Sometimes people are not immediately punished for the bad things they do. Their punishment is slow to come, and that makes other people want to do bad things too. A sinner might do a hundred evil things and still live a long time. But I know that it is still better to obey and respect God.
The most important thing a person can do is to respect God and obey His commands, because He knows about everything people do even the secret things. He knows about all the good and all the bad, and He will judge people for everything they do.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer”. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does. So I realized that all we can do is be happy and do the best we can while we are still alive.
The most important thing a person can do is to respect God and obey his commands, because he knows about everything people do, even the secret things. He knows about all the good and all the bad, and he will judge people for everything they do.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.”
When saints / Christianity pass away, do they immediately awake in Heaven, or are they at rest until the Second Coming of Christ?
When a Christian dies, they don’t immediately go to heaven, nor do they enter some kind of “soul sleep” until Christ returns. They go to a conscious intermediate state where they are with God, but not yet in the new Heavens/New Earth.
We see in Ecclesiastes 12 that when a Christian dies, “his spirit will return to God who gave it.” We also see in Revelation 6:10 that the martyrs are gathered around the throne of God and they are crying out “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” So we see that there is a restlessness to them. They are awaiting the consummation of all things, the final return of Christ and the establishment of the eternal Kingdom. The reigning in of the New Heavens and the New Earth.
So when a Christian dies they enter into essentially a conscious, yet disembodies experience that is waiting for the fulfillment of all things in Christ.