When we die do we go straight to heaven? Or do we wait until judgement day? What about hell?
The mot revealing passage that I know of is found in the story Jesus told of the rich man and Lazarus. See Luke 16:19-31. This gives us great insight into what happens to those who die, whether they are righteous or wicked.
Here we are told that both of them dies with the rich man going to torment and the beggar going to Paradise. Although there is conscience and contact with others, this is not the eternal place of rest that we know as Heaven or the eternal place of torment that we know as Hell. However, until the time of judgment souls go into the realm of the dead and depending on their spiritual condition will either be in comfort or torment.
For information on hell, see Mark 9:43 and after, Matthew 25:31-46.
By Gary Hunt