“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!”
Who could do such things?
“Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane.”
If you’re a Baby Boomer, then you know.
I fully realize that late 20th century and (now) 21st century movie and television technology make the original Adventures of Superman seem … well, comical. And considering the dazzling special effects that we’ve grown accustomed to in our viewing pleasure, it’s natural to trivialize that television series with its low-budget feeble attempt to make Superman fly, burst through (flimsy) walls, and twist (toy) guns into pretzels.
On the other hand, millions of children were captivated by the idea of our comic book hero appearing on the magical medium of its time—Television.
“Yes, it’s Superman … strange visitor from another planet who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Who can change the course of mighty rivers; bend steel with his bare hands…”
Those captivating words grabbed our attention at the outset of each episode. In fact, the introduction often exceeded and even saved the mundane show itself. I don’t want to admit it but will anyway: Although looking them up just to be sure, I had remembered verbatim the opening to every show!
Introduced in September 1952 when television was still in its infancy, the Adventures of Superman lasted until April 1958. The very next year George Reeves (who played Superman) died from a gunshot wound to his head. The official report ruled his death as a suicide; that he had been depressed over his, “failed career.” However, there are those to this day who believe he was murdered … only 45 years old when he died.
Naturally, we’re talking about a fictional person played by Reeves; a character that began with the original comic book superhero. Still, how ironic that Reeves’ main claim to fame was as an actor who portrayed the “man of steel.” A super man (Superman) who, for all intents and purposes, was indestructible. With powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.
These are the kind of superhuman powers that people can only dream about … science fiction fantasy found in comic books, novels, radio, movies, and television.
Fast forward to 1978 when the first of several blockbuster movies simply entitled Superman was released, starring Christopher Reeve (eerily similar last name to George Reeves). The special effects of those movies were stunning … state of the art at the time. As were the Star Wars films released during the same period. Plus, Christopher Reeve’s portrayal was much more what we wanted and expected Superman to be.
Oddly, Christopher Reeve was born in 1952, a few days after the first T.V. episode of Superman aired.
Tragically, in 1995, he was dramatically disabled in the prime of life when he fell from his horse during an Equestrian event. Rendered a quadriplegic, Reeve was barely able to survive until his eventual death in 2004—at the age of 52. Which is also a taste of irony—considering his real-life physical features. And, of course, his portrayal of the extraordinary (but fictional) exploits of Superman whose immortality was a foregone conclusion.
From Fiction to Fact!
Alas, death brings an end to it all. To the most gifted athletes on this planet whose physical skills are substantially beyond those of the average person, so much so that we pay to watch them perform. Also, to the authors and artists and actors and directors and producers who create and immortalize our legendary super men and super women.
And so, people the world over wonder: “Is that all there is (to life)?” Only what we can think, read, or dream about? Only what’s not (really) real?
Not according to the Bible, the very Word of God. There’s more … much more!
There’s life after death. There’s a real body in which life will be forever lived and a real place where only that body can live … heaven. And there’s a person who has proved there is such an existence, because he has now and forever a supernatural body—immortal, indestructible.
Though Messiah Jesus was/is fully God and existed as the Son of God before the beginning of time, he came into this world as a human being; conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a Virgin. A miracle birth, but a birth, nonetheless. God Incarnate. Immanuel … God with us. A baby who grew as a child into manhood, but in a body that needed food, water, and sleep. Fully human.
Yet, he could do things that no mortal man has ever done. Real-life feats that can only be imitated through works of fiction and Superman-like fantasies. One way or another, Jesus’s miracles were accomplished by the power and authority to change the course of nature. To transcend the natural. Turning water into wine—his very first miracle. Walking on water, itself.
When he silenced a great storm on the Sea of Galilee, his disciples fully realized that this was no ordinary man. In fact, he was extraordinary.
“…The disciples were terrified and amazed. ‘Who is this man?’ they asked each other. ‘When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him?’” (Luke 8:25).
He was/is the authentic Super Man.
