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.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published but you will receive our next BGEA ministry update. You can opt out of future emails at any time.


  1. Terry says:

    God Bless you Billy Graham. You have always been an inspiration to me.

  2. richard says:

    What do they do???

  3. Aaron says:

    May the LORD Bless the writer. I think our “Christian dogma” about death has been impaired by non sacred teachings from society, media and a host of others. Christians today are scared of death and would deviate to do anything to gain life in the body. I pray we syndicate the Good Will of GOD to enhance the faith of our brethren.

  4. Cynthia says:

    I agree with what you have said and worried about this idea of soul sleep until the end of time. I find it difficult to understand it. Please could you please comment about HADES AND PARADISE.

  5. Samantha Mizell says:

    Read 1Thessalonians 4:14-17

  6. Jonah S. says:

    Yes, I believe that God is there. He helps me every day even when I dont think I need him. I have a feeling that God will do something powerful in the future. Little do we know if God is coming in 10 seconds or in 10 trillion years, all I am saying is to look up to God always and throw in a little prayer once in a while. I love God and he loves me, and of course, all of you too.

  7. Roy Ward says:

    I do understand that when we leave this earthly life we are going to heaven to be with our Lord Jesus until judgement day . I know we have to live and worship God and I want to live forever.

  8. Jeannine c roy says:

    I love my Jesus and my life he has given me!