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What happens once we die?

What happens if we are saved in Jesus Christ? What happens if we are not saved?

Clarify Share Report Asked September 02 2013 Mini Frank Garcia

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Mini Delvaughn Mccall
When we die we are asleep (see John 11:1-14), death is but a state of unconsciousness. You have no feeling thought care or life in you (see Ecclesiastes 9:5,6)

The "spirit" which returns to the creator is the breath of life (see Genesis 2:7, Job 27:3, Job 33:4) as we see the spirit in which they speak is the breath of life. Which is why in Acts 7:54-60 when Steven is stoned and he says I return my spirit to heaven, he is speaking of his breath. The body returns to the dust from which it was taken and created, which is why Yahusha (whom you call Jesus) is returning, to gather all which who are his followers, both alive and from the grave (see 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18). So in conclusion, death is a sleep and no person on this planet (except for Yahusha, Elijah, Enoch, Abraham) have even seen heaven let alone reside there currently.

September 03 2013 37 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Data Selva Moses Director - Singapore InfoComm Technology, servant of God
After death is the judgment, not a second chance to live on earth and be saved. 

✿ Death ends all probation for the one who dies. 

✿ If he is righteous at death, his soul and spirit go to heaven awaiting the resurrection of the body (2Cor. 5:8; Php. 1:21-24 Heb. 12:23; Rev. 6:9-11). 

✿ If he is wicked at death his soul and spirit go to hell to await the resurrection of his body (Lk. 16:19-31 Isa. 14:9; Rev. 20:11-15). 

✿There is no such thing as purgatory or a second chance to be on probation in the Millennium or any other time. Neither is there a reincarnation or a transmigration from body to body.

October 22 2015 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Stringio Ezra King Ezra King
I Thessalonians 4:13-17 NKJV
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

September 07 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Eileen Larson Mother, Grandmother, Love God
Jesus told the thief on the cross, "Today you will be with me in paradise." Not asleep.

September 03 2013 13 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Al Mari Private practice as a cardiovascular & thoracic surgeon
Life is conferred when "the breath of life" gets into the body. See Gen. 2:7 and Gen. 7:21-22. 

Functionally, we observe this among newborns; unless there is spontaneous or artificial breathing, they are dead.

When this "breath of life", which is the "spirit" of life", leaves us and go to the Creator or origin of life, we are declared "dead" and our physical body becomes "dust". See Eccl 12:7

Paul considers us "asleep" to reckon the fact that this state of "physical death" is temporary. We shall be resurrected either as "flesh" or as "spirit-beings" with "immortal, spirit-composed bodies" that can metamorphose into "visible "flesh composed bodies" to be seen, at our discretion. See the narrative of Christ's resurrected body, and the angel-spirits visible to Abraham and Lot as in Gen 18 and 19.

October 08 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Q jcryle001 JD Abshire
As Ezra very appropriately referenced 1 Thessalonians 4, the departed spirit of saints goes into the presence and care of God in heaven upon physical death. 

It is easy to understand if we consider the present location of the Lord Jesus and how this relates to those who have died in Christ. The Bible teaches The Lord is seated at the Father's right hand. "For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool." (Mark 12:36)
"But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?" (Hebrews 1:13)

Now let's look at this passage.
" For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." 
(1 Thessalonians 4:14) 

If the Lord Jesus Christ is seated at the Father's right hand in heaven and he brings those that have fallen asleep "with him", those who have fallen asleep (died) must have been "with him" in heaven.

March 15 2015 3 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Doktor D W Supporter
Those who KNOW Jesus go instantly to the Judgment Seat of Christ for rewards for witnessing to others about our Savior, then to eternal life in Heaven. Those who are not saved, who do not know Jesus as Savior, go to the Great White Throne Judgment, where they will hear Jesus say, "Depart from me --- I never knew you." That departure will be horrible beyond words to describe it. Their "eternal life" will be eternal despair, eternal torment, with no hope of it ever changing.

September 02 2013 5 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Anupama Rajesh
Body will return to dust (Gen : 3 : 19) and Spirit returns to the creator (Ecc 12 : 7).  But those who accepted JESUS as Savior, will be resurrected at the time of rapture (1 Thess : 4 : 16)

September 03 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Frederick Thomas Rom 3:4 ...let God be true...
After death where are we? I think the answer lies in the New Testament.
2Tim 1:10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

In the Old Testament not much clarity is given on this subject.
Solomon spoke about the unseen world from an “under the sun” earthly position but Jesus came from that unseen world “from above” and spoke about it.
If Solomon had it right then what Jesus taught was no revelation.

