Although much obscurity and difference of opinion prevails on this subject, it is generally admitted from the foregoing and other texts that before the Second Coming there will arise a powerful adversary of Christ , who will seduce the nations by his wonders, and persecute the Church. Extraordinary perturbations of nature The Scriptures clearly indicate that the judgment will be preceded by unwonted and terrifying disturbances of the physical universe Matthew ; Luke The wars , pestilences, famines, and earthquakes foretold in Matthew sq.
The universal conflagration In the Apostolic writings we are told that the end of the world will be brought about through a general conflagration, which, however, will not annihilate the present creation , but will change its form and appearance 2 Peter ; cf. Natural science shows the possibility of such a catastrophe being produced in the ordinary course of events, but theologians generally tend to believe that its origin will be entirely miraculous. The Trumpet of Resurrection Several texts in the New Testament make mention of a voice or trumpet which will awaken the dead to resurrection 1 Corinthians ; 1 Thessalonians ; John According to St.
Thomas Supplement there is reference in these passages either to the voice or to the apparition of Christ , which will cause the resurrection of the dead. By this sign the Fathers of the Church generally understand the appearance in the sky of the Cross on which the Saviour died or else of a wonderful cross of light.
Circumstances accompanying the general judgment Time As was stated above, the signs that are to precede the judgment give no accurate indication of the time when it will occur Mark When the Disciples asked the Saviour: "Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? The uncertainty of the day of judgment is continually urged by Christ and the Apostles as an incentive to vigilance.
The day of the Lord will come "as a thief" Matthew , like lightning suddenly appearing Matthew , like a snare Luke , as the Deluge Matthew Place of the judgment All the texts in which mention is made of the Parusia, or Second Coming, seem to imply clearly enough that the general judgment will take place on the earth.
Some commentators infer from 1 Thessalonians , that the judgment will be held in the air, the newly risen being carried into the clouds to meet Christ; according to others the prophecy of Joel sq. The coming of the Judge That this judgment is ascribed to Christ, not only as God , but also as Man, is expressly declared in Scripture; for although the power of judging is common to all the Persons of the Trinity, yet it is specially attributed to the Son, because to Him also in a special manner is ascribed wisdom.
At the Second Coming Christ will appear in the heavens, seated on a cloud and surrounded by the angelic hosts Matthew ; ; The angels will minister to the Judge by bringing all before Him Matthew The elect will aid Christ in a judicial capacity 1 Corinthians The lives of the just will in themselves be a condemnation of the wicked Matthew , whose punishment they will publicly approve. But the Apostles will be judges of the world in a sense yet more exact, for the promise that they shall sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel Matthew seems to imply a real participation in judicial authority.
According to a very probable opinion, this prerogative is extended to all who have faithfully fulfilled the counsels of the Gospel Matthew Nothing certain is known as to the manner in which this delegated authority will be exercised. Thomas conjectures that the greater saints will make known the sentence of Christ to others Supplement Those to be judged All men, both good and bad, according to the Athanasian Creed , will appear in the judgment to give an account of their deeds.
As to children that have personally done neither good nor evil , the baptized must be distinguished from the unbaptized. The former appear in the judgment, not to be judged, but only to hold the glory of Christ Supplement , while the latter, ranked with the wicked, although not judged, will be enabled to realize the justice of their eternal loss Suarez.
The angels and the demons will not be judged directly, since their eternal destiny has already been fixed; yet, because they have exercised a certain influence over the fortunes of men, the sentence pronounced on the latter will have a corresponding effect on them also Supplement Object of the judgment The judgment will embrace all works, good or bad, forgiven as well as unforgiven sins , every idle word Matthew , every secret thought 1 Corinthians For example, note the words in Romans "And whom He predestined, these He also called, and whom He called, these He also justified, and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
The spirits of the dead in Christ are now in heaven and present with the Lord. Their bodies are not raised until the Day of Resurrection. On that day when Christ returns, their spirits will be joined with their new resurrected bodies. So they will live with the Lord forever. Will we know each other in heaven? I believe yes!
