I was at a college graduation a couple of years ago and was enlightened about our advancements in the science of matter. Well you all know what an atom is. We have never seen one , but we can split them and create nuclear energy. Physicists believe the basis of all matter is made up of a bunch of squiggly lines and this is called the string theory. These squiggly lines are very small. They are a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a centimeter. It is believed that these squiggly lines spin at thousands of miles per second and if the squiggly lines that make up that chair you are sitting in stopped, you would fall to the floor. If all the squiggly lines of the earth stopped spinning you could put the remaining matter in a coffee cup. The point that I am trying to make is we live in a created reality. Things that appear to count here , don’t. Death does not really count here. Our body dies but our spirit and soul live on forever. The only thing that matters is where would we like to spend eternity. It’s a question that everyone of us will have to answer in our body’s life time.
Before I tell you about how things are now, let me tell you a story about a rich man and a poor beggar who lived before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. There was a rich man that wore the finest cloths and fared sumptuously everyday. And there was a beggar named Lazarus who sat beside the gate of the city begging for crumbs from the rich man’s table. His body was full of sores and was unable to provide for himself. When Lazarus died, he was carried by angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man died and was buried. When he opened his eyes he realized he was being tormented in hell. Far off he could see Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom. He cried for Abraham to send Lazarus, that he may dip his finger in water to cool his tongue that was tormented by the fire’s of hell. Abraham reminded the rich man that he had received a lifetime of good things and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and you are tormented. Besides there was a great canyon between us and no one could pass. The rich man begged Abraham to send Lazarus to his fathers house to warn all his brothers, but Abraham said they did not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither would they be persuaded to listen to one risen from the dead.
At this time Paradise was located in the heart of the earth. The souls of the saints went to that paradise which was called Abraham’s bosom. After Jesus was crucified He went into the Paradise side of Hades, not the torment side and spent three days and three nights sharing His witness and testimony. When He came out, He brought every saint who had died since Adam to Heaven. “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
As we are flesh and blood, Jesus likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy the devil, who has the power of death, and release us from the fear of death. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord”. 2 Corinthians 5:8 NKJ. This passage of Scripture clearly teaches that the spirit of the believer goes to be with the Lord the moment we take our last breath. Man’s life is God breathed, and “the dust shall return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7 NKJ. Paul did not believe that his flesh was himself. Peter believed as Paul did that the tabernacle ( the body ) in which he lived was not himself but merely the house in which he lived. We have eternal life now. We have in our bosom divine nature in the person of the Holy Spirit. We will rest in Heaven with all the other saints of the ages and when Jesus comes in the rapture we will receive a gloried body like the glorified body of Jesus Christ. Amen! But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so those who sleep in Jesus, God will bring with Him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NKJ. When Jesus comes in the rapture, the bodies of all saints will be raised. Those who are buried in unmarked graves in foreign lands and those who were buried at sea, it does not matter where. The Lord God Almighty knows where the bodies are and when the trumpet sounds those who have died in the Lord will be raised incorruptible and the spirits of those saints will unite with their glorified bodies.
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” Revelation 14:13 NKJ