Q. I do believe that some of us will be raptured before we die. But how do you explain that it is appointed once for man to die and then the judgment scripture. If we are all appointed once to die then we will all die at some point won’t we? What is your thought on this?
A. Hebrews 9:27 says is it destined for man to die but once and after that face judgment. That is the general rule, but there are exceptions. For example, there are 8 accounts in the Bible of people who were raised from the dead. They are the widow of Zarapeth’s son, raised by Elijah in 1 Kings 17:19-22, Jairus’s daughter in Matthew 9:23-24, the widow of Nain’s son in Luke 7:14, Lazarus in John 11:43, all by Jesus, Tabitha in Acts 9:40 by Peter, and Eutychus in Acts 20:9-10 by Paul. In addition, although the Bible doesn’t specifically confirm this, I believe both Jonah and and Paul were brought back from death by God. Each one was meant as a demonstration of the Lord’s power, and all of them subsequently died again.
Then there are Enoch (Genesis 5:23) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11), who went live into heaven without dying at all, and the anti-Christ and false Prophet who will go straight into the Lake of Fire with out dying (Rev. 19:20).
But most importantly, in both 1 Cor. 15:51 and 1 Thes. 4:17, Paul said there will be one generation of believers who won’t die but will be taken directly from this life into the next one.