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 What Happens To Us When We Die?


 And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's 
bosom; the rich man also died and was buried
Luke 16:22
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you!  I am going there
to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
John 14:1-2 


 This passage has bought comfort to many people that have lost loved ones.  What happens to me after I die?  Well the Bible tells us angels collect us and escort us to heaven.
I thought before we study what the rapture is, we should study what happens to our bodies after we die.  What happens to our bodies between the time we die and the time of the rapture?
I think this will be fascinating for you, I hope you will take time to read it, and share it with others.. there is a great deal of information, so I will try to keep it as concise as possible.
First off, the Bible says at the time we die, we will be escorted into "Paradise" by angels.  We will be 
instantly in the company of angels.  Paradise was created when Jesus overcame death and the grave through his death and resurrection.  He fought hell, death and the grave and overcame them,
that we might also!
The word paradise only occurs 3 times in the New Testament.  The word paradise is of Persian origin
and means an orchard or park or garden, many Bible scholars both Jewish and Christian believe it
is a place much like the garden of Eden.  One of the most revealing verses about Paradise is
2 Corinthians 12:2-4
I know a man in Christ who was taken up to the third heaven fourteen years ago.  I do not know whether the man was in his body or out of his body, but God knows.
I don't know if he was in his body or away from his body, but God knows.  He heard things he is not able to explain, things that no human is allowed to tell.
Paul wrote this about Himself, but because He did not want to brag, he taught it in those terms.  You see there are many references in the bible that are so interesting, little talked about yet, they are truly mysterious.  One of them,
is that Paul, on more than one occasion, was in one place one minute and transferred to another place.  I believe God can do supernatural things we have no idea about.
And when God gave Paul a vision about Paradise, it was so powerful that words were not permitted by God to tell us what Paul heard.
We do know it is a blissful place and we have fellowship with God.
WE also find a reference to Paradise in 
Revelation 2:7
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit sayeth unto the churches, to him that overcometh, I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.
When Jesus was being crucified, he told the thief on the cross who had accepted him as SAviour, today you will be with me in paradise.
Literally today you will be with me.
Not asleep in death, but alive next to Jesus.
Immediate, and sure the promises of God promising eternal life from the lips of Jesus.  Believers who have died are now in the very presence of God and are in the very presence of other saints of God awaiting the rapture.  Paul speaks of how they are conscious and among a great cloud of witnesses.  We will talk more about the cloud of witnesses in
a minute.
So what are the three heavens?
The first heaven is where the birds, clouds and winds dwell.
The second heaven is where we have the sun, moon and solar systems, the universe.
The third heaven is called the Heaven of Heavens, because it is the place where Almighty God dwells.
Hebrews 12:1
1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Can people see us from heaven?  Well there are many different opinions on this, but most Bible scholars believe that they will not be able to see this until they receive the glorified body we get after the rapture.
1 John 3:2, 1 Corinthians 13:12
There are three different bodies we have.
The earthly one.. which is a shell that contains our soul and spirit,
A celestial body that is the one that is inbetween death and the rapture.
And a glorified body that we will receive at the time of the rapture.
Jack Van Impe has this to say about how we will know each other in heaven:
"Yes, we will recognize our loved ones. In Matthew chapter 17, Jesus took with him Peter, James and John, beginning with verse 1, to an high mountain and he was transfigured before them. This is a picture of that coming day when we get our new bodies through transfiguration. And there appeared Moses and Elias. Now Peter, James and John had not ever seen these people. They had lived 3,000 - 4,000 years before. They didnít have pictures, but they immediately knew Moses and Elias. And they said, should we make three tabernacles: one for you Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elias? And the Father, Yahweh, said no. Jesus is my beloved son. But the point is they knew those individuals they had never seen for they lived thousands of years before. "
Death is nothing to fear.
It is like changing our clothes, we are transformed from one dimension to another, from one
body to another.  But we will be in the presence of God immediately.
At the death bed of saints, we are surrounded by angels, and satan nor the angels of darkness can come near us.  Upon our death we are accompanied to heaven.
When my father died, I went through all of his papers about Heaven, I had such a longing to know where he was, and would I see Him again, and what he
believed.  I found a chart that forever changed my thinking about
death.  And I knew my dad had found comfort in this.  And so, it bought comfort to me.
For Non Christians
For Christians
My friends, we have so great hope.
We have a eternal home with God to look forward to, if we have received Jesus Christ as our Saviour.
We also know that there is eternal suffering and seperation from God for those who deny Him, and refuse salvation.  And there are many scriptures to back up both of these places.
In the parable about the beggar going to heaven, it shows that the beggar after death was fully conscious and able to use his mental faculties.  The sinful rich man was also tormented from the
time of his death, and was unable to change the destiny of his brothers who also rejected God.
So we are conscious and not asleep in God, but resting In his very presence.
Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.  For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward.
How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?
Hebrews 2:1-3
Do not neglect your salvation my friend.
Keep your heart right with the Lord.
We are talking eternal realities here.
Do not neglect the things of God.
Only one life 
will soon be past
Only what is done
For Christ will last