What happens in the moment of death?
Return to dust.
How did we get here in the first place?
"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.
A soul is a living being. A soul is always a combination of two things: body plus breath. A soul cannot exist unless body and breath are combined. God's Word teaches that we are souls.
So what happens when a person dies?
"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Ecclesiastes 12:7.
The body turns to dust again, and the spirit goes back to God, who gave it. The spirit of every person who dies whether righteous or wicked--returns to God at death.
How much does one know or comprehend after death?
"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." "There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10. "The dead praise not the Lord." Psalms 115:17.
So God says that the dead know absolutely nothing!
Do good people go to heaven when they die?
"All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth." John 5:28, 29.
"David ... is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day." "For David is not ascended into the heavens." Acts 2:29, 34.
People do not go either to heaven or hell at death. They go to their graves to await the resurrection day. That’s the accomplishment of the promise of Jesus, that in the same way He was resurrected, we also will be in the same way.
Will the righteous people who are raised in the resurrection ever die again?
"They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, ... Neither can they die any more." Luke 20:35, 36.
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4.
Death, sorrow, crying, and tragedy will never enter into God's new kingdom. This is our blessed hope.
So now it’s important to see what Jesus says about the death state:
“After saying these things, he said to them," "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him." The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover." "Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep." "Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus has died…” John 11:11-14
For Jesus death is similar to sleep. When we sleep there’s no conscience of time or things around us.
What about Satan? What does he “preach” about death?
What was the devil's first lie?
"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die." Genesis 3:4.
"That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan." Revelation 12:9.
Satan told Eve that sin would not bring death. "Ye shall not surely die," he said.
Why did the devil lie to Eve about death? Could this subject be more important than many think?
It is one of the cornerstones of the devil's kingdom. He has worked powerful miracles down through the ages through people who claim to receive their power from the spirits of the dead. (Examples: Magicians of Egypt: Exodus 7:11; Woman of Endor: 1 Samuel 28:3-25; Sorcerers: Daniel 2:2; A certain damsel: Acts 16:16-18.)
We learned that Satan invented the teaching that the dead are alive. Reincarnation, channeling, communication with spirits, spirit worship, and the "undying soul" are all inventions of Satan, with one aim - to convince people that when you die you are not really dead. When people believe that the dead are alive, "spirits of devils, working miracles" (Revelation 16:14) and posing as spirits of the dead will be able to deceive and lead them astray virtually 100 percent of the time (Matthew 24:24).