Jesus brought life and immortality TO LIGHT through the gospel. This is the Gospel message on this subject.
Luk 16:19 "Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.
Luk 16:20 "And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores,
Luk 16:21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man's table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.
Luk 16:22 "Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.
Luk 16:23 "In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.

One of the teachings of Jesus was about the unseen world. He spoke of a current unseen world “paradise” and a current time “today” Luk_23:43.
2Co_5:6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord--
2Co_5:8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
Php 1:23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better:

The Old Testament must be interpreted to what the New Testament revealed about the Old Testament and the New Testament does it without contradiction. Therefore we say that Solomon Ecc 1:14 and others Job 14:7-12 had limited understanding about the unseen world and Jesus brought revelation about it. 2 Tim 1:10

The disciples believed what Jesus said about the afterlife “Today you shall be with Me in paradise” Luk_23:43 and that they taught.

I think the paradox can find settlement if we interpret scripture according to the teachings of Jesus and bring all other writers' writings in line with His revelation. As revealed in the New Testament the body is not the soul.
Let’s look at what the New Testament say about the body:
1Th 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your SPIRIT and SOUL and BODY be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (That is should the Lord come while you still alive).
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of SOUL and SPIRIT, of both joints and marrow (BODY), and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

They taught this because that’s what Jesus taught them Mat 10:28 "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
We are complete in being BODY, SOUL and SPIRIT. At death the soul and the spirit leaves and that makes us incomplete and that creates a desire and longing for the redemption of the body.
Rom 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. (The sprit and soul is already redeemed verse 15).
Rom 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but YOU HAVE RECEIVED a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"
You have received a spirit of adoption as sons, that adoption must be the SOUL and the SPIRIT. The body’s adoption is to follow. At the Rapture (1Thes 4; 13-18)

(BBE..our adoption will be complete when we receive our glorified body

July 26 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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All praises to you loving god mar 12 Vivian McLemore
Greetings everyone in the name of Jesus. On July 25 I responded with an affirm on Delvaughn Mccall explanation "What happens once we die". It just occurred to me that when the thief on the cross said, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!" 43 And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, TODAY you shall be with Me in Paradise." Luke 23:42-43. 

Paradise or Heaven I believe are the same. Paradise and hell or hades as temporary holding places until the New Jerusalem is established and the dead are joined back with their physical bodies. For those who have died in the faith, we know that they are present with the Lord right now because if a person is absent or deceased from their body, they are in the presence of the Lord (2 Cor 5:8). 

Of this fact, Paul was confident and since God’s Word is without error, we know that anyone that has repented and trusted in Christ will be with the Lord after they breathe their last breath on this earth. 

There is no need to worry about what happens after death if you are born again because whoever believes in Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 4:12) because He so loved the world that He died for those who would trust in Him (John 3:16-17). Is that you? I pray it is.
Resource :What is the difference between heaven and paradise.

December 22 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini James Kraft 74 year old retired pipeline worker
2nd Corinthians 5:8 says that all believers when they died will be absent from the body, present with the Lord. Jesus told the thief on the cross that He would be in paradise with Him that day.

That is what the bible says. All those that have trusted Christ alone by faith, have eternal life and will be present with the Lord at death of our sinful body. Our soul/spirit is saved because Jesus joined His spirit with our spirit when we accepted Him as our savior, and sealed us unto the day of redemption. We were born again in to the family of God by faith alone. 

We are saved sinners by what Jesus did for us on the cross plus nothing from us.

3 days ago 6 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Anonymous
When we die we are dead. There is no part of us that remains with an existence. In death there is no remembrance of God. 
A lot of us want to believe that a human being is made up of body and soul. The fact is a human being is a soul. The soul comprises of the breadth of God and the body (which God made from clay). That is why the body rots when it is seperated from the breadth of God. The 2 do not seperate existences. 
The idea that the spirit lives on after death was designed by satan to deny the death of Jesus on the cross. If we say that the spirit lives on after death what are we saying about Jesus dying on the cross? He realdid not die. So whats the farce all about? 
Furthermore many christians believe the born again go to heaven soon after death. That is also not quite biblical although in a sense its true. When someone dies time stops the next minute you regain consciousness you are on your way to heaven after resurrection. The way I read Paul's letter to the Corithians we die and wait for the trumpet call to be resurrected and go to heaven. 
In short dying is like switching off thr lamp. Who knows where the flame is gone? (Poetically). 
Believing that we dont really die opens us to the world of spititicism. Dont mess around with those things. Stay away and know the truth and it will set you free.

