And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:9- 11)
While I sit here drinking in God's created beauty, a nice lake, flowers and trees in full bloom, a squirrel in his playful character, rays of sun caressing beautiful foliage and so on; how could I deny that Father God has so much more for us in the new heavens and new Jerusalem.
Sometimes, we have to stop and reflect this fact, that this world is out of course with our God. If you or I decide to play along with it, we will suffer loss, This loss will compromise our relationship to Jesus' companionship. If we stand for God's holiness: rejection will become our traveling companion. We will find ourselves caught between two spiritual worlds,; all in the same natural habitat. Yes, the spirit of holiness, which is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost or the spirit of darkness, the Prince of the air, which is the devil.
However, we have a bonafide unbreakable promise! Whether alive or dead, Jesus will so come in like manner to receive all of his unto himself. The dead shall rise first; then the rest will be caught up into the clouds to be with Jesus for ever.
What we are really seeing in these Scriptures from acts is a perfect picture of the resurrection and the rapture. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder