Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NIV
Everyone likes a good mystery now and then. The thing about mysteries of God is that to us, they seem to be clearly spoken. But to those whose eyes are blinded, such insights are just “nonsense.”
That is the case with the coming “end times.” Christians may disagree about the details but all evangelical Christians are agreed to the basics:
- There is a time coming (soon) where the order of things will be dramatically changed.
- There will be a resurrection of the bodies of the children of God who have previously died
- Living saints will be “changed” into immortal beings
- It will all take place in an instant
This “change” is commonly referred to as the “rapture” but that is not a Biblical phrase – it is an estimation of the elation felt by those who are changed.
The focus of this Scripture is not on details but on comfort to God’s children (c.f. 1 Thes 4:18). First, the assurance that our deceased loved ones (who died as believers) will be resurrected. Second, that the then-living Christians will be changed from this mortal body into immortal (never dying) bodies. All will be recipients of eternal glory and unending joy in the presence of God Himself!