What Happens After I Die?

March 2, 2010   |   Category: Urgent Questions   |  

By Irvin Baxter

It’s no surprise to some people that as many as 18 percent of those brought back to life after a heart attack have had near-death experiences. To others, the idea that human consciousness and the body can exist distinctly from each other seems unscientific. However, if there is no existence beyond the grave, then millions of people throughout history, from the Pharaohs of Egypt to Jesus of Nazareth, have been deluded.

 

An Eternal Destination

Death cannot be avoided by exercise, diet, meditation, pills, surgery, the next genetic discovery, or anything else. Many are uncertain and fearful about their eternal destination. Some speculate that because they haven’t murdered anyone or robbed banks, they are already good enough for heaven. Their own hearts are deceiving them. According to the Bible, the human heart is the most deceitful thing there is (Jeremiah 17:9). The sin problem must be dealt with. Romans 3:23 says that the entire human race has sinned and fails to measure up to God’s standards. Everyone has turned away from God and done what they wanted to do (Isaiah 53:6). There isn’t anyone who hasn’t sinned (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

 

Eternal, Glorious Life

There really is life after death, an eternal, glorious life for those who love God (1 Corinthians 2:9). Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, took the punishment we deserved for our sins (Isaiah 53:5). He proved Himself victorious over death by rising from the grave three days later. Thousands of witnesses saw Him after His resurrection, over a period of 40 days. Then He ascended to heaven. According to Romans 4:25, Jesus was, “…delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.” [NKJV]

Jesus’ resurrection, a well-documented event, is the supreme proof of life after death. Just as Jesus’ body was raised from death, many live in the hope that their bodies will also be transformed when Jesus returns (1 Corinthians 6:14). However, everyone doesn’t automatically go to heaven. Each of us must make a choice that will determine our eternal destination. The Bible says that we die only once, and after that will come the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). There is an eternal destination in hell for those who reject Jesus as Savior. (Matthew 25:46).

 

Obeying the Gospel

God doesn’t enjoy it when anyone dies in his sin, but wants them to turn around and start living for Him (Ezekiel 33:11). Life after death is eternal life in heaven with God, for believers. For unbelievers, life after death is eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). How can we receive eternal life after death and avoid an eternity in the lake of fire? Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) [NKJV] We must obey the gospel, which states,

“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures….” (1 Corinthians 15:3) [NKJV]

 

Death, Burial and Resurrection

We are born again when we participate in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. We must die to ourselves, repent of our sins, be baptized into the name of Jesus Christ by immersion, and receive the gift of God’s Spirit, the Holy Ghost. Jesus’ blood covers our sins at repentance, and the waters of baptism wash them away, making us clean for the Spirit to come and live in our lives. While we still might have to deal with physical death, we can confront death without dread, knowing that it leads to eternal life in heaven. If you wonder about life after death, or just struggle to face living here on earth, you can have peace and hope by obeying the gospel. Remember, John 3:7 states, “You must be born again.”

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88 Responses to “What Happens After I Die?”

  1. Tony Cortese

    HELLO SIR, I HAVE PEOPLE ASKING ME QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN. THE QUESTION IS WHEN WE DIE DO WE AUTOMATICALLY GO TO HEAVEN I KNOW IF WERE BAPTIZED IN JESUS NAME AND FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND LIVING SCRIPTURE WE DO BUT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS WHEN JESUS COMES BACK TO EARTH THE DEAD SHALL RISE FIRST. DOES YOUR SOUL GO TO HEAVEN OR IN A HOLDING PLACE?
    THANKS IN ADVACE.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Tony,

      Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that our spirit returns to the Lord at death. At the point of death some judgment takes place. We know this because in Luke 16:19-31 when the rich man died he was tormented by the flame and Lazarus was said to be resting in the bosom of Abraham. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 also teaches that if we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. So it is apparent that once we die our body stays in the ground but our spirit either goes to be with the Lord or to hell. At the rapture the Bible says that the dead in Christ rise first. At this point the spirit will instantly be reunited with the body but the Bible tells us that instantly our bodies will be change and be immortal. This is when those in Christ receive their glorified bodies.

  2. Elizabeth

    I recently (10/20/19) saw one of your tv episodes, explaining the Rapture and quoting ‘1 Thessalonians 4:16’, “And the dead in Christ will rise first”.

    I don’t understand what, exactly, that means. I have always been comforted, knowing that my grandmother, aunt, brothers, who passed away, were already with The Lord. Had a banquet in Heaven to celebrate them coming home to The Lord.

    Does this mean we sleep until He returns?

    Can you please help me better understand what this means?

    Warms regards,
    Elizabeth

    • Doug Norvell

      Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that our spirit returns to the Lord at death. At the point of death some judgment takes place. We know this because in Luke 16:19-31 when the rich man died he was tormented by the flame and Lazarus was said to be resting in the bosom of Abraham. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 also teaches that if we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. So it is apparent that once we die our body stays in the ground but our spirit either goes to be with the Lord or to hell. At the rapture the Bible says that the dead in Christ rise first. At this point the spirit will instantly be reunited with the body but the Bible tells us that instantly our bodies will be change and be immortal. This is when those in Christ receive their glorified bodies.

