Dying is a part of life. It is an appointment with God that all members of the human race will have to keep. If you have personally believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, 1TH 4:13 states that you have a hope that death is not an end but simply a departure from one place to another.
1TH 4:13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope.1
Regarding the question that has come up concerning what happens to those who have already died and are buried, the apostle Paul says that we don’t want you to be in the dark any longer. First of all, you must not carry on as those people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word or the end. As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you should have tremendous confidence and assurance that death is merely a departure from this life to a life of no more sorrow, no more pain and no more suffering.
However, for the unbeliever who has refused to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior, his appointment will be at the Great White Throne Judgment, also known as the last Judgment of Christ, prior to being sentenced to the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
REV 20:11-15Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from Whose presence, earth and Heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them; and they were judged, every one according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
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