We who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (NIV)
Christ will take all His people to the Father’s house. He gives you His word on this, and He will do it in one of two ways.
If you die before Christ comes
He will take you to the Father’s house without your body—“to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:6; author paraphrase)—and you will receive a new body when He comes again.
If you live until Christ comes
He will take you to the Father’s house in the body, which will be transformed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Either way, it is Christ who is taking you to the Father’s house.
Paul describes how this will happen: “The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words” (1 Thes. 4:16-18).
Jesus Christ is coming back for us! It may be in our lifetimes and it may not, but He shall surely come! What a day that will be. Maranatha!
How often do you pray like John does at the end of the Book of Revelation, “Come, Lord Jesus”? Should we pray this way more often?