      • What about God’s response to Cain in Genesis 4?
        “Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil!”
        Nothing about his soul arriving for judgement.
        You frequently quote Ecclesiastes 12:7. My Bible translation says, “And the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the life breath returns to God who gave it.”
        Take a look at Ecclesiastes 9:3-10.

        • Doug Norvell

          Robert,
          If you want to believe that when you die your soul goes into a sleep, that is fine. I will not argue with you. I have given you many scriptures including Christ Jesus Himself, speaking of Lazarus and the rich man. Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
          20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
          21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
          22 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;
          23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
          24 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.
          25 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.
          26 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.
          27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
          28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
          29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
          30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

          Scripture says that Jesus went into hell to proclaim His victory over death. 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
          20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

          I will not discuss this matter any further. Have a blessed day.

          • dustin kuiper

            Anybody who talks of hell as a place for punishment and suffering is not keeping in mind what it says in the old testament. Hellfire contradicts the old testament, when the old says the soul that’s sinning, it itself shall die. You cannot contradict scripture, but if it sounds like a contradiction, your viewing it wrong and don’t know what Christ is really saying. Once a full knowledge of what Jesus is talking about comes to view, now it’s spectacular! Remember, Jesus spoke in illustrations, and if the rich man really was in a fiery torment why wouldn’t he ask for a bucket full of water instead of a finger dipped amount?
            Psalms 16:10
            [10]For you will not leave my soul among the dead
                or allow your holy one to rot in the grave..

            Your misconception about what the soul is misguides others. The soul is the entire being of the flesh, the mind, heart and body. The soul dies, and becomes the Earth. The spirit or breath, the life force God gives to make a living soul, does go back to the father who gives it. Now it makes sense when Jesus says that “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”.

            The apostle Paul also mentions that some believers have fallen asleep in death.

          • Doug Norvell

            Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
            15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

  3. To Dave:
    Thanks for your response.
    However, the remaining issue at hand deals with “what happens after I die?”
    In John 14, Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to prepare a place for them and will come back for them.
    If that statement is true, then the disciples are not with Jesus, who is seated at the right-hand of God in heaven. But Jesus will come back for them.
    They are in the grave awaiting the First Resurrection as described by Paul and mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

    • Thank you for your response also Robert.

      Doug gave you an accurate and thorough answer to your question, “What Happens After I Die?”, below in his 2 posts to you on Oct. 23, 2019. Irvin Baxter also answered your question in the intro to this Category. You mentioned John 14 – Jesus said in verse 15,”If you love me keep my commandments.” He also said in verse 21,”He that has my commandments and KEEPS them, he it is that loves me, and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him.” Jesus gave the commandment to get BAPTIZED in Mark 16:16, and get baptized IN HIS NAME in Matthew 28:19. Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16:19 that he gave him the keys to the kingdom in heaven and that whatever he bound on earth would be bound in heaven, and that whatever he loosed on earth would be loosed in heaven, which means that whatever Peter said was NOT negotiable. Jesus said the same thing to ALL of his disciples in Matthew 18:18. Peter was asked by the people what they needed to do to be SAVED – meaning not go to hell, in Acts 2:37. He responded in Acts 2:38-39,”Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the PROMISE is unto you, and to your children, and to all that afar of, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Peter later said in 1 Peter 3:21,”The like figure where unto EVEN BAPTISM DOES ALSO NOW SAVE US….” It does so because it REMITS SIN, meaning the INITIAL remittance of sins and not the confessing of sins later addressed in 1 John 1:9.

      All of the above means if a person has not been baptized in water in Jesus name, every sin they ever committed is just as unforgiven today as when they first committed them. And that means that every scripture about hell in my post below, which was the exact words of Jesus himself – will apply to them.

      Malachi 3:6,”For I am the Lord, I change not….”

      Hebrews 13:8,”Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

      That means that Jesus will not make an exception and Save someone that has not been baptized in water in Jesus name, and that has not been baptized with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit – which is described in Acts 2:4 (Pentecost), Acts 8:17, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:3-5, 1 Corinthians 14:2-4, 1 Corinthians 14:21-39, and what Jesus said must be done in John 3:3-7.

      DaveS

      • I don’t believe that Doug gave me a complete and accurate answer earlier this year.
        Job 14: 10-12 states otherwise. Paul also refutes Doug’s answer in 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8, 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-5, 1 Corinthians 15: 20-23, 1 Corinthians 15: 50-58, 2 Timothy 4: 8, 1 Timothy 6: 14-16.
        Daniel 12:13
        In John 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus that no one has gone to heaven.
        In Acts 2, Peter tells the Jews that King David did not go up to heaven.

        • Doug Norvell

          Hello Robert,
          You say Paul refutes what I told you, here are the scriptures you have given.
          1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
          (I’m not sure what you believe this one is talking about, however, I don’t believe it is talking about the souls of those who have passed on.)