September 03 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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1340324413 Chris Eleam Chris Eleam
What, then, is the condition of dead souls? Simply stated, death is the opposite of life. All our senses are linked to our physical bodies. Our ability to see, hear, and think depends on the proper functioning of our eyes, ears, and brain. Without eyes we cannot see. Without ears we cannot hear. Without a brain we cannot do anything. When a person dies, all these physical organs cease to function. We cease to exist.
In harmony with this, Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 says: “As for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all. . . There is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in Sheol [the grave], the place to which you are going.” Similarly, Psalm 146:3, 4 states: “Do not put your trust in nobles, nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs. His spirit [life force] goes out, he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.” So when people (souls) die, they simply cease to exist.

September 03 2013 6 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would invite anyone who is interested in this question to read the free e-book Journey Out of Time by Arthur C. Custance, which is fully available online at the following web address: http://www.custance.org/Library/Journey/.

It is Bible-based, and has settled this question for me, as well as given me assurance, peace, comfort, and joyous anticipation concerning the end of my earthly life. Here is a paraphrasing of the abstract of the book from the above website:

For the Christian, the journey through death ends in the 'hope of glory' -- of being received into the Lord's presence forever. But exactly when does this happen? The Lord promised the penitent thief it would be that 'very day' — immediately; but He told the disciples it would be at His Second Coming — after a delay. How can these two promises be reconciled?

This study shows that both promises are true! It depends upon an understanding of the nature of time and how it differs from eternity, and also upon the nature of man and his constitution. With these concepts clearly in mind, the nature of the interval is discussed, and then a resolution is proposed that is truly exciting.

July 25 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Aurel Gheorghe
I would like to address the question posted recently by Betty Williams: “Do we go straight to Heaven when we die?” 

The short, Biblical answer, is NO, we don’t go to heaven or hell upon death. We go into an unconscious dreamless sleep. 

Now allow me to elaborate. A phrase we frequently hear at Christian funerals is how the dearly departed is now in heaven praising the Lord. Although very comforting and reassuring for friends and family, this doctrine is not Biblical - the Bible actually teaches exactly the opposite (Ps 6:5; 115:17). 

One of the most deceptive doctrines preached today is the immortality of the soul. This teaching suggests that humans don't actually die, but instead our souls are merely transferred to a new dimension of living, whether in hell or an immediate afterlife. This cannot be true because the Bible clearly say that only God is immortal (1 Tim 6:16). Reasoning should tells us that if God is the only immortal, everyone else is mortal. 

The Bible teaches that when we die, our souls enter the sleep of death, and will not be resurrected until Christ returns (Daniel 12:2; John 5:28-29; 1 Cor 15:52; 1 Thess 4:16).

Soul immortality is a dangerous doctrine – if we believe in soul immortality, it becomes easy to accept other false ideas such as spiritism, reincarnation, and necromancy. Soul immortality also offers a false hope because it allows for multiple chances to qualify for salvation - whether through purgatory, praying to dead saints, purchasing indulgences for those who have already died, or communicating with the departed via mediums. 

Bible teaches that we sleep in death until we are resurrected at the end of time. Lazarus’ resurrection Lazarus is the perfect illustration of this Biblical truth (John 11). Jesus referred to Lazarus death as a sleep (John 11:11-14). Reading the entire account, we clearly see that neither Martha (Lazarus sister) nor Jesus ever mentioned Lazarus being any other place than sleeping in the grave, awaiting the resurrection. Martha knew that her brother will rise again in the resurrection at the last day (John 11:23-24). She knew the truth about death. 

Also, we learn that Jesus wept (John 11:35). If Christ knew that Lazarus was in heaven with God, why would be saddened? Lazarus had indeed been somewhere in the afterlife during those four days, wouldn't he have said something? Personally, I would have been upset that my fellowship with God was interrupted and was carried back to this diseased planet full of pain and sufferings. 

Both the Old and New Testaments are clear on the issue of resurrection. Life will be restored in the resurrection on the last day (1 Cor 15:51-55, Job 14:10-15; 19:25-26; Ps 17:15; Daniel 12:13). 

Bible teaches that both human and beast "have all one breath" (Eccl 3:19). Both humans and animals were created from dust. When they die they return again to dust and rest – were we have no wisdom or knowledge of anything (Eccl 9:5; 9:10).

3 days ago 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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