing slanderous accusations against him but Michael was disputing this to claim the body.Also Enoch came into my reasoning-but he was still alive when God took him to (Heaven?) – 77 Clash Aug 31 '13 at 21:44
@user2572 As a kindness, God took Enoch's life away rather than allow the opposers to kill him. The expression that he was "transferred so as not to see death" may mean that God put him in a prophetic trance and ended his life while still in the trance so he would not experience the pangs of death. (Hebrews 11:5) It cannot mean that he was taken to heaven because this would contradict Jesus clear statement at John 3:13. The dead are simply in a state of non-existence, which is why the Bible compares death to sleep for those getting a resurrection. (John 11:11-14; Acts 7:60; 1 Corinthians 15:6) – plv Aug 31 '13 at 23:59

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