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  1. Lashauna
    November 1, 2010

    This reading was very uplifting today. My brother passed away Oct. 11, 2010. Thank you for providing your website. It is helpful to us Christians that are in the grieving process.

  2. Shawn
    November 26, 2010

    this reading was very insightful….thank you, i had so many questions and to find this site late 4 in the morning, i was up for some reason and bumped in to this site as the same….thank you again for this…..may God bless you!!!!

  3. sharon
    December 29, 2010

    Reading this has made me have more understanding and knowledge about death, my mum fell asleep on the 5th of january 2008. i miss her very much but i know that it is not the end its only the beginning of a great future when god comes, she has done her purpose in the world now she is waiting for the lord to come and i still am living because have not yet compeleted my purpose on the earth.
    Thank you lord jesus
    god bless you all

  4. Leah
    January 10, 2011

    I really enjoyed this article. I will share it with my daughter. This is almost exactly what I have been teaching her. Thanks!

  5. Doris
    February 18, 2011

    I really enjoyed your article, but I am a little confused. I understand your spirit goes back to God when you die, and your soul sleep. So if you are not a believer, does your soul sleep as well? or Does it go straight to hell? Are you saying that believers are unconscious until resurrection? When we die, do we not know that we are in heaven?

    • Will Fults
      February 19, 2011

      Hi Doris,
      Great questions! Let’s dig through the Bible to find the answers one by one…

      “So if you are not a believer, does your soul sleep as well? or Does it go straight to hell?”

      Jesus gave us a good answer in John 5:28-29 when He said “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. ”

      Here when Jesus said the hour is coming ….that means that it has not yet come. So as Jesus said the wicked will be raised to face punishment, but such has not yet occurred. For more information may I recommend this site which goes into more detail about the truth about hell.

      “When we die, do we not know that we are in heaven?”

      This can be answered with another question. When do we go to heaven? See the answer to question # 6 above which references 1 Thessalonians 4:13-4:18. We are not taken to heaven until Jesus returns the second time. As 1 Timothy 6:15-16 also tells us in the answer to question # 9, we are not naturally immortal. Jesus grants immortality to the faithful at His second coming.

      “Are you saying that believers are unconscious until resurrection?”

      Yes. “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing;” (Ecclesiastes 9:5). See the answers to questions #1, 2 for more info. Hope that helps!

  6. Alvner
    June 29, 2011

    hi, thank you for this article. It was very insightful and has eased some of my fears. I have always had a bad fear of death every since I was little and reading about people’s tunnel of light experiences and traveling through them at fast speeds did not sooth my fears very much, considering that I do not like tunnels. I find my self wondering what do people see after the tunnel of light experience and are they in the white mist with other spirits conversing. I thought that reading about NDE’s would ease my fears but it made them worse. I have a question about the scripture that you mentioned. If the dead know nothing then, does that mean they are still here walking on earth not knowing that they dead? do they have fear of not knowing anything? Im still a little scared because even though I wont know anything I might be frightened because Im in this whole different demention by myself before its time to go to heaven. The main reason that I fear dying is because I dont want to see something that will frighten me to death and the thought of venturing into another demention alone scares me. I try to think of it as a vacation but it does not help much.

    • Will Fults
      June 30, 2011

      Hi Alvner,
      You have some good questions and thankfully the Bible has wonderful and soothing answers. Regarding your question “If the dead know nothing then, does that mean they are still here walking on earth not knowing that they dead?” The book of Job asks nearly the same question stating “But man dies and is laid away; Indeed he breathes his last and where is he?” (Job 14:10 NKJV). Here Job asks the question, where happens when you die? Do we wander the earth in an unconscious state? Or do we not rise again until the last day when Jesus returns? Job under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit gives us the answer in the next two verses when he says “As water disappears from the sea, And a river becomes parched and dries up, So man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, they will not awake nor be roused from their sleep.” (Job 14:11-12) In God’s mercy “man does not rise” until Jesus comes. So when you die you do not walk the earth, you sleep until Jesus returns. As you pointed out that the Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 and verse 10 that when we die our thoughts completely perish. This combined with the verse in Job we just covered is exciting and comforting. Why? Because if you die saved through Jesus, your next conscious thought will be seeing Jesus in the resurrection at the last day when He returns the second time. So we have absolutely nothing to fear if we are with Jesus. “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