Synonyms for Super: Wonderful, Great, Marvelous, Tremendous, Superb, Outstanding, Superior.
Super: “over and above; higher in quantity, quality, or degree than; more than (superhuman) … situated or placed above, on, or at the top of; superior in status, title, or position” (Webster’s Dictionary).
Jesus healed the deformed and terminally ill; cast out demons; caused the lame to walk, the dumb to talk, the deaf to hear, and the blind to see with but a word of his mouth or a touch of his hand. Instantly they were cured. No complicated medical treatment or surgery or drug therapy—much of which is still ineffective against certain diseases even in our post-modern world.
Still, those supernaturally healed by Jesus eventually died. Even those that Jesus raised from the dead had to die again. Same thing with Elijah and Elisha, each raising a young boy from the dead as recorded in the Old Testament. Or the Apostles Peter and Paul (through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus) after Jesus returned to heaven.
DEATH: Therein lies the problem (pun intended).
The few times in history when someone was raised from the dead, it was a demonstration that death itself could be overcome. And only the Triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) had that kind of power, because it was God who created life. But complete and conclusive victory over death must be accomplished once and for all.
Also, that which causes death must (first) be dealt with once and for all—Sin.
That’s why Messiah Jesus came to this earth. To solve the problem of sin and death, through death itself—a substitutionary, sacrificial atonement for the sins of every person who has ever lived. With only one thing required of us by God—believe in Christ and humbly receive him as our personal Savior (John 6:29). Recognizing that he did for us what we could never do for ourselves.
We have eternal life the nanosecond that we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Our dead (to God) human spirit is instantly given life and we immediately become “citizens of heaven.” But in order to live forever in heaven, we also will be given the same immortal body in which Jesus arose from the dead and ascended to heaven. First there is eternal spiritual life; then a never-ending spiritual body to complete so great a salvation.
Yet, even Jesus’s death on the cross in payment of the penalty of our sins wasn’t enough to conquer death. If he had remained in the grave like all those before him and after him, then there would be no proof that Jesus was different from any other person—religious or otherwise. Despite his amazing teachings and astounding miracles, he would have been just an ordinary mortal man.
He would not have been a Super Man.
Moreover, his claim that he was the Son of God and that he would rise from the dead on the third day would have been nothing more than idle boasts had he remained in the grave. Worse, God’s marvelous promise of redemption and eternal life for all who believe and receive His Son would have been nullified. No one would or could be saved from the penalty of their sins, let alone spend eternity with God.
Praise God. “He isn’t here (in his tomb)! He is risen from the dead!” (Luke 24:6).
Jesus did the one thing that no other man or woman had ever done: RESURRECTION.
Not the raising from the dead only to die again as occurred a few times in the Bible (history).
Rather, a once-for-all permanent resurrection! With a new body that is truly imperishable.
(See Eye of Prophecy article: There’s Resurrection; And There’s Resurrection! Posted 3-19-16)
Here’s how the Apostle Paul explained it to the believers in Corinth, some of whom doubted there was such a thing as bodily resurrection:
“And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost!” (I Corinthians 15:16-18).
Obviously, Paul was speaking of a physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. In the early verses of this same chapter, Paul reminded the believers that: “…Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died” (I Corinthians 15:3-6).
To them, being born-again was (only) a spiritual phenomenon. That believers would spend eternity in spirit-form only. What some of the early Christians didn’t fully grasp is that our human spirit had already been formed by God to live forever from the moment we were conceived, then took our first breath from the womb. Paul wanted them to understand that their spirit was born again (made alive), but their bodies also would undergo a rebirth as it were … in the same manner that Messiah Jesus was transfigured. On the Mount of Transfiguration as a dynamic preview of what was to come; then perpetually when Christ arose from the dead.
Certainly, the new birth in Christ is spiritual, which effectively makes our human spirit alive to God. Enabling us to enter God’s presence anytime and anywhere, communicate with him, and better appreciate the precious and powerful promises contained in God’s Word—The Bible.
