Some believe the Bible teaches of a "rapture" in which people will ascend into heaven without experiencing death. The biblical authority for such a belief is tenuous, to say the least. The rapture view encourages many to hold to a view that Christ might return in their lifetimes. The possibility that some of us might not die seems attractive.
When Paul stated "we shall not all sleep" in 1 Corinthians 15:51 he meant that some Christians will be alive when Christ returns. Although they will die, at that time they will be resurrected without "sleeping in Christ" for a period of time like dead Christians will do before Christ returns. Jesus, every New Testament writer, and every saint who ever lived died. A hope in a rapture is no reason to believe Christ might return in our lifetimes.
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