The Rapture is a yet future event in which a whole generation of Christians will participate — the instant catching up of the church from earth to heaven to meet the Lord in the air, and so be forever with the Lord. Believers who have died will be resurrected and transformed. The dead “in Christ” will rise first. “Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds” (17).
As we anticipate this great event, it gives followers of Jesus hope and a different perspective. Funerals do continue to be sad because a loved one has passed away, but in another sense, they are a celebration, because we will see them again!