          2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
          2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
          3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
          4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
          5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?( These scriptures are talking about the Second coming and the resurrection, it proves the Rapture will occure at the Second coming and Paul is stating that the day will not come before the revealing of the Antichrist. This scripture mentions nothing about those who have passed on before us.)

          1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
          (Once again this proves the timing of the resurrection).

          I believe what you are seeing is that the body goes in the ground. But the spirit of that person goes to be with the Lord.

          Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

          Also 1 Thessalonians 4:14 say that those souls will come back with Christ. At that point the resurrected dead will have their souls joined to the resurrected bodies. And we will get our immortal bodies.

          1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

          Jesus Himself gave the example of Lazarus and the rich man, clearly in that parable Jesus was showing that even when people die there is conscientious and the wicked are separated from God. The rich man wants Lazarus to go back and warn his brothers, who are still alive.

          Paul also said 2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

          • Doug Norvell

            Once again,
            I believe you are confusing the glorified body and the spirit.
            This isn’t a salvation issue and it isn’t something to divide people. If you believe you lay in ground until Jesus comes back, that is okay.
            Have blessed day.

  4. Hello Robert – The following is an answer to the question I asked you below about how to be Saved. All of the following is the exact words of Jesus himself about hell, and what He said about how to not go there:
    Location of Hell – Matthew 12:40,”For as Jonas was three days and nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of Man be three days and nights in THE HEART OF THE EARTH.” Scientists say the temperature in the lower parts of the earth is approximately 10,800 degrees. Paul said in Ephesians 4:9,”Now that he ascended, was it but that he also DESCENDED into the lower parts of the earth.” Hell is a place of fire – Jesus told a story in Luke 16:24,”……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.” Matthew 13:42,”And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE, there shall be WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH.” Matthew 25:41,”Then shall he also say to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, INTO EVERLASTING FIRE, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Revelation 20:15,”And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.” Hell is a place of torment – Jesus said in Luke 16:23,”And in hell he lift up his (Lazarus) eyes, BEING IN TORMENT….” Revelation 14:11,”And the smoke of their TORMENT ascended up FOREVER AND EVER, and they have no rest day or night….” Mark 9:45-46,”And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off, it is better for you to go into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the FIRE THAT NEVER SHALL BE QUENCHED. 46 Where their WORM DIES NOT, and the fire is not quenched.” Revelation 21:8,”But the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, which is the second death.” Note that Brimstone is Sulfur and burns with a very strong odor of rotten eggs. The scriptures above prove when a person goes to hell they will constantly see hell, constantly smell hell, constantly feel the heat of hell, will constantly breath hell, will constantly hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth of others in hell, will constantly be aware of their own worms, they will have no rest day or night, there is no way out and it will continue for ever and ever, they can’t die because they are already dead. The following is how to not go there: Jesus said in Mark 16:16,”He that believes and is BAPTIZED shall be SAVED, but he that believes not shall be DAMNED.” About that same time he also said in Matthew 28:19,”Go therefore and teach all nations, BAPTIZING THEM in the name (SINGULAR name) OF the Father, and OF the Son, and OF the Holy Ghost.” Father is a title and not a name, Son is a title and not a name, Holy Ghost is a title and not a name – Holy is adjective and Ghost is a noun. Every time Jesus disciples baptized anyone in water they said Jesus name which is FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS, which is Acts 2:38, Acts 8:14-18, Acts 8:38, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, Acts 18:7-8, Acts 19:3-5, and Acts 22:16. At no time did Jesus disciples ever use the words Father, Son, and Holy Ghost when they baptized anyone nor did they use any combination of those words in one sentence regarding any other topic. The topic of Salvation can be narrowed down to 2 groups of scriptures – Peter was asked by the people in Acts 2:37 what they needed to do to be SAVED. He responded in Acts 2:38-39,”Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the PROMISE is unto you, and to your children, and to those that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Jesus said in John 3:3-7,”Verily, verily I say unto you, except a man be BORN AGAIN, he can not see the kingdom of God. 5 Verily, verily I say unto you, Except a man be born of water AND of the Spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God. 7 Marvel not that I said unto you, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” Being born of water is being baptized in water in Jesus name, being born of the Spirit is being baptized with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit. Every time after Pentecost when it is mentioned that people received the Holy Ghost, they spoke in tongues as the Spirit gave utterance, which is Acts 2:3-4 (Pentecost), Acts 8:14-17, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48. Every time except one, which is Acts 2:3-4, they received it by THE LAYING ON OF HANDS, which is Acts 8:16-18, Acts 9:17, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:5-6. Paul said in 1st Corinthians 14:2,”For he that speaks in an unknown tongue, speaks not unto men, BUT UNTO GOD, for no man understands him, howbeit in the SPIRIT he speaks mysteries.” Paul said in 1st Corinthians 14:21-39,”In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people, yet for all that THEY WILL NOT HEAR ME, saith the Lord. 22 Wherefore TONGUES are for a SIGN (or PROOF they received the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit.) 39 Wherefore brethren covet to prophesy, and FORBID NOT TO SPEAK WITH TONGUES.” The following scriptures prove that when a person receives the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit, the SPIRIT OF CHRIST initially dwells in them – Romans 8:11,”But if the Spirit of him that raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also QUICKEN your mortal bodies, by HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLS IN YOU.” Paul said in Galatians 3:27,”For as many of you as have been BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE PUT ON CHRIST.” If you are convinced you need to get baptized in Jesus name and get baptized with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit, do a search and type in “United Pentecostal Church International”, slightly scroll down to below the red box, type in your zip code and city, a screen will come on that will show Churches near you that will do that.No Catholic Church will do it because they condemn water baptism in Jesus name, declared it “INVALID” in the New Catholic Encyclopedia Volume 2, page 66, Catholic Encyclopedia, Catholic Catechism 232, 233, and 1226-1284, and also in Chapter 7 of 16 Chapter Catholic Didache. No Protestant Church will do it because they teach water baptism is not need to be Saved, nor was it done in Jesus name.
    DaveS

