Last Things

Last Things (Eschatology) 

At the moment of death the soul of the believer goes immediately and consciously to paradise with the Lord (Lk.23:43, 2 Cor.5:8) and the soul of the unbeliever goes immediately and consciously to a place of fiery torment (Lk.16:22-24). We do not believe in soul sleep. At the time of the Rapture, the bodies of believers who have died will be resurrected and reunited with their souls (1 Thes.4:13-17).

We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life (Jn.6:39, Ro.8:10-11,19-23, 2 Cor.4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Dan.12:2; Jn.5:29, Rev.20:13-15).

   The Tribulation
Scripture warns believers that persecution and trouble will increase as the end approaches, and believers must prepare with ever increasing vigilance and prayer (1 Pe.4:7, Ro.13:11, Heb.10:25) in order to be able to persevere (Mt.24:13, Rev.2-3).

   Judgment Day
Believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account for the deeds done in the body whether good or evil (2 Cor.5:10). Anticipation of this judgment should cause us to live in fear of God and holiness (1 Pe.1:17), but for those who are in Christ there will be no chance of condemnation (Ro.8:1). The return of Christ is the blessed hope of the believer. After the judgment they will eternal glory with God on the New Earth (2 Pe.3:13, Rev.21:1). All unbelievers, however, will be condemned on Judgment Day (Jn. 5:28,29), and consigned to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire (Mt.25:41, Rev.20:11-15).