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Q:

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.


A:

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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51 Comments

  1. susan says:

    God bless Billy Graham Association.

    1. susan says:

      I love ❤ Jesus Christ

  2. Robert Sharpe says:

    I love my Lord Jesus Christ

  3. Carole Wood says:

    This article gave me great peace. But, still I don’t want to die and leave my son and granddaughter. I always pray each night that God will put a Christian woman in my son’s life, so he will have a Christian partner for encouragement in the years to come. I pray that we will all be called to the Lord together. I pray that some of my friends that are ‘fence sitters’ will make their decision to open their hearts to the Lord SOON.

  4. Lynne K. Erickson says:

    Thank you so much for your personal testimony. I try and pray for Franklin, Will and you at least once a week. I am currently reading a book by Dr. Hagee on Blood Moons. I have read all of your books over the years except your last one. I will soon be subscribing again to Decision Magazine.

  5. Linda Stone says:

    Just as I thought. So good to know that we will be with our Lord. Looking forward to a new body in Christ.

  6. Linda Forgacs says:

    Thank you God for Your Son Jesus Christ. The Love that you have for Him and for us is so hard for us to totally grasp. You love us beyond our understanding, but some day we will be with you and we will know then what we cannot know now. The Peace this brings to me is so wonderful and gives me chills just to think about it. I look forward to life with you for all of us who love and serve you.

  7. Jay Wallace says:

    I grew up with Billy Graham and love him. What an inspiration he has been. This country is going to miss him when the Lord calls him home. I always say he would have been the 13th appostle.

  8. Jeannie says:

    I have lost my way and cannot seam to get back on the path I need to be on. I am nearing the end of my life and I have no joy in my life, no happiness, no purpose, what I enjoy the most is breakfast.

    1. shanna says:

      Hi jeannie I just read your comment I hope I not to late but you sound like me sometime ago. But I never stop praying and one day GOD answered my prayers. My struggle to fight him was over, I turned to him and repented. Pray, Pray, Pray, GOD hear you without prayer but he love for you to talk to him through praying. Its not hard, something we all can do anytime and anywhere. I m FAR from perfect but with God and my bible and prayer its a beautiful journey. God loves you know matter what and who are.

  9. ginger harrison says:

    I love to listen to anything that Rev.Billy Graham has to say. I can read a book that he has wrote & I can hear his voice.I watch him & his son on t.v. I believe Rev. Billy Graham has studied so hard in this field that I actually think sometimes he is God. Thank You