  5. Thank you for your response.
    Yes, I’m free to believe whatever and I can express my opinion.
    But since you are “preaching” and giving answers on many Biblical topics in an expansive forum, you have a heavy burden to get it right. Just like the Roman Catholic Church has an obligation to get it right, or any of the denominations.
    The Jewish people got it wrong almost 2,000 years ago. Islam and other religions have gotten it wrong.
    Should we not strive to get it right?

    • Doug Norvell

      Robert,

      This is not a salvation issue. The scriptures that you gave, do not negate the scriptures I gave you. Jesus himself gave the example of Lazarus and the rich man. Clearly, they weren’t just a breath.

      Revelation 6 gives us the souls under the alter, that have died as martyrs, they see the great tribulation occurring and ask the Lord, how long.

      Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

  6. This issue is particularly important to me for personal reasons. I’m not buying the answers that you have given, especially in view of several scriptures that refute your position on the issue. Mainly, John 3, John 14, and others.
    Your answers seem to line up with the dogma from the Roman Catholic Church, i.e. the soul is already immortal and goes to heaven or hell upon death of the physical body. Except the RCC throws in Purgatory as another destination.
    Paul seems to refute your answer in 1 Timothy 6: 14-16, as well as 1 Corinthians 15: 20-23. And Jesus says in John 3 that no one has gone to heaven. Peter repeats it at Pentecost, telling the Jews that King David did not go to heaven.

      • Robert Morgan

        Have you considered the Biblical verses that I cited in making your arguments about what happens when you die?
        Apparently not, because you didn’t include them.
        In my view, one of the most compelling verses has to be John 14:2-3. Jesus tells his closest followers that he will come back for them. If we agree with your answer, they are already in heaven, so why does Jesus have to come back for them?

        • Doug Norvell

          Hello Robert,

          When a person dies we see in scripture that their souls go to be with the Lord. For instance, Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that our spirit returns to the Lord at death. At the point of death some judgment takes place. We know this because in Luke 16:19-31 when the rich man died he was tormented by the flame and Lazarus was said to be resting in the bosom of Abraham. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 also teaches that if we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. So it is apparent that once we die our body stays in the ground but our spirit either goes to be with the Lord or to hell. At the rapture the Bible says that the dead in Christ rise first. At this point the spirit will instantly be reunited with the body but the Bible tells us that instantly our bodies will be change and be immortal. This is when those in Christ receive their glorified bodies.

          2 Corinthians 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

          When Jesus returns He will bring those souls back with Him and the dead in Christ will receive a resurrected heavenly transfigured body. Like Jesus had after His resurrection.

          1 Thessalonians 4:13 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.14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.15 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.16 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:

          17 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.

          • May I suggest that when we die, the “breath of life” given to us by God is returned.
            With respect to Paul’s writings, may I suggest that he is expressing a desire to be with the Lord.
            All of the passages that I cited seem to suggest no one goes to heaven yet. In fact, Revelation 14 tells us about the Rapture, doesn’t it?
            With respect to Luke 23:43 (the source of the statement from the criminal on a cross) it can be argued that paradise means a garden or a park. Or maybe a cemetery.

  7. Robert Morgan

    Disappointed in the answers provided.
    May I call your attention to the following scriptures:
    Genesis 4: 10
    Job 14:10-12
    Daniel 12: 13
    John 3: 13
    John 14: 2-3
    Acts 2:34
    1 Corinthians 15: 20-24; 50-58
    1 Thessalonians 4: 13-14
    2 Thessalonians 2: 1-5
    1 Timothy 6: 14-16

  8. DeLisa Catalane

    Brother Baxter I am currently enrolled and halfway through the 11th course of JPC.
    My question is this: can you elaborate on those who have died and what their condition is presently. I know you stated to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I remember Jesus said to the thief next to him in the cross that he would be in paradise with him that very day. But in Revelations it says the dead in Christ will rise first to the marriage supper of the Lord.

    Are these the dead prior to his resurrection that did not have the opportunity to be born again? Can you help me weed through this so I can speak plainly when asked by others. Thank you so much for your response.

    I want you to know I have a deeper faith and understanding of what my walk with Christ is after going through your classes and your knowledge of Bible prophecy gives clarity to the believer. It also is the way to jolt the non believer to question all he or she thought they knew about Jesus. You are truly a rabbi, master teacher.