Said Jesus to Nicodemus: “Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again’” (John 3:6-7).
The Apostle Paul proclaimed that the immediate result of believing and receiving Messiah Jesus as personal Savior is a revival of our human spirit which had been dead (to God). “Once you were dead (referring to the human spirit) because of your disobedience and your many sins” (Ephesians 2:1, parenthesis mine).
As a result of Biblical salvation, we are first resurrected spiritually from the dead. Paul goes on to say:
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6, parenthesis in the text).
There was even more to God’s magnificent plan of salvation than spiritual rebirth. Both Jesus (and later Paul) announced everlasting life produced by this spiritual resurrection that would and could be lived bodily in heaven and on the earth. Which is why Jesus also said: “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water (physical birth) and the Spirit” (John 3:5, italics for emphasis, parenthesis mine).
As clearly contained in Scripture (both Old and New Testaments), the Kingdom of God will be a physical kingdom on earth beginning with the Millennial Reign of Christ after the Great Tribulation. In order to live forever in that Kingdom as well as heaven itself, there must be a resurrection and transformation of our temporal earthly bodies into a boundless body (not bound or limited by time, physics, disease, disabilities, pain, aging, or even by death). Until then, it is the Kingdom of Heaven that has been established in the hearts and minds of believers. Which qualifies us to be spiritually seated with him in the heavenly realms. Then one day, in our immortal bodies, to literally be seated with him in heaven.
The eternal life spoken of by Jesus (and others in the Bible) clearly conveys the continuance of life as it was meant to be when God created Adam and Eve; their complete being—body, soul, and spirit. Their body was meant to live forever along with their soul and spirit.
However, when they disobeyed God, they experienced physical death. Thus, there’s only one way to accomplish this final phase of so great a salvation that Messiah Jesus purchased on the cross for us. It would be a spectacular reuniting of the human spirit of believers with their new superhuman body.
Returning to the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he continues: “But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died” (I Corinthians 15:20).
Do you know or care to guess when this great harvest will take place? For that matter, what is this great harvest? If you know the answer to the last question, then you probably know the answer to the first question. And, yes, this harvest is physical. Though the terminology itself is metaphorical, i.e. comparing the event to a great harvest.
This great harvest is the resurrection of dead (and dying … stay with me on that one) believers at what has been called: The Rapture.
(Scene from movie, Field of Dreams, starring Keven Costner. Tugs at your heart, but is pure fiction. Fact: There will be a resurrection/transformation of believers in Messiah Jesus at the Rapture. A Great Harvest!)
Unless Messiah Jesus had been raised from the dead first (in his glorified body), there would be no resurrection of dead believers or transformation of both dead and living believers into an eternal body like our Lord and Savior.
However, even the transformation of living believer’s bodies is a form of “dying.”
(See Eye of Prophecy article: Scripture Says Everyone Will Die / But What About The Rapture? Published 6-23-18)
Here is an excerpt from that article, beginning with one of most well-known passages in the Bible (in italics):
“For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting.’
“For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:53-55).
First, a reminder of what death is or what is means. The Greek word for death (Thanatos, used 119 times in the King James Version) is defined as separation, not annihilation or cessation of existence. In Hebrews 9:27, the Greek phrase “to die” is apothnesko (ap-oth-nace-ko), which means just that, to die. Which is defined as, the natural death of a person. Thus, when someone dies, he or she has entered the state of death (Thanatos) which is separation of their spirit from their physical body.
Spiritual death is separation from God eternally for those who have not accepted God’s (Biblical) salvation by believing and receiving his Son’s substitutionary death (and resurrection!) as the only remedy for the penalty of sin and rebellion against the Lord (John 3:16).
Notice: Paul says that our “dying bodies” will (need to) be transformed. As we’ve already seen, the Bible proclaims that all must die.
We begin to die the moment we are born. It’s just a matter of time, longer for some than others. Without intending to be morbid (as opposed to celebrating life with gratitude for God in giving us that life) we could accurately say, “After we’re born, we’re as good as dead.”