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But with a greater love than our earthly ties. Knowing that I would see my Dad again was what helped me through my grieving his death, also, knowing he was in the presence of Jesus. Rest assured that we will know one another in heaven. Indeed, this will go beyond any earthly knowledge. According to Scripture, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him" 1 Corinthians How does a Christian deal with the death of a loved one or friend who is not a Christian who will be in hell for eternity?
Though hell is a reality, it is not up to us to judge the final state of anyone, but let our spirit rest in the mercy and justice of God. He will surely do what is right. Are there levels in Heaven? I have heard reference to this but cannot find it anywhere now.
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Paul refers to being caught up to the "third heaven. Paul speaks of "the third Heaven" in 2 Corinthians "I knew a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows-such a man was caught up to the third heaven. For example, in His ascension, Christ "passed through the heavens" Hebrews on "into heaven itself" Hebrews Accordingly, there are no levels in heaven but levels of heaven.
Please explain the resurrection of the body at the end of time. From my study of the New Testament, it seems that we sleep from death until the resurrection, not that our souls go to heaven immediately. At death, believers leave the body to be with Christ. Paul speaks about being "absent from the bodyat home with the Lord" 2 Corinthians The natural body "sleeps" the sleep of death, but not the spirit which at death goes immediately to heaven.
Hebrews refers to "the spirits of righteous men made perfect" in heaven When the Lord returns, we will receive a new spiritual body-"It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body" 1 Corinthians -to be joined with our redeemed spirits. United in spirit and in body, we shall ever be with the Lord.
In heaven there will surely be recognition of other believers known on earth. Thus Moses and Elijah recognized each other. Hebrews speaks of "the church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven. Yes, heaven will be a fulfillment of all human relationships without earthly limitations. Truly we will know one another fully and completely and rejoice in the Lord's presence forever! Do we go straight to heaven as a born again Christian or do we go to heaven when Christ returns?
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There is a Scripture that says the dead will meet Christ in the air first then those who are alive will go up. I am confused as to the state of our spirit when we die. Our spirit goes directly to heaven when we die.
Where the Scripture says that the dead in Christ shall rise first 1 Thessalonians the reference is to our bodies. They will at this moment be joined to their spirits coming with Christ from heaven verse This will immediately be followed by the rapture of living believers "We also who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them"-verse How will Christians be judged at the final Judgment?
Will we be accountable for our sins? Haven't they been removed as far as the east if from the west? Paul declares that God has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man Jesus whom He has appointed" Acts All people of all times-as well as fallen angels 2 Peter and Jude 6 -will be present to give account. Paul writes to the Romans, "We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Godeach one of us shall give account of himself to God" , Every sin ever committed will be apparent to the eyes of the Judge, but in the case of believers they will all be recognized as forgiven.
For truly He has removed all sins "as far as the east is from the west" Psalm The giving account will not be a reinitiation of our sins, but a deeper realization of the vast number of them mercifully forgiven in our salvation. Why is the church referred to as the bride of Christ? Are there any Scriptures to base this on? Revelation 20 and 21 talk about the bride of Christ but to me it reads as if New Jerusalem is the bride.
On the church as the bride of Christ, see for example Ephesians , 2 Corinthians , and Revelation In the Bible it says that Christians who do more work for the Lord on earth shall have greater rewards in heaven. How could there be greater rewards in heaven? Isn't being in heaven enough? What kinds of rewards are there in heaven? Heaven is truly the Christian's future. In that sense, it is "enough"-to know life everlasting, joy and peace beyond measure, the direct vision of the Lord; what more could one possibly want?
But heaven is not a reward; it is totally a matter of God's grace in Christ that we should go there and share equally with all believers.
However, there are rewards in heaven. For example, Jesus declared about those persecuted for His sake on earth, "Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven" Matthew Jesus speaks also of "a prophet's reward" Matthew , hence something special. What these rewards are, Jesus does not say, but they surely are promised.