Where do we go when we die?

The last few weeks we have looked at some major points of belief and key-points for a Christian faith.

Yesterday we looked at the realities of life and death where we all are confronted with.

Having spoken about coming times and the possibility of entering a Kingdom of God, we look today at a great misunderstanding by many christians. Lots of them think they go straight to heaven when they die. But would this thought be according to the Bible, the infallible Word of God?

Lots of people have different ideas about where we go when we die. Let us look for the key elements given in the Holy Scriptures.

Man is mortal.

“God formed man of the dust of the ground” (Genesis 2:7)

“The first man is of the earth, earthy” (1 Corinthians 15:47)

“I (Abraham) am but dust and ashes” (Genesis 18:27)

“He knows our frame: he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14).

“Dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).

The life of man or spirit of man is the invisible real energy or power of God by which all creatures live.

“God gives to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25).

“In his hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:10).

“If he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath, all flesh shall perish together and man shall turn again unto dust” (Job 34:14-15).

“For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals … they all have one breath” (Eccles 3:19 NKJV)

“The spirit (at death) shall return to God who gave it” (Eccles 12:7).

Man and heaven

The Bible testifies that no man has ever gone to heaven.

“No man has ascended up to heaven” (John 3:13).

“David is not ascended into the heavens” (Acts 2:34).

“The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s, but the earth hath he given to the children of men” (Psalm 115:16).

Reward for the dead

The Bible teaches that the dead have not yet been rewarded.

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off and were persuaded of them and embraced them” (Hebrews 11:13).

When the seventh angel sounds,

“Thy wrath is come and the time of the dead that they should be judged and that thou should give reward unto thy servants the prophets” (Revelation 11:15-18)

Can dead people see us, think and feel?

The Bible teaches that the dead are completely unconscious.

“The dead know not anything … their love, their hatred and their envy is now perished.” (Eccles 9:5).

“In death there is no remembrance of thee; in the grave, who shall give thee thanks?” (Psalm 6:5).

“The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence” (Psalm 115:17).

“The grave cannot praise thee: death cannot celebrate thee” (Isaiah 38:18).

Judgement by Christ

In case people after they die  go straight into heaven or into purgatory or in hell, why and who shall Jesus have to judge at the end of times?

The Bible teaches that the dead will be judged and rewarded at the resurrection when Christ comes again to the earth.

“Thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:14).

“The Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then shall he reward every man  according to his works” (Matthew 16:27).

The Lord Jesus Christ

“shall judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1).

Jesus says the hour is coming when those that are in the graves

“shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and that they have done evil, unto the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:29; Daniel 12:2).

Reward of immortality and inheritance the earth

The righteous will be rewarded with immortality and inherit the earth.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).

“Such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth” (Psalm 37:22).

“Those that wait upon the Lord shall inherit the earth” (verse 9).

“The righteous shall be recompensed in the earth” (Proverbs 11:31).

“I shall give thee (that is, the Son of God, see v7) … the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession” (Psalm 2:8).

“We shall reign upon the earth” (Revelation 5:10).



God’s Self-Revelation

The Greatness of the eternal God

The real God

God as Father

Born of the Father

The Love of God

The Wrath of God

The New Testament and Judgement

To be prepared for the Day of Judgment

Living as a believer in Christ

A participation in the body of Christ

Do you believe what Christ’s Apostles taught?

Different wineskins

Bible Reading: is it worthwhile?

The importance of Reading the Scriptures

The Bible: is it contradictory?

One Bible, many Churches

The Development of Differences

Bible Teaching and Vital Doctrines to Discover

Examples of Living Faith

Avoiding friction and distraction in the body of Christ

A participation in the body of Christ

Brothers and sisters in Christ for you

The Christadelphians or “Brethren in Christ”

Video: Introducing the Christadelphian Community

Unlocking Bible Prophecy

Who has the power of prophecy?

Prophecy concerning Babylon and Israel

Prophecies over coming days

The revival of Israel

Why is the nation of Israel being restored?

The Jews have fulfilled Bible Prophecy

The Return of Israel

Looking into the Future

Will There Ever be Peace on Earth?

Wilderness Transformed

What is the Kingdom of God?

Sign of the Times and the Last Days #1 The Son of man revealing

Sign of the Times and the Last Days #2 Wars, natural disasters, famine and false Messiahs

Sign of the Times and the Last Days #3 Coming events revealed in the prophetic writings


Today’s thought “nonsense surrounding the many gods” (July 28)

Fear and protection

Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures

Sheol, Sheool, Sjeool, Hades, Hell, Grave, Tomb, Sepulchre

Fragments from the Book of Job #1: chapters 1-12

Edward Wightman

Not being saved by faith in Christ alone

Realities concerning Human Life and Death


Realities concerning Human Life and Death

Is there life beyond the grave?


