For those that posted in favor of all born-again
Christians going in the rapture, thank you for the excellent and
encouraging posts yesterday. Personally, I haven't taken a firm view
on the identity of the ten virgins in Matthew 25. There are good
arguments on both sides. I do lean towards one side. If you want to
see my ramblings on my thought process regarding that issue you can
read them here:
The one point I'd like to add to the ongoing
discussion about who is going in the rapture is in regards to the
"dead in Christ".
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For
the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice
of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ
will rise first.
This verse says that "the dead in
Christ" will be taken in the rapture. It doesn't say only the "dead in
Christ" that were living holy lives and in obedience to God at the time
of their death will go in the rapture. It
seems pretty clear that the Church body that is already dead will not
be resurrected at two different times, but in this one event described
in the passage above.
In other words, if obedience and
holy living was required for one to be resurrected at the rapture, one
group that was good enough would get their glorified body before the
Tribulation and the rest that were not good enough would have to wait
and be resurrected some time later. I do not believe the scriptures
teach this at all.
So if the dead in Christ aren't
divided as a group that makes up the body of Christ, then why would the
group that is alive in Christ at the time of the rapture be divided?
What would be the difference between the back-slidden group already
dead and the back-slidden group that is alive at the time of the
Amy Van Gerpen