    Sincerely, DeLisa Catalane

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello DeLisa,

      We are thrilled that you are enrolled in the JPC. It is always great to receive feedback and questions from those in the college. You ask a great question, Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that our spirit returns to the Lord at death. At the point of death some judgment takes place. We know this because in Luke 16:19-31 when the rich man died he was tormented by the flame and Lazarus was said to be resting in the bosom of Abraham. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 also teaches that if we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. So it is apparent that once we die our body stays in the ground but our spirit either goes to be with the Lord or to hell. At the rapture the Bible says that the dead in Christ rise first. At this point the spirit will instantly be reunited with the body but the Bible tells us that instantly our bodies will be change and be immortal. This is when those in Christ receive their glorified bodies.

      I hope this is helpful, have a blessed day!

  9. Sabrina stone

    My question is i believe in god i believe god died for our sins i know im a sinner my question is my fiancee eric passed away at 35 yrs old almozt 5 months ago im trying to understand if hes asleep in heaven till the rapture or if he is actually watching over me or what is his place now

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Sabrina,
      I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that the Lord sends comfort and peace to you and healing for your broken heart.
      We know from Ecclesiastes 12:7 that our spirit returns to the Lord at death. At the point of death some judgment takes place. We know this because in Luke 16:19-31 when the rich man died he was tormented by the flame and Lazarus was said to be resting in the bosom of Abraham. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 also teaches that if we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. So it is apparent that once we die our body stays in the ground but our spirit either goes to be with the Lord or to hell. At the rapture the Bible says that the dead in Christ rise first. At this point the spirit will instantly be reunited with the body but the Bible tells us that instantly our bodies will be change and be immortal. This is when those in Christ receive their glorified bodies.

  10. Diane B.

    If there is no time in Heaven, am I already there with my husband? If there’s no time, he can’t be waiting for me then, right? Or does he have absolutely no thoughts of me at all?

    • Doug Norvell

      Scripture appears to tell us that there are thoughts and understanding of time.

      Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
      11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

  11. Diane B.

    be baptized into the name of Jesus Christ by immersion,
    So are you saying that anyone who has not been baptized by immersion will not go to heaven? That leaves out an awful lot of people (me included) and I really don’t see that happening anytime soon.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Diane,

      All we are saying is that every baptism in the bible was done in the name of Jesus. Father, son and Holy Ghost are titles. Jesus said to baptize in the “name” of. Name is singular. So, Jesus is saying the name of those three titles is Jesus.
      Luke 24: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

      Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.

      Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

      Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

      Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

      Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
      14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

      Acts 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

      If you have any questions, please contact me dnorvell@endtime.com

      • Doug Norvell

        Hello Sharon,

        What would say about this scripture?
        Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

        Notice; these people believed on Jesus and were baptized in Jesus Name, but they didn’t get the Holy Ghost. So clearly they had “accepted Christ” so this would seem to go against what you stated.

        If Philip was teaching them about Jesus and the Kingdom, he would have been teaching the same thing Jesus taught, John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

        Jesus said you must be “Born Again” of the Water and the Spirit to enter the Kingdom of God. Peter declared the same thing on the day of Pentecost,
        Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

        Water baptism in Jesus Name, “For the Remission of Sins” not an outward sign of an inward change. And ye shall receive the Holy Ghost. This is for everyone, all that are far off as many as the Lord God shall call. Repentance is turning away from your old life, dying of the sinful nature, baptism is being buried into Jesus death, His blood is applied to your sin debt and it is paid in full, receiving the Holy Ghost is the resurrection power, that will change your body from mortal to immortal at the resurrection. These scripture can be found in Romans 6:3 and Romans 8:11.

  12. IKENDA ELLIS

    Salvation is attained by responding to the call of the the day. Those in the days of Noah responded to the call of getting into the Ark. Those in the days of Moses responded to the Exodus. Those who heard the voice of John the Baptist responded to his baptism. Thos in the Apostolic times which extends to our day need to respond to Acts 2:36-38. Thats why John’s converts who carried on their faith into Apostolic era were rebaptised by Paul in Acts 19:5-6. Lets not gamble with salvation. Whhere we have not fully responded to the demands of the Gospel lets amend while we still have time

  13. DaveS

    I want to add the following that proves all baptisms in water by Jesus disciples was by total immersion and never by sprinkling or pouring water on a persons head – In Matthew 6:16 Jesus CAME UP OUT OF THE WATER when he was baptized by John the Baptist, In Acts 8:38 Philip went DOWN INTO THE WATER when he baptized the Eunuch. Paul said Romans 6:4,”Therefore we are BURIED with him by baptism into his death……” The New Testament was written in Greek and the Greek word for baptism is “Baptizo”, or a slight variation of that word – which means to dip or immerse. The Greek word for sprinkle or pour is Rantizo – at no time was the word Rantizo used when water baptism took place in the New Testament. That can be verified by doing a search and typing in “Interlinear Translation Of The Bible” – under each word in Greek the word below it is in English, then to the book of Acts – Acts 2:38, Acts 8:14-18, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, Acts 18:7-8, Acts 19:3-5, and Acts 22:16.
    DaveS

