Many of the evangelical or pentecostal preacher are quick to tell us that our rewards for being Christians is heaven.Yes they do tell us how we need to do away with sins and serve with the heart of love. This are all important for good christian living.However,we do not get rewards with being with Christ in heaven for some 3 and half years and then coming back to take over the world with Him.
The often quoted passage of the Bible that is being referred to is the 1 Thessalonian 4 vs 16-18.This where Paul told the Thessalonian church that they should not lose hope over the dead Christians.This is because the dead in Christ will rise at the coming of the Lord Jesus when the Archangel sound the trumpet.Then we that are alive will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
There lies one phrase that have been erroneous interpreted for being in heaven with Christ and God and then enjoying paradise till he comes back again to take over the world.Take a minuet and think about this.
How will we say that there is only the second coming of Christ if after Christ and come back and then take us to heaven and then comes back again.That would have been the third coming of Christ. Can't you see?
Alright.The phrase meet the Lord in the air is the bone of contention.The word 'air' as used in that passage is not heaven at all. It means the firmament.The atmospheric heaven that we see.The clouds.This is where we will be taken to meet the Lord.
Where will Christ be?
Zechariah 14 from vs 1 gives us the answers. It says that Christ will place his feet on Mount Olive.The same place he was when he was taken to heaven.That is where all Christians raptured will go to meet the Lord and from there set up his kingdom on earth.
The other misinterpreted passage is John 14 vs 1
This where Christ when leaving gave his last words to His disciples.He told then not to be worried he his leaving them but He is going to prepare a place them as there are many mansion in His father house.
The phrase 'mansion' and father's house is has been also misinterpreted.
Mansion as used here is not the modern day meaning that we know. In Greeks as used in that passage, it means the rooms or chambers where priest with positions and offices goers to to prepare for their ministry ion the temple.The father's house is the temple.Check Jeremiah 35 vs 4
"And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a
man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of
Shallum, the keeper of the door:"
So,the chambers is what Jesus was alluded to the temple and the chambers there as what He will go to get ready for us and if we remain faithful to Him, we will be given different positions and offices in that kingdom of God.
This kingdom of God will be on the earth. It will not be in heaven.Remember He says that the meek shall inherit the earth.That is where our reward is.
All Christians who were raptured will be taken to Mount Olives where Christ will miraculous defeat the military might of this world that would want to oppose Him and then set up the Kingdom of God right in Jerusalem.There we will be given offices and positions to fill according to our works.