Before We Go Up to Heaven, Will We Be in the Ground for a Long Time?

From Issue: Discovery 3/1/2011

Dear Aaron,

That is a great question. What happens to us when we die? Will our body be in the ground for a long time? Well, that depends on which body we are talking about. Our natural body (the body we see in the mirror) will, if we are buried, remain in the ground until Jesus returns. However, the natural body is not all there is to a person. Every person also has a soul. When our body dies, our soul is still alive. When righteous people die, their souls leave their bodies and go to Paradise. When Jesus was talking with the thief on the cross, he said, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). We read another example of this in Luke 16:22. As soon as Lazarus died, angels carried him to be comforted by Abraham. So when we die, yes, our natural bodies will be in the ground until Jesus comes back. No one knows when Jesus will come back, not even the angels in heaven (Matthew 24:36). However, our souls will be carried away to Paradise.


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