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What about these Scriptures which show that no one will enter the Kingdom of God until after Christ comes back? For example:
Matthew 25:14-30 “You see the kingdom of heaven is like a man going on a journey. He called his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to still another one talent, each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. The servant who had received the five talents immediately put them to work and gained five more talents. In the same way, the servant who had received the two talents gained two more. But the servant who had received one talent went away, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money. “After a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. The servant who received the five talents came and brought five more talents. He said, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ 21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.
According to this Scripture, believers will not hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” until after Christ returns. Only then, will they hear: “ENTER into the JOY of the master. It doesn’t say that they ENTER into JOY right after they die. Then, here is one more. (There are dozens that I could show.)
2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Now if souls went to heaven after a Christian dies, then they would BE where Christ is already. – – And just one more.
Matthew 25:31-34 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Believers will not COME (enter) into God’s Kingdom until after Christ returns.
Ann, thank you so much for visiting the True Light site and for posing a very relevant question. I decided to respond by doing a podcast on the very subject you addressed because it is so important, and the explanation is so detailed—much more than I wanted to post in a comment here. You have a very legitimate concern and point of view concerning the passages you referenced. I pray that I have sufficiently answered your query. The podcast in response to your question is titled, “When Do Believers Enter the Kingdom of God?” It has been posted in the podcast section of this website at this link: https://www.thetruelight.net/wp/when-do-believers-enter-the-kingdom-of-god/ Feel free to respond again here in the comments or by emailing me from this site. God bless you!
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