QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:

The Hereafter

Do our loved ones in heaven see us today?

Heb. 12:1 says that we are “compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses.” This implies that our loved ones gone before are watching us.

If a mother-to-be destroys her unborn child, is that murder?

Yes! At the moment of conception, life begins, and to destroy life is murder (Exod. 20:13). If it is a legal abortion for the saving of the mother’s life, then this is a matter where God is understanding; but if the abortion is for a selfish reason, it is sinful.

Will there be any children in hell?

No. Children who die before the age of accountability will go to heaven. Jesus said we are to “become as little children” to enter heaven (Matt. 18:3).

When is Jesus coming again?

Jesus said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matt. 24:36). However there are certain signs of His coming that Jesus said will indicate that His coming is near at hand. He said, “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matt. 24:33). The signs indicate that we are living now in the “end time.” The all-important consideration is found in Matt. 24:44. “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh.”

If we go to our eternal reward immediately upon death, will there also be a resurrection of the body?

Luke 21:36 says, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass” (italics mine). Rev. 3:10 says, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” Jesus said that, as it was in the days of Noah and the days of Lot, so it would be in the “days of the Son of man.” It is of significance that not one drop of water fell on Noah, and none of the fire and brimstone fell on Lot. They were delivered before the wrath of God was poured out.

Will we know each other in heaven?

I believe so. We are told in I Cor. 13:12 that we shall know even as we are known.

When a child is stillborn, does it go to heaven?

Yes! Life begins at the time of conception, and where there is human life, there is a soul.

What is the Second Coming?

I Thess. 4:16-18 will best answer this question:
1. It is the returning of the Lord — “For the Lord himself shall descend.”
2. It will be only for those who are prepared for it — “The dead in Christ shall rise.”
3. It will be a time of resurrection of the righteous dead and of receiving up of the righteous living. We shall be “caught up together in the clouds.”
4. It will be an introduction to Jesus. We shall “meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Will the Church go through any of the tribulation?

The soul is invisible, going to the realm of the spirit upon death. This is the state that Jesus was in after His crucifixion until the third day. However His body was raised from the dead, and in this new body He ascended back to heaven after 40 days. Paul says that the righteous dead shall be raised “incorruptible.” “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (I Cor. 15:53).

Is the coming of the Lord near at hand?

There seems to be every indication that “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” Read Matt. 24:38; II Tim. 3:1-5.