Gino (22 May 2022)
"RE: Mike P: 05.15.22: the URL you linked to"


When a Christian passes, they are absent from the body and present with the Lord with our soul and spirit.
However, we won't be physically with Jesus, with our whole body, soul, and spirit, until the blessed hope.
The first part of the following scripture describes the event of the blessed hope:

I 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.

The second part appears to be describing a continual condition after the event mentioned in the first part.
The phrase, "and so shall we ever be with the Lord", seems to also be in agreement with:

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Jesus spoke the above scripture, while he was still physically with the disciples, shortly before his crucifixion.
He didn't say, "where I will be physically separated from you for 2,000 years, you will finally be physically with me for 7 years after the blessed hope,
but then physically separated from me again for 1,000 more years during the millennium, but again physically with me in the new Jerusalem".

Also, the second part of I Thessalonians 4:17 didn't say, "and so shall we be with the Lord for 7 years, until he returns to the earth for the millennium,
but then we will finally ever be with the Lord, only in the new Jerusalem".

These two scriptures seem to show that from the time of the blessed hope, we will ever be with the Lord.
Therefore these two scriptures also appear to imply that from the blessed hope onwards, where he goes, we go.
Hence, we return with Jesus at the second advent, and are with him, also, in the millennium.