A child before the age of accountability, at the Rapture, what happens to them?

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A child before the age of accountability, at the Rapture, what happens to them?

Post by Admin on Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:46 am

Most evangelical scholars believe that, for the child living below the age of accountability at the moment of the Rapture, they will be “snatched away” to heaven. This is based on the same Scripture that underlies the belief that children who die before their age of accountability go to heaven: After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them. On the seventh day the child died. David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, we spoke to David but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.” David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.” Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. His servants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!” He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me”—II Samuel 12:15-23. In the same way that God would not judge the “too young” at death, it is generally believed that He would not likewise judge the “too young” with having to endure the calamities the unbelieving world is positioned to endure following the Rapture. In the New Testament, Christ’s words from Matthew are viewed the same way: Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”—Matthew 19:13-14. The children mentioned in this moment in Christ’s life were likely too young to understand His teachings about the Kingdom or about their need for Him. They just gravitated to Him because they loved Him and they understood that He loved them. Most evangelicals believe that these passages highlight the love—and grace—with which God is going to choose to redeem them at the moment that the Rapture occurs.

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