Q. I just read a theory about the part of the Rapture that I have never heard before. I was wondering if you had heard about it and what your opinion is because I value your insight very much. I read on a site, that I usually trust, that meaning of “the dead will rise first” could possibly mean an earthly resurrection of them for the world to see? Could that be possible, that people would come back from heaven for a little while, before the rapture takes place? Thank you so much for all the questions you answer.
A. There’s nothing in the Bible to indicate a two part resurrection / rapture such as you describe. In fact 1 Cor. 15:51-52 says it will all happen in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye.
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.
That’s faster than the human eye can get a message to the brain.