Which is exactly what Paul is saying: “For our dying bodies must be transformed…”
Here, Paul is expanding on his prior statement that, “We will not all die…”
This clarification is not merely a technical distinction between those who have (actually) died before the Rapture and those who are dying … having not fully reached the otherwise inevitable point of death. In the context of what death is and means, Paul is saying that even those “alive” at the Rapture will experience death.
Seriously? Yes, seriously. Even living believers will encounter death the instant they are transformed. Just like the “dead in Christ” they, too, will be resurrected from that death.
The moment the dead in Christ are raised then shortly thereafter the “living in Christ,” the body of both groups of believers will be “transformed into bodies that will never die…”
Which unmistakably means that even the spirit of those believers who are alive when this transformation takes place will be separated (Thanatos) from their earthly body and intricately united with their glorious new spiritual body that will never die. Nonetheless, a body recognizable by friends and family as the same person (the new replacing the old) but with an amazingly altered appearance.
…Thus, when he says, “we will not all die,” he’s referring to those believers who are not actually in the grave. And why he continues by describing those alive are nevertheless in “dying bodies” that must be transformed (from death to life) precisely like those who have preceded them in death. With the action and result of this tremendous transfiguration that of each “living” believer’s spirit separated from their earthly body and placed into a glorious spiritual body that will never ever die or even begin to die in any way, shape, or form.
The only difference is the timing of it all. The spirit of believers whose body is in the grave has been waiting (some much longer than others) for this reunion of their spirit into a transformed spiritual body. Whereas those alive at the Rapture will experience this instantly.
…In either case, the heart of the believer will beat one last time; each will draw one last breath in this earthly body
The Apostle Paul characterizes the transfigured bodies of believers as: “Spiritual Bodies.” In contrast to earthly bodies. Nonetheless, a body; one that will undergo what we describe in today’s terms as an Extreme Makeover.
“Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies” (I Corinthians 15:43-44).
God doesn’t start from scratch with the spiritual body. Instead, he uses that which we were born with; through a transformation that will transfer believers from mortal to immortal. From a dying or dead body that will be resplendently restored for everlasting life in heaven and on the new earth.
Read with me: “So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back (at the Rapture, the first of his two-part second return)” (I Corinthians 15:21-23, parenthesis mine).
Paul continues by explaining that there are different kinds of bodies in the world, i.e. plants, animals, birds, fish, the heavenly bodies (sun, moon, planets, stars) and, of course, the human body.
Then he writes: “The Scriptures tell us, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living person.’ But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man… our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever” (I Corinthians 15:45-50).
(Refer to Eye of Prophecy articles: Spiritual Bodies … A Contradiction of Terms? Part I & II. Posted 9-26 & 10-3-15).
After first revealing the tremendous truth of the Rapture to the Thessalonians (I Thessalonians 4) which provides the stunning sequence of events during that soon-to-come event—including the catching up of all believers to meet Christ in the air—Paul then discloses another remarkable feature of this experience as he continues in I Corinthians 15:
“…We (believers in Messiah Jesus) will not all die, but we all be transformed! It (the transformation itself, not the entire sequence of the Rapture) will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies” (I Corinthians 15:51-53, parenthesis mine).
What Will Believers Be Like at the Rapture Transformation of Our Earthly Bodies?
This question has been asked by nearly all born-again believers. Until it happens, we don’t know for sure exactly what we’ll be like. Except, that is, for one incredible fact, which will be part of the eternal inheritance Messiah Jesus will share with those whom he has redeemed. Listen to this powerful promise from the Apostle John:
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world (the unsaved) don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is” (I John 3:1-2; italics for emphasis, parenthesis mine).
Nevertheless, there are some fascinating facts to draw on—mostly from Jesus’s post-resurrection appearances. To, at least in general terms, imagine what we will be and be able to do. Things that would make Superman envious! For one thing, there will be no Kryptonite to weaken our indestructible bodies (Only partially kidding!).