  14. DaveS

    Hello Wendell H. Keith – I never mean to offend anyone but please consider the following. You said on February 25, 2019, “No pain is felt after the death of the body.” Please consider the following words of Jesus himself which includes how to not go there: Location of Hell – Matthew 12:40,”For as Jonas was three days and nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of Man be three days and nights in THE HEART OF THE EARTH.” Scientists say the temperature in the lower parts of the earth is approximately 10,800 degrees. Paul said in Ephesians 4:9,”Now that he ascended, was it but that he also DESCENDED into the lower parts of the earth.” Hell is a place of fire – Jesus told a story in Luke 16:24,”……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.” Matthew 13:42,”And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE, there shall be WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH.” Matthew 25:41,”Then shall he also say to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, INTO EVERLASTING FIRE, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Revelation 20:15,”And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.” Hell is a place of torment – Jesus said in Luke 16:23,”And in hell he lift up his (Lazarus) eyes, BEING IN TORMENT….” Revelation 14:11,”And the smoke of their TORMENT ascended up FOREVER AND EVER, and they have no rest day or night….” Mark 9:45-46,”And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off, it is better for you to go into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the FIRE THAT NEVER SHALL BE QUENCHED. 46 Where their WORM DIES NOT, and the fire is not quenched.” Revelation 21:8,”But the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, which is the second death.” Note that Brimstone is Sulfur and burns with a very strong odor of rotten eggs. The scriptures above prove when a person goes to hell they will constantly see hell, constantly smell hell, constantly feel the heat of hell, will constantly breath hell, will constantly hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth of others in hell, will constantly be aware of their own worms, they will have no rest day or night, there is no way out and it will continue for ever and ever, they can’t die because they are already dead. The following is how to not go there: Jesus said in Mark 16:16,”He that believes and is BAPTIZED shall be SAVED, but he that believes not shall be DAMNED.” About that same time he also said in Matthew 28:19,”Go therefore and teach all nations, BAPTIZING THEM in the name (SINGULAR name) OF the Father, and OF the Son, and OF the Holy Ghost.” Father is a title and not a name, Son is a title and not a name, Holy Ghost is a title and not a name – Holy is adjective and Ghost is a noun. Every time Jesus disciples baptized anyone in water they said Jesus name which is FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS, which is Acts 2:38, Acts 8:14-18, Acts 8:38, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, Acts 18:7-8, Acts 19:3-5, and Acts 22:16. At no time did Jesus disciples ever use the words Father, Son, and Holy Ghost when they baptized anyone nor did they use any combination of those words in one sentence regarding any other topic. The topic of Salvation can be narrowed down to 2 groups of scriptures – Peter was asked by the people in Acts 2:37 what they needed to do to be SAVED. He responded in Acts 2:38-39,”Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the PROMISE is unto you, and to your children, and to those that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Jesus said in John 3:3-7,”Verily, verily I say unto you, except a man be BORN AGAIN, he can not see the kingdom of God. 5 Verily, verily I say unto you, Except a man be born of water AND of the Spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God. 7 Marvel not that I said unto you, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” Being born of water is being baptized in water in Jesus name, being born of the Spirit is being baptized with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit. Every time after Pentecost when it is mentioned that people received the Holy Ghost, they spoke in tongues as the Spirit gave utterance, which is Acts 2:3-4 (Pentecost), Acts 8:14-17, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48. Every time except one, which is Acts 2:3-4, they received it by THE LAYING ON OF HANDS, which is Acts 8:16-18, Acts 9:17, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:5-6. Paul said in 1st Corinthians 14:2,”For he that speaks in an unknown tongue, speaks not unto men, BUT UNTO GOD, for no man understands him, howbeit in the SPIRIT he speaks mysteries.” Paul said in 1st Corinthians 14:21-39,”In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people, yet for all that THEY WILL NOT HEAR ME, saith the Lord. 22 Wherefore TONGUES are for a SIGN (or PROOF they received the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit.) 39 Wherefore brethren covet to prophesy, and FORBID NOT TO SPEAK WITH TONGUES.” The following scriptures prove that when a person receives the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit, the SPIRIT OF CHRIST initially dwells in them – Romans 8:11,”But if the Spirit of him that raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also QUICKEN your mortal bodies, by HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLS IN YOU.” Paul said in Galatians 3:27,”For as many of you as have been BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE PUT ON CHRIST.” If you are convinced you need to get baptized in Jesus name and get baptized with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit, do a search and type in “United Pentecostal Church International”, slightly scroll down to below the red box, type in your zip code and city, a screen will come on that will show Churches near you that will do that.
    DaveS

