One Moment after Death
Luke 16:19-31
We are in the midst of studying prophetic Scriptures that are coming to pass just as God promised that they would. This morning I want to look at the most frequently fulfilled prophecy of all. The one event that God promised would happen, warned everyone to prepare for—and yet it takes almost everyone off guard and by surprise.
That is of course death—and the judgment of God upon all who die in their sins.
Every second two people die somewhere on this planet.
Have you ever thought what happens just one moment after death? So that we would know and be ready Jesus instructs us in His Word. Open with me to John 8:24.
First, Jesus warns that the very worst thing that could happen to anyone is for them to die in their sins. John 8:24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
Next, He lets us know that death does not end life, it just changes the location. There is no cessation of conscious existence. Look with me again at 2 Corinthians 5:6, 8—So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
This morning we will study the final truth Jesus speaks of most frequently. He lets us know that the dead awaken from the momentary rest of death in a very real, very painful, very different place. The first thing that they experience is the inescapable reality that they will now have to live with the results of their choices.