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What is the Truth About Death and What Really Happens When We Die?

Updated on April 25, 2010

The Truth Shall Set You Free Indeed

So what really happens when we breathe our last breath and die?  Have you ever wondered where your loved ones and friends who have passed away are right now?  The answer may shock you, however, the TRUE answer will also bring you comfort at the same time.  I also want to let you know the answer will not come from me, but the TRUE SOURCE-->> The TRUE WORD of GOD!! 

In one of my previous articles, I talked about How to Know If GOD is Speaking to You or Not and I emphasized some ways to hear HIM better.  Make sure you read that article.  One of the best ways and might I recommend, the top way to hear GOD's Voice is to Search the Holy Scriptures (John 5:39).  There are numerous "Why's" About GOD and the Bible.  Today, right now, one of those "Why's" is going to be answered right now directly from the Holy Word.

Are they really in a Better Place?

One of the most famous quotes that has planted a huge seed in our society today is "They are in a better place."  As soothing as this may sound- This is not True.  At the same time, I've never heard a preacher preach a person who has passed away into Hell (That's another topic in itself).   Usually, that better place is "Heaven."  The Bible says Jesus is coming back a 2nd time (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)  Then the question that I've always had was if Jesus Christ is coming a 2nd time and those that have passed away are in Heaven, why is He coming back?

Satan, the enemy of Christ, the one who is doing his best to keep you in SIN and bound in chains has been blinding this WORLD for a long time, and it time to let the Truth be known. (1 Peter 5:8)

Are your loved ones who have accepted CHRIST and passed away really in a better place?  Well, let's let the Bible interpret itself in this matter.   Also,  let's keep in mind that it is Jesus Christ who holds the keys to both hell and death.  "I am he that liveth, and was dead: and , behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death- Revelation 1:18

You also have to realize that the breath you breathe right now was given to you by the LORD Jesus Christ.  You are a living soul my friend=>> Body + Breath = Soul and on the contrary, Soul - Breath = DEATH.  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breaths of life; and man became a living soul." - Genesis 2:7  "Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust." - Psalm 104:29

Now that we have set a foundation for what the Bible really says about how we are come to life as a living SOUL and breathing as I speak and as you read this, let's get into the Meat of the subject.  I am going to give you numerous verses where the Bible speaks of Death as in not going to Heaven or Hell right away, but to a state where we are very much familiar with.

What Have You Been Taught About Death?

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So What Really Happens When We Die?

If you haven't noticed yet, everyone who is breathing; everyone who has a living SOUL will someday die.  There's no way around it.  Unless you are living when CHRIST comes back a 2nd time, however, GOD gives us the Free Gift of Salvation to those who Believe upon HIM, Accepts HIM, and follows His ways.- Romans 6:23

The Privilege to live eternally with Jesus Christ was stripped away in the beginning when both Adam and Eve took of the Apple and ate from the Tree GOD had told them to stay away from.  They were tempted of the Serpent(the Devil), deceived, and fell as a result, and SIN was birthed- Genesis 3:4-6  "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die." Ezekiel 18:4  Thank the LORD for the FREE Gift of Salvation and the opportunity to live forever with HIM!! Amen!

Simply put, when we die, we neither ascend up to Heaven or go to Hell, we simply SLEEP the Bible says.  "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto GOD who gave it." Ecclesiastes 12:7  The word spirit in the Hebrew means "ruwach" {Strong's H7307}.  It is translated 117 times as "wind" and 33 times as "breath."  Thus the word "spirit" in any concordance or dictionary means "breath."

