Paul (in the New Testament era) said that he visited Paradise (2 Corinthians 12:4). However, the place he visited was “under the altar” – in God’s heaven. The Bible describes an event during the Great Tribulation when people are kept there (Revelations 6:9). Although that is a future event, the place is performing the same function today and holds millions (billions?) of Christians who died “in Christ.”
During the Great Tribulation, the souls “under the altar” cry out to the Lord for judgment and blood. They do this, not because they are blood thirsty, but because that is when they will receive their glorified bodies (Revelation 6:10) and be complete for all eternity. Continue reading →
Each of us is a triune being, consisting of body, soul & spirit (compare 1 Thessalonians 5:23). It may seem strange, but each element of our being is dealt with differently at death and, the destinations are also different (see Note 1, “Reunion of Body and Soul”).
Our BODY is buried and eventually returns to dust. This is just a visible reality of life. It is often rehearsed by a priest or minister as the undertaker lowers a casket into the ground and they drop soil into the grave, “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” (from the 1662 version of the Book of Common Prayer). Each time we visit a funeral, we are reminded that our existence in this body is limited to a few short years.
There is a resurrection and the body of the “saved” is miraculously changed. It is no longer mortal “dust” but it becomes the immortal Continue reading →