Steven, despite what you interpret in the Greek, the English in the passage is plain and needs no clarification:
Originally Posted by Steven3
1 Thessalonians 4:17 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.
It says "caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air" so the saints WILL be airborne!
I not only believe in a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church saints, but also an mid-tribulation rapture of Tribulation saints, and the account of this in Rev 11 DOES say that they are taken to heaven!
Revelation 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
There will be two future raptures of God's saints where God takes them from this earth up to heaven. Enoch was a type of this:
Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
- Matt -
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing
of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13