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Q:

When someone dies, do they go to heaven immediately, or do they have to wait until the end of time before they can go into God's presence? My wife died a few months ago, and I worry about this.


A:

You should not worry; the Bible clearly teaches that if we know Christ, we are safely in God’s hands forever when we die, and that nothing “in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

Does this mean we immediately enter heaven when we die? My own study of the Bible has convinced me that we do. This is reflected in many passages in the Bible. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25). The Apostle Paul wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23). The Bible also says, “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

We need to remember, however, one additional truth: At the end of this present age, God will reunite our souls and our bodies. In fact, we will be given new bodies—bodies that will be similar to Christ’s body after His resurrection. They will never experience illness or pain, and they will never grow old.

Take comfort in the fact that your wife is now safely beyond all the pain and dangers of this life, and she now dwells in God’s presence forever. And this is your destiny too, and the destiny of every person who truly trusts Christ for their salvation.

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31 Comments

  1. Lorena Marquez says:

    I am so sorry for your loss My mom dies dies in January of this year 2017 . i wonder the same . I am now going to study the Bible and go to church. I want to see my mom soon, I miss her and love her so bad i cry myself t sleep .

  2. Robert Szymanski says:

    I know​ what the Bible says! once a man dies, then comes the Judgement! There’s a scripture that says that! I Know there’s 3 ressurections, not 2. The lost Jewish scriptures say so.. Find the info about it and learn! God bless you all.

  3. William says:

    2 Timothy 4 vs 3, Isaiah 8 vs 20

  4. William says:

    The teaching that when we as humans die, we go straight to heaven is both untrue as well as and unbiblical teaching. The word of God clearly states that when one dies, their body lies in the grave and remains there until one of the two coming resurrections. The first resurrection takes place at the second coming of Christ at which time the saved are raised from their graves to be taken to heaven with Jesus for the 1000 year millennium. After the 1000 year millennium Christ and his bride return to earth, and it’s at this point that the second resurrection of the lost takes place and the wicked are judged. This is biblical. The teaching of straight to heaven comes out of old Greek Mythology.

    1. Robin says:

      I appreciate your sharing. Can you please direct me to the scripture in the Bible at mentions this. I have heard this before. I was speaking to my sister and could not tell her where to find it in the Bible .

  5. Linda says:

    I lost my son 32 years ago and I’m really feeling the need to be with him. If I die will he be waiting for me?

  6. Paula ward says:

    My question then is this: if our bodies will be like Christ, when He appeared to His disciples, particularly, doubting Thomas, he was shown the piercing same in his hands. Does this mean the new bodies will show markings of surgery, wounds, etc?