I realize (as do any who regularly read this blog) that we each have our own individual theology. However, among those of us who have come to understand Paul's ministry in the Prison Epistles and in the Dispensation of the Mystery, there are usually a number of commonly held doctrines.
Obviously, Post Acts dispensationalists hold to the teaching that the present administration of God (dispensation) started at the end of the Book of Acts. We also propose that this age was first revealed in holy scripture in the epistle to the Ephesians (and hidden from before the overthrow of the ages). This post is not meant to lay out all those distinctives, but they can be found throughout this blog. Another commonly held understanding is that all who see death, believer or unbeliever, enter a state of silence. The dead know nothing (Ecclesiastes, etc). The man I heard taught that dead men exist in some sort of bodiless state upon death and most are sent to fiery torture by God.
In light of my unpleasant surprise, I thought I'd quickly review the passage at the root of his error. That error was teaching that Hebrews 9:27 teaches that all men die and immediately face God's judgment of heaven or hell.
Dispensationalism (of any stripe) is the minority not only in greater Christendom (where it is in the extreme minority), but it is in the minority even among those labeled Evangelical or Fundamentalist believers. And among dispensationalists, "ultradispensationalism" is in the extreme minority. While Post Acts believers still have our minor disagreements, we almost all understand Hebrews 9:27 in its context. Unfortunately, this verse (like 2 Cor 5:8) is almost universally incorrectly applied throughout Christendom.
For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made with hands, which is a prefiguration of the true one, but into heaven itself to be exhibited now in the presence of God for our sakes. And not in order to offer himself repeatedly, as when the high priest enters into the sanctuary each year with blood which is not his, since then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the overthrow of the world. But now he has been manifested once for the consummation of the ages to annul sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is the destiny for men to die once, and after this the judgment, so too Christ, having been offered once in order to take upon himself the sins of many, will appear a second time without sin to those who eagerly await him for salvation.
Verse 27 (highlighted) is generally ripped from its context (like 2 Cor 5:8) and used to teach something which is not present. If you take the verse on its own, it can be used to teach the unbiblical doctrine of bodiless beings being judged immediately upon death. But that is not what this verse teaches at all.
Verse 28 is a comparative. The word translated "so" is from the Greek "hoútō," which means "in the same manner." Christ's final and eternal priesthood is being compared to the priesthood in Israel's Law. The Book of Hebrews (written to Hebrews) is about things that are pictured in the Law which point to Christ and how Christ fulfills the type "better." Christ is better than the Levitical priests. The Faithful sought a better resurrection. The Son is better than the angels. The New Covenant will be better than the Old Covenant, etc.
So the congregation shall deliver the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall return him to the city of refuge where he had fled, and he shall remain there until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.
And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment… Then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the revenger of blood according to these judgments: and the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the DEATH of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil... after the death of the high priest the slayer shall return into the land of his possession"
Death of the Temporal High Priest: and after this the judgment
Death of the Eternal High Priest: so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.