ECCLESIASTES 12:7 "At death the dust shall return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
I COR.15:50 "Now this I say brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God."
Most believe even if they have read but little Bible, Jesus will return to earth in the future and gather those who have followed Him in this earthly life. That is true and there should be no doubt, the bible teaches it. But many preachers are mixing personal imagination about when and how it will happen and it is causing harmful confusion. That is teaching their idea of a rapture. As a result, many believe they will be exempt from the greatly feared tribulation. I have heard some express belief because they have been baptized and go to church they can approach Jesus and be changed in the twinkling of an eye to be with Him and escape the tribulation; which they do believe will happen. They hope to escape by being raptured. That is not the way the Bible is written. Please read 1 COR. 15:52 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall all be changed." I have never heard preachers teach this like it is in the Bible. The King James bible reads it is those raised from the dead that are changed. Notice again 1 COR. 15:50, where flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of God, so it had to be the soul and spirit from the raised dead that was changed. Earthly bodies will never be in heaven. They will see corruption and return to earth. That is taught in many places in your Bible.
Two of my Christian friends disagreed when I state Christians would not be exempt from the terrible tribulation that is prophesied to come during the Anti-Christ rein prior to Jesus's return. That is the reason I am writing this scriptural message. Their attitude was changed after they considered the scriptures I gave them. Please read REVELATIONS 20:4 Quoted here in part, "I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast.:" Now no people can be more faithful as a Christian than those that were beheaded because they would not deny Christ and worship Satan (as anti-christ) during the tribulation. That tribulation is going to be the worst thing the world will ever see. Millions will be killed, and the Muslims will behead the people they execute. My friends expressed their belief God would be cruel to let Christians face this future. But look what God let Christ face. Nothing can be worse than crucifixion, but Jesus paid the price to do it. Look at the victory He won. He is now in eternal Heaven with God. Can we pay the price of our future and gain the same victory we should want to be, in Heaven.