“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
“All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils.” Job 27:3
“His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Psalm 146:4
”Then shall the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7
”But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: so man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.” Job 14:10-12
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6
“For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?” Ecclesiastes 3:19-21
“The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.” Psalm 115:17
“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.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
When we go to our graves we remain there until the Lord calls us forth at His second coming. My mother, father and husband are asleep in Jesus. I miss them very much; but I am glad that they do not know what is taking place in this world. They do not know anything. Death is like taking a nap. When we take a nap, we do not know what is happening around us.
All those that have passed to their rest are waiting for the sound of the trumpet. When Jesus comes in the clouds of glory, he will come with a shout, the voice of the archangel and there will be a loud trumpet blast. Our loved ones will come forth from their graves with new bodies, and they will see Jesus in the clouds.
“So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David.” I Kings 2:10
“And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.” I Kings 11:43
“And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. And his mother’s name was Naamah, an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.” I Kings 14:31
“And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David his father, and Johoshaphat his son reigned in his stead.” I Kings 15:24
“Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.” II Chronicles 21:1
“And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.” II Chronicles 32:33
“These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.” John 11:11-14
“And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Acts 7:59, 60
(When Do The Dead Come Out Of Their Graves)
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” Job 19:25-27
“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.: John 5:58, 29
“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet will sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” I Corinthians 15:51-53
“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. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” I Thessalonians 4:13-18
“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” I Corinthians 15:12-18,20,23
We have two good examples in the Bible which help us to understand what happens to us when we die. They are Jesus Christ and Lazarus. When Jesus died He remained in the tomb for three days until His Heavenly Father called Him forth from the tomb. Jesus did not go to heaven as soon as He died.
When Lazarus died he remained in the tomb for four days until he was resurrected by Jesus, who is the resurrection and the life. After four days Jesus called Lazarus forth from the tomb. Lazarus did not go to heaven as soon as he died.
Both Jesus Christ and Lazarus remained in the tomb until they were called forth. “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.” John 5:28, 29