While meditating and reflecting one day, I thought about things that most humans think about –
- What happens when we die?
- Where do we go when we are deceased?
- Do we go to heaven?
- Do we go to paradise?
- Do we stay in the grave?
The Apostle Paul says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord but he doesn’t tell us where that “present with the Lord is.”
As I mused, the Holy Spirit brought to mind some of the incidences in the Bible of people coming out of the grave.
- King Saul had a Seer bring the Prophet Samuel up from the grave. (1st Samuel 28)
- Jesus raised Lazarus from the tomb. (John 11:43)
- Matthew 27: 52-53 tells us that many saints walked the streets of Jerusalem after the crucifixion of Jesus.
OKAY, HOLY SPIRIT, ARE DEAD SAINTS IN THE GRAVE OR IN HEAVEN?
He repeated – To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (II Corinthians 5:8)
The Holy Spirit knows us so well and understands us better than we know ourselves. He knew I wasn’t quite satisfied with the answers. Would you believe that a few weeks later, it seemed every preacher on television was talking about the rapture!
They pretty much said the same thing, which made sense to me – Our spirits goes to heaven to be with the Lord and our bodies go in the grave. When Jesus comes back the first time, before the tribulation, our bodies will rise from the graves and meet our spirits in the air with Jesus.
The Spirit of Truth also referred me to 1st Thessalonians 4:13 – 14
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (NIV)
I will continue this discussion in my March 21, 2017 blog, happy reading…
“But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!” 1 Corinthians 15:51 (NLT)