What happens at the moment of death? Well, it’s important, first of all, to understand that you are more than just a physical being, more than just a body and a brain and internal organs. Scripture says that we are spirit, soul and body. The spirit and the soul have been variously defined, but I think everybody can agree that the hidden person of the heart (Romans 7:22) as Paul refers to the spirit, is the real you. It’s the part of you that when the body is no longer functioning, no longer alive, the spirit then lives on. In fact, remember that James wrote in his epistle that just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead (James 2:26). So there you have it. The body without the spirit is dead. When Your Heart Stops Beating When your heart stops beating, when there’s no longer any breathing going on, the spirit evacuates the body. It’s interesting, because we hear those stories about people who die on the operating table, and then they’re resuscitated and so forth, and a lot of them say the same things. “I left my body. I came out of my body,” And they describe “I” as a person who has features just like a body has. “I floated above my body and I looked down.” So I have eyes, so I have a head, I’m looking down, I’m seeing them trying to get my heart going again. Sometimes people describe things that happened in the operating room that they wouldn’t have known otherwise from any other vantage point other than being up above their body. So interesting stuff, and we don’t want to build a theology on what happens in operating rooms, but this is biblical. You are a spiritual being. So at the moment of death, here’s the first thing that happens: the spirit leaves the body. There’s some indication that angels will be there. We know that when Jesus told the story of the rich man and Lazarus, they talked about how the angels escorted Lazarus to, in this case, what was called “Abraham’s bosom” or “paradise” (See Luke 16:19-31).