On the magazine cover
above the video Michael Jackson and Firpo Carr on the front cover of London's prominent news magazine, The Independent
On Sunday, "The Sunday Review" of July 11, 2004.
This issue coincides with the same week of Michael Jackson's funeral, scheduled for
July 7, 2009. The release date and memorial service are exactly Jackson Five years to the week.Where is Michael Jackson Now?
What he believed about death
by Dr. Firpo CarrThe Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper
After all the allegations of prescription drug abuse; of child molestation and parental payoffs; of rumors of failing
health; of rumors of a deteriorating face; of rumors of bleached skin; of financial woes, and a host of other charges, Michael
Joseph Jackson is dead. Just typing these words rocks my soul; leaving the foundation of my very being unsettled. Though he’s
been dead for a week now, I’m stunned as I type in a fog, alternating between fantasy and reality. I’m waiting
for someone to wake me up so I can tell them about this awful dream I had of Michael being dead. It seemed just yesterday
that, at the family’s request, I was taking on haters, skeptics, and the world media in defending the family’s
reputation. Being a spiritual man, Michael believed that all sins--either real or imagined--are forgiven in death. You see,
“Sin pays off with death.” (Rom. 6:23; Contemporary English Version) But, according to the Bible, what
exactly is the condition of the dead? Will there be a resurrection? Here’s what Michael believed:
The Condition of the Dead: The Bible
says very plainly, “The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward,
nor are they remembered. Whatever they did in their lifetime--loving, hating, envying--is all long gone. They no longer play
a part in anything here on earth… Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or
planning or knowledge or wisdom.” (Eccl 9:5, 6, 10; New Living Translation) Billions are in the grave right
now with no signs of cognitive activity. And it’s the same for everyone, irrespective of your station in life. “You
can’t depend on anyone, not even a great leader. Once they die and are buried, that will be the end of all their plans.”
(Ps. 146:3, 4; CEV) This can clearly be seen in Michael’s case. Although he had grandiose plans to put on fifty
glorious concerts, once he died, that was ‘the end of all his plans.’ Michael was aware of the state of the dead.
But he was also aware that they would be resurrected.
Restored Life in the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible, often called the Old Testament,
says that Yehowah Elohim (Jehovah God) purposes to bring back the dead. “He will actually swallow up death
forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces.” (Isa. 25:8; New World
Translation) Those tears that we shed when Michael died will be wiped away by Jehovah when he kills death forever. “Your
people have died, but they will live again,” says the inspired Prophet Isaiah. “Their bodies will rise from death.
You who lie in the ground, wake up and be happy! The dew covering you is like the dew of a new day; the ground will give birth
to the dead.” (Isa. 26:19; New Century Version) For a certainty, countless millions of dead loved ones will
“wake up and be happy”!
faithful man Job knew that death was in actually a deep sleep from which only God could raise you from. When experiencing
all his troubles, he told the Lord, “I wish you would hide me in the grave and forget me there until your anger has
passed. But mark your calendar to think of me again! Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my
years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death.” (Job 14: 13, 14; NLT) Job had confidence
that if he died right then, he could very well have a calendar date with life. This, my friends, is what Michael
And then there’s
Prophet Daniel. In his old age he was told, “be faithful until the end! You will rest, and at the end of time, you will
rise from death to receive your reward.” (Dan. 12:13; CEV) But it wasn’t only Daniel that would “rise
from death.” “Huge numbers of people who lie dead in their graves will wake up,” wrote the faithful prophet.
“Some will rise up to life that will never end. Others will rise up to shame that will never end.” (Daniel 12:2; New
International Reader’s Version) Again, Michael wholeheartedly believed this. But what does the New Testament have
to say about the resurrection?
Life in the New Testament: The second section of the Bible--commonly called the New Testament (or, Christian Greek
Scriptures)--is not silent on the matter. Jesus Christ himself made this shocking revelation: “Don’t be so surprised!
Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again.
Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience
judgment.” (John 5:28, 29; NLT) If you’re surprised, like the Lord said, “don’t be.”
It’s really going to happen. “But how can we be so sure?” you ask. Well, five men in the Bible performed
resurrections. These were Elijah, Elisha, Jesus, Peter, and Paul.
One time, Jesus resurrected his friend Lazarus. If circumstances permitted, I’d resurrect
Michael. But, I’m no Jesus; and he’s not Lazarus. However, like Lazarus, the dead are asleep. Here’s what
Jesus told his disciples: “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. I’m going to wake him up.” Now, this puzzled
the disciples. In fact, they asked: “Master, if he’s gone to sleep, he’ll get a good rest and wake up feeling
fine.” But, as it was, “Jesus was talking about death, while his disciples thought he was talking about taking
a nap. Then Jesus became explicit: ‘Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re
about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.’” (John 11:11-15; Message Bible)
The vast majority of mankind that has died is like Lazarus--taking a nap. Are all of them good people? Absolutely not! But,
many bad people weren’t given a fair chance in life. That’s precisely why the apostle Paul declared: “All
people, good and bad, will surely be raised from the dead.” (Acts 24:15; NCV) This, too, is what Michael believed.
So, where is Michael Jackson
now? Well, instead of being in good hands with Allstate, he’s in the best hands of the Almighty. That being the case,
we need not worry. As Michael would tell you: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
tender mercies and the God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3; NWT) Indeed, Michael would want you to be comforted
with this message. It’s what he believed. So, in the meantime, stay up, stay strong, and keep the faith. Peace be unto
you all. Amen.
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Part 1 of 2)
06-25b-2016: "Radar Online Goes Offline to Attack Michael Jackson: Trial testimonies rebut fake report" (Firpo Files, June
25b, 2016, Part 2 of 2)
08-29a-2016: "Shana Mangatal's Shenanigans: She indicated she was not Michael Jackson's secret girlfriend" (Firpo Files, August
08-29b-2016: "Michael & Madonna: Behind Closed Doors" (Firpo Files, August 29b, 2016)
09-16-2016: "Michael Jackson's Authorized Author Breaks Her Silence" (Firpo Files, September 16, 2016)
09-21-2016: "Michael Jackson Jams in Japan, with Janis DaSilva in Tow" (Firpo Files, September 21, 2016)
09-30-2016: "Janis DaSilva & the Jackson 5 Dancing Machine" (Firpo Files, September 30, 2016)
10-07-2016: "While Not the ABCs of Sex & Sleaze, Theres Another Side to the Jackson 5: Early beginnings of sinning? (Firpo
Files, Oct 7, 2016)
10-16-2016: "Who's Accusing the King?: How dare you say he was gay!" (Firpo Files, Oct 16, 2016)