I have a question about Pentecostal beliefs concerning life after death. I went to a pentecostal funeral last night (my cousin's). The pastors said that my cousin was with Jesus now, and that he was smiling down upon us. There were some moving and beautiful songs about the joys of being with God up in heaven, etc. Then, somebody mentioned the second coming of Christ, when all the dead will be gathered up to heaven first. Now, I heard these conflicting messages before, but I'm thinking that some of you here could answer my question, as the people at his service last night seemed very knowledgeable of the bible.
If the dead are up in heaven now, the part about the second coming of Christ bringing the dead up to heaven with him doesn't make sense to me. I did hear somebody say (I think) that my cousin is "sleeping" in Jesus. Can somebody explain the Pentecostal beliefs?
I was raised Catholic, and catholics as a rule don't seem to have much knowledge of the bible, at least it was never stressed when I was growing up. Also, I fell away from the church and am basically faithless. Still, I found myself moved last night, and the question in my head has been bugging me non-stop.
Thanks in advance,