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WHEN YOU DIE,
DO YOU GO TO HEAVEN?
According to Hebrews 9: 27, it reminds us that,
'And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment':
Physical death affects the 'Body' only, the 'Spirit' and 'Soul' await the resurrection of the body.
Secondly, there is consciousness of the bodies. The book of Luke 16: 19-26 speaks of all departed human spirits between death and the resurrection, and it shows that when the unsaved man or woman who was in Hades or Sheol saw Abraham and Lazarus, they were far off. In verse 26 we are told that between these two places there was a 'Great Gulf Fixed' so that no one could pass from one side to the other.
Luke 16: 19 thru 26,
'There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
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.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from thence'.
After the resurrection of The Messiah, we are told in the book of Ephesians 4: 8-10,
'Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things').
The Scriptures tell us that there was a change in the place of departure for believers. All who are saved by grace through faith in Y'shua, (Jesus) go at once into the presence of The Messiah, in II Corinthians 5: 8,
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
And in Philippians 1: 23,
'For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better':
Also in I Thessalonians 4: 13 thru 18,
'But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which 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.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words'.
We have a third place called Paradise mentioned in Scripture when Y'shua (Jesus) told the thief on the cross that... 'Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise'. (Luke 23:43). Paradise is a place of joy and eternal rest (a place of perfect peace, which is in Hebrew a place of tam shalom). Jesus said to the thief that he would be with Him in the very presence of God while awaiting for the complete and final act for the believers and that will be when the 'Spirit' and 'Soul' is reunited with its 'Glorified Body' which will be at 'The Resurrection of The Just'.
I Corinthians 15: 51-58,
'Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord'.
The Hebrew word 'Sheol' or the Greek word 'Hades' is the condition of an UNSAVED PERSON between 'Death' and 'The Great White Throne Judgment' where the 'Wicked' are in torment and continue in that state until 'The Final Judgment of The Lost'.
Revelation 20: 11-15,
'And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them'.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire'.
Have you ever called upon The LORD?
'Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me'. (John 14:6)
'AND THEY SAID, BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED, AND THY HOUSE'.
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