Would Christ not want to share that earthly reign with his church?
Those who die in the tribulation, for sure, those who die for their faith, they go to heaven.
If we are caught up in the air with Christ, are we granted access to heaven's cities, and does this meet God's long-term investment in building the church on the earth? Are we intended to remain in the wilderness till the conclusion of tribulation to participate in the miracle of 1000 year long human lives under God.
Suppose men are raptured to heaven. Like Elijah, they skip the death barrier. Then, men then have to fight the war. They would become spiritual warriors in one of the biggest wars of all time in the heavens. This model sort of presumes men remain citizens of heaven. During the great war, this second model means women and children stay in heavenly cities of provision, while men go out to fight war and come back. What is the impact of the tribulation war on the heavenly cities? Are all the men gone? Are they all in battle?
I don't know. I plan to be ready for either. As each fall draws near, keep the hiking backpack ready. Keep the option of escape open, like in The Sound of Music. If God has this other option of going to heaven open, then angels will assist us in bringing our family home.
One thing is said in the bible: Two are in a bed. One goes. This indicates a harvest at night. The next sentence sentence - two are working in a field, and one goes. Night and day occur on opposite sides of the world. The world harvest is accomplished at one time. Opposite sides of the planet - that rapture - is simultaneous.
I owe you a few verses on this. I will update these rapture posts on a Sunday. Ardent eschatologists are familiar with these texts. For those coming here new to the topic, I need to do a bit more work, and that needs study. Please visit back in 2 weeks.
Really, I am not sure if there will be new information. Rather, there will be confirmation of my thoughts and where they come from as I theorize on scripture.
As I reread this, this is really about 3 questions:
What is the purpose of God's earthly church?
What is God's long term objective for the earthly church?
Does Christ want the existing earthly church with Him for His reign?
Were we to remain here with Christ, as always, men need to remain committed, as there is another test planned for man in the future. There's also 1000 years to build people's faith. If we came through the tribulation, I hope we would all be great witnesses to teach others about the love of Christ. At the end of that 1000 years, the earth will again be full and prosperous and populous. Are we part of that?