I received this question from Germany recently: “If the Rapture takes place, will children of born again parents go too?”
The question of “where do children go?” can be tackled in 2 parts: first, “where do children go after they die?” and second, “do children get raptured?” The answer to the first question is easy.
Where Do Children Go After They Die?
Children go to heaven. Paul said that children are “alive unto God”; they are not spiritually dead. In Romans 7:9 Paul stated, “I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.” Paul could not have meant he died physically, or else he could not be writing those words.
Paul meant he was dead spiritually as an adult, at the moment when he was old enough to be accountable to the law of God written on his own conscience and also in the Bible. Therefore Paul was once spiritually alive as a child, before he reached the age of moral accountability. That age is different for everyone, but you should know the moment when moral choice was clear, and you chose to rebel instead of follow God. Every child knows God in the beginning. All children, regardless of their parents’ religion, go to Heaven. No child – aborted, miscarried or died of premature death – go to Hell.
This is corroborated anecdotally by every vision of Heaven or Hell which I have studied and consider to be valid by Biblical standards. Nearly everyone who has gone to Heaven, and come back to tell it, found it remarkable that Heaven is full of children. No one who has gone to Hell, and come back to tell it, has ever reported seeing a child in Hell.
This is in line with Jesus’ statements: “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 NKJ).
“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16 NKJ).
Where Do Children Go at the Rapture?
The second part to this question is “where do children go at the Rapture?” This question is both easy and controversial at the same time. On the one hand, it should be easy-to-understood that if all children go to Heaven, then at Rapture or the removal of adult believers in Christ, all children of Christian parents who have been removed would also be removed with their parents. On the hand, this question raises a more controversial question, “Do ALL children get raptured at the Rapture?”
Visions of Heaven, Hell & End Times
I am not aware of specific Scriptures about children’s rapture, only general principles from Jesus’ own words that Heaven is populated by children. What I can report is a detail from the most startling vision of tribulation I have ever come across. It is Ken Peter’s 1980 Vision of the End Times which I analyzed and compared to Scriptures on a one hour DVD. In this vision, Ken Peters reported that during the Tribulation, he saw children up to the age of 2, but none older. That means no 6 year olds, no 8 year old, no 10 year olds. Why would that be?
If his vision is authentic, and I show many indicators that it is, then it implies that at Rapture, ALL children of every parent was removed from the earth to be spared the judgment on nations which is called the Tribulation. Since the Tribulation may last 3 and a half years or 7 years, depending to your eschatological view, that gives time for those left behind to make new babies, but they would all be infants or toddlers during the Tribulation. Obviously the Tribulation period would not stop people from having the ability to make babies.
Click here to watch my views and analysis of Ken Peter’s Vision of Tribulation (1 DVD).