Q: When the rapture occurs, will our physical bodies be raised, or just our spirits?
There is a Scripture that says flesh and blood shall not inherit heaven or the kingdom of God.
A: Well my brother, when the rapture happens, our physical bodies will be raised.
If you read 1 Thessalonians 4, it’s very clear, as well in 1 Corinthians 15, where the body is put into the ground like a seed and in the day of resurrection it comes forth. So yes, it is true our bodies will be raised, and those who have died before the rapture, of course, their spirits are going to be in heaven. The spirit and the body will be united at that time, so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Now what you have to keep in mind, however, is that the bodies with which we will be raised will have a different molecular structure than the bodies that we have today. We’ll be like Jesus after He was raised from the dead—being able to travel quickly, to go through doors, and so forth. So the resurrected body does not have blood in the corpuscles and everything that keeps us alive today. That’s why the Bible can say flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom of heaven, but your new body will be able to.
So that’s the way in which I answer it, and all believers should look forward to that time when we will be translated, if alive, or raised if we’ve already died, at the rapture of the church.
- 1 Corinthians 15
- 1 Thessalonians 4