What Does The Bible Say Happens After You Die?
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Every day thousands of people will take their final breath and slip into eternity, either into heaven or into hell. Although we may never know their names, the reality of death happens every day.
What happens the moment after you die?
The moment after you die, your soul temporarily departs from your body to await the Resurrection.
Those who place their faith in Christ will be carried by the angels into the presence of the Lord. They are now comforted. Absent from the body and present with the Lord.
Meanwhile, unbelievers await in Hades for the final Judgment.
“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments… And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” ~ Luke 16:23a-24
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” ~ Ecclesiastes 12:7
Although, we grieve over the loss of our loved ones, we sorrow, but not as those who have no hope.
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:14, 17-18
While the unbeliever’s body remains resting, who can fathom the torments he is experiencing?! His spirit screams! “Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming…” ~ Isaiah 14:9a
Unprepared is he to meet God!
Although he cries in his torment, his prayer offers no comfort whatsoever, for a great gulf is fixed where no one can pass to the other side. Alone he is left in his misery. Alone in his memories. The flame of hope forever extinguished of seeing his loved ones again.
On the contrary, precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Escorted by the angels into the presence of the Lord, they are now comforted. Their trials and suffering are past. Although their presence will be deeply missed, they have hope of seeing their loved ones again.
Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today, you’ll be in the presence of the Lord in heaven? Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life. Those who fall asleep in Jesus will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.
Those you’ve laid in the grave in tears, you shall meet them again with joy! Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch… never to part again!
Yet, if you don’t believe in the Lord, you’re going to hell. There is no pleasant way to say it.
The Scripture says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” ~ Romans 3:23
Soul, that includes you and me.
Only when we realize the awfulness of our sin against God and feel its deep sorrow in our hearts can we turn from the sin we once loved and accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” ~ Romans 10:9
Don’t fall asleep without Jesus until you are assured of a place in heaven.
Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life, first you must believe in the Lord. You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven and put your trust in the Lord. To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life. There’s only one way to heaven, and that’s through the Lord Jesus. That’s God’s wonderful plan of salvation.
You can begin a personal relationship with Him by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:
“Oh God, I’m a sinner. I’ve been a sinner all of my life. Forgive me, Lord. I receive Jesus as my Savior. I trust Him as my Lord. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
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Do Our Loved Ones In Heaven Know What's Going On In My Life?
I Peter 2:24 says, “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree,” and John 3:14-18 (NASB) says, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up (verse14), so that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life (verse 15).
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (verse 16).
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge (condemn) the world; but that the world should be saved through Him (verse 17).
He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the only begotten Son of God (verse 18).”
See also verse 36, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life…”
This is our blessed promise.
Romans 10:9-13 ends by saying, “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Acts 16:30&31 says, “He then brought them out and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’
They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.’”
If your loved one believed he or she is in heaven.
There is very little in Scripture which talks about what occurs in heaven before the Lord’s return, except that we will be with Jesus.
Jesus told the thief on the cross in Luke 23:43, “Today you shall be with me in Paradise.”
Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that, “if we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord.”
The only clues I see which indicate that our loved ones in heaven are able to see us are in Hebrews and Luke.
The first is Hebrews 12:1 which says, “Therefore since we have so great a cloud of witnesses” (the author is speaking of those who died before us – past believers) “surrounding us, let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” This would indicate they can see us. They witness what we are doing.
The second is in Luke 16:19-31, the account of the rich man and Lazarus.
They could see each other and the rich man was aware of his relatives on earth. (Read the entire account.) This passage also shows us God’s response to sending “one from the dead to speak to them.”
God strictly forbids us from trying to contact the dead as in going to mediums or going to séances.
One should stay away from such things and trust in God’s Word, given to us in the Scriptures.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 says, “When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out these nations before you.”
The whole Bible is about Jesus, about His coming to die for us, so that we might have forgiveness of sins and have eternal life in heaven by believing in Him.
Acts 10:48 says, “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His Name everyone who believes in Him has received forgiveness of sins.”
Acts 13:38 says, “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”
Colossians 1:14 says, “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the Kingdom of His Beloved Son, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Read Hebrews chapter 9. Verse 22 says, “without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
In Romans 4:5-8 it says the one who “believes, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,” and in verse 7 it says, “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven and whose sins have been covered.”
Romans 10:13&14 says,” Whoever will call upon the Name of the Lord wills be saved.
How shall they call upon Him in Whom they have not believed?”
In John 10:28 Jesus says of His believers, “and I give eternal life to them and they shall never perish.”
I hope you have believed.
Do Our Spirit and Soul Go After Death?
The Scriptures (the Bible) demonstrate this over and over again. The best way I can think of to explain death in Scripture is to use the word separation. The soul and spirit are separated from the body when the body dies and begins to decay.
An example of this would be the Scriptural phrase “you are dead in your sins” which equates to “your sins have separated you from your God.” To be separated from God is spiritual death. The soul and spirit do not die in the same way as the body does.
In Luke 18 the rich man was in a place of punishment and the poor man was at Abraham’s side after their physical death. There is life after death.
On the cross, Jesus told the thief who was repentant, “today you will be with me in paradise.” On the third day after Jesus died He was physically raised. Scripture teaches that someday even our bodies will be raised as Jesus’ body was.
In John 14:1-4, 12 &28 Jesus told the disciples that He was going to be with the Father.
