If you would but humor me just a bit more on this . . . how can we call it "eternal life" if it only leads to a state of nothingness? Does it take a back seat as we go into our state of death . . .awaiting for another resurrection experience? Was not the invitation of Chirst coming into our hearts the first time around an eternal experience? Does not Scripture say NOTHING can separate us from the love of God . . .it even specifically states "death" can't.
Or . . .let's tie this all together, can we have true eternal LIFE and still experience spiritual punishment in the end?
37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I would think that if there was going to be a state of dormancy awaiting us on the other side, it would have been included somewhere in this list. But instead, it even mentions death specifically as an expereince that cannot not bring a separation between us and the Father . . .the life he gives is not a temporal life that is only to get is through this realm at which point we'll all go into a waiting pattern until all the rest of those yet to live out their lives have done so.
To try to say that Moses and Elijah on the mount of transfiguration were just a vision . . .which indicates they are ALIVE on the other side . . .but really, they're not, they're really in a state of nothingness . . .that is extremely misleading in and of itself. Bottom line, life is . ..eternal. There is no give and take and give again with God. His gifts are unrepentant, remember? If we have eternal life, death can not, nor will it ever take that life away . . .we live on.