The very foundation of the Holy Scriptures is SALVATION or REDEMPTION of the KINGDOM of GOD. What is God’s salvation or redemption plan for human beings? We must never forget that God sent Jesus to this earth (John 3:16-18) for “a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 2:32).
When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman by the well he said: “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22-24).
Paul explained God’s salvation or redemption plan when he said: “Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” (1 Corinthians 15:23).
Who are “Christ the firstfruits”? They are the 144,000 servants or saints from the 12 tribes of Israel who were killed (Revelation 6:9-10). These saints kept the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12), and they did not worship the beast, neither his image, and did not receive his mark in their hands or foreheads (Revelation 20:4).
“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the [FIRSTFRUITS] unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:4).
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15).
If God’s servants or saints, the firstfruits are [KILLED], we are most assured by word of God that there is no so called “rapture” to escape death for the rest of human beings because it is written: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).
Jesus explained in detail the events on the DAY OF JUDGMENT in the parable of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-34, 41-46).
“Then cometh [THE END], when [HE SHALL HAVE DELIVERED UP THE KINGDOM TO GOD, EVEN THE FATHER]; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power” (1 Corinthians 15:24).