All people like to know about their future.  It is very admirable to plan for our tomorrows but most people find it difficult to have a good grasp about what is going to happen tomorrow.  God’s Word is the best planning guide that is available.  That is the only authoritative source with which we can trust our life.  Bible is crystal clear about what to expect and how to prepare for your future.

Jesus Christ has taught us clearly about what will happen after death:

Nobody else could be as authentic about that subject as Jesus could.  He is the only one who ever lived on earth who has absolute knowledge of the past, present and the future.  Jesus Christ is the only one who has tasted life, death and resurrection.  He became the firstfruit of resurrection (1 Co. 15:23).  The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the pledge that all those who trust in Him will be resurrected at His return.

Before the resurrection of Jesus Christ, when people died, the righteous and the wicked went to a place called Sheol which had two compartments separated by an impassable gulf or chasm. In Lk. 16:22-31, Jesus told the story of a poor godly man named Lazarus and an unnamed rich man, in which He tells us where people go when they die.

Abraham’s Bosom:

The first compartment in Sheol is called Abraham’s Bosom, a place of comfort.  Lazarus, the beggar in the story, died; angels carried him to Abraham’s bosom, the resting place of those who put their trust in God before Calvary (v. 22).

Hades:

The second compartment is what the Bible calls Hell or Hades.  The rich man died and was buried, his spirit went in to a place called Hades, a place of torment (v. 22,23).

A great gulf:

A great gulf or chasm is fixed between Abraham’s Bosom and Hades; no one can go from one place to the other.  But they could see, what is on the other side.

An Intermediate State

Bible reveals that there is an intermediate state where the soul of every human being will spend between their physical death and the Resurrection.  For a believer who received salvation and eternal life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Resurrection will occur at the coming of the Lord in the clouds or as it is known as the Rapture.  For the person who never accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, their resurrection will occur after the millennium at the final Judgment know as the Great White Throne Judgment.

Since the Cross of Jesus Christ, all believers or the righteous who die, their soul will go to Paradise.  Jesus said to the dying thief on the cross, “Today, you shall be with me in paradise.” (Lk. 23:43).  After the resurrection of Jesus, the abode of the soul of all righteous people who died before His resurrection were transferred from Abraham’s Bosom in Sheol to Paradise in heaven.

The Final State

The best thing to do in preparation for our future is to accept eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.  That will guarantee that “we will be with the Lord forever” in heaven (1Thes. 4:17).  Those who die without that eternal life, after the Great White Throne Judgment, they will be thrown into the lake of fire forever (Rev. 20:15).

The best estate planning you can do is to plan for the eternal state with the Lord Jesus Christ.    Otherwise, you will be the biggest looser, forever.  In His presence, there is great joy.  Inherit that and be best winner.  Amen.

(More to come in the next article WHAT WILL HAPPENT AT THE END)

– Pastor Jose Abraham

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