What does Fly-A-Way mean to you? Hymns have you singing about it and there are churches that preach it but the question to be answered is: What role does Fly-A-Way play in my life? Does it include having you meet Christ in the air and leaving this sinful world behind to those that do not believe?
Not understanding how Paul uses the words “Clouds” and “Air” in 1 Thes. 4:17 KJV contributes to you being exposed to Fly-A-Way:
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.
Paul mastered many languages but he had a problem with Greek as he could only communicate in what is commonly referred to as “Street Greek”. Here his use of the word “Cloud” represents a “Cloud of Witnesses”. It represents those asleep, the ones that the Lord brings with Him when He returns.
Hebrews 12:1 KJV gives an example of Paul using the word “Cloud” in this manner:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
“Cloud”, in so great a cloud of witnesses, is Paul making reference to a large number of God’s children, not something in the sky. Understanding this has you scurrying to the manuscripts to add “Air’s” meaning and use in this verse to your new found knowledge.
Air is “Aer” in the Greek manuscripts:
aer, Greek 109
aer, from aemi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by analogy to blow); “air” (as naturally circumambient) :- air. Compare Greek 5594 (psucho).
“Air”, in this verse, is in no way connected to atmosphere or sky; it is represented by the spiritual breath of life that God breathed into you when He placed you in your flesh body. Circumambient is truth surrounding you.
Understanding how “Cloud’ and “Air” are used in this verse is enabling you to see the subject, the subject that Paul introduced four verses back. The subject introduced by Paul was: Where are the dead, where are those that sleep, the ones that died before Christ returns?
This verse answers that question: Having passed on, they are in their spiritual bodies and as a “Cloud of Witnesses”, Christ brings them back with Him and you, returning to your spiritual breath of life body, “Air”, join them.
This verse is not pulling a new subject out of thin “Air”; it is telling you where the dead are.