Many Christians believe that when we die, if we are saved we go straight to heaven to be with Jesus. Which means we would be able to praise God after death. Is this so? Well, take a look at the following:
Psalm 115:17 …’The dead praise NOT the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.’
What happens when we die? Do we go to heaven to praise God? No, David revealed the truth about death. When we die, we go to the grave and stay in silence. We sleep until the resurrection day. So who can praise God? … Psalm 150:6 …’Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.’ … Every LIVING being, that has breath! The book of Ecclesiastes also confirms this Bible truth …
Ecclesiastes 9:5,10 …’For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.’ … Also the prophet Isaiah know the truth about death …
Isaiah 38:18-19 …’For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. The living, the living, he shall praise thee.’
And why can’t those who have died praise God? Because they do not go to dwell in Heaven or in a so called fiery hell. So where do they dwell when they die? … Isaiah 26:19 …’Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.’
What happens when we die? Mark these words well, we DWELL in the dust.
The dust of the earth, or grave, is our home until the resurrection at the second coming of Christ Jesus. The prophet Daniel also confirmed this Bible truth … Daniel 12:2 …’And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.’
Matthew 27:52 …’And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose.’ … At Jesus’ resurrection He gave gifts to some and resurrected them also from the dead. But what were they doing before they were resurrected by Jesus? They were sleeping. In other words they were in their graves not knowing anything, awaiting the resurrection.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 …’But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.’
Now if Christians went to heaven when we die, then Paul would have encouraged these with this truth, but no, Paul knew that you don’t go to heaven when you die, and therefore he is encouraging the people with the promise of the resurrection when Christ returns. Let’s face it, Paul could have said “hey don’t worry about death, you will go to heaven as soon as you die and be with God”. But no, he told them the Bible truth about death, in that you sleep in the dust until the resurrection.
Also, those words ‘God will bring with Him’ do not mean that the saints come from heaven with Jesus. If you look at it carefully, you will see that it is saying that God will raise the saints just as Jesus was raised from the dead
If Christians go to heaven when we die, then we will have received our reward there and then. But Jesus revealed the truth about when we get our reward … Matthew 16:27 …’For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.’ … Only at the second coming and resurrection we receive our reward, not before.
Now if we were already in heaven with Jesus when He returns, then we would hear His voice in heaven and come back with Him. But take a look at this Bible verse … John 5:28-29 …’Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.’ … Where are we when we hear His voice? IN THE GRAVE. This is where we will be when we die, in the grave.
Now the clearest verse in the New Testament which confirms what happens when we die is found in the book of Acts. Take a look at this clear Bible verse that cannot be taken any other way, other than the simple truth which it reveals:
Acts 2:29,34 …’Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. For David is not ascended into the heavens.’
For David is NOT ascended into the heavens.