Where After Death?


  The belief that you immediately go to Heaven or to Hell is a false doctrine. Nowhere in Scriptures does it teach that.
  •   I Corinthians 15:12  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
  So we know that Jesus raised from the dead and is the basis for our Faith in Him, likewise we know (I hope) that there will be a resurrection of the dead. The question then is WHEN are the dead resurrected. The false teaching today, is that resurrection takes place at the time of death, but what do the Scriptures teach.

  Lets continue with the next verse of
  •   I Corinthians 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
  We are talking about the dead, notice Scriptures refer to the dead in Christ as asleep, not in Heaven or Hell but asleep.
  •   20: But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (Who are these that are asleep)  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.
  The last part of that verse specifically tells us WHEN we will be resurrected and that is only at His coming (the Rapture). Many other Scriptures confirm this as well consider:
  •   I 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.
  Again, who are those who sleep in Jesus? These are not they who rise to go to Heaven immediately after death, for these are sleeping. But these are they who die and are True Christians, therefore these will sleep until the return of Christ.
  •   I Thessalonians 4: 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.
  Why would Apostle Paul say this about the dead, if the dead go immediately to Heaven or Hell when they die? Why is he teaching people that the dead are asleep, if they are already in Heaven? Well he wouldn’t, but at the time Paul was teaching this, people were concerned about the condition of people who were already dead. Note that Paul could have very easily informed them that the dead are in Heaven already or Hell for that matter, but he doesn’t, he informs them that the dead are asleep. Even Jesus referred to Lazarus as being asleep when he was dead for several days, notice that Lazarus’ Spirit did not go to Heaven when he died, his Spirit was asleep, while his body was dead (John 11:11-13). Paul assures them that there is nothing any living person can do to change the outcome of those who were already dead, and that those who died being a True Christian would sleep and be risen when Christ comes back, we see this being taught in the next verse:
  •   I Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God (last Trumpet): 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.
  •   I John 3: 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear (Rapture), we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
  On this particular day when the Lord comes back for His people, where two shall be in the field and one shall be taken and the other left (Mt 24:40) which event we Christians call the Rapture or the Second Coming, who rises first to meet the Lord in the air? Those who have died, for I Thess 4:16 states .. .. .. .. .. and the dead in Christ shall rise first. If then the dead rise first, that would mean they have not gone anywhere yet, they are still here with us, sleeping: as the Word says they are.

  There are no Scriptures that teach when a person dies they immediately go to Heaven or immediately go to Hell. Man teaches that, Scriptures do not teach that. Now there is one verse, that brought about this false teaching, and is a verse that is used frequently to support the ideal that when a person dies they immediately go to Heaven or to Hell, and that verse is the one concerning the thief on the cross to which Jesus answered him:
  •   Luke 23: 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
  Now it seems that Jesus told this man that he would be in Paradise with Jesus TODAY. But is that what it really means? Tell me, is Jesus a liar? God forbid! Why would Jesus tell this man “Today, you shall be with Me in Paradise” when Jesus already knew and told His Disciples and others that He would be in the heart of the Earth for three days and three nights, Jesus said:
  •   Matthew 12: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
  And many other verses state this as well. So we know at the time Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross, that Jesus did NOT go into Paradise that same day. We know through Scriptures that Jesus ascended to His Father in Paradise after He was risen from the grave 3 days after He was crucified, for He spoke to Mary the day He was risen and said
  •   John 20: 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
    So Jesus is a witness that He did not go to Paradise the same day He was crucified, why then did Jesus say “Today, you shall be with Me in Paradise”, when He did not go to Heaven that same day and we know He didn’t. Is He a liar then? God forbid! Would you believe that problem lies with punctuation, a comma? Hebrew and Greek did not use comma’s, but in our Language a comma in the wrong place can change the meaning of the entire sentence. When the King James Bible was being translated into English, they merely put the comma in the wrong place, they translated perfectly, however they simply put the comma in the wrong place, instead of putting the comma before the word “Today” it should have been put after the word “Today”. This is how it should have been read:

  “Verily I say unto thee today, shalt thou be with me in Paradise” This would be a True Statement . “Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise” This is a lie and is not the Truth.

  If you are able to accept this Truth then well, if not that’s OK too. Let us assume that Jesus did take the thief to Heaven that same day (even though that is contrary to Scriptures) this does not mean that it applies to all people. Jesus is the Son of the Most High God, He could do whatever He wants, but just because He takes the thief on the cross to Heaven (if that is the case, which we know is not) does not mean everyone that dies immediately goes to Heaven or to Hell, the thief was a special situation not the normal situation. My point is, people who believe that you go to Heaven or to Hell when you die can ONLY use this verse to back up that belief, and that verse itself does not teach that it applies to everyone, all we see is Jesus foretelling a single persons outcome. To assume it applies to everyone because the thief went to Heaven when he died, is to assume that everyone can walk on water. Jesus allowed Peter to walk on water, does not mean everyone will walk on water, it, like the thief on the cross, was a special situation.

  If it is true that Jesus allowed the thief to go to Heaven when he died DOES NOT MEAN EVERYONE WILL ALSO GO TO HEAVEN (OR HELL) WHEN THEY DIE, It simply is not the Truth.

