How will it feel to suddenly be lifted up? Will there be a rush of changing barometric pressure, a need for oxygen? I suspect that when the LORD returns all those details will be already addressed, no baggage preparation or TSA checks for flight necessary. Only the readiness of one’s spirit to fly away to meet Jesus in the air!
Can you imagine?! What an experience to be here, then suddenly there, no longer a part of this chaotic woe-frought world. To be delivered from those final battles of the end times. Will our ascent be slow and steady like a hot air balloon readying for take-off, or faster like a helium balloon streaking upwards and upwards towards the stratosphere? Will the trajectory be straight up, or curved, or like a fancy Fourth of July fireworks spiral? Stuttery or smooth? Will we get to hold hands with our loved ones? Find them there in the air if we take off from different “launch pads?” Will we be whisked away so swiftly that our disappearance from this earth will be undetected, or will those left behind be stupefied by the sight of it?
Having never hovered by parasail, parachute, or balloon, I can only imagine. Or will flight be like those of my dreams? Without the mandatory run and jump to take off, of course, but just as interesting and sweet. Peter Pan style with no guide wires, and no need for balance arms, though I suppose they could be useful.
The older my body becomes, and the younger my mind returns to wondering, the greater the anticipation seems. Some have experienced such things in their lives already. It thrills my heart to hear of these “encounters with heaven,” a foreshadowing, I believe, of things to come. Even better than stepping through a Hollywood “warp gate,” the real experience of entering a new reality, be it body flying into the air, or experiencing other prophetic manifestations of God’s Kingdom, the joy of experiencing it with the LORD is a priceless gift. “Test the spirits” we are warned, for in the last days there will be many signs and wonders. Dwell in harmony with the Holy Spirit. Listen only to His voice as He whispers deep inside those who have invited Him in. His sheep know His voice. Grow close to Him, ask Him in, and while waiting for Christ’s glorious return, be ready to fly!
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 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.
[If you would like to ask God to come personally into your life, it takes but a simple invitation to ask Him in. It is the most deeply personal and relevant decision a person can make! See my blog post titled “Asking God In” for a few thoughts and prayers. Blessings!]