We will meet him in the air – The Gateway Church
Firstly the dead in Christ (those Paul also calls 'asleep') will rise, then those of us still alive will rise to meet him in the air. That doesn't sound. Then we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. MSG. Authoritative information about the hymn text I'll Be Caught Up to Meet Him, with lyrics. Tune: [It will not be long till in the sky the trump of God shall ring].
To meet the Lord; in his descent from heaven to earth. Not that he shall fix his throne in the air, but that he passes through the air in his descent to the earth. And so shall we ever be with the Lord; shall share a blessed eternity in the vision and participation of his glory.
We will meet him in the air
The apostle does not here describe the solemnities of the judgment; but stops at the meeting of Christ and his risen saints, because his object was to comfort the Thessalonians under bereavement. Matthew Henry Commentary 4: Grief for the death of friends is lawful; we may weep for our own loss, though it may be their gain.
Christianity does not forbid, and grace does not do away, our natural affections. Yet we must not be excessive in our sorrows; this is too much like those who have no hope of a better life. Death is an unknown thing, and we know little about the state after death; yet the doctrines of the resurrection and the second coming of Christ, are a remedy against the fear of death, and undue sorrow for the death of our Christian friends; and of these doctrines we have full assurance.
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It will be some happiness that all the saints shall meet, and remain together for ever; but the principal happiness of heaven is to be with the Lord, to see him, live with him, and enjoy him for ever. We should support one another in times sorrow; not deaden one another's spirits, or weaken one another's hands. And this may be done by the many lessons to be learned from the resurrection of the dead, and the second coming of Christ.
Who can feel comfort from those words? That man alone with whose spirit the Spirit of God bears witness that his sins are blotted out, and the thoughts of whose heart are purified by the Holy Spirit, so that he can love God, and worthily magnify his name.
- Hymnary Friends,
- Caught up to Meet Him in the Air
We are not in a safe state unless it is thus with us, or we are desiring to be so. You can trust your English Bible. Yet, every once in a while there is a gem in the original Greek that is difficult to communicate in English. For example, the NIV of 1 Thess 4: In my forthcoming commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians Zondervan I opted to translate verse 17 as: Nevertheless, a verb in English captures the original Greek equally well.
But one might ask, what happens after the Christians meet the Lord in the air? Where do they go?
Paul does not say, neither here or in the parallel in 1 Cor In some systems of eschatology, Christ comes close to the earth, to the atmosphere, to receive the saints and then take them back with him to heaven. Does Paul give any indication of what is to follow? They would then accompany him back to the city which he was planning to enter. This is what happens in John We will confine the technical details to the Notes and use transliterated forms of the Greek for the ease of the reader.
See the Matthean parable of the ten maidens Matt The language in the better manuscripts of that Matt Notice that in Matt In both verses, some manuscripts have the words switched.