Where Do Unbelievers Go

When They Die?









What happens to unbelievers’ souls when they die? 

In the case of the unsaved person, he is already under the judgment of God because his sins have not been covered by the atoning blood of Christ. "The wages of sin is death," and the death that God has in view is a spiritual death -- eternal damnation.   When he dies, he’s not unlike a criminal awaiting his trial before the Judge.  His trial and sentencing will occur when Christ returns in glory on the Last Day.   

During the intervening time between the unbeliever’s death and the return of Christ, his body goes into the grave to return to dust (no different from believers); however, what about the unbeliever’s soul?  His soul cannot go to be with Christ.  Scripture tells us his soul goes down to a place of silence…a place of soul sleep also referred to in the Bible as Hades.  This is where unbelievers will await the call of Christ on the Last Day.  

John 5:28-29 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.  

Unbelievers are those who come forth to the resurrection of damnation. It is at this time when they will experience judgment for their actions.  Every unsaved person will give an account of all of his sins before Christ and he will be judged in the light of the Bible’s statement that "the wages of sin is death".  The Judge of Heaven and Earth will find each one of them guilty and every one will be removed into hell to spend eternity paying for their sins.   

There is no happy ending for the unsaved. They won’t simply cease to exist.  That’s a fallacy that many unsaved people would love to believe.  But that’s not what the Bible says.  There will forever be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Hell is described as a place where the worm dieth not.  It’s so horrible that any words we could think of simply would not be sufficient.   

If you haven’t placed your trust in Christ and what He’s done for your salvation, the Bible says unequivocally that this will be your eternal destination when you die.  But, the Bible also says, that TODAY is the day of salvation.  As long as there’s breath in your lungs, you can still cry out to God for the salvation only He can offer.  

To God Be The Glory!



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