Q. I have run into a belief I am not acquainted with regarding events surrounding the rapture. There are those who believe that all the blood from those who are raptured will be left for the world to see. Their reasoning is that this blood cannot enter heaven. I never thought about this as I took that we when we are changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, the blood will cease to exist just as the flesh will. Another argument used is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. What is your view of this?
A. First let me say that if you are implying that only our spirits will go in the rapture and our bodies will cease to exist, then I disagree. According to 1 Cor. 15:53, when we change in the twinkling of an eye,we’ll be changing from mortal (subject to death) to immortal (no longer subject to death). We’ll retain our physical bodies, although they will be made perfect. Otherwise there would be no point in deceased believers coming with the Lord to get us. Their spirits have been in heaven all along (2 Cor. 5:6-8), and they’ll be coming to be reunited with resurrection bodies (1 Thes. 4:16-17).
When Jesus came out of the grave He was a physical being (Luke 24:38-39). When the disciples saw Moses and Elijah on the Mt. of Transfiguration they saw physical beings (Matt. 17:3). The dead in Christ will get new bodies to become physical beings again as well (1 Cor. 15:42-44).
As for the arguments about our blood being left behind, I think they are just conjecture on someone’s part. The contrast Paul was making in 1 Cor. 15:42-49 was between natural and spiritual bodies. That means two types of body, the natural (earthly) body and the supernatural (spiritual) body. Both are bodies. When he said flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom (1 Cor. 15:50), he was simply referring to our natural earthly bodies.