Question: When the Rapture occurs, will we leave our clothes behind us in a heap where we were when Christ caught us up to meet Him in the clouds? | thebereancall.org

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Question:  When the Rapture occurs, will we leave our clothes behind us in a heap where we were when Christ caught us up to meet Him in the clouds?

Answer: We certainly will not take our earthly clothes with us to heaven—nor our tooth fillings, prostheses, etc. But I see no reason why one’s false teeth or artificial hips would be visibly left behind. They would simply disappear along with the rest of one’s natural body (including all of the medical repairs and patches) in the instantaneous transformation when “we shall all be changed...and this mortal shall have put on immortality” (1 Cor:15:51-54).

Likewise, when we change from earthly clothes to heavenly robes, why would anything be left behind? Some suggest that our clothes will be visibly left behind in a heap to show that we have been raptured to heaven. But that doesn’t fit with the fact that a “strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (2 Thes:2:11)will be given to those left behind. Everything will be changed, not abandoned.

The only thing Elijah left behind was his mantle, and that was deliberate as a sign that his authority and power had been passed on to Elisha. No, we will not leave our clothes behind in a heap—they will disappear, just as we will, without a trace. This is my opinion—you have to make up your own mind. But the Scripture doesn’t make this absolutely clear, so don’t spend a lot of time studying and least of all arguing about it.

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