By   •   September 29, 2009   •   Topics: ,


What happens to us in the first minute after we die? Do we enter heaven immediately, or do our souls go into some kind of a sleep until the end of time, when our souls and our bodies will be reunited? I've always had lots of questions about heaven.


The Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about heaven and life after death – and the reason is because our minds are limited and heaven is far too glorious for us to understand. Some day, all of our questions will be answered – but not yet. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

However, the Bible certainly does indicate that when we die we enter immediately into God’s presence if we belong to Christ. From our earthly point of view, death looks somewhat like sleep – but not from God’s point of view. Paul declared, “We are confident (of eternal life), I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Elsewhere he wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23).

Later, we will be given new bodies – bodies that will never age or be subject to death, because they will be like Christ’s resurrection body. As the Bible says, “The dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

Is your hope in Christ? Death is a reality – but so is God’s offer of salvation in Christ. Don’t put off your decision for Him, because you could be called into eternity at any moment – and then it will be too late.

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  1. Judy Dolliver says:

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful resource for my Bible Studies and Quiet Times with the Lord. This answer about Heaven will help me as I try to help friends understand. I just couldn’t seem to put it into words until I read Billy Graham’s explanation. Thank you, and God bless!

  2. Jill J Theriault says:

    Death is swallowed up in Victory!
    Thank you for this post BillyGraham!
    You are so loved!

  3. Lois Bacon says:

    I believe what Billy Graham says to be true about us entering heaven after we die . I always have. I look forward to it.

  4. Hilary/William Lewis says:

    I don’t know what I would do without my belief in Christ. He is the anchor of my life. HAL