Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 27, 2016

Straight to Heaven?

Certain scriptures seem to say believers go straight to heaven upon death.  “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”  1 Corinthians 15:52

Now just when the last trumpet blasts is a discussion in its own right.  But right before this passage, we have:  “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;”  1 Corinthians 15:50  But later,

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”  2 Corinthians 5:10

So all believers will stand before the judgment in the flesh and blood body, but the flesh and blood body cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven?  What’s going on here?  The only solution seems to be two-fold.  That there will be a restanding in the body, then a twinkling fast change to heaven after the judgment.

Hebrews 3 and 4 compare following Jesus to the trials of the Hebrews with Moses in the desert.  Paul talks about entering into His ‘rest’.  This is the promised land.  40 years in the desert were the test, similar to the thousand year reign of Christ preparing people to enter in to the eternal rest.

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