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Other Supporting Scripture

Jesus took three of his disciples upon a mountain and was transfigured. “As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem” (Luke 9:28-31). From the above description it appears that Moses and Elijah were also clothed in a white glistening robe. They were also knowledgeable about what was about to take place on earth.

The Apostle Paul quotes an Old Testament verse regarding what God has prepared for us. “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9). Heaven is going to be a far greater place than we ever imagined.

Paul reports on an out-of-body experience which most scholars believe that the person involved was Paul himself. “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (2 Cor. 12:2-4). This probably explains why Paul had such a yearning for heaven. It also explains why, at times, God allows some people to have a vision of heaven. We must also remember that the Apostle John had a vision of future events that will take place in heaven.

Paul believed with all his heart and conveyed to the Corinthians that when the soul separates from the body it goes to be with God. “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 6-8). Paul reiterates in this passage the fact that the soul does not die or sleep.

In Revelation chapter six, where the period of the great tribulation is explained, we are told about recent martyrs in heaven. “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’ Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed” (Rev. 6:9-11).

These martyrs as yet do not have resurrected bodies. This is during the great tribulation and they had missed the rapture. We notice that they had some kind of spiritual body and that they put on white robes. They also knew what was happening on earth, therefore, they prayed to God for these events. Perhaps our love ones in heaven are praying for us as we are on earth today.