Who Are The Elect In Matt. 24?

Q.  Matthew 24:31 says, “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.”  This verse states that the “elect” will be gathered from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other – heaven, not earth.  Is this proof we are already in heaven before the tribulation?  That we have been raptured?

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More On The First Resurrection

Q.  I’m hoping for a bit of clarification.  Rev 20:5 states that the Tribulation Saints are part of the first resurrection, occurring after the second coming.  Yet, if the dead in Christ are resurrected at the Rapture (1 Thes. 4:16), how is this not the first resurrection as it will occur at least 7 years earlier?

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Organ Donation

Q. I just read your August 10th answer about cremation which confirmed what I always thought about cremation being okay, but wanted to know what your beliefs were on organ donation.  I would be an organ donor if I could get over the feeling that when the Lord resurrects our bodies, I will have given away part of mine.  I know this must sound ridiculous, but was wondering what your studies have led you to believe.  I would greatly appreciate your thoughts.

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Will He Always Be Like Us?

Q. As the Savior of the world, the Word became flesh.  He chose to become human enough that He was capable of bleeding to death for us.  He is the first fruits of the resurrection and received a new body similar to what I think we will receive.  Capable of walking through walls, go to places by thought, but having physical texture that the disciples were able to touch and He even ate with them.  My question is, do you think that part of His sacrifice in stepping down into creation was to limit Himself to having a ‘resurrected body’ as an eternal reminder of what He did?

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A Sample Of The Harvest

Q. Re: Matt. 27:52-53.  Who were the many saints who came out of their graves?  I thought all that were saved before the cross were in Abraham’s bosom. It appears they received their body (was it the old or new) because they appeared unto many. Is there any indication that they ascended to heaven with Jesus, or did they die again? Was this told to give us a glimpse of the rapture?

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Is Cremation Prohibited?

Q. I once heard through a well known Pastor that we are not to cremate our bodies when we die and I have never found anything in the Bible to confirm that.   Could you please share any scriptures to support that or not.

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More On The Soul And Spirit

Q. Some Christians believe that the spirit and soul go to heaven at the time of physical death.  Others say that the spirit goes to heaven but the soul sleeps until the resurrection. I find this a confusing issue as I believe that the spirit and soul are in inseparable and both go to heaven.  Is there Bible passages that clarify this?

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Visible Resurrection Then Rapture?

Q. I just read a theory about the part of the Rapture that I have never heard before. I was wondering if you had heard about it and what your opinion is because I value your insight very much. I read on a site, that I usually trust, that meaning of “the dead will rise first” could possibly mean an earthly resurrection of them for the world to see? Could that be possible, that people would come back from heaven for a little while, before the rapture takes place? Thank you so much for all the questions you answer.

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More On The Dead In Christ

Q. At the rapture the Word says that the dead in Christ rise first.  If that is correct what happens to us when we die?  Where do we go?  Where are we if we need to wait to rise with Christ at the rapture?

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Confess And Believe?

Q. I’m bothered by an article I read on the Internet about being “saved.”  The writer quotes multiple scriptures, and states quite dogmatically that “one must believe in the resurrection…confess the resurrection…to be saved.  He lists a series of common steps seekers are guided to take by various churches and evangelists such as, “Invite Jesus into your heart….”  or “Accept Jesus as your personal savior …” or “Say the sinner’s prayer” as being inadequate. Do you agree?

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