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What happens to human when they die?

Is there life after this life?

These questions are as old as human being, but no one knows the real answer as man have no record from the dead!  There are people in the Bible who were raised from dead, but unfortunately no one has recorded their experience with death. 


Almost every religion believes life after death and every religion has specific teachings about their faith.  Within the Christendom itself, the concept after death differs from group to group.  Though this subject is very sceptical, the author bases this brief study purely on the Word of God because the subject is related to the Spirit world and the only book in the world inspired by God is the Holy Bible!


In the medical science, a new branch called AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) involving 25 major medical centres throughout Europe, Canada and USA are currently doing a scientific study on death.  According to science, when your heart stops beating, no blood getting to your brain and within few seconds the brain cells ceases working and slowly the cells start decomposing.   There are drugs being developed right now that helps slow down the process of brain-cell death even after the heart stops beating.   


So this project, by prolonging the time of brain cell death, is trying to study what happens to a person during this short span of time i.e. between the heart stop and the brain cell death.    (Here, science indirectly admits that they can not stop the brain cell from ultimate death)!   Probably science could come up with speculations, but could never come up with conclusive evidences because man is created with a built-in spirit that is breathed to the first man by God himself!!


There are possibilities that some may survive this time gap and come back to life from their cardiac arrest or the clinical death.   There are people thus returned to life and have given their experience with death.  The similarities of these stories are as under:


  • they passed through a tube in high speed
  • they passed through a dark valley
  • they saw very bright light in front of them
  • they felt they are out of their body
  • they could see their own dead body
  • they could hear and see others.
  • they could remember their whole life in short time.. etc 

It’s a fact that every human will die and every human will have to stand before the judgement seat of God (Hebrew 9:27 & Romans 14:10).   But what happens to human at death and after death?   Let us study below.


According to the Bible, man is a triune creature, i.e. with body, soul and spirit.  In Genesis 2:7 we read that “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul”.  Here we see that the BODY is made out of dust; God breathed the breath of Life i.e. SPIRIT into the body and then it became a living SOUL (1 Thessalonians 5:23).


Body consists of bones, sinews, flesh and skin. (Ezekiel 37:5/6).  The Soul is the life element and the animated living being of man which covers his intellectual, mental emotional and motion spheres.   The Spirit is the giver of life to Soul.  This Life is the prime element of soul, hidden in the blood; powering the body and soul to live on this earth. 


When Adam was made God breathed the Spirit into him. However, Eve and their offspring were created with a built-in spirit. (Zechariah 12:1: “Saith the LORD, which stretchetch forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him”).


As God is spirit (John 4:24), only the spirit within man can understand God.  Spirit is the godly element in man for communicating with his creator.  However, because of Adam’s sin, the spirit within man had lost the credibility and holiness to interact with God and the spirit had gone dormant or inactive within man.  The Spirit within man is not totally dead or useless.  The inactive or sleeping spirit need to be revived and made active.  This revival needs an external help i.e. the Holy Spirit, and the medium of interaction is the Gospel.   In Adam, all human is born with inactive spirits until he is born again in last Adam, i.e. Christ.


The Spirit is in-built in human for a purpose.   The Spirit gives life to man (Job 33:4).  The life given by the spirit dwells in the blood to live in this world (Leviticus 17.1).  The life events are recorded on to the built-in spirit for future review after death.  Spirit gives new life to a sinful man in Christ.  The Spirit helps to raise the holy one from dead or transform him/her at rapture.   Spirit helps man to live and travel in heavenly places after death.  The Spirit raises the dead sinners at the time of final judgement.


What happens to the body, soul and the spirit when human die?

Since Spirit is the giver of life and the life is in the blood, we may assume that the “life” of man is interwoven with his Spirit.  Because the element of life can not be separated from blood, the relationship of blood with life stands a mystery to science as it is clandestine with God alone.   

If the blood drains out of body or heart stops pumping the blood to the cells, the person will be dead.  The life within the soul merges back to the Spirit and departs body to its destined location.  The animated living being of the soul will be dead without emotions, will power or intellectuality.    The cells of the body  decompose and go back to dust where it came from.

There are many verses to prove that Sprit and Life of man as eternal.  (Hebrew 9:14; Mathew 25:46 & Daniel 12.2 etc).   

So at death the animated soul will be dead; life element of soul merges back with spirit the body decompose and go back to dust.  

The remaining element is Spirit.

Where does the Spirit destined to?

To understand this point, we must study Luke 16:19-31.   

The Jews were familiar with the word Sheol (Hebrew) or Hades (Greek).  According to them the spirit of the dead goes to this place.  However, in the above passage Jesus taught the Jews more in details about this place.   Here, we can study about two sections of Hades. 

The upper section was known as the Abraham’s bosom, (Now Known as Paradise and will be known as Heaven).

