Condition of the Dead

“For 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 . . . for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”  Ecclesiastes 9: 5, 6, 10

The Bible says that when someone dies, they “sleep” until the second coming of Yahushua.

“Consider and hear me, O Yahuwah my Eloah: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.” Psalms 13:3

“So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.” Job 14:12

“We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-53.

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14For if we believe that Yahushua died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Yahushua will Yahuwah bring with him. . . . 16For the Master himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of Yahuwah: and the dead in the Anointed shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Master.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14, 16, 17

“Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12Then said his disciples, Master, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13Howbeit Yahushua spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 14Then said Yahushua unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.” John 11: 11-14.

When Yahushua comes again, those who are in the graves will either go to heaven or be left for destruction: “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28, 29.

For additional Bible verses about read The Intermediate State.