  15. You say that believers must be water baptized by immersion. That infers that everyone who claims to be a Christian but was never baptized by immersion as millions of Catholics never were, that they are unsaved. As an ex-Catholic and now a born again Baptist, I was baptized by sprinkling as a child and by immersion when I became a born again believer at the age of 28. I now believe that water baptism is not even necessary to become saved, only baptism by the Holy Spirit. Millions of people over the past 2000 years accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior just before they died and never had the opportunity to be baptized at all. Plus, if it is true that only a Christian baptized by immersion in water could gain salvation then it would be possible for an evil person or government, etc., to ensure the damnation of a person’s soul simply by denying them the opportunity to ever be baptized after they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior even though they were baptized by the Holy Spirit the second they accepted Christ! No one has the power to deny another person’s salvation through evil means, period. Even the antichrist will fail in that attempt as the Bible clearly points out, especially in the Book of Revelations.
    Throughout the New Testament it is emphasized over and over again that the only requirement for salvation is to repent of your sins and call upon the name of Jesus as your personal Savior and you will be saved! The only baptism required for salvation is that of the Holy Spirit. If not, then the entire Bible can’t be trusted as the inspired and infallible word of God, and our faith is in vane.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Mick,

      The words of Jesus, Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
      John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
      Matthew 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
      16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
      The NLT says it this way: Matthew 3:15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.[f]” So John agreed to baptize him.

    • Acts 2 vs 38 start there , If you are not baptised in jesus name and filled with his spirit YOU AERENOT SAVED ,Catholics muslims or whoever isnot born again according to acts 2 vs 38 ARENOT BIBLICALLY SAVED ,

    • Good day Doug,

      As with my comment to Dave on being born again, please refer to Acts 10, where Peter preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Centurion Cornelius and the Italian Band. Whereby the Holy Ghost fell on all them who heard the word. This occurred prior to them being baptized by Peter. This passage in no way contradicts baptism or the laying on of hands, but it does contradict the necessity of water baptism for salvation. The Holy Spirit could never fall on someone who is not saved. It’s Jesus’ blood that washed away our sins not immersion in water. Water baptism is the outward appearance of one that is saved. I was never baptized with water nor is it required. Being born of water and Spirit refers to a physical birth from the womb and a spiritual birth. With a physical birth we are all condemned, and upon a spiritual birth we are saved. God has supplied everything for salvation and it is His work, not ours. Being born of the flesh (water), none of us can understand spiritual things, because we are spiritually dead. Somebody that is spiritually dead can in no way take part in their spiritual birth. Could you will yourself into conception in your mother’s womb and bring yourself forth at birth? No, it is impossible. So logic should tell us that we have no part in our spiritual birth (born again). Romans 9:21-23

      21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

      22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

      23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

      God has set all things according to His will and left nothing to chance. His plan is not subject to man’s desires, nor could it be as we are His creation.

      In brotherly love,
      Matt

      • Doug Norvell

        Hey Matt,
        Let me ask you a question. How did the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8 know that he needed to be baptized from reading Isaiah 53?
        Please go and read that book and see where it says anything about water baptism. Then look at this; Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
        36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
        37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
        38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
        39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

        Somehow Matt, Philip teaching about Jesus from Isaiah 53 lead to the understanding that he needed to be baptized in water. What do you think Philip taught?
        I bet he taught repentance and forgiveness of sin through water baptism in the NAME of JESUS and the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38).

        You know why I think it is safe to assume this? Because Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

        Notice that this promise is for all, even as many as the Lord God shall call. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ, from that day until Jesus returns and calls us home. It is what all the disciples and apostles taught and they said “if anyone comes preaching any other Gospel than the one they taught, let him be accursed.”

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Richard,

      The Lord made Adam from the dust of the Earth, He can bring back the bodies of those that have been cremated or destroyed by some other way.

    • Doug Norvell

      The Thief on the Cross was under the dispensation of the Law. Jesus gave a parable of Lazarus and the Rich man in Luke 16:19-31, this is a parable, but it is also a view of what Jesus may have been speaking of to the thief on the cross.

  16. I am a Christian and have accepted Jesus into my heart and asking his forgiveness of sins. I believe I have the Holy Spirit and feel His leading often. I was baptized at church in my 20’s but by being “sprinkled “with water and “baptize in in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost”. I read your website to say in the name of Jesus Christ and by immersion.
    Is there a difference in result? Does God still accept my “baptism “?
    Thank you
    Julie

    • Doug Norvell

      Every Baptism in the Bible is done in the name of Jesus and it is for the remission of sins. The name is Jesus, father, son and Holy Ghost are Titles, not names. Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Kathy,
      I believe we have scripture that tells us that we will, for example King David’s baby son died he said ; 2 Kings 12:23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
      We also have a parable of Lazarus, and the rich man, who were recognizable after death. (Luke 16:19-31). The disciple’s recognized Moses and Elijah at the transfiguration. (Matthew 17:3-4).
      So, based on these scriptures, in my opinion, we be able to see and recognize our loved ones who have passed on and are with the Lord.

