"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."
1 Thessalonians 4:17
NKJV - 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
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....And the clouds will be quite comfy, and we will have a chance to perfect our abilities with that magnificent instrument, the harp!
I believe occasional levity to be better than that variety of Christian that runs around with a long face, as if they--AND NOT JESUS--suffered the weight of the world on their shoulders. We are to be joyous and happy, reflecting positivity and the Blessed Hope.
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;" (Titus 2:13) KJV-2000
And that hope points us toward an unending wonder and magnificence in Heaven; and later, a restored Edenic Earth. Such an eternity will be filled with infinite activities and possibilities.
Ennui will be non-existent. The great evangelist, Billy Graham said: "Heaven is far, far greater than anything we can even begin to imagine — and no, you won’t be bored there, and you will never run out of things to do!"
But the truth is, countless numbers of people ACTUALLY BELIEVE that immense yawn of floating on clouds, playing a harp! No wonder our Christian message is frequently scoffed at as being nonsensical, illogical, irrelevant and worse than myth; mere figments of fanciful fantasy. That misconception happens because we Christians often concentrate on the negativity of Earthly existence to the exclusion of what will be reality in eternity. So the remedy is to rejoice and create a desire in those we meet to live with Jesus forever! (John 14:3)
Actually Heaven will be so wonderful that it is impossible to accurately describe it from here on Earth. It would be like a man blind from birth trying to describe magenta or crimson. And by the way, there is scientific evidence that Heaven will contain many more than the three primary colors--red, yellow and blue. Even here on Earth, birds see more colors than humans do. Humans have three kinds of cone cells--the receptors used for color reception that correspond to the primary colors. Birds that are active in daylight, by contrast, have a fourth cone cell sensitive to UV wavelengths. Now, imagine what additional colors would mean to the magnificence of our future Heavenly experience? And that is just the color spectrum!
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9) KJV