We believe and confess that God has appointed that all men shall die and their bodies see corruption. The souls of those dying in Christ proceed directly into His presence, while the souls of those outside of Christ are cast immediately into hell.
Furthermore, we believe and confess that, at a time unknown to men, Jesus Christ will return in bodily form and visible to all, in great glory and majesty, to judge mankind and consummate and cleanse His kingdom forever. At this time, the dead, both the righteous and the wicked, will be raised, their souls being reunited with their bodies forever, while those alive will not die but will be changed, in the twinkling of an eye.
All will be made to stand before the Lord and give an account of themselves. The righteous, those in Christ, who were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world, will be raised to eternal life and honor in the presence of God, who will thereby vindicate His people and conform them finally to the image of Christ, showing forth in their ultimate salvation the glory of His mercy and grace. The wicked, those who have rejected the gospel and despised God’s law, will be raised to eternal punishment and dishonor, forever banished from the presence of God, who will show the glory of His justice in their condemnation.
The revelation of this great day is our most ardent expectation and hope, for which we are always watchful, always ready, and always willing to say with all the saints, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly.”