  Now consider Revelations Chapter 11 which talks about the 7th trumpet being blown, when Christ will come back to the Earth to gather His people, consider verse 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

  At the last trumpet when Christ comes back is when “The time of the dead shall be judged”. Tell me if a person dies 500 years before the Rapture and they went to Heaven when they died, do they come back down to the grave, so then at the Rapture they can rise first (AGAIN)(I Thess 4:16) when Jesus Judges them again? According to Scriptures, time of the dead to be judged is when Christ comes back again, it is not at the time of death, then again when Christ Returns.

  If it is true that when you die, you are immediately judged, either to be a Christian or not a Christian, why would there be a need for that person to be judged yet again during the Rapture?

  Also if a person immediately goes to Heaven or Hell when they die, who then are those that sleep is Christ until He Returns? If everyone goes to Heaven or Hell when they die, who would be sleeping?
  •   I Corinthians 15: 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,(something other then the flesh we have now) 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump (the 7th Trumpet): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (Glorified bodies, our Spiritual bodies (I Cor 15:44)).
  When shall the dead be raised? At the Rapture. When shall the dead be changed? At the Rapture. When shall the dead be Judged? At the Rapture.

  If it is a common belief that when a person dies they immediately go to Heaven or they immediately go to Hell, (even though there is no Scriptural support whatsoever for this belief), are there any Scriptures that clearly teach contrary to this belief. How about Jesus Himself saying.
  •   John 3: 13 And NO MAN hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
  So then according to the Words of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, As of right now only Jesus has ascended into Heaven, Not even King David himself is in Heaven and Scriptures says this about King David:
  •   I King 2:10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.
  •   I King 15: 5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
  If anybody should have gone to Heaven after they died, it should have been King David, yet Scriptures teach that David is still with us, and he did not ascend into Heaven.
  •   Acts 2: 29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
  Notice Luke is saying this statement many years AFTER Christ was crucified, risen, and ascended into Heaven. Luke is saying that David is still here, still dead (well asleep), AND in the next verses, we see Luke teaching that David did NOT go to Heaven (vs 34) because he is still here (vs 29)
  •   Acts 2: 34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
  So then Scriptures reveals that the Patriarch David did not go to Heaven when he died, and he is still here. Why was he not risen immediately after death? Because Judgment Day is not until Christ Returns, the time of the dead is not until the Rapture.

  Let us consider what Martha said, being one who was taught by Jesus Himself.
  •   John 11: 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. (the Rapture)
  How did she KNOW this? Because it is what Jesus and the Apostles taught over and over again. Notice Martha did not believe that he was already in Heaven, but knew he would rise in the last days. Other verses where Jesus is quoted as raising up people in the last days is John 6:40, John 6:44, and John 6:54

  Jesus nor any of the Apostles taught that when a person dies they immediately go to Heaven or to Hell for that matter. This is a false doctrine of men, based on false interpretations, and is contrary to Scriptures.
  •   John 5: 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
  And according to Scriptures again and again, this takes place at the Last Day, the Day of Judgment, the Second Coming of Christ, or what Christians refer to this day as the Rapture.

  During the Rapture the dead shall rise first, that is because they have not gone anywhere yet.

  Many people who grasp onto the false doctrine that once you die you immediately go to Heaven, like to use the parable of the rich man and Lazarus found in Luke 16:19-31 to try to justify their own belief of this false doctrine. But the Truth is, it is a parable. Abraham's bosom is not Heaven, and Abraham is not THE FATHER. A person is rewarded for their deeds at Christ’s Second Coming, not at death (Rev 22:11-12). Also the unsaved are sent to Hell at the end of this world, not when they die. (Matt 13:40-42). It even starts out sounding exactly like a parable consider:
  • Luke 12: 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: … … … (Parable)
  • Luke 14: 16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: … … … (Parable)
  • Luke 15: 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. … … … (Parable)
  • Luke 16: 1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. … … … (Parable)
  • Luke 19: 12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. … … … (Parable)
  • 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,  … … …(Parable)
  All these are Parables, to change a parable and say it is an incident that actually took place for real, just to make it fit with your own belief, is against God and is not the Truth. There is nothing at all that would indicate that the story of a certain rich man and Lazarus, was a real event that took place. But in context with all of the book of Luke, it most certainly indicates that it is a Parable. Leave it to this generation to change a verse that sounds like a parable, looks like a parable, written like a parable, and say it is not a parable and claim it was a real event.

  To believe that a person immediately goes to Heaven or to Hell when they die, is to believe what man teaches, not what Scriptures teaches. Scriptures over and over again teach that there is a specific day that everyone will be judged to see if they are going to Heaven or Hell, and that day IS NOT at the time of death, but that day according to Scriptures is Judgment Day, the Day the Lord Jesus will return to the Earth to gather His people, His Church unto Him. This is the day that everyone will be judged, the dead and the living will be judged on this day, and not any time before this day. Judgment Day is the when a person will go to Heaven or not go to Heaven. The time of death is NOT Judgment Day. The time of death is not when a person is judged to go to Heaven or to Hell. To believe that, is to believe the teachings of men, to believe that, is to believe a false doctrine of the 21st century.


In His Holy and Precious Name, Jesus Christ