When will we be judged? Is it right when we die or do we wait somewhere until Christ returns?

The Bible tells us that when we are dead we know absolutely nothing.  Here are some Scriptures to support this belief: (all from the NIV)

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever you hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 9:5
For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten.

Psalm 6:5
No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave?

Isaiah 38:18,19
For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those that go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. The living, the living – they praise you, as I am doing today.

Psalm 88:5
I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care.”

Psalm 28:1
To you I call, O Lord my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.” (grave)

The state of the dead is just nothing. Time stands still for someone who is dead, and it will make no difference to them if they have been dead 2 days or 2 thousand years, it will just be like waking from a night’s sleep. When Jesus went to Martha and Mary, he described their dead brother Lazarus as being ‘asleep’. (John 11:11-14)

The first thing anyone who has died will know, is being resurrected to stand before the Judgment seat of Jesus Christ.

Multitudes that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake; some to everlasting life, and some to everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2
….Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom,” 2 Timothy 4:1 That is when people will receive eternal life or eternal death .

Being with Jesus ‘spiritually awake’ is nothing more than an idea and has no Scriptural basis. A lot of confusion has arisen on the point in question, really because of a misunderstanding of what the word ‘soul’ really means. The original word in the Hebrew means ‘a breathing creature’ and comes from the root word which means ‘to breathe’ or ‘breath’. The ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’ does not continue to have a personality or to know anything, it is just the power of life which is best described as the difference between a living person and their dead body, nothing more.

The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” Genesis 2:7.

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So true

Paul
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Could it be that some scriptures are talking about a dead body which knows nothing and returns to dust , I believe we have a soul that leaves our dead body and is put in a new body by GOD who gave us ALL things. Thus we go to a temporary torment or Paradise place to wait Judgement.

Jason Young
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Hi Paul,Your belief is shared by many, but unfortunately it is not based on what the Bible teaches. Nowhere does it teach that we have an immortal soul—that belief has come through unfortunately from past paganism. The Bible is clear that the dead are no longer conscious. “For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?” Psalm 6:5“When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” Psalm 146:5When the Bible speaks of a ‘soul’ it is referring to a person, not a nebulous part of… Read more »

Guillermo
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Guillermo

Suffice it to say, I am terrified of death and what is to come, and the worst part is I know that these events are unavoidable and coming soon.

diana
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Thank you for your explanation. After further reading, though, I do still believers, not nonbelievers, their souls are immediately taken to be with their Lord Christ Jesus. I base this on the following Scriptures: Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8-10; Philippians 1:23; Hebrews 12:23; Revelation 6:9,10 and 7:9-14.

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You need to read better and study God’s Word. Jesus tells you in John 3:13. Jesus makes it perfectly clear that NO ONE HAD ASCENDED TO HEAVEN BUT HIM THAT CAME FROM HEAVEN! If people would stop and think that the New Testament writers were with Jesus at the cross, He died, He went to the tomb and the third day arose. He did not even go to heaven at death! Think how many people died before Jesus was on Earth and NO ONE WENT TO HEAVEN. People are living souls, they die and they are dead souls! Jesus tells… Read more »

diana
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Please explain Luke 16:19-end about poor man Lazarus and rich man. Here is sounds like they both immediately went to either being with God or separated from God after their death.

Jason Young
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While accepting Thomas’ remark as a possible explanation, it is not a strong ‘proof’ of his argument. Although the Greek language lacked modern punctuation, it did have grammar, which favours the conventional punctuation, ie., a comma after ‘today’. However, this doesn’t exclude the possibility noted by Thomas, but it does weaken his argument considerably. That is why I did not offer it as an explanation. I feel that the possibility that it was not part of the original text is a stronger argument, though at this stage it is not with proven certainty. Textual corruption of the text by Christian… Read more »

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What Jesus said to the thief on the cross and what was recorded is the difeerence in punctuation. (commas and periods/full stops as they are known. Compare this I promise you, today i will be with you in paradise. and I promise you today, i will be with you in paradise. The bible does not contradict itself. the dead know nothing and the go nowhere, but remain in the grave until Jesus comes. fter Christ Ressurrection, He said to Mary Magdalene, do not touch me for i have not ascended to the Father. Evidence that the dead remain dead, Until… Read more »