Did They Go To Heaven Or Paradise?

Q. It is my understanding that OT Saints went to paradise when they died and that they did not go to Heaven until after Christ’s resurrection.  Yet, an OT Saint was “snatched” away (raptured).  Did he go to heaven before Christ ascended to sit at the right hand of God?  What about the Thief of the Cross?  Did he go to Paradise or Heaven?

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What Are The Spirits of Dead Believers Doing Now?

Q. I understand that when a believer dies the spirit goes to Heaven. Is our spirit already working for God? Are we like Jesus as he was when he revealed himself to the disciples after rising from the tomb?  Is our spirit restricted from leaving the new Jerusalem before the rapture?  I understand that at the rapture our new immortal bodies will join with our spirit that has been in Heaven.  Thank you for your insight.

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What Happens When we Die?

Q. When a believer dies supposedly his/her spirit goes directly to the presence of the Lord but in what form?  Some say we receive a perfect body at death but if so what is the purpose of the resurrection then? It appears that when we die as believers we have some sort of conscious awareness but do we have a temporary body?

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More On Hades And Paradise

Q. Thank you so much for your wonderful teachings, and sharing your knowledge of biblical prophecy.  My question is: If after the crucifixion Jesus descended into hell for 3 days, how is it He told one of the men being crucified with Him they’d be together in Paradise before the day was over?

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More On Predestination

Q. I have thought long and hard about the ‘predestination’ argument and I think that ‘pre’ meaning before, and ‘destination’ meaning ‘the end of the journey’ simply tells us that those of us He foreknew would reach our destination, previously prepared for us.  Does this fit with the Greek of which I know nothing? Continue reading…

Are Those Who Have Died Still Aware?

Q. You’ve written that the story of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke16:19-31) is the clearest teaching we have on the after life. So, can we assume from this teaching that those that have passed away during the church age are completely aware of what has happened?  And of everything, everyone and every situation they have left behind at the moment of their death?   It appears that both Lazarus and the rich man were well aware of these things.

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Praying For The Dead?

Q. I just finished listening to a pastor talking about Luke 7 – the story of Jesus raising the widows son. Farther along in his message, he related an experience about praying for his deceased wife, for the Lord to Bless her, and used 2 Timothy 4:19 in conjunction with 2 Timothy 1:17,18 to say that Onesiphorus had died and that verse 18 was a prayer for him. Therefore, praying for the dead has precedent in the Bible.  I don’t know exactly what the original language actually states – was Onesiphorus dead? Or is this just an extrapolation from the use of past tense words?

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Where Were Their Spirits, Follow Up

Q. I read in your answer to Where Were Their Spirits posted on 4-10 that you mention Tabitha’s spirit having not departed. And that Eutychus’ spirit also had not departed before he was raised from the dead. But I’ve always understood that (2 Cor. 5:8) “absent from the body, present with the Lord” meant just that. Once a believer dies their spirit is immediately transferred to Heaven and does not linger around for even one second much less a few days. Have I misunderstood this? And if I have where can I find evidence for this in scripture.

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What About The Family Unit?

Q. If there are no marriages in heaven, where does that leave the family unit?  I lost a baby at 6 weeks old, How will she be in heaven? What about all the family reunions everyone looks forward to in heaven? Will we even be know as we are here? Continue reading…

Was It Really Him?

Q. I know we are not to contact the dead, and I do not seek to do so.  Two hours after my husband died, however, I felt that his spirit walked through my body.  That is, his spirit approached me from behind, briefly was “in” my body, making me feel that he was now healthy and walking, and then walked onward swiftly.  It lasted only seconds.  I did not ask for this contact.  But I believe it happened.  Is this permitted by God?  If this is not permitted, I am troubled, because I believe it happened.

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