I’ll Fly Away

Music HighwayI don’t know about you, but the more I learn about the Bible and the things of God, the more I don’t know about the things of God.

Just when I thought I knew much about Christianity and about the things to come, the more I realize I have to study even more to learn about them. This amazes me!

This is especially true with me regarding what Christians believe about the resurrection of the saints. Why is there so much confusion
among Christians in this area?

What do I mean by “confusion about the
resurrection of the saints”? Well, some Christuans
use the  term resurrection while others call it
the rapture.

What are these terms all about?

What does the Bible say about all this?

Will resurrected (and changed) Christians meet Christ in the air and then immediately come down to earth with Him to the Mount of Olives?

Again, this post is another one of my ongoing homework assignments I have given to myself. I have some things about this particular doctrine that I have to study all over again.

But when I read what others have to say about this event, I notice some differences. There are differences how their terminology come into play. This should not surprise be by now.

But isn’t the resurrection  supposed to be a clear, basic topic among Christians? Apparently not. There are still ongoing major debates concerning it.

The word rapture is so unclear to me, I hardly use it.
I prefer instead to use the term, resurrection.

But, here is the crux of this post. There are some Christians who believe that the resurrection of the saints, which, again,  some call the rapture, secretly occurs before Christ is ever seen by the rest of the world.

They use verses such as Matthew 24:40:

Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.

This is different from what many other Chritians believe. How? This verse does not mention Christ returning!  It does not mention graves opening and giving up the dead. It only shows Christians disappearing and going up to heaven leaving the rest of humanity behind. Several books and movies have been produced with this verse in mind. (Refer to my post: Left Behind).

Does the Bible say that those “left behind” are doomed? Does the Bible say that this world will experience havoc and chaos because of the disappearance of many Christians who went to heaven?

Does not this understanding contradict verses which clearly state that the whole world will hear the trumpet blast and that Jesus Christ will then suddenly be seen by the world as the returning King of kings to gather up His saints (Rev. 1:7 and 1 Cor. 15:22-23) and establishing His kingdom?

In other words, this “resurrection” does not occur before but during the second coming of Christ.

Serious questions continue being discussed about what happens to the resurrected saints or those still alive who rise to meet Christ in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).

Will these people, these saints, who meet Christ in the air then continue “upward” into heaven to be with the Lord in heaven? Will these Christians then be in heaven for the duration of the tribulation occurring on earth for about seven years and then Christ returns (with the saints with Him) to judge the world?

Does not the Bible say in Zechariah 14:4 that Christ will come down to the Mount of Olives and begin to rule over the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords along with the saints? Does not this occur right after the saints
are resurrected (others transformed) with new immortal
bodies and be at Mount of Olives also to begin
ruling with Christ?

But if Christians are already with Christ in
heaven awaiting for their bodies to become immortalized
at Christ’s return, why secretly disappear – bodily – before
Christ returns? This is why, let me repeat, this topic is still
not very clear with me at this time.

Yes, yes, yes completely knowing about all of this is NOT required for salvation. All will be known when the time comes.

Nevertheless, I will attempt to spend some time – Lord willing – on reading and studying more on this topic from books similar to the one you see above and to your right, during the year 2018, the year I have personally dedicated to be in the area of apologetics.

Rory + Joey Feek

I’ll Fly Away (1929)
lyrics – Albert E. Brumley (1905 – 1977)
music – Albert E. Brumley
sung by – Joey Feek (1975 – 2016)
genre – Hymn


Some bright morning when this life is over,
I’ll fly away;
To that home on God’s celestial shore,
I’ll fly away.

I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away;
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away.

When the shadows of this life have gone,
I’ll fly away;
Like a bird from prison bars has flown,
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away;
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away.


Oh how glad and happy when we meet,
I’ll fly away;
No more cold iron shackles on my feet,
I’ll fly away.

I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away;
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away.

Just a few more weary days and then,
I’ll, I’ll fly away;
To a land where joy will never end,
I’ll fly away.

I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away;
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away.

When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away.

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