Friday, May 29, 2009


Do We Really Vanish?

Q. For some time now, I’ve wondered if we will simply disappear at the Rapture. When Jesus ascended to Heaven, He did so visibly. Also, the saints that were raised up appeared in the city to hundreds of people. So where do we get the idea that we would vanish, leaving our clothes behind? Am I missing something here?

A. In 1 Cor. 15:51 Paul wrote that we would be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye. Since the Greek word for changed is transformed, it’s been assumed that this instantaneous transformation will include both location and composition. In John 14:1-3 Jesus said after He prepared a place for us in His Father’s house, He would come to take us there, and in 1 Thes 4:17 Paul said that when this happens we’ll be with the Lord from then on. I think vanishing is a lot more likely explanation than having the world watch while we float up into the air.

Also in Isaiah 26:20 the word translated come (KJV) or go (NIV) means to come away, depart, or vanish. I believe this is an Old Testament reference of the Rapture.

As for the clothes, we’ll be getting new ones so it makes sense we’ll leave the old ones behind.


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