Q. One pastor recently said,
“In the Millennium, we who will be raptured will live in earthly mansions that are already on Earth, and the first preferences of occupying them are ours as rulers with Christ!”
Is this true? According to 1 Thes. 4:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:52 – after Rapture, we will be in glorified spirit bodies which do not require physical accommodations on earth, right? We can be anywhere in the universe in a split second. It is mentioned in the Scripture that the Lord Jesus, after resurrection, appeared at least eleven times. There is no record of the Lord Jesus having a physical accommodation all these times. I believe spirit bodies do not require any accommodation as the Lord did not have a residential address after resurrection, until ascension.
A. There is no Biblical support for this person’s view. In the clearest possible way Jesus said He was going to His father’s house (Heaven) where there are many mansions. He was going to prepare a place for us there and would return to take us there. (John 14:1-3)
That said I must correct you on one point. Our Resurrection is a physical one. just like the Lord’s was. Our new bodies are physical bodies. Paul demonstrated this in 1 Cor. 15:37-38 comparing us before the Resurrection to the seed and afterward to the flower. Jesus went out of His way to demonstrate that He had a physical body, like asking for food and having them touch Him. He also demonstrated that His body had capabilities ours don’t yet have. But 1 John 3:2 says when He appears we’ll be like He is. Beginning at the Rapture and forever after the Church will live in the New Jerusalem.