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THE RAPTURE

April 18, 2016

Monday

 

1 Thessalonians 4:17 

 

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.

 

 

LESSON

 

It would appear from these other occurences of the word that Paul had in mind being taken into heaven and not just into the mid-air to turn around suddenly and return to the earth.

“The thought is that the ‘raptured’ saints will be carried up into ‘air,’ as the interspace between heaven and earth, where they will meet the descending Lord, and then either escort Him down to the earth in accordance with O.T. prophecy, or more probably in keeping with the general context accompany Him back to heaven.

Living saints will experience translation their bodies will become immortal—and saints who have died will experience resurrection with immortal bodies. Both kinds of Christians will meet “in the air” with Christ, with whom they will remain, never to experience separation from Him.

Since “we will always be with the Lord” from then on, we will therefore: return to earth with Him at His Second Coming, participate in His earthly millennial kingdom with Him, and finally dwell with Him in the new heavens and new earth. Old Testament believers will evidently experience resurrection at the end of the Tribulation. Probably Paul included himself in the living group because he believed that the Lord’s return was imminent. He set an example of expectancy for the church for the entire Church Age.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Thessalonians

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