I'm sure that many people have different views on this. Here are a few points I'd like to to kick off the debate with:
In 1st Thessalonians 4, Paul talks about those who are 'sleeping' as in death and the promise made to them. Verses 16 and 17 read:
(16) beacuse the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel's voice and with God's trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first. (17) Afterward, we the living who are surviving will, together with them, be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall always be with the Lord.
We can see here that the dead, (in union with Christ), and the survivors, (i.e. after the Lord's return), will meet the Lord in the clouds.
In chapter 5:10 it reads:
He died for us, that, whether we stay awake or are asleep, we should live together with him.
Presumably, Paul is talking here again about those who die before the Lord returns ('asleep') and those righteous ones who are still alive after his coming.
Why did Christ die for us: Is not as 1st Thessalonians 5:10 says?
Does this mean that all christians dead or alive will inheret a heavanly paradise?
Oh, BTW, why didn't all of that happen in 1914?
All responses greatly appreciated...