Gerlinda (10 Sep 2011)
"Paul:  remain or....(very intriguing)"

Paul,  After praying about your request for your home & car surviving the fire, I went on to your next post.  There are a couple of  scripture that have always 'intrigued me".  Could this be what it could mean......I think so!
 Isaiah 57:1 "The righteous man perishes, and no man takes to heart; And devout men are taken away, while no one understands.  For the righteous man is taken away from the evil"  (to come) my emphesis.
and then there is this one:  Micah 7:1-6  "Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the first ripe fruit.  The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.  J.R. Church has told that the term gathered or harvested, in the Hebrew asaph  means to "cause to vanish" but one of it's major meanings is, "to be gathered to one's father at death." Perish, in the Hebrew ovad means, "to cause to vanish!" and is an unbloody death.
The fact that right after the end of the Harvest Season, Israel realizes that she has no friends (they are gone) and stands alone as the attack from the North, which she always knew would happen, has come.  So, It is my belief, based on these two teachings, that we are at that time when the good man perishes (taken in unbloody) death at almost the same second that a major catastrophe happens.  Then those left who survive will think we are just among those that are found dead but Praise The Lord, we have that hope promised to us called, "The Blessed Hope".  JR would always say, "Whew, we just made it!" so it must be in the twinkling of an eye, eh?
God will see you through Paul, you and yours,
"remain or ..... (very intriguing)"
I looked at the concordance for 1 Thes 4:17 and the word translated as remain could have the meaning of survive. could this be of any significance?? Does it mean something might happen to some of the living right before the rapture to kill them???? Like something happens to kill some then the rapture where the dead are taken up first and then (same split second, a unnoticeable delay) those of us who did not die.