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The Meeting in the Air - The Translation of The Church
In the outer reaches of this atmosphere called “the circle of the earth” is a great sitting place.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."
The Meeting in the Air - The Translation of The Church
Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2016 Richard St.James
7. In The Air
According the Spirit of God in the word of God in the Second Epistle of Thessalonians there is only one thing that needs to happen before the meeting in the air can occur. This one thing is the great “falling away”.
The Scripture here reads: “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” [2 Thessalonians 2:1-3].
We have seen since the beginning of the 20th century this “falling away” among the churches. The churches in the main since 1900 have abandoned the faith. The so called Christianity of today is very traitorous to Jesus Christ.
This prophesy fulfilled.
The stage is now set!
In the outer reaches of this atmosphere called “the circle of the earth” is a great sitting place. The prophet Isaiah declares it: “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:” [Isaiah 40:22].
HE IS READY!
The next event to occur after “the falling away” is revealed in the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, chapter four, verses sixteen and seventeen: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise: 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.” [1 Thessalonians 4:16-17]
This event is the pre-tribulation “translation” of the Church ... which is His body. Now, this body is ... composed of all the true believers in Jesus Christ. The body of Christ, the Church, will leave Earth “to meet the Lord in the air.”
We are commanded to “comfort one another with these words” (vs. 18). “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” [1 Thessalonians 4:18]
This event is known as the “blessed hope” according to the Spirit of God. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” [Titus 2:13].
Furthermore, “That Wicked” one cannot be revealed in a temple to be built in Jerusalem until after we believers [the Christians] are removed from this planet earth! It behooves us to remember in this dispensation the Holy Ghost inhabits the believer's heart, and not some building made with hands. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit dwelleth in you?” [1 Corinthians 3:16].
Therefore, when Jesus Christ comes in the clouds, and takes out of this earth the assembly of saints [the church], we will see the event [which is located in chapter two, verse seven, in the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians] “he be taken out the way” “... the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed,”
AND NOT UNTIL THEN!
To avoid being lost in the woods we need to believe that God has given us the Bible, which is the words of God.
Furthermore, we need to believe that God has given this Bible in the English language word perfect in spite of Satan working in collusion with the scholars who sit in their high places of academia having turned out over two hundred corrupt English translations since A.D. 1881.
Next, we need to be truly born of the Spirit [John 3:3] in order to discern the spiritual truths in the Bible thus opening the BOOK to us.
Next, we need to understand the differences between the sounds of the trumpet, the one to gather the congregation, and the other to alarm the congregation for a movement [to war or judgment].
After this we need to understand that the Christian [the believers in this age] are waiting for Jesus to come for us to gather us out of the earth. We are not waiting for the Beast to be revealed.
It will behoove us to understand the differences between two things: the nation of Israel, and the body of Christ, which is the church.
God has a different program for each.
God has destined the Jewish nation to a physical, earthly, Davidic Kingdom of Heaven with her Messiah ruling the nations of the earth for one thousand years.
Whereas, the Kingdom of God is primarily spiritual and is populated by those born of the Spirit, and placed into the body of Jesus Christ. God has destined the Church, the body of Christ, to be his bride, and to inhabit a city called New Jerusalem.
The last thing to be understood is that we are waiting for a trumpet to sound and gather us to him in the clouds … in a vast meeting in the air just before the wrath of God is unleashed in the 70th week of Daniel, which is the upcoming seven years of tribulation of Jacob’s trouble.
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” [1 Thessalonians 4:18]
We shall fly away! Amen! Are you saved?
WE … THOSE who are dead in Christ, + THOSE who are alive and remain, = THOSE who MEET the LORD “in the air”, and we are “comforted”.
“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” [James 5:7-8]