Q. Is our character fixed after we are raptured and given our glorious body? Will we continue to grow in spirit once we are in heaven? Also, in Rev 6:9-11, the souls under God’s altar in heaven was crying out to the Lord asking Him how long will it be before He avenge their blood on the earth dwellers. Does this mean that we will also be able to pray for others on earth after we depart from this world or are raptured?
A. At the rapture we will be changed from mortal to immortal (1 Cor. 15:53), and we will know as we are known (1 Cor. 13:12). To me this means we’ll have complete understanding of the motives behind the behavior of others as well as ourselves, just like the Lord does now.
I think we’ll continue to possess our own unique character traits but without the flaws. I am also convinced we’ll still be able to enjoy new experiences and even acquire new knowledge, because otherwise our life would become progressively less stimulating.
In Rev. 6:9-11 the souls under the altar were not praying for those on earth, they we’re asking God to take vengeance on them. No one knows for sure what kind of connection we’ll have with the people on earth after the rapture, but I believe prayer will be an even bigger part of our next life than it is in this one. I say this because our ability to communicate with the Lord will be dramatically improved.
Speaking of Israel during the Millennium, God said, “Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). I can’t imagine it being any different for the Church.