What happens after you die? Many think that the departed go to heaven and hell immediately. Do not pass go. For that thinking we have the thief on the cross being told he would be with Jesus in paradise that very day. We have the rich man and Lazarus who both died and went to Hades and “Abraham's bosom” non-stop. Others believe that none of this happens until the resurrection and judgement day.
(Daniel 12:2 KJV) And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.That leaves the problem of the time in between. One solution is to understand “Hell” (Sheol NASB) (7585) as a holding tank. It never has a pleasant connotation but it doesn’t have the sense of punishment associated with “destruction” (Abaddon NASB) (11).
So? This is one of the areas that different believers have different understanding. What we all believe is that there will be a separation of those who go to eternal life based on their faith in Jesus and those who go to eternal death based on their rejection of the faith. Chose your team. It is an eternity long commitment.