Does a person enter heaven (or hell) immediately after death, or can we "hang around" somewhere else? What about people who say they have visited Heaven and come back? And is there any benefit in praying for someone who has already died in unbelief?
The Bible teaches that after death comes to the body, our spirit exists eternally. After the believer's body dies, angels will escort our spirit to Jesus' presence in the Throne Room. The unbeliever's spirit descends to Hades (Hell) to wait in torment until they are resurrected into new bodies for a day of judgment at the Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20. Believers receive new bodies on a different day of Resurrection, also called the Rapture.
These courses are set permanently at death. There is no second chance for salvation, and no one can alter their destiny following death, as Hebrews teaches:
Consequently, we encourage you to seek for the truth of God through His word and not to rely on these supposed experiences to form your understanding of spiritual things. Our experiences and emotions easily manipulated by the enemy to fool us. As Paul said:
For more information on this area of study, we recommend you follow our Revelation Bible study.