Hebrews 9 : 27 is such a verse.
Just as the men are destined to die once, and after this a judgement, [BSV]Although this verse is usually quoted alone to make a point, notice that it is only the first part of a sentence crossing two verses that has the familiar "Just as ...... so ......" structure that we have run into several times before.
But apart from this small point, what is the verse usually claimed to be referring to?
The common interpretation of this verse goes something like this.....
All people die once then immediately face judgement.
The result of that judgement - saved or damned - is final and determines everyone's eternal destiny.
End of story.
As you well know, there are many aspects of this standard interpretation that are not in harmony with other correctly translated Scriptures.
But, even worse, this common interpretation is totally inconsistent with its context.
Let's have a look at its context.
The book - is written to the Hebrews, to Hebrew Christians, explaining God's new covenant with Israel, and contrasting it with the Old.
The chapter - is discussing the work of Jesus as High Priest of the New Covenant, as compared to the work of the high priests of the Old Covenant.
The verse - is discussing what happens after the inevitable death of "the men."
Looking at this context, what "men" is the verse talking about?
Clearly it is talking about the high priests of the Old Covenant.
And what judgement follows their death?
Numbers 35 gives us Gentiles a clue to what these Hebrew Christians would have known instinctively.
Numbers 35 talks about the towns for the Levites (the priestly tribe) and the Cities of Refuge.
Cities of Refuge were for those who were guilty of manslaughter (killing someone by accident, rather than by deliberate intent) so they would not be put to death for their man-slaying.
Such people were to remain in these cities until the death of the high priest.
After his death, the man-slayer was judged to be free of any further detainment or payment for his man-slaying.
He was then restored to his original community.
Interesting - the judgement after the death of the high priest was a restoration or reconciliation!!!
To finish this post, look at the next bit of the sentence that stretches across to verse 28.
Just as the men (the high priests) are destined to die once, and after this a judgement (restoration or reconciliation),
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; ......
Does this shed some fresh light on this "terrible" verse for you?
Don't let anyone throw you off course with the standard Gentile interpretation again.
And if God leads you to offer this "anyone" an alternative, maybe WITH HUMILITY AND GRACE, you could ask if they have considered the context of the verse.
(I'm still learning how to do this well.)