WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU DIE?
OT - we are told of a place called Sheol, Num.16:31-33;
It is in the heart of the earth, all who die go there.
NT - Sheol is Hebrew and Hades is Greek for same place, Lk.16:19-31;
Here Jesus gives our first insights to Sheol / Hades, wicked are in torment,
The righteous in Abraham's bosom and there is no crossing over between the two.
So once you die God judges and assigns you to eternity with wicked or righteous.
Mt.12:40; Jesus says He is going to the heart of the earth, 3 days, 3 nights.
Lk.9:31; Jesus is talking with Moses and Elijah, who came up from Hades and
they were talking about His exodus, He was on His way to Hades to join them.
Lk.23:43: Jesus to the thief - "Today you will be with Me in Paradise."
Eph.4:9; Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth (Hades)
1Pe.3:18-20; Jesus preached to those now in torment, via Noah while they were
still alive on earth. 2Pe.2:5; As He preaches to people today through us.
Mt.16:21; Jesus often said He would be killed and raised on the third day.
Lk.24:6,7; The angels told the women He has risen.
Ac.1:3-11; Jesus was on earth for 40 days then ascended on high.
Heb.9:12; He entered heaven with His own blood, preparing a place, Jn.14:1-3;
Eph.4:8; When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive. Jesus took all
the OT righteous ones in Abraham's bosom/Paradise into heaven.
2Cor.12:1-4; Paul knew a man caught up to 3rd heaven, into Paradise,
which means Paradise is no longer in Hades but now in heaven.
Heb.12:22-24; here we see the church of the firstborn, Christians in heaven and
the OT righteous made perfect, Heb.11:39,40;
Rev.7:9-17; John sees a great multitude in heaven of people who have washed
their robes in the blood of the Lamb. Not in future but in the present.
Jn.3:13; No man had ascended into heaven - because the way was not made
known and the place was not prepared. But by dying for our sins,
His blood is the way and His blood has prepared a place for us,
for without His blood there is no forgiveness. Heb.9:11-14;
The righteous OT people could not go to heaven because the blood hadn't
been shed but once Jesus died and entered heaven the way was open for all.
We don't go to Hades when we die as Jesus taught the Jews in Lk.16: because
He hadn't changed what He came to change, to set us free. When the faithful
Christian dies he enters into heaven awaiting the judgment day when he shall
return with Christ to witness the judgment of those alive on judgement day
The minute you die as a faithful Christian is when you will hear Jesus confess
your name before His Father, the angels, in heaven, Mt.10:32; Lk.12:8; Rev.3:5;
Hades is a place only for the wicked today.
Jesus taught us there is no deep sleep because in Lk.16:24-28; the rich man
wanted someone sent to his brothers who were still alive, to warn them. This would
also refute waiting in the grave until judgment day, God is the God of the living not
God of the dead. Moses and Elijah were very much alive when talking with Christ
on the Mt. of Transfiguration.
Looking forward to seeing all my brothers and sisters in heaven the day I die, I pray
I have the courage to remain a faithful servant until that day and the prayer is for
all of us to be there united in a song of praise to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!