|Is there such a thing as Soul Sleep when someone dies?|
order to understand the answer to this question we must first have an understanding of death, or
the moment at which the soul and spirit leave the human body.
Physicians today have an extreme difficulty defining the exact point in which an individual is medically dead. Thus, making death not only a physical condition, but also a spiritual one. The Bible teaches that, "For as the body without the spirit is dead,..." (James 2:26). The body returns to the dust from which it was created (Genesis 3:19) and the soul and spirit of the righteous go to Heaven to await the first resurrection, (II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-24; Hebrews 12:23; Revelation 6:9-11) while the soul and spirit of the wicked go to Hell to await the second resurrection of the damned (Luke 16:19-31; Isaiah 14:9; Revelation 20:11-15).
We therefore can look at death from three different perspectives:
Physical death - the separation of the inner man from the body;
Spiritual death - the separation of the inner man from God; and
Eternal death - the eternal separation of the inner man an his
resurrected body from God, in an eternal Lake of
There are many Scriptures in the Bible which attest to the immortality of the human soul and spirit. Following are just a few of these Scriptures:
(Isaiah 14:9-11) "Hell from beneath is moved for thee
to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for
thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised
up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All
they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also
become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise
of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the
worms cover thee."
(John 3:15-16) "That whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life."
(John 6:54) "Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my
blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the
(John 10:28) "And I give unto them eternal life; and
they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck
them out of my hand."
(Matthew 10:28) "And fear not them which kill the
body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear
him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
(Matthew 17:3) "And behold, there appeared unto
them Moses and Elias talking with him (Yehsua)."
(Luke 16:19-31) "... And in hell he lift up his eyes,
being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and
Lazarus in his bosom ..."
(II Corinthians 5:8) "We are confident, I say, and
willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be
present with the Lord."
(I John 2:17) "And the world passeth away, and the
lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth
(I John 5:11-12) "And this is the record, that God hath
given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He
that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the
Son (Yehsua) of God hath not life."
(Mark 12:26-27) "And as touching the dead, that they
rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the
bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of
Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living:
ye therefore do greatly err."
In conclusion, we must never confuse the natural man and his attributes with the spiritual man and his attributes. The natural man was made a lifeless, earthly vessel, while the spiritual man was created, not from the things of this earth, but from the very Breath of God. "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)."