      • Alvner
        June 30, 2011

        thank you that makes a lot of sense. I also have two or more questions if you dont mind me asking. My grandma died a few years ago and when ever my great uncle would go to my great grandmother’s house he would sleep in her room and every time he sleep in that room the tv would turn off and on the whole night and my great grand mother would say that that is her way of saying hight to him, plus that was her favorite tv. Also when she was sick in the hospital my great grandmother was sitting by her bed and she rached down to scratch her food and the when she lifted her head she saw something black day floating in the air like a scarf and it had some type of lace around it and it squeezed her, After that my grandma died. Still till this day she doesnt know what it was but she believes that it was my grandmother hugging her goodbye.Is there an explanation for this?
        If the dead are sleeping does that really mean that your loved ones are not whatching over you?
        For people who have claimed to see spirits or felt something,was it actually demons that they saw?
        I also wonder when the dead are sleeping, what do they dream about? Our they dreaming about how there life was on eath or do they see darkeness?
        When your reunite with jesuse to regain your memory of the people close to you? Will be beyong joyful to meet jesus but I also do not want to ever forget my parents and siblings. I will also look forward to seeing my gradn parents again.

      • Will Fults
        July 5, 2011

        Hi Alvner,
        I’m sorry to hear about your grandma passing away, the good news is Jesus is coming soon “and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) When Jesus returns then the saved in Christ will rise and then we will exclaim “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV) And so very soon there will be no more death, no more hospitals, no more pain, and those who have passed away in Jesus will have everlasting life.

        You have some very good questions, regarding your question “If the dead are sleeping does that really mean that your loved ones are not watching over you?” Many have wondered the same thing. Will those who pass away have knowledge regarding the events that are going on now? The Bible gives us the answer in Ecclesiastes 9:10 when it says “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” Here the Bible says there is no knowledge in the grave, therefore those who pass away no longer know about the wars, the death, the crime, the pain, the suffering and evil that goes on in society. In God’s mercy their next thought if saved, will be seeing Jesus face to face! What a wonderful thought!

        Regarding your question “I also wonder when the dead are sleeping, what do they dream about?” The Bible gives us the answer when it says…”His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” (Psalm 146:4 KJV) Here the Bible tells us that the dead do not dream, their thoughts perish. The good news is that no dream however wonderful could match the soon eternal realities of heaven! For it is written “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Those who are faithful to Jesus will receive this wonderful reward when He returns the second time, for Jesus has promised “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” (Revelation 22:12) Regarding your question…

        “For people who have claimed to see spirits or felt something,was it actually demons that they saw?” Speaking of those who have passed away the Bible tells us “Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun. ” (Ecclesiastes 9:6) Here the Bible tells us that we can’t be haunted by anyone, and that is good news. Yet many people have claimed to seen their loved ones who have passed away. How can such be explained? Well we know based on the above Bible verse that God says it’s not those people who are alive. Could it be a holy angel? We must ask, why would a holy angel attempt to deceive us and also cause us to doubt the Bible verse we just quoted? Certainly no holy angel would lie. But there are some angels who would lie. Jesus speaking of Satan says “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” (John 8:44) Only demons would attempt to deceive us and so to answer your question, yes these manifestations of dead loved ones are “the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders” (2 Thessalonians 2:9) . The good news is no one needs to be deceived if they only trust in God’s word the Bible. I recommend re-reading the last two sections of this article, the answers to questions 12 and 13, and you will find comfort knowing that Jesus is stronger than the devil and his deceptions. For Jesus “is a shield to those who trust in Him” (Psalm 18:30).

