Over and over in the New Testament, the apostles made reference to the location of the Jesus who had been crucified: heaven.
Jesus’ ascension into heaven was remarkable for many reasons, but not least of which was that He was the first human being to ever do so (John 3:13; Hebrews 6:20). That the rest of the dead were not yet raised at that time is made clear by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:12-28, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, and 2 Timothy 2:18. This is why Micah prophesied that “the Breaker” would “go up before them” (Micah 2:13, underlining added). Jesus “broke” through heaven, making a place for us. For this reason, He told His disciples the night before He died that He was going to “make a place” for them (John 14:2-6). Yet, at the time of Paul, as we have seen, no one else had yet ascended with Jesus.
What then happened, you ask? The answer is that the rest of the dead arose to heaven to be with Him at the Second Coming. They’ve been with Him there in heaven ever since.
Here then is the question I have for those of you who believe that Jesus’ Second Coming has not yet occurred: Given Paul’s insistence that the resurrection of the rest of the dead would not take place until the coming of the Lord, how is it that you believe anyone else is now in heaven?
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