The righteous are those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and made Him Lord.
The righteous will experience peace and joy in the here and now.
Before getting into a discussion about the fate of the righteous, one must first determine who, exactly, are the righteous. This is covered comprehensively in the article "the righteous and the wicked
." If you haven't already done so, please read that before continuing here.
Jesus is coming back to take the righteous to heaven with Him.
"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).
"Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means" (2 Thess. 3:16).
"Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them" (Acts 16:24-25).
The righteous will be given new bodies when Christ returns.
Some time in the near future, Jesus Christ will be returning to earth (see the return of Jesus Christ to planet earth
). At that time He will take the righteous to heaven with Him. This event begins the the millennium.
The righteous will experience peace and joy in paradise throughout all eternity.
"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. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory" (1 Cor. 15:52-54).
Notice the dead are "raised incorruptible." They are raised with new, perfect bodies. Of course, they have to be! Many of their bodies will have disintegrated away. Then the righteous who are alive at that time "shall be changed." In that twinkling of an eye, the bodies of the righteous living will be instantly changed into perfect bodies as well.
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Rev. 21:4).
Some of you won't receive the truth of the Word, despite the indisputable nature of the evidence just presented to you. If you feel you have a point of dispute, or if you think I missed something that could strengthen the truth presented here, please send it to me and I will review it thoroughly and respond.