Where specifically are the saints or those in Christ who have physically died post Jesus' resurrection till now?

John Raynar
Castle Hill, Australia

In Old Testament times, Israelites were given the hope of resurrection (Isaiah 26:19,20; Daniel 12:1-3,13; Hosea 13:14, Job 19:25-27), hope of individual judgment and reward (Isaiah 40:10; Ezekiel 11:21; 20:33-44 22:17-22; Daniel 12:3; Zechariah 3:7; 13:9; Malachi 3:16-18; 4:1), and promised blessings in the new heaven and new earth (Isaiah 65:17,18; 66:22; Hebrews 11:10). Those who heeded the message of God died and went to a place called Paradise. This area was evacuated after Christs death (Ephesians 4:8-10). Their spirits are now in the third heaven with Christ (2 Corinthians 12:2). They are not part of the Church. The Church began to be formed on the Day of Pentecost and will be completed at the Rapture.

They are called saints because of their position in Christ. They were saved by looking forward in faith to a coming Messiah, the Saviour, just as people are saved today by looking back in faith to the Saviour.

Their bodies will be resurrected at the conclusion of the Tribulation so that they, along with the raised Tribulation saints, might be participants in the Millennium here on earth (Revelation 20:4-6; Daniel 12:2). They will also be guests at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

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