By Greg May
There are many who are grieving for loved ones that have passed away. If that person was saved and if you are saved then dry your eyes-you will be reunited. Those who have gone before us are still around, they are living and conscious-but they are in heaven.
Physics was not my favorite subject in school (I think I made a C grade in it!). But physicists, shows us that we live in four dimensions: length, width, height and time. Physicists also tells us there are more dimensions-although they disagree on the exact number; heaven is in one of them.
At the Rapture we will be given a new bodies because the physical bodies we have now won’t do for where we are going, since we will be going into another dimension. When God the Father raised Jesus from the dead, He gave Him a newly-resurrected body because He was getting ready to bring Him into the kingdom of heaven. Part of the inheritance as a believer at the time of the Rapture is a new body, and at that time we will leave our mortal existence for immortality
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15: 53-54).
We will know our families in heaven but since born-again believers are part of God’s family, the bonds that draw human families together will not be necessary in heaven. We will all be one, big happy family and will feel a deep love for everyone. This is why Jesus tells us to love one another while we are here on earth and to forgive one another. We will be one with Christ.
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Ephesians 3:14-15)
Your husband, wife, child or parent will be in heaven with you-if you are born-again, and only if they, too, have been born-again by the Spirit of God.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
Your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ will not save members of your family, they must have their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)
Jesus tells us there will no longer be human procreation in heaven and mating and child nurture will cease.
“For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are they given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” (Mark 12:25).
Heaven exists in a different dimension from our current reality.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen. For the things which are see are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
I would like to include an excerpt by Ron Phillips from Unexplained Mysteries of Heaven and Earth:
Those who have died are not `gone’. They have not ceased to exist. They are alive and conscious in the other realm. The greatest example to accommodate understanding of this that I have ever heard is:
Assume you are in your car, and you are driving down the road. Everything is going great. The windows are down, the wind is blowing, the sun is shining, and the radio is blasting. Suddenly, the engine starts to make a little noise. Pings and knocks reverberate through the interior. The gas pedal is working only intermittently.
You check the fuel gauge. There is plenty of fuel. Suddenly lights start flashing, steam starts pouring, oil is spraying and you ease the car over to the side of the road. The engine stops. You turn the keys in the ignition, but the starter only spins, until eventually it gives up altogether and makes no more noise at all. Your car is dead. When you get out of your car . . . do you cease to exist? That’s all death is. It’s the real you, getting out of a dead car.
At the moment of death the believer’s spirit receives a temporary covering and is conscious in Jesus’ presence. The Holy Spirit in us is our guarantee of our place in that other realm.
Being reunited with our loved ones for eternity is just one of the many glorious perks that come with being a born-again believer.