Q. I`ve learned more from your website about the endtimes than all my 60 years of SS combined. I`ve learned about our residence (new Jerusalem) after the rapture. But not much is said about where we immediately go when we die and are we just invisible spirits w/o bodies. I think you have said Jesus is the only one in heaven with a glorified body so far. Does John 14 and Rev. 21 describe heaven before the rapture as well as after?
A. Since there are no eyewitness accounts, we really don’t know what form believers take between death and the resurrection. All we know is what Paul told us and that’s to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:6-8). Jesus is the only one who we know for certain has a glorified body.
John 14:2-3 contains the Lord’s promise that He will return to take us to His Father’s house to be with Him. He was speaking of the rapture/resurrection. We’ll receive our glorified bodies at that time. Rev. 21 takes place at least 7 years later at the time of the 2nd Coming. Neither of these passages describe our physical appearance.