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You quoted hebrews 9:27 that all men must die a physically death. When Christ returns what about those people who are alive.

Hi Garry,

I apologize for taking so long to respond. I don't know from what you pulled what I wrote and so it's difficult for me to know what the context was of what I did say. BUT, let's look at Hebrews 9:27.

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

So I am wondering...are you confused by this verse because of what is said about those who are living when Christ returns? Please consider the words of Paul who explains what will happen to those who are still alive when Christ returns.

1 Cor.15:51-58

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY." 55 "O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? O HADES, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

God's Word does not contradict itself so what it seems to me is...those who are alive when Christ returns will be changed...and in that change is still in a way, a death because that physical body cannot enter Heaven. So it is true that all men must die physically and all are appointed to die once physically.

I hope that I have helped you to better understand God's Word.

In Christian Love, Joe Norman

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I am the 4th generation in my family to be a faithful member of the church of Christ. I was raised by a preacher and have studied the Bible everyday since I was twelve. I am 45 yrs old now. I am not a "scholar", but I am very familiar with the scriptures.

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