Additional reading

  1. Is God behind all suffering here on earth
  2. I Can’t Believe That (1) … God would send anyone to hell
  3. Being Religious and Spiritual 5 Gnostic influences
  4. Separation from God in death, the antithesis of life
  5. What happens when we die?
  6. Are we taken up into heaven straight after we die?
  7. Grave, tomb, sepulchre – graf, begraafplaats, rustplaats, sepulcrum
  8. How are the dead?
  9. Is there an Immortal soul
  10. Concerning the Spiritual Body
  11. Darkness, light, burning fire, Truth and people in it
  12. Where does Satan lives?
  13. All Souls’ Day
  14. Halloween custom of the nations
  15. October month of witches and spirits
  16. Autumn traditions for 2014 – 2 Summersend and mansend
  17. Autumn traditions for 2014 – 4 Blasphemy and ridiculing faith in God
  18. Destination of the earth
  19. Destination of righteous
  20. Evil in the Bible
  21. Fallen angels
  22. God’s design in the creation of the world
  23. God’s reward
  24. God’s promises
  25. God’s promises to us in our suffering
  26. God’s hope and our hope
  27. God’s salvation
  28. Heaven and hell still high on the believers list showing a religion gender gap
  29. Hellfire
  30. Hope
  31. Hope for the future
  32. Human nature
  33. Life with God
  34. Lucifer
  35. Our way of life
  36. Rapture exposed
  37. Rapture meaning
  38. Rapture exposed Admittance with Christ
  39. Rapture exposed Gathering with Jesus
  40. Rapture exposed Rapture in clouds
  41. Satan or the devil
  42. Surprised by time in joys & sufferings
  43. True hope
  44. We are redeemed; we are “bought with a price”
  45. A fact of History or just a fancy Story
  46. God’s wrath and sanctification
  47. Jewish and Christian traditions of elders
  48. Nazarene Commentary Matthew 5:21-26 – 1. The Nazarene’s Commentary on Exodus 20:13 [7] Gehenna


What others think about the living soul, the dead, purgatory and hell

  1. Genesis 1:24-25 and Its Inner Meaning
  2. >My Soul Is Me
  3. Free Will and the Passion of Christ
  4. I’ve never known a dead person
  5. Deceased Loved Ones: The Basics
  6. I don’t see dead people
  7. Psychic Furture
  8. On the trail of the paranormal
  9. What I’ve Learned From Spirits…thus far: My Adventures in Mediumship
  10. Can Seeds in A Dead Person’s Stomach Really Sprout into Trees?
  11. Published! Dead People
  12. Exploring Shadows
  13. God Squad: What do we look like in heaven? | Newsday (with comment)
  14. Pray for Our People
  15. After you…
  16. Devotion to the holy souls
  17. Purgatory (pûrg´ətôr´ē) [Lat.,=place of purging], in the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, the state after death in which the soul destined for heaven is purified
  18. Purgatory a place for moral and spiritual purification
  19. What the Church Teaches about Purgatory
  20. The subject of “Purgatory”
  21. The Sufferings of Purgatory
  22. The Pain of Sense in Purgatory.
  23. AIDS as a Vision of Purgatory
  24. The Duration of Purgatory
  25. Chapter 39-Death and the Soul’s Immortality
  26. Why We Should Always Remember the Souls in Purgatory
  27. St. Lidwina of Schiedam’s Visions of Purgatory
  28. Where is the great Beyond?
  29. Apostle Shuffle concluded beginning
  30. >This is the Sound of a Lost Soul
  31. Relief of the Souls in Purgatory
  32. Torments Our Hearts
  33. The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Last Judgment.
  34. The Last Things
  35. Our association with heaven is while we are alive [936c]
  36. Purgatory 4
  37. Is Halloween a Christian holiday?
  38. Factoid About Halloween
  39. Celebrating Life by Mocking Death? Or, Why I Think Dia de los Muertos is Awesome
  40. All Saints Day
  41. All Saints’ Day, Holy Day of Obligation
  42. How to get to heaven – what are the ideas from the different religions?
  43. On Books Again And Purgatory
  44. Are Dead People Voyeurs?
  45. Gatekeeper of the Dead
  46. “Preparation”
  47. A.D. – After Death
  48. A Celebration in Hell
  49. The Reckoning
  50. St. Thomas Aquinas weighs in on Hell
  51. Considering Eternity
  52. Statements of Faith – Part 1: Beware the fires of Hell.
  53. Chinese Evangelist who died and resurrected says he saw many Africans collecting firewood in hell
  54. Does wearing Makeup and earrings make me go to hell?
  55. Where Would I Be
  56. Seasoning Your Reasoning
  57. Gateways To Hell: Writing Prompt
  58. If You’re Not Scared, You’re Not Thinking Hard Enough
  59. Hebrews 10:26-27
  60. Of Hellfire and Garden Parties
  61. Fire and Brimstone
  62. Fire & Brimstone, Part 2.
  63. God Doesn’t Burn Anyone Alive
  64. Hell doesn’t exist – Pope Francis
  65. Hellfire
  66. Avoid these seven sins that doom a person to Hell
  67. Revelation 21:8 (Daily Bread)

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