16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
There is no doubt that Jesus will return to catch away those who are ready. Jesus said to watch and pray to be ready. He taught a parable of 10 virgins that relates to His return to catch away those who are ready. Five were wise and five were foolish. To become a virgin (pure) one must be born again. The wise virgins not only had their lamps lit (which represents one who is saved) but they also had an extra jar full of oil. The foolish had their lamps lit, but their jars were not full. This jar being full means they remained active in pursuing God and the things of God. The foolish were instead consuming their time with worldly things and not therefore actively pursuing God. These foolish virgins tried to get the wise virgins to give them some of their oil, but you can only get it through your relationship with God. The wise were ready for Christ’s return and went with Him when He came, but the foolish were left behind. Don’t be a foolish virgin who has accepted Christ but is not walking with God but instead chasing after the world. Jesus is coming!