Q. I understand that when a believer dies the spirit goes to Heaven. Is our spirit already working for God? Are we like Jesus as he was when he revealed himself to the disciples after rising from the tomb? Is our spirit restricted from leaving the new Jerusalem before the rapture? I understand that at the rapture our new immortal bodies will join with our spirit that has been in Heaven. Thank you for your insight.
A. The Bible doesn’t say how the spirits of deceased believers are occupied while awaiting the rapture. Since time is a physical property that only affects physical beings, some believe the dead in Christ will not be aware of any passage of time between their departure from their earthly bodies and their reunion with their heavenly ones. But no one knows for sure. It’s one of the great mysteries that will be revealed to us after the rapture.