The Ultimate Question: 


The sound of one brain thinking about this question:
  The question on the mind of every living person in all of history: What happens when we die?
We can certainly ask it.  My question is, what person in this kosmos is qualified to give a comprehensive answer to it?
It is appointed for man to die, and face one of two possible outcomes.

"And as it awaits men to die once, and after this the judgment; so also the Mashiak, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to those waiting for Him, for deliverance." Heb 9:27, 28

For those who trust in and obey Yahusha, there is deliverance and eternal life.  For those who ignore or shun His deliverance, and fail to obey Him, there awaits eternal damnation, the second death.  There is not a third alternative.

But what will it be like?

  If you ever meet anyone who claims they can provide a truthful, comprehensive answer, and they have not yet died and resurrected, beware of putting their understanding into your heart.  Most of us have some personal ideas about the “afterlife”, but the details of it elude our minds.  I don't have the answers to when, where, why, how, or why; but Yahusha has the answers, and His Mind will fully possess ours when we are resurrected, and we will then fully know, and have no reason to ask.  For now, all we need to know is what we are given from Scripture.
  If I may offer my opinion, I believe that when our body dies we break contact with the physical kosmos, and have no knowledge of what goes on "under the sun" as Shalomoh expressed it. We "sleep" as Yahusha described it, without any apparent knowledge of the passage of time.  He described "the grave", or sheol, in a way His listeners understood it to exist in the form of the "bosom of Abraham", separated by an impassable abyss or wide chasm.  The Pharisees (Prushim, “separated ones”) had belief in spirits, the bosom of Abraham, and the resurrection of the body.  They believed that after 3 days’ time, a dead body’s “nephesh” departed, and could not be revived in that same body again.  This is why Yahusha waited until the 4th day to go to raise His beloved Alazar (Lazarus).

  The Sadducees did not believe in any of these things.  At Luke 16:24, the characters described by Yahusha were conversing with one another across this chasm, but not conversing with anyone in the physical realm they had "departed" from.  His description is all we are given, and we may assume it is possible they are conscious "elsewhere" dimensionally, but it is not a consciousness that is connected with their former flesh as we in our living flesh have.  In our flesh, our mind (nephesh, heart, inner spirit) may be conscious, or asleep.  When we sleep, it is a shadow of death.  Our flesh needs to rest, but not our inner component, which is renewed day by day through Yahusha’s presence in us.  After our flesh finally dies as appointed, some believe there is nothingness;  as the Sadducees believed.  Yahusha differed in this belief, saying that Yahuah is not the Alahim of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to Him.  If we press on to add anymore to this understanding of sheol, we cause more problems to arise.  Yahusha is the Sovereign of all creation, both of this physical kosmos and the non-physical  abode of those who have passed into the grave, sheol.   Those whose flesh has died are alive to Him, since He said He has prepared a place for them.  Whether we are here or there, neither is our realm to comprehend; Yahusha is the Master over all, seen and unseen.  Even in this physical kosmos, our minds quickly reach their limits of understanding it.
  We are to pursue our commission in life as He directs us here in the physical kosmos, and our ignorance of the future or understanding of other realms is nothing we need to be overly-concerned about.  In sheol, there is no day or night, nor any need of resting as we do in our flesh.  Our main concern is to seek Yahusha's reign, and be found worthy through the evidence of all we have done in our flesh to serve Him.
We are not to worry, or fear what lies ahead of us, He is there to catch us and will make us "stand again" (resurrection, anastasia).
“But seek first the reign of Alahim, and His righteousness, and all these matters shall be added to you.
Do not, then, worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall have its own worries. Each day has enough evil of itself." Mat 6:33, 34
There is nothing that can separate us from the love Yahusha has for us; Paul wrote:

 "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor messengers nor principalities nor powers, neither the present nor the future, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Alahim which is in Mashiak Yahusha our Master." Romans 8:38, 39

Will there be differing opinions on this? With so many people misguided by mysticism, you can count on differences of opinion.
Nothing we can say or do will enable us to get our arms around it.  In this area, we are truly completely helpless, and eventually will fall into the arms of the One Who created us.  Prepare daily for that encounter with Yahusha;  He already knows the moment it will happen.


1Yahuah is my Shepherd; nothing do I need.

2He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still mayim.

3He returns my breath; He leads me in paths of righteousness For His Name’s sake.

4When I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.

For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5You spread before me a table in the face of my enemies;

You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.

6Only goodness and lovingkindness follow me All the yomim of my life;

And I shall dwell in the House of Yahuah for the duration of yomim!

    "As it has been written, 'For Your sake we are killed all day long,

    we are reckoned as sheep of slaughter.'

    But in all this we are more than overcomers through Him who loved us.

    For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor messengers nor principalities nor powers, neither the present nor the future, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Alahim which is in Mashiak Yahusha our Master." - Romans 8:36-39

Death cannot separate us from Yahuah's love which is in Yahusha.
brother Lew
Torah Institute
POB 436044, Louisville, KY 40253