It makes no difference what "futurists" agree with
What matters is the Lord's Word of truth on the subject
.... no man has gone to heaven except the One who has come down from heaven .... this One is Jesus Christ
Believe this fact
Not to make a public spectacle here...
John 3 was before the cross, Link. Before the cross no one from earth went to heaven but went to sheol which had three compartments
Luke 16:19-31 (KJV)
19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom
: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell
he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed
: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Abraham's Bosom (empty since the cross of Christ)
Gulf (Abyss) between
It is to this place that the Lord Jesus went (in Spirit) when he died on the cross
1 Peter 3:18-19 (KJV)
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Today you will be with me in Paradise...
He declared the victory of the cross to the lost (men in Hades and angels in the abyss) and took the saints in Abraham's Bosom to heaven that same day (3 hour period between the time of his death on the cross and the end of day which is sunset on the Hebrew calendar... in keeping with his promise to the thief on the cross... Luke 23:43 TODAY you will be with me in paradise which is heaven according to 2 Corinthians 12:4 and Revelation 2:7).
Ephesians 4:8-10 (KJV)
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive
, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Before the cross no man could enter heaven except the man who is from heaven Jesus Christ.
Three days after the cross he rose in bodily form from the dead and 40 days later ascended to heaven bodily. The saints in heaven are all disembodied spirits (as we will be when we who believe in Jesus die) awaiting the general resurrection when we will be reunited with our raised to eternal life bodies
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
It is very important that one understands the meaning and the context of biblical passages, Link.