The believer, on the other hand, at the time of his death, will meet the Lord Jesus Christ face to face.
2CO 5:8We are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
Physical death is an experience that we all must face alone. Just as the spiritual life must be lived individually, so also the journey from life on earth to life in eternity will be unique for each one of us; no two will have the exact same experience or departure. No one can live your life for you and no one can die for you. Apart from the Rapture generation just before the Lord Jesus Christ comes back, all believers will experience physical death.
HEB 9:27And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment;
ECC 3:1-2a There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under Heaven - a time to give birth and a time to die …
The Rapture refers to the resurrection of believers who have died during the Church-age, after which those believers alive on earth will be caught up with the newly resurrected believers to meet Christ in the air.
1TH 4:14-18For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we, who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
The Bible teaches that life is divided into two general categories, living and dying. For the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, the experience of dying can be a glorious occurrence. Whether it is seeing a loved one passing on into the eternal state, or whether it is a personal experience that you have to face yourself, you will have the opportunity to trust in God to the fullest, and you will come to understand that He has saved His greatest blessings for the dying part of life. Therefore, functioning in the plan of God and using the problem solving devices that He has provided are just as important in dying as in living. The person who has been living in the plan of God and utilizing the Word of God is ready to face death. In fact, dying will be his greatest experience.
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