Will you go to heaven when you die? If you have ever seen a dead person, I mean cold dead, you know that the person you knew is not there anymore. All that is left is a cold dead body that was formed out of the earth when it was alive. That person is gone. So we put the body back in the ground from whence it came. The hope of the world is that that person will now be in heaven – people go to church and follow the rules specifically for that purpose – or not! Heaven is an ethereal place where you float amidst the clouds with Jesus, the angels, and all of your loved ones who have preceded you, and of course have been watching you all these years.
This heaven sounds like so much fun that most people do not go to church and follow the rules, or they simply do not believe in this vague fairy tale. So they simply ignore death, or have bought into other fairy tales. They can go to purgatory where they can pay for all of the evil that they enjoyed in this life, and eventually get to heaven. Or that if they are really good people, and simply did more good than evil, they can go to heaven or be reincarnated as another person – or a bug. The proposed options are endless, but I digress.
I was listening to a discussion where a very educated man proposed that, as Christians, when we die, we go to an “intermediate state” until Jesus returns, at which time we will be united with our resurrected bodies – then we will go to heaven, the new heaven and earth! The Apostle Paul exclaimed that, to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. And again, when we see Him, we will be like Him. I’m pretty sure that Jesus was resurrected in a physical body, and is resurrected still. Well hopefully you can see the conundrum here. But there is a solution.
I am fascinated by science fiction, especially time travel. When I read my Bible I learn that God is not constrained by time, but rather that He created time as part of the universe in which we live. So it is not problematic for us to be “absent from the body,” “present with the Lord,” and be resurrected “like Him” when we see Him. We simply Time Travel to the future: The time of the resurrection when Jesus returns to the earth with us for His millennial reign.
Time travel in the Bible you say? – I think so:
Jesus was with God the Father in the beginning when all things were created. (John 1:1 );
Was it not Jesus, the High Priest who clothed Adam and Eve with the animal skins? (Gen 3);
Jesus appeared to Abraham. (Gen 18);
Moses and Elias appeared to Jesus and his disciples. (Mat 17:3)
Admittedly, the Bible does not use the words “time travel.” But we have here however, persons who are out of their time. These recorded supernatural occurrences are rare, and that as it should be. As with most of the supernatural occurrences recorded in the Bible, they are beyond the command of us mere mortals, except for that class of fakers and charlatans, but even they can’t fake time travel.
Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, (Jud 1:14)
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Mat 24:31)
Both of these seem to be referring to the same event, The Resurrection from the dead of both Old Testament and New Testament saints. Only if we are alive at that time will it not be necessary for us to time travel. In any case, I hope to see you there! If you’re not sure you’ll be there, please do everything in your power to get into God’s kingdom now – repent, the kingdom is at hand!