Can babies be born after the rapture?

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While this question is a simple one, a biblical answer is a bit complicated because the rapture as commonly understood is not biblical. Many people today have been mistakenly taught that there will be a secret rapture of the saints a few years before Jesus returns with them to earth. But Jesus said that when He returns it will be a very public event that all the inhabitants of the earth will see. Everyone will hear the great sound of a trumpet as He gathers together His elect from all over the earth (Matthew 24:30-31).

John also said that when Christ returns every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7). Paul says that at the time of this great trumpet blast the dead in Christ will be resurrected and the saints who are alive will be changed to spirit instantaneously (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

The Scriptures also explain that spirit beings do not get married or have children. As Luke 20:35 explains, they "neither marry nor are given in marriage." So there will not be babies born to people who are changed into spirit.

Within God's plan, however, there will be people left alive who will not be changed into spirit when Jesus returns. These people will live as physical human beings, capable of having children as they learn God's way of life.

If you wish to study more about the subjects of God's plan for humanity,the resurrection and what happens at death, read or request our booklets, What Is Your Destiny? and What Happens After Death?.