Changed Quickly, Depart Slowly?

Q. 1 Corinthians 15:52 states we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. Growing up, the preachers I listened to all taught we would disappear this quickly. In studying this verse closely, it seems our bodies will transformed in an instant and we will put on immortality in the twinkling of an eye, but the verse doesn’t state we will be removed this fast. My question is this; Will our disappearance be as quick, or will those left behind visibly watch us depart?

A. The reason for us being changed is to make it possible for us to dwell in heaven. Our Earthly bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15:50). The reason it will happen so quickly is to make us ready before we get there. We will disappear from Earth in one instant and in the next we’ll be standing in the presence of the Lord.

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