So where are they really?

Those of us who have lost someone to tragic death have asked this question, have we not?  I have. But there are always reassuring scriptures that answer my question, “Where is my son now?”

If you think your loved one is in heaven already, note this scripture. It may disturb your belief, but be at peace. Your loved one will not taste the glories of heaven before you do. They are not already there with God and longing for you to be there with them. How could heaven be a peaceful place if they do not have their precious family with them? God needs no extra angels. That would be cruel to take our loved one away for this purpose. No, He already has His angels. He needs no extras. You will find no scripture that says this.

So be at peace, my friend. Your loved one is resting in the grave until the call from heaven which will go around the world and all will hear and then…the glories can begin for all who rejoice!

For this we declare to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall in no way precede [into His presence] or have any advantage at all over those who have previously fallen asleep [in Him [a]in death]. 1 Thessalonians 4:15, AMP

And then this: We can tell you with complete confidence—we have the Master’s word on it—that when the Master comes again to get us, those of us who are still alive will not get a jump on the dead and leave them behind.  The Master himself will give the command. Archangel thunder! God’s trumpet blast! He’ll come down from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise—they’ll go first. Then the rest of us who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to meet the Master. Oh, we’ll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge family reunion with the Master. So reassure one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, MSG

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