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 first: 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)
I cannot think of anything that could happen in our lives to equal this event. Jesus himself will come with a myriad of Angels and receive us to himself. Whether we are alive or have gone on to glory; this event will culminate the very purpose of life's existence. Sometimes it's hard to imagine this event, with all the toils and troubles we face on a daily basis. How can this be? Our Heavenly Father who loves us so much and gives us knowledge of how he will take all his children into heaven, could ever allow certain things to happen in our life.
I can remember growing up in an atmosphere that was challenging at times to say the least. Sometimes the necessities of life were non-existent. I would see other children my age not in the same predicament. I would think to myself, why? Through all of this, Father God was with me. He delivered me and here I am today. It's not that my faith was so great or I was praying all the time; it was because God's everlasting love permeated my life with his endless mercies and compassion!
Like an anchor to our soul, the reality that Jesus will personally come and receive us into his kingdom, will ignite faith as few things can. So shall we ever be with the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder