(1 Corinthians 15 )
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
**Verse 50 just said that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of GOD.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
** sleep means to die a physical death. But we who are still alive at CHRIST’S return shall be changed into our spiritual bodies.
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
**at the last trump means the 7th trump since there are only 7 trumps.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
(1 Thessalonians 4 )
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
** asleep means those who have already died a physical death.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
** Now this is telling us that those who have already died is the ones that He will bring with Him. Not the Church! But those who have already died before His return!!
To be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
** prevent means precede. Meaning those who are still alive can’t be with the LORD before those who has already died a physical death. For absent from the body is to be present with the LORD.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
** the trump of GOD is the 7th and last trump that is sounded.
And the two witnesses that have been laying in the streets for three an a half days, GOD will send the spirit of life into them and raise them up in front of the whole world!
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
** GOD is bringing those who has died a physical death with Him at the last trump !! Then we which are alive and remain at His return will be changed into our spiritual bodies!!
** at the 7th trump at CHRIST’S return ALL (good, bad and ugly) will be changed into their spiritual bodies and then CHRIST will send His angels to gather together His elect After the tribulation!
Both these scriptures are talking about the same event!
When the LORD descends from heaven to gather His elect it’s at the 7th trump at His return.
No one is changed into their spiritual body until the LORD returns at the 7th trump!!
Those who think that the LORD comes to rapture the Church is taking these verses out of context.
Meeting the LORD in the air is actually talking about when we are all changed into our spiritual bodies.
Yes He will meet His elect in their spiritual bodies.
CHRIST RETURNS AFTER THE TRIBULATION TO GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT!!!! Those are the ones who DID NOT worship the anti-christ!!
The Church WILL go through the tribulation!
GOD BLESS !!!
Note to the Church:
If GOD is bringing those who have already died back with Him and since flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of GOD and those who remain alive are not changed into their spiritual bodies and gathered back to CHRIST until at His return, so where does that leave the Church or should I say the raptured Church?????
Kathy Richardson | PentecostalTheology.com