When it comes to this area of Biblical prophecy, there’s nothing wrong with some creative speculation that (for now) will allow us fill in some of the blanks. In fact, thinking about some of these superhuman abilities that our spiritual bodies will possess (enabling us to more perfectly rule and reign with Christ in the Kingdom of God) intensifies our hope for the Rapture and give us even more incentive to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
In a moment, we’ll examine three (there are obviously more) astounding attributes of Messiah Jesus after he arose from the dead. Although Christ had provided a preview of coming (resurrected body) attractions when he walked on the Sea of Galilee, what he did after his resurrection was even more remarkable. With the reasonable conclusion that believers also will be able to do some, perhaps all these things. Because we, too, will be transformed into the same kind of imperishable, indestructible body that Jesus possesses in heaven to this very day.
But first, here is a scene from Eye of Prophecy article, A Dramatic Enactment of the Rapture! (4-20-19) to stir our imagination and heighten our hope as to what could take place at the Rapture.
Beginning with the introduction to that article/play:
It could be the proverbial understatement to say that this week’s Eye of Prophecy article is different.
But then we are in the last days of the end times, when many things are going to be different, supernaturally so. Not the least of which is an extraordinary event to prepare for the triumphant physical return of Messiah Jesus to establish the glorious Kingdom of God on earth.
That trigger point is none other than the Rapture. Followed by seven years of unmitigated deceit, destruction, and death before Jesus steps in and puts an end to the violence, injustice, and corruption of this wicked world we live in.
Today’s post is not a docudrama, as those are reserved for events which have already occurred.
Rather, it will be in the form of Seven-Act Play (the scenes are short); to reasonably represent and dramatically depict what could and probably will occur during the Rapture.
It is based primarily on a previous article, which provides Scriptural documentation and correlation accompanied with commentary to support a rational premise: The entire sequence of the Rapture will take several minutes; only the bodily transfiguration of raised from the dead believers and believers still alive will be instantaneous.
(Note: The article referenced is: The Shout Heard Around the World, posted 4-22-17).
If you like, grab a soda or whatever and plop a bag of popcorn in the microwave.
Open your mind and heart; picture what’s happening; fill in your own details if you like; and stretch your imagination to accommodate the reality of what’s going to take place in what I’m convinced is the near future.
Now the excerpt from Act Four of the play:
The Shofar sounded again. If there was any doubt that the first three were global, this fourth blast was surely being carried on every sound wave existing in and above the earth’s atmosphere. Millions of megaphones and loudspeakers couldn’t have produced a sound so strong, so pure, so universal; yet so moderate as to not burst ear drums.
He immediately recognized it as the fourth and final of the Jewish Shofar sequence that had been handed down through tradition by and to the Jews for centuries. But now it was for all believers in Messiah, Jew and Gentile alike.
Though it was difficult to speak and hear, Esther asked, “Will this be the final Shofar?”
“Yes, I’m sure it will,” Eitan said. “It’s almost time.”
He had just finished speaking when they heard the voice from above, “Children of the Most High God; the appointed time has come.”
“I’m pretty sure that was the voice of the archangel,” Eitan said.
Eitan glanced at his watch again. He was about to tell Esther how much time had elapsed from the first blast, when the fourth Shofar stopped suddenly, not gradually like the others. Within seconds, the expected, but nonetheless stunning scene unfolded. Benjamin’s grave exploded as did a few others in the cemetery.
“Mom, Dad, look!” Netanya yelled.
They watched in total awe as Benjamin’s remains were lifted from his grave by an unseen hand. Then, ten, maybe fifteen seconds later, his skeletal form was radically changed. Too fast for Eitan or anyone else to see how. They only saw the results.
Benjamin stood on the ground and looked directly at them, then at his body.
He was enshrouded in white clothing they had never seen before or knew existed. If it was a robe, it seemed almost transparent, as if it was part of his form. His entire body and face were indescribably perfect. As though he had just been born that way without the imperfections that develop with age.
