What happens the moment you die?

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What happens the moment you die?

This is for many a topic they don't want to talk about. Yet death is a reality for most of us. I say "most of us" because there are a large number of people who will never experience death. We will discuss this a bit later on.

We have often been asked by people from all walks of life "What happens the moment one dies?"

We shall first take a look at the threefold nature of man, which is "Body, Soul and Spirit". From the Scriptures we can read about this threefold nature, see Hebrews 4:12.

We are a Trinity, as we were made in the "Image of God" and God is a Trinity. When you study the Tabernacle you will notice that it was a tent surrounded by a court, which court was enclosed by a curtain fence. The tent of the Tabernacle was divided into two sections by a "veil" or curtain, of which one section was twice the size of the other. The larger section was called "the Holy Place" and the smaller section was called "the Most Holy Place". The only way to enter "the Most Holy Place" was throught the curtained doorway. This picture of the Tabernacle with its Courtyard depicts the threefold nature of man. The "Courtyard" represents the Body, the "Holy Place" the Soul and the "Most Holy Place" represents the Spirit. The only way for communcation from the "Courtyard" to the "Most Holy Place" was through the "Holy Place" and this is the same with man, there can't be any communication between the Body and the Spirit except through the Soul. Just as the Tabernacle was empty of the "Prescence of God" until the "Holy spirit" descended and took up His abode in the "Most Holy Place", so does man remain empty of the "Prescence of God" until the Holy Spirit takes His place in man's Spirit, which happens the moment a person trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Saviour and becomes "born again".

We will take a closer look at the "Threefold Nature of Man" under the "topic" with this title. It is enough to know at this moment that we consist of a threefold nature; body (Carnal) with the faculties of the five senses, 'Sight', 'Smell', 'Hearing', 'Seeing' and 'Touching'; soul (Natural) with the faculties of 'Conscience', 'Memory', 'Reason' and 'Affections'; and spirit (Spiritual) with the faculties of 'Faith', 'Hope', 'Reverence', 'Worship' and 'Prayer', accepting at this stage that the soulish body has some tangible form, with some limitations, hence the need for a resurrected body at the Rapture.

But what happens the moment you die?

It depends totally on what decision you make while you are alive. Did you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and asked Him to come into your heart? Or did you reject the Gospel and decided that Jesus was not for you? We will come back to this a bit later.

Let's look at the different situations.

1. The moment you die as a non-believer!

What we mean here as a "non-believer" is a person who does NOT believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (the second Person in the Trinity and thus God Eternal), that He took on human form when He was born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, that He died on the cross for our sins, that He was buried and rose again on the 3rd day, that He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand side of the Father and that He one day soon (any moment) will leave Heaven, come into the air and draws us unto Himself (the Rapture) and takes us home to the Father's House which He has been preparing for us.

Take a look at chart 1.

Chart 1.

Here we see that the moment the non-believer dies his/her body goes into the grave where it will undergo decay and returns to dust. At the same moment their spirit and soul will go down to Sheol, the place in the underworld where the spirit and souls of the non-believers go and await the Great White Throne Judgment, where they will realise that their names are not written in the Book of Life and thus they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

2. The moment you die as a born-again believer!

What we mean here as a "born-again believer" is a person who DOES believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (the second Person in the Trinity and thus God Eternal), that He took on human form when He was born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, that He died on the cross for our sins, that He was buried and rose again on the 3rd day, that He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand side of the Father and that He one day soon (any moment) will leave Heaven, come into the air and draws us unto Himself (the Rapture) and takes us home to the Father's House which He has been preparing for us.

Take a look at chart 2.

Chart 2.

Looking at the chart you can see two red arrows, one pointing from the "spirit and soul" to "Paradise" in the Third Heaven and the other pointing from "the body" to "the Grave".

That's what happens the moment a "born-again" believer dies. His/her body goes into the grave and undergoes decay (this explains the term "sleeps" as the body awaits the resurrection at the time of the Rapture). The spirit and soul of the believer go to be with the Lord in Paradise, awaiting the moment of the Rapture when Jesus leaves Heaven, taking with Him from Paradise the souls and spirits of the deceased believers and bringing them down to the Air, where they get re-united with their resurrected bodies (now im-mortal bodies) and meet us, those believers who are still alive at the moment of the Rapture and who's bodies have been changed from mortal to im-mortal bodies (all in the twinkling of an eye). (For more details see also the charts under the TOPIC "The Rapture").That's the moment when the Body of Christ (the Church) is complete, that is, the Lord Jesus Christ and all the "born-again" believers from Pentecost to the Rapture.

Those are the ones that were chosen in Jesus by the Father BEFORE the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4

In His High Priestly prayer John 17 the Lord Jesus Christ says that we were given to Him by the Father John 17:24 "Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, ...". This verse also confirms the Lord Jesus Christ's desire for us to be with Him as He expressed in John 14:3 ".....that where I am, there you may be also."

What a joy, what a privilege, what a blessing to have a Saviour like that.

Those that will NEVER experience death!

Isn't that wonderfully exciting? I'm sure that we are living in the "END TIMES" and that the Rapture could happen any moment (are you ready??) and that we are part of the generation that will never experience death. If we are still alive the moment the Rapture takes place, then we will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye and are "caught up" (raptured) into the Air, to be with the Lord. How exciting is that?

That's why we call it the "Blessed Hope". We will be with our Lord and Saviour and see Him in all His glory. He will put His arms around us and welcome us home. We will catch up with our loved ones that have gone before us and who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

IMPORTANT!!

That's why it is so important to witness the Gospel to those who are still trapped in darkness, to plant those seeds so that the Father can bring the increase, to pray for those who are still blinded by Satan and his demons, who are still trapped in their sins. The harvest is great, but the workers are few. Are you one of them? If not, why not put on the Armor of God, Ephesisans 6:10-17 and start serving the Lord Jesus Christ in a new way, studying the Scriptures, asking for understanding and praying for each other and for those who are still lost.

Time is running out and soon many people will be LEFT BEHIND to face the most terrible period of time this world has ever experienced and never will experience such a time again, Matthew 24:21. Do you want your children, your wife, your husband, your relatives, or your friends to go through that?

Tell them about the Lord Jesus Christ, tell them how He died for them, tell them about what soon will happen (the Rapture and then the Tribulation period), tell them they must repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. You don't have to push it down their throat as some people do. You can tell them about this website, you can give them a book, you can visit the lonely or the sick, etc. If their reaction is negative leave it for another time (the Father always brings about opportunities to plant those seeds, you must be ready to plant them when those moments occur) and continue to pray for them, that the father might open their eyes.

To be saved they must believe, to believe they must hear and how can they hear if nobody tells them? Romans 10:13-14