I have been trying to understand what most of mainstream Christianity has to say about where a person goes after he dies – BEFORE JESUS CHRIST RETURNS TO THIS EARTH.
Most Christians believe they will go and be with the Lord, in spirit form, in heaven, immediately after they die. I am not disputing this nor seeking an argument against this belief.
But, let me get this straight, during the event
called the rapture, Christians will be taken up
to heaven leaving many other people behind
to suffer the ravages of the tribulation with all
of its trumpet blasts. Right?
THEN, after time of turmoil on earth has passed,
Christ will be seen by everyone returning to earth
along with His saints. Right?
AND, as they and Christ are all traveling back down toward earth, each Christian, in spirit form, will by-pass Christ and enter his new, immortal body and be resurrected, just as Jesus had been resurrected in bodily form many years earlier. Right?
THEN, each resurrected Christian who originally came down with Christ from heaven will rise up to meet Him in the air and go back to heaven. Right?
Wait a minute! Is not this a reunion? Believers who had died earlier (since the church began) had already made an acquaintance with Christ in heaven. Right? Their home in heaven will be so very pleasantly familiar to them when they return. Right? When most of them go back to heaven after receiving their new, immortal bodies, it will be just as they left it.
Is that what is supposed to happen?