Back Home Again

Music HighwayI have been trying to understand what most of mainstream Christianity has to say about where a person goes after he dies – BEFORE JESUS CHRIST RETURNS TO THIS EARTH.

Most Christians believe they will go and be with the Lord, in spirit form, in heaven, immediately after they die. I am not disputing this nor seeking an argument against this belief.

But, let me get this straight, during the event
called the rapture, Christians will be taken up
to heaven leaving many other people behind
to suffer the ravages of the tribulation with all
of its trumpet blasts. Right?

THEN, after time of turmoil on earth has passed,
Christ will be seen by everyone returning to earth
along with His saints. Right?

AND, as they and Christ are all traveling back down toward earth, each Christian, in spirit form, will by-pass Christ and enter his new, immortal body and be resurrected, just as Jesus had been resurrected in bodily form many years earlier. Right?

THEN, each resurrected Christian who originally came down with Christ from heaven will rise up to meet Him in the air and go back to heaven. Right?

Wait a minute! Is not this a reunion? Believers who had died earlier (since the church began)  had already made an acquaintance with Christ in heaven. Right? Their home in heaven will be so very pleasantly familiar to them when they return. Right? When most of them go back to heaven after receiving their new, immortal bodies, it will be just as they left it.

Is that what is supposed to happen?

Elijah departs on a chariot leaving his mantle to Elisha.

The prophet Elijah, hundreds and hundreds of years ago, according to the Bible, was whisked away in a chariot never to be seen again (2 Kings 2:5-10). Whether he died or not is not recorded. But we see Elijah with Jesus at the transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-4. Apparently Peter, James and John saw him conversing with Jesus.

Although Elijah did not wave to Peter nor talked with the others, it was OK with Peter. He was not offended. Instead he wanted to build tabernacles for Elijah and for Moses, who was also there.

Anyway, this seems to indicate that Elijah, during the time Christ walked on earth, had indeed been in heaven. OK, so when Jesus returns to set up His kingdom somewhere on earth, Elijah will be given a new, immortal body. And when Elijah returns back to his beloved home in heaven, he just may perform a sing-a-long concert with all of the resurrected faithful and lead a song similar to the one in the YouTube video below. Right? What? No? You say I am confused???

 

John Denver (1943 – 1997)

Back Home Again   (1974)
lyrics – John Denver
music – John Denver
sung by – John Denver
genre – Country
side B – “It’s Up to You”
album – Back Home Again

LYRICS:

There’s a storm across the valley,
Clouds are rollin’ in
The afternoon is heavy on your shoulders
There’s a truck out on the four lane,
A mile or more away
The whinin’ of his wheels just makes it colder

Single

He’s an hour away from ridin’
On your prayers up in the sky
And ten days on the road are barely gone
There’s a fire softly burning;
Supper’s on the stove
But it’s the light in your eyes that makes him warm.

Hey, it’s good to be back home again
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
Yes, ‘n, hey it’s good to be back home again

There’s all the news to tell him,
How did you spend your time?
And what’s the latest thing the neighbors say
And your mother called last friday,
Sunshine made her cry
And you felt the baby move just yesterday

Vinyl 45 rpm (source:45 cat.com)

Yes, ‘n, hey it’s good to be back home again, yes it is
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
Yes, ‘n, hey it’s good to be back home again

And oh, the time that I can lay
This tired old body down
And feel your fingers feather soft on me
The kisses that I live for,
The love that lights my way
The happiness that livin’ with you brings me

It’s the sweetest thing I know of,
Just spending time with you
It’s the little things that make a house a home
Like a fire softly burning
And supper on the stove
The light in your eyes that makes me warm

Album

Hey, it’s good to be back home again
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
Yes, ‘n, hey it’s good to be back home again

Hey, it’s good to be back home again,
you know it is
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
Hey it’s good to be back home again
I said hey it’s good to be back home again

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