  7. keith
    September 10, 2011

    Thanks for this. recently one of my friends passed away. i am a believer but my beliefs were being put to the test. i was wondering if what i believed was real. this was very uplifting today. with all the negative that can be found its nice to read something that is founded on Gods word not mans.

  8. Grace
    December 13, 2011

    Hi Will,
    Thank you for the article. Am especially happy because they are being supported by scripture. My mum passed away 2 months ago and she was saved and loved the Lord as her personal savior, a strong believer, she challenged our faith so much because of how she praised, loved and worshiped God no matter what circumstance she faced. It pains and hurts me because I lost the greatest person in my life. I was the only child and its always been me and her all through and I feel as though I have not seen her for many years and its only been two months. I hope I will recover soon because its painful, it really hurts. Sometimes I feel as though its so unfair that I had to loose my mum, yet she was my best friend and companion. I will miss her so much but I pray for strength every single day because I really need God to come through for me and give me hope, be my comfort and give me peace that passes all understanding.

    • Mr Hart
      May 13, 2014

      Hello Grace..

      I feel you 100% I’m also the only child who lost his Mother 3 weeks ago. My mother also believed in the Jesus and brought many souls to Jesus. I no-doubt miss her but I’ll give her pastor much credit for the words he used which turned a sad day into a celebration.
      I’ve been scanning through youtube, the web searching for something that’ll sooth my thoughts about her death. I appreciate what you’ve said we share the same experience. We’re not alone>..


  9. Connie
    February 27, 2012

    I enjoyed your writing on ‘What happens when we die”. I agree as the scriptures back up what you say. I would however like to know your thoughts and scriptures to back up who is going to heaven and who will reside in the earthly paradise after the second coming of Christ. The bible speaks of 144,000 anointed as the hevenly class and a great crowd that no man could number on the new earth. Also I would appreciate your thoughts and scriptures to back up whether the “rapture” will take place before or after Armageddon. Thanking you in advance for your reply.
    Connie C

  10. Quintin Erasmus
    March 1, 2012

    Helo Will..

    i was wondering. in your teaching about where we go after death, you said we go into a state of sleep, until the second coming of Jesus.

    I saw all the scriptures you used as refrences, but is still battling with one aspect. At the crucifiction one of the sinners said to Jesus please Lord think of me and Jesus replied to him today you will be with me in paradice. should`nt he be asleep as well?

    • Will Fults
      March 1, 2012

      Hi Quintin,
      Excellent question! I believe the verse you are referring to is found in Luke 23:43 which says…And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” It’s important to note that the original manuscripts of the Bible do not contain the comma for they were written in Greek (the translators of the English Bible try to add punctuation to make the Bible more understandable). Many people read this text and think, well if Jesus promised the thief on the cross that today he would be in paradise, how is it the dead in Christ sleep? The key is where the comma should be inserted. If you place the comma just one word over as so, it changes the entire meaning of the statement….

      And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you today, you will be with Me in Paradise.”

      Do you see that Jesus could have either said to the thief on the cross, Assuredly I say to you today,…..you will be with me in paradise. (Which would be when Jesus returns the second time). Or, he could have said it how most English Bibles translate it “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (which would be on that day)

      So which one is correct? We can determine the answer based on whether Jesus went to paradise that day or not. Thankfully the Bible gives us the answer. After Jesus resurrected He saw Mary and “Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” (John 20:16-17)

      Because Jesus did not enter into paradise on the day that He was crucified (based on His words in John 20:16-17) we know that the thief on the cross did not enter into paradise that day either. Therefore the correct placement of the comma in Luke 23:43 is as so “And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you today, you will be with Me in Paradise.” Thus Jesus promised to take the thief on the cross to paradise, when He returns the second time. This harmonizes with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15 as mentioned in the article. Great question and I hope that makes it clear! Blessings, Will

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