At death the spirit goes to God who gave it. The spirit is ALIVE. The spirit at death goes to the God of the living. Immediately. There is also NO hanging around in our world, for any reason, or any length of time. So, let’s get this straight...It is the body without the spirit that is dead.
Will we meet again and recognize our loved ones in the hereafter? Who has not asked this question? How many have pondered and wondered over the question, “Does death end all?”. The answers to your questions are in God’s Word. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” “But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10. So concerning death and after death, our appeal is, “What saith the scriptures!”
The Apostle Paul might well have thought of Stephen when he wrote 2 Corinthians 5:8-9, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the LORD. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him.”
There were times when the Apostle Paul wanted to depart to be with Christ. Philippians 1:22- 23. That meant that his path led to glory BEYOND the grave. Therefore he said, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are NOT WORTHY to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in US.” Romans 8:18. And then, “When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:4.
It is a Fact...that from the first chapter of Matthew to the last chapter of Revelation...5, FIVE, different groups or classes of people are addressed. Find out right now who these groups are.
There is a great difference between Christ coming down here to earth with great power and judgement, and, the Body of Christ being raised up to be with Christ in the air, to be with Him forever in the Heavenlies. Please read Acts 3:19-26; Acts 5:29-32; Acts 2:5-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 in conjunction with watching this video.