"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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The first sentence is a reference to the rapture. The second sentence is simply what will happen after the rapture. We will be raptured up to meet the Lord in the air, but then after everything else happens that the Bible describes, we will live forever with Christ. Randy Alcorn wrote a book titled, "Heaven". I highly recommend it. In fact, it's basically the only book I know of that is entirely dedicated to the topic of Heaven! God created us as both physical and spiritual beings. This is how we are made, and this is how we were intended to always live. When Christ returns, He is going to fully redeem and restore both mankind and the earth. Heaven will come down and reside on the new earth. Our final destination is actually here on a restored earth. We will have perfected bodies, freed from the temptations of our flesh, and we will enjoy a perfectly restored earth as God originally desired it. And we will live here in the presence of Christ for all eternity. Our future is pretty awesome, I recommend reading Heaven, by Randy Alcorn.
Basically and in my humble opinion, The Spirit is just letting us know once we make it into His presence, you can be rest assured that you will always be in His presence. God consoling His people.
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