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By   •   September 29, 2009   •   Topics: ,

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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171 Comments

  1. Ruth says:

    I love our Father God bless me and my family with your word

  2. MICHAEL MCCAULLEY says:

    Some people say they had died and come back and their review is very intriguing. And yet, the memory of what happened after that.. I don’t believe this because the Bible states that you only die once and once only… What do you believe?

  3. Bill Boggs says:

    Thank you Billy Graham. We appreciate all that you and the BGEA do.

  4. Bonnie Reppert says:

    I am at the age that I am loosing a lot of friends and family members. Some are Christain, some are not. I pray for the Holy Spirit to come to them befor it is to late. Can we intercede for people and really have positive results?? I really worry.

  5. Tina Thomas says:

    I lost my son Javonte almost three months ago. And when I say that I would not want nobody to go through this. He just turned 18 in March this year, I know that he is in heaven with our father dear God. I have my days and moments but I know that God call my baby back home and I will see him again one day in heaven.! That is we’re my strength comes from and knowing that he is always with me. Please pray my strength in the lord thank you.

  6. Daelyn says:

    This is real to my soul. Thanks

  7. Phindani says:

    The fact that we will be reunited means our souls will be kept somewhere. However we the Bible does not say where.

  8. Sheena TIMMONS says:

    Please pray for me. I know I need to repent and let the Lord have his way with me. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. i’m in need of prayer. I do pray every night and every morning. I thank God. i’m asking the lord to show me the way. i am calling out for help.

  9. Betty Brame says:

    My husband suffered a blood clot and died a week later. I know he went to heaven but will I know him when I get there and will we be husband and wife? Please tell me this is so. It has only been 7 months and we were married almost 34 years. This is so hard.

    1. BGEA says:

      We’re so sorry for your loss, Betty. That’s a long time to be married and we’re sure that’s very difficult. This may help answer your questions: http://billygraham.org/answer/my-friend-recently-lost-her-third-husband-all-of-them-by-death-and-she-asked-me-the-other-day-which-one-shed-be-married-to-in-heaven/

  10. Tammy Harper says:

    I lost my daughter suddenly on Mother’s Day she was 36. I need to talk to someone about it desperately

    1. BGEA says:

      Tammy, we’re so sorry to hear about your daughter. That’s terrible. Losing a child is possibly the hardest thing to go through, and we want you to know you have our deepest sympathies and prayers. We have passed on your comment to our team so we can get in touch with you as soon as possible via email.

    2. Hruso says:

      I lost my oldest son on June 16, 2016. So hard to go to sleep and wake up. Grieving is a terminal illness that you carry with you for your entire life. I turn 40 in a week and never expected to be celebrating by grieving over my precious child who is now in heaven, still doesn’t feel real. It feels like a constant punishment. Wish I knew what I did so horrible.because I’m suffering and not sure I can hold on much longer.

    3. BGEA says:

      Hruso,
      We are so sorry for your loss, and we have prayed for you. Please consider visiting http://peacewithgod.net/ to talk with a member of our team about your grief.