Immediately, Eitan realized this was the spiritual body spoken of by the Apostle Paul. It was as though Benjamin’s spirit was on the outside enveloping his flawless features, instead of the unseen spirit on the inside of a natural blemished body. The two, body and spirit were one. Beautifully blended one with the other. Both visible, yet indivisible.
Eitan knew that the same thing was happening to resurrected believers the world over. For those who had been cremated, the Lord was raising their ashes, bringing them together with the same supernatural force that rolled away the stone at Jesus’s tomb. With the same instantaneous transformation as the decomposing and skeleton bodies. So, too, the remains of those buried at sea.
“Benjamin, it’s you. You’re much better than…” Eitan couldn’t finish.
He felt a burst of energy that seemed to come from inside out but also outside in. It was over before he saw anything else. His wife Esther had been an attractive woman. It wasn’t just in his beholding eye; others had told him the same thing. There she stood next to him more beautiful than she had ever been. An appearance that wasn’t sexual at all; rather a supernatural loveliness that transcended anything natural. An ageless beauty that was immortal.
So, too, Netanya and Naphtali. Changed dramatically, but just as dramatically the same person … each one of them.
“Look at you!” Benjamin pointed to Eitan.
“Look at you!” Eitan trumpeted in return.
“Look at our kids,” Esther exclaimed. “Same age, but older. How can that be!”
“Hallelujah,” Eitan roared.
“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised,” Esther shouted.
In unison, Netanya and Naphtali said, “We love you Jesus.”
Which as it turned out was right on cue. The next voice thundered from above, from everywhere.
“COME UP HERE!”
“That was Jesus himself,” Eitan shouted. His watch was gone, but he estimated that from the first shofar had been maybe fourteen or fifteen minutes.
Immediately the raised dead and those still alive and transformed began to rise in the air … exactly how, they didn’t know. By whom, they knew for sure. It wasn’t a fast ascent like a kite, nor was it slow like a hot air balloon. There was time for ecstasy to look around at other believers within sight rising simultaneously. And for a passing moment, a time of sadness when looking down at the many who were staring into the sky.
Things to Ponder
Time/space doesn’t permit quotation of the passages; however, most believers are familiar with the scene of Jesus’s sudden post-Resurrection appearance to his disciples in a locked room without waiting for the door to be opened. Then his sudden appearance and disappearance to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, after they finally realized who he was—the risen Christ.
Speaking of time and space, it’s abundantly clear that Jesus could go into and out of different dimensions. No need to open doors, just go through them. Same thing with believers at and after the Rapture. We know that we will be lifted from this earth and transported to heaven; we also know that we will be given positions of power and authority on the earth during the Millennium. No speculation is needed to determine that we will be able to go back and forth between heaven and earth at any time during the magnificent Millennial Reign of Messiah Jesus.
Faster than a speeding bullet?
More like the speed of light. No, much more than that. Even light traveling at 186,000 miles per second from the nearest star that is not our sun, takes four years to reach the earth.
Think in terms of the speed of thought! But, if we like, we can travel more leisurely by simply flying to our destination. And I’m not talking about supersonic jets.
In addition to instant access from one dimension to another (limited only by our imagination but with a Biblical perspective), it’s evident that our eternal spiritual bodies will at the very minimum possess the following three attributes:
- Defying Gravity: Beginning with our ascent to meet our Lord in the air at the Rapture. Then descending with him on white horses from heaven to earth to watch in awe as Jesus vanquishes Antichrist, the False Prophet and their massive military in the Valley of Megiddo (Armageddon … Revelation 19).
- Eclipses Time: No longer restricted by time, as we will never grow old again. Nor be concerned about how much time it takes to get from one end of the earth to the other, or even from one galaxy to another!
- Transcends Space: From a timeless existence in heaven to a (still) time-locked earth (and back again) at any moment with what will most likely be a mere thought.
And away we go!
To infinity and beyond!