Amy VanGerpen (29 March 2011)
"Who will be left behind discussion"

 
Greeting Doves,
 
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:
 
http://www.trackingbibleprophecy.org/olivet4.php#day
 
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 rapture? 
 
Maranatha!
Amy Van Gerpen