Q. When the rapture takes place and the church is taken away will our bodies disappear or just our spirits? There is a huge difference in the two! Explaining people who have just vanished right before peoples eyes is one thing but if we just drop over dead, that could be explained more easily. We are a spirit that lives in a body and have a soul, so maybe just our spirits go. What are your thoughts?
A. We’ll let Paul answer this one.
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.” (1 Cor 15:51-53)
Since Paul knew that we live forever, he always spoke of believers who died as having fallen asleep, since that’s how their dead bodies appeared. Here he says that at the Rapture, those of us who are alive will not die but be immediately changed from mortal to immortal, right after the dead are raised. Spirits of the dead are reunited with physical bodies, so this is not a merely spiritual event. Therefore, since our bodies are changed, not discarded , it would seem that we’ll disappear, bodies and all.