This is not a prediction! This is not a “copycat” proclamation of when…..this is only about the “what”! While so much is happening, from storms to famine to fires to wars, the world goes on, and on. What does it, and life, all mean? What do Christian’s believe about death?
First, the Bible states that those not involved in the rapture (hang tight) will face death and judgment. This is not an indictment of our faith in Christ. We should all, by faith, be tethered to a God who is able, the road to eternity is still paved with faith in Christ, Who He is; What He has done.
At funerals, it’s okay to mourn the loss. Some may look at you sideways and believe that the more tears you cry; the less faith you have; this too, is not so. We mourn, because we will never see that person on this earth again; we rejoice, because, if they believed, we will see them again.
Quite frankly, for Christians, the word “death” should be forever removed from our vocabularies. If you believe, you will merely fall asleep in the Lord. Your rest is not eternal; your victory with Christ is.
The Apostle Paul, in his comforting letter to the church at Thessalonica, attempted to comfort a church that was struggling. After receiving Christ, the church was not sure of what would happen next. Because of this uncertainty, false prophets began to come in and attempt to fill in the blanks. Gnosticism, the belief that knowledge is key, crept into the minds and hearts of believers. They began to treat God as some form of eternal treasure chest; and all you had/have to do was pick the lock (say the right things) and riches were all yours.
It is an unfortunate reality of today!
In explaining the rapture, Paul offered comfort to two groups of people
• Believers who were asleep in the Lord
For them, they will rise first to meet Christ in the air. In Revelation, the four and twenty elders restlessly await their opportunity to live forever with their risen Savior. On the other side of wars and rumors, lies a new heaven and earth for those who sleep, and believe, in the Lord.
• Those still alive at the time of the rapture
Imagine you are in rush hour traffic. In an instant, some drivers and passengers disappear. For those who are alive when Christ returns, they will not taste death. They will be caught up to meet Christ in the air. Those people will escape the yoke of this world. In an instant, they will put down their worries and pick up their song sheets. Traffic and unemployment and financial planning and healthcare will all be forgotten.
What do Christian’s believe about death?
For those who believe, it is a nap between physical death and eternal salvation. For those who do not; they should probably start.