    • Doug Norvell

      Jesus said :3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

      4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

      5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. – John 3

  17. Sheila Rusher

    It is written: “The dead in Christ will rise first.”
    When we (believers) die, are we immediately present with
    the LORD?
    If we are already in heaven, who are “the dead in Christ” that will rise first?
    Where in the Holy Bible can I read about this?
    I hope you understand my question.
    Thank you. God bless you.
    Sheila Rusher

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Sheila,

      Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that our spirit returns to the Lord at death. At the point of death some judgment takes place. We know this because in Luke 16:19-31 when the rich man died he was tormented by the flame and Lazarus was said to be resting in the bosom of Abraham. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 also teaches that if we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. So it is apparent that once we die our body stays in the ground but our spirit either goes to be with the Lord or to hell. At the rapture the Bible says that the dead in Christ rise first. At this point the spirit will instantly be reunited with the body but the Bible tells us that instantly our bodies will be change and be immortal. This is when those in Christ receive their glorified bodies.

    • Doug Norvell

      Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that our spirit returns to the Lord at death. At the point of death some judgment takes place. We know this because in Luke 16:19-31 when the rich man died he was tormented by the flame and Lazarus was said to be resting in the bosom of Abraham. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 also teaches that if we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. So it is apparent that once we die our body stays in the ground but our spirit either goes to be with the Lord or to hell. At the rapture the Bible says that the dead in Christ rise first. At this point the spirit will instantly be reunited with the body but the Bible tells us that instantly our bodies will be change and be immortal. This is when those in Christ receive their glorified bodies.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Juliann,

      The Bible doesn’t address cremation, however people have died in all kinds of ways. Some have been burned in fires, some have been blown up by bombs, some have disappeared at Sea. God, who is the creator of all things, knows exactly where every single body is. He will put the souls of those bodies who have died, back with the heavenly body at the resurrection. So we believe that cremation is okay.

      • Richard Challenor

        This is The Rapture – The Lord only appears in the skies His feet do not touch earth – The saved meet Him in the air – Those that are alive and saved at The rapture do not die!

  18. Dee Steele

    It says when Jesus comes back to earth, the “dead” will be caught up in the clouds first, then the rest of us who are still alive…………..this makes me think our spirit don’t go to heaven or hell at the time of death? Please help me understand this better.

    • Doug Norvell

      Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that our spirit returns to the Lord at death. At the point of death some judgment takes place. We know this because in Luke 16:19-31 when the rich man died he was tormented by the flame and Lazarus was said to be resting in the bosom of Abraham. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 also teaches that if we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. So it is apparent that once we die our body stays in the ground but our spirit either goes to be with the Lord or to hell. At the rapture the Bible says that the dead in Christ rise first. At this point the spirit will instantly be reunited with the body but the Bible tells us that instantly our bodies will be change and be immortal. This is when those in Christ receive their glorified bodies.

  19. Heather Manning

    time and time again I have been shot down by ambulance personnel while only on a mental ride. It is so scary and I always tell them that my body is too weak to sustain a shot but always they have to give it to me. Why? I do not know. And I can always feel my throat start to close, especially as I get older. No matter who I am, I am still scared.

    • Doug Norvell

      Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that our spirit returns to the Lord at death. At the point of death some judgment takes place. We know this because in Luke 16:19-31 when the rich man died he was tormented by the flame and Lazarus was said to be resting in the bosom of Abraham. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 also teaches that if we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. So it is apparent that once we die our body stays in the ground but our spirit either goes to be with the Lord or to hell. At the rapture the Bible says that the dead in Christ rise first. At this point the spirit will instantly be reunited with the body but the Bible tells us that instantly our bodies will be change and be immortal. This is when those in Christ receive their glorified bodies.

  20. Sharon Watson

    I’m confused by the scripture where Jesus is on the cross and says “Today you will be with me in Paradise” and “The dead in Christ will rise”? So, do we go to heaven or do we stay in the grave?

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Sharon,

      The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
      When we die our soul goes on to be with the Lord. But our bodies go back to the dust from where they came. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

      1 Thessalonians 4:13 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.14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

  21. Stephen Berni

    Amen. I found this message to be very insightful. I am at ease knowing my name that name is in the Lamb’s Book Of Life. JESUS is the Lamb of God who takes away not only my sins, but the sins of the world.

  22. Julia A Waldron

    The scriptures teach we sleep in the grave until Yeshua’s return at the last trump and the dead that are true believers will rise to join Him in the air and the remaining alive bodies will change and also join Him in the air..Those that are not believers will be raised at the second resurrection after Yeshua;s 1000 year reign on earth to judgment. No one ‘goes to heaven’ when they die..we sleep in the grave according to scripture..is this what you are teaching, or not? 🙂

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Julia,

      Here is what scripture says: 1 Thessalonians 4:13 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.14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.15 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.16 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:17 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.

      • 2 Corinthians 5:6 KJV  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

        2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

        Philippians 1:21-23 KJV  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  (22)  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.  (23)  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

        Revelation 6:9-11 KJV  And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  (10)  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?  (11)  And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

        Revelation 7:13-14 KJV  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?  (14)  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

          • Doug Norvell

            Hello Cynthia,

            This is the Great Tribulation, and the ones who are crying out are told to wait for a little while until the fullness of God’s timing is complete which will be the end of the tribulation. Notice that they receive white robes, these are the robes of the Saints that have been washed in the Blood of the Lamb. We see this in other scripture.
            Revelation 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

            Now look at the 5th Seal,

            Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.