What does the Bible say about life after death?

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So Bobby is asking, what does the Bible say about life after death? Some tell me you sleep until the end of time. Others say if your heart is right with God, you go to heaven hearing so many different opinions.

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Bobby, that is a fantastic sick question.

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I really appreciate you asking that and.

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I definitely have an answer for you.

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And I think that’s always something that’s.

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A little bit tricky as far as I think everybody questions about what does the Bible say about life after death. And it’s kind of two part because, one, you want to make sure that you understand what happens when you die and then what happens to you as far as afterlife.

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And so the first part of your.

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Question I want to answer really quick is kind of what happens when you die. A lot of people think that you go straight to heaven or straight to hell, and I don’t believe that’s biblically true.

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And so I’ll show you that in.

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The first verse I want to give you, which is Ecclesiastes, chapter nine and verse five. And it’s a pretty straightforward Bible verse that makes it really clear as far as what happens when you die. You don’t go to heaven or hell, you’re not a spirit floating around. All these things that people think about. What the Bible says is very clear. In Ecclesiastes, chapter nine, verse five, it.

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Actually says that the living know that.

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They shall die, but the dead know nothing. And so when you die, it’s like asleep, like a dream of sleep where you are just dead. And I’ll go into that and two.

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More quick verses, which is Psalms chapter.

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13 and verse three where the Bible says that basically David’s praying here to God and he’s saying, don’t have mercy on me, God. And he’s saying, unless I sleep, the sleep of death. And so the Bible always likens death like to asleep. And so when you die, it’s like you’re sleeping and you don’t know anything. You don’t know what’s happening until the resurrection. And actually just to show that very clearly, also if you look at John eleven, where Jesus was raising Lazarus from the dead, jesus tells his disciples in verses eleven through 14, basically the story. And Jesus says, I’m going to see.

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Lazarus because he was sick and I’m.

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Going to wake him out of his sleep.

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And his disciples go, don’t wake him up, he’ll get better if he sleeps.

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And Jesus plainly says Lazarus is dead. He’s like, I’m not saying he’s asleep like a regular sleep, he’s sleeping the sleep of death. And so when you are dead, you sleep, but you don’t sleep forever. There is going to be a point in time where you are woken up. And we see that very clearly in.

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The book of one, thessalonians chapter four.

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Verses 13 through 17. And actually I think we should put that one on the screen if that’s okay. I’m not sure if my director is able to do that, but I’m going to go ahead and make sure I read it because I want to make sure I say it correctly.

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One, thessalonians chapter four, verses 13th or 17th, and this is where I’ll close.

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Because I think this is the most important verse, honestly on this topic as far as what happens when you die. So it says, but I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning.

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Those who have fallen asleep, lest you.

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Soar as others who have no hope. Again, so asleep as in dead.

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In verse 14, it goes on to.

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Say for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who sleep in Jesus. So again those who are dead.

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And verse 15 goes on to say.

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For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we.

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Who are alive and remain until the.

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Coming of the Lord will by no.

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Means precede those who are asleep.

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So we’re not going to go to heaven before those who are dead in Christ. So again, you don’t go to heaven until Jesus comes and resurrects people, and then we go to heaven, verse 16 and 17. Joseph so again, for the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout.

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With the voice of an archangel, and

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With the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise.

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First in verse 17.

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Then, as the final verse says, then we who are alive and remain shall.

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Be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in.

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The air, and thus we shall ever be with the Lord. And so these are some of the most profound words that Paul ever wrote as far as what happens when you die. And so it’s very clear here we see that when you die, it’s like you’re asleep. And then those who are asleep in Christ, when Jesus comes, they’re resurrected, they go to heaven. And then those who are alive still when Jesus comes, who are God’s people, follow after, and we all go to heaven with him. Now, there are a few exceptions in the Bible where some people were either translated straight to heaven, like Enoch and Elijah, or people who are resurrected, like Moses, but they are the rare exception. And there was a few other who were resurrected after Jesus was crucified, but those are some rare exceptions because God is God, he can do whatever he wants. But that is basically what happens when you die. You sleep until the resurrection. And if you are God’s people, you go with the first resurrection to heaven. And if you’re not God’s people, there is a second resurrection for those who are lost. And so I hope that answers your question.

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And I pray that you continue to study God’s word. And I pray you’re part of that first resurrection. J or Wendy any other thoughts on that?

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My thought is, how did you do that? Not in 60 minutes. That was impressive.

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Thank God. Yeah.

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