What we believe and teach: Eschatology – The state of man after death
What we believe and teach: Eschatology –The state of man after death
Man consists of body, soul and spirit. When he dies, his spirit returns to God who gave it, his body returns to the dust because it was taken out of the ground, while his soul continues to live consciously in another world.
When a Christian dies, his soul goes immediately to Paradise, which is a marvellous heavenly place prepared for the saints, to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. He remains there consciously awaiting the resurrection of life. There he praises the Lord, but he does not intercede for the living who are on the earth. Peace reigns in Paradise, there are no sufferings in Paradise and the glory of God illuminates everybody and everything. That’s why to us to die is gain. The dead who die in the Lord are blessed because they rest from their labors. The New Jerusalem, which was seen by John in a vision while he was on the island that is called Patmos, is a real city, a heavenly city.
When a sinner dies, his soul goes immediately to Hades (Greek word which means ‘the unseen world’), which is a place of torment located in the heart of the earth. Hades is a place without any order, full of thick darkness, where sinners are tormented by fire, which causes them terrible pains and sufferings. In Hades there is weeping and gnashing of teeth and the wicked await the resurrection of condemnation. (Giacinto Butindaro, from http://www.the-new-way.org/wwbat/index.html)