In John 14:19 Jesus said, “because I live, you shall live also.”
2 Corinthians 5:6-9 says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Scripture teaches clearly (see Deuteronomy 18:9-12; Galatians 5:20 and Revelation 9:21; 21:8 and 22:15) that consulting with spirits of the dead or mediums or psychics or any other form of magic is sin and grievous to God.
Some believe this may be because those who consult the dead are actually consulting demons.
In Luke 16 the rich man was told that: “And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.”
In 2 Samuel 12:23 David said of his son who had died: “But now that he is dead, why should I fast?
Can I bring him back again?
I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
Isaiah 8:19 says, “When men tell you to consult mediums and psychics, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God?
Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?”
This verse tells us we should seek God for wisdom and understanding, not wizards, mediums, psychics or witches.
In I Corinthians 15:1-4 we see that “Christ died for our sins…that He was buried… and that He was raised on the third day.
It says this is the gospel.
John 6:40 says, “This is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day.
What Happens After Death?
When you die your soul and spirit leave your body. Genesis 35:18 shows us this when it tells of Rachel dying, saying, “as her soul was departing (for she died).” When the body dies, the soul and spirit depart but they don’t cease to exist. It is very clear in Matthew 25:46 what occurs after death, when, in speaking of the unrighteous, it says, “these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous unto eternal life.”
Paul, when teaching believers, said that the moment we are “absent from the body we are present with the Lord” (I Corinthians 5:8). When Jesus was risen from the dead, He went to be with God the Father (John 20:17). When He promises the same life for us, we know that it will be and that we will be with Him.
In Luke 16:22-31 we see the account of the rich man and Lazarus. The righteous poor man was at “Abraham’s side” but the rich man went to Hades and was in agony. In verse 26 we see that there was a great gulf fixed between them so that once there the unrighteous man could not pass over to heaven. In verse 28 it refers to Hades as a place of torment.
In Romans 3:23 it says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Ezekiel 18:4 and 20 say, “the soul (and note the use of the word soul for person) who sins shall die…the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” (Death in this sense in Scripture, as in Revelation 20:10,14&15, is not physical death but separation from God forever and eternal punishment as seen in Luke 16. Romans 6:23 says, “the wages of sin is death,” and Matthew 10:28 says, “fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
So then, who can possibly enter heaven and be with God forever since we all are unrighteous sinners. How can we be rescued or ransomed from the penalty of death. Romans 6:23 also gives the answer. God comes to our rescue, for it says, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Read I Peter 1:1-9. Here we have Peter discussing how the believers have received an inheritance “that can never perish, spoil or fade away – kept forever in heaven” (Verse 4 NIV). Peter speaks of how believing in Jesus results in “obtaining the outcome of the faith, the saving of your soul” (verse 9). (See also Matthew 26:28.) Philippians 2:8&9 tells us that everyone must confess that Jesus, who claimed equality with God, is “Lord” and must believe that He died for them (John 3:16; Matthew 27:50).
Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the Truth and the Life; no man can come to the Father, except through Me.” Psalms 2:12 says, “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you perish in the way.”
Many passages in the New Testament phrase our faith in Jesus as “obeying the truth” or “obeying the gospel,” which means to “believe in the Lord Jesus.” I Peter 1:22 says, “you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit.” Ephesians 1:13 says, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” (Read also Romans 10:15 and Hebrews 4:2.)
The Gospel (meaning good news) is declared in I Corinthians 15:1-3. It says, “Brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day…” Jesus said in Matthew 26:28, “For this is My blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” I Peter 2:24 (NASB) says, “He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the cross .” I Timothy 2:6 says, “He gave His life a ransom for all.” Job 33:24 says, “spare him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom for him.” (Read Isaiah 53:5, 6, 8, 10.)
John 1:12 tells us what we must do, “but as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” John 3:16 says whoever believes on Him has “everlasting life.” John 10:28 says, “I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish.” In Acts 16:36 the question is asked, “What must I do to be saved?” and answered, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” John 20:31 says, “these are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ and that believing you may have life in His name.”
Scripture shows evidence that the souls of those who believe will be in Heaven with Jesus. In Revelation 6:9 and 20:4 the souls of righteous martyrs were seen by John in heaven. We also see in Matthew 17:2 and Mark 9:2 where Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain where Jesus was transfigured before them and Moses and Elijah appeared to them and they were talking with Jesus. They were more than just spirits, for the disciples recognized them and they were alive. In Philippians 1:20-25 Paul writes, “to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better.” Hebrews 12:22 speaks of heaven when it says, “you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and the church (the name given to all believers) of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven.”
Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”
Will We Remember Our Past Life After We Die?
1). If you are referring to re-incarnation the Bible does not teach it. There is no mention of coming back in another form or as another person in Scripture. Hebrews 9:27 says that, “It is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment.”
2). If you are asking whether we will remember our lives after we die, we will be reminded of all our deeds when we are judged for what we did during our lives.
God knows all – past, present and future and God will judge unbelievers for their sinful deeds and they will receive everlasting punishment and believers will be rewarded for their works done for the kingdom of God. (Read John chapter 3 and Matthew 12:36&37.) God remembers everything.
Considering that every sound wave is out there somewhere and considering that we now have “clouds” to store our memories, science is barely starting to catch up to what God can do. No word or deed is undetectable to God.