GOD is the giver of Life, not Man.. "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." - James 2.26  Job speaks of this same spirit that GOD gives to all mankind. "All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of GOD is in my nostrils." - JOB 27:3  So what about Jesus on the cross?  Did he immediately go straight to heaven when he gave up the Ghost?  The Bible says: "And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost." - Luke 23:46

Basically, Christ gave up his spirit and died on the cross.  As you study this out, Christ slept in the tomb until 3 days later when he arose from the Dead or a "Deep Sleep."  So what happens in the grave when we die?  What about David's death... "Men and brethern, let me freely speak unto you of this patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day... For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my LORD, Sit thou on my right hand - Acts 2:29

What about Jesus' good friend Lazarus?  "These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.  Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.  Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead." - John 11: 11-24

Are you beginning to see the TRUTH my friend?  I hope GOD's word is illuminating your Heart in this matter :)

More Verses in the Bible Talking of Death

Death is literally referred to as sleep in the Bible 66 times:

Deuteronomy 31:16, "And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; ....

Jesus Talking- "He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. - Matthew 9:24

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. - Ecclesistes 9:5

An many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, ...Daniel 12:2

.....but some are fallen asleep - 1 Corinthians 15:6

...for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be - Job 7:21

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep,... 1 Thessalonians 4:13

And the list goes on and on and on..  The Bible is actually very clear about the subject of death.  Why is there so much confusion then?  Well, GOD has given us His Holy Word to read and to find All Truth.  - John 4:24  However, we have to read it each and every day of our lives to be filled and revived again. 

We can't live on physical bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of GOD is how we should live - Matthew 4:4  My friend, do your due diligence and search the scriptures for yourself.  Don't rely on your preacher to give you everything you need, but rely on GOD himself to feed you all that you've been wanting and more. 

The Invitation to Know HIM

Well my friend, now that you know the TRUTH, where do you stand? Have you been following GOD with your whole Heart, Soul, and Mind? Have certain misconceptions or notions kept you from coming to Jesus Christ fully? My encouragement to you is to lean on HIM and Trust that he will take care of you and lead you into all TRUTH...

Just like you are reading this article right now, I believe with all my Heart that he led you here for a reason. He's been trying to get your attention for a long time now, and here you are. This topic has probably kept you in the DARK for a long time now, but Praise the LORD he reveals the Truth always at the right time, AMEN!

I want to let you know that GOD is not mad at you. He is waiting for you to take the 1st step towards freedom. If you have never accepted Jesus in your heart, we can do that right now. If have already accepted Christ in your heart, but you have went away for sometime as a prodigal, you are welcomed to come back the Bible says- 1 John 1:9

If you are read to receive HIM and you want HIM to lead you into ALL Truth, then say this short prayer:

"Lord I realize that I have come way short of your Glory,

and I know that I am a Sinner who deserves Death..

Thank you for taking my place on the Cross of Calvary

and Raising from the Dead so that I might gain the Victory

over SIN by your Grace to Live Forever with You. Forgive me

of my shortcomings and SINS and I ask that you will Take My

Life and Mold It into What you Want from Me. Take this Stony

Heart and Give me a New Heart of Flesh Fashioned from Your Hands.

I Choose This Day and This Hour to Serve You with All My Heart and

All My Soul, in Jesus Christ Name I pray, AMEN..

If you just prayed this prayer, GOD BLESS YOU, welcome to the family and/or welcome back to the Family of GOD. This world is perishing right before our eyes my friend, and GOD is calling out His faithful servants to bring the Gospel to the world through our cooperation. Read Your B-I-B-L-E =>> Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth=>> Daily Meditate on the Word Daily - Joshua 1:8 And let the Peace and the Love of GOD illuminate your SOUL so that others will see your good works and Praise, Receive, and Accept the Free Gift of Salvation.. God Bless, and AMEN :)


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      sameer dighe 

      6 years ago

      are you a seventh day adventist (SDA)? They believe in soul sleep in view of Ecclesiastes 12:7. This happens when one does not rightly divide the Word of truth by studying the bible dispensationally.

    • relyonhim7 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tulsa, OK

      Hey Etonno, no problem at all..

      God Bless you and I am

      Glad the LoRD led you to this

      article.. Let me know if you

      need anything, prayer, etc.

      Blessings to you and yours


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      8 years ago

      Thank you O, I plan to print the prayer and pass it on, along with the entire article.

    • relyonhim7 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tulsa, OK

      No problem Jay Jay, anytime; and God Bless You!

    • jayjay40 profile image


      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thank you


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