What happens to unbelievers’ souls when they
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
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
To God Be The Glory!
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