The lower section was known as the tormenting place; (Generally known as Hell and will be known as Lake of Fire)

Between these two sections lies a great gulf by which no one can pass through.  By prayers, rituals or offerings, the spirit cannot be moved from one section to other. 

All those spirits until the death of Jesus (Old Testament time) were in either of the above two sections  i.e. all those of saved spirits rested with Abraham’s bosom and unsaved sprits lay at tormenting place.

While Jesus body was on the cross, His Spirit went down to Hades and fetched all those in Abraham’s bosom and raised them to Paradise.   We can understand this from the portion below.

In Eph 4:8-10 we read. “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?   (He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”

While on the cross, Jesus told the penitent thief that he would be with Him in Paradise (not at Abraham’s bosom).    As of Jesus resurrection from death, all the spirits of those saved goes to Paradise up above and the spirit of those unsaved still goes down to the tormenting place or hell waiting for final judgment.   That means, the upper section of Hades is now empty and no one moves in there. 

So the Spirit must be destined either to Paradise up above or to the tormenting place in Hades below.

Can we make sure where our spirit is destined to?

As the Spirit gives life to man (Job 33:4 & John 6.63), the Holy Spirit in conjunction with the built-in spirit of man, make him a new creation in Christ.   God loves man and do not wish anyone to perish (John 3.16).  God has not pre-destined anyone to hell.   He wishes even the wicked to repent and turn back to Him (Ezekiel 18:32). Therefore, the Spirit of God interacts with every man’s spirit (Romans 2.4, 8:26/27) and convicts of his sins (John 16.8). 

If man’s Will (soul) allows his Spirit to take control of his life when the Holy Spirit knock at the door of his heart, he will be born again.  The Spirit of such born again person will rest in paradise up above upon his death. 


If the Will (Soul) does not allow the Spirit to take control of his life and allow him to be born again,   he will die as a sinner with the inactive Spirit within him which will end up in tormenting place in Hades below.     His built-in Spirit will accomplish its job (i.e. to give life) and raise that person after death for final judgement (Rev. 20:7-10) and to be cast into the everlasting fire.


What happens to the Spirit at the time of final Judgment?

Hebrew 9:27 read that “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”.   Every human will die with exception of those saved ones at the time of rapture where they will just transform.  

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”

At the time of Jesus descent from heaven which is known as rapture, or the 2nd coming of Christ on Clouds, all those Spirits in paradise will rejoin with their bodies and raise up.   All those in Christ and alive at that time will transform within the twinkling of an eye and shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 51-12).  

This is called the first resurrection.

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years” (Rev.20.6). 

“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. (Rev.20.5)” 

The world will still continue as normal. 

The true church (Body of Christ) or the Holy Spirit would be no more in the world.   The Anti Christ and his agents (the beast and the false prophet) will collaborate with Israel and within 3 ½ years the temple will be rebuilt.  However by end of next 31/2 years, Israel will suffer by Anti Christ and the Jews will look unto Him whom they pierced and cry unto Him for help.   

By end of this 7 years period, by hearing the cry of His chosen people, Jesus will come down with His saints (the church and Old Testament saints) upon the mount of Olive.  Jews will be delivered and the Beast and the False Prophet will be thrown to the Lake of fire.    The Satan will be chained for 1000 years.   Jesus will set his Judgment throne of His glory at the valley of Jehoshaphat.    Here the judgment of all nations will be made related to Israel, as it says in Joel 3:1-3  and Mathew 25:31-46.  

This is not the final Judgment throne.

After this judgment, Jesus will set his throne in Jerusalem and will rule the world with His saints for 1000 years.  (Zech.14:8-9, Rev. 20.6)

At the end of this 1000 years reign, Satan will be released from the chain.   Jesus and His saints will be withdrawn to Heaven.    At this time,   Satan will deceive nations and gather them – the Gog and Magog - and set a stage for war (Rev. 20.7-8). 

God will send fire from heaven and will devour them.   The Satan that deceives them will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Rev. 20:9-10)


The final judgment is set at the white throne (Rev. 20-11-15). 

Every dead until then will be raised from dead to stand before this judgment.   The Holy Spirit will interact with the Spirits in hade and will rise up every dead sinner to be judged and to be thrown into the lake of fire. In versus 20.14 it says death and Hell will be thrown into the lake of fire, which is ever lasting.  This is the second death.  All those whose names are not written in the books of life will be thrown to the lake of fire.

After this final judgment, a new heaven and a new earth will appear.  The first heaven (present paradise) and the first earth (present earth) had passed away  (Revelation Chapter 21).

This is the beginning of the eternity…..

"Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  (Rev.21.3).  However “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life”  Rev. 21.27).

Dear reader,

Where will you be when you die?

Will it be with Jesus to have eternal life in the new heaven and earth?

Or will it be with Satan for eternal damnation in the lake of fire?

In this life you decide your destination....

After death, the destiny can not be changed by any one or by any means.





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