John Bennett, Pinxton, Nottingham [SEE PROFILE BELOW]

 ‘We . . . shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air’, 1 Thess. 4. 17

This is the first issue of the magazine for a new year. As the first month of that year may well have passed we might have settled into the pattern of our daily lives and have forgotten the imminence of the Lord’s return. Equally, these are regarded as words that are so familiar to believers as to be neglected reading for many. How important, then, to remember that the Lord is coming! Maran-atha!

We might ponder the inclusive nature of this call. It will affect every true believer in Christ. Those that have died will be raised. Those that are alive will be ‘caught up’. In another context, the Lord reminded His own that one sparrow cannot fall to the ground without the Father knowing. Such is the Father’s attention to detail. Thus, it is inconceivable that a believer should be neglected in this call to home and glory.

Think too of the power exhibited in the event. We ‘shall be caught up’. W. E. Vine describes the use of the word thus: ‘”to snatch or catch away,” is said of the act of the Spirit of the Lord in regard to Philip in Acts chapter 8 verse 39; of Paul in being “caught” up to paradise, 2 Cor. 12. 2, 4; of the rapture of the saints at the return of the Lord, 1 Thess. 4. 17; of the rapture of the man child in the vision of Revelation chapter 12 verse 5. This verb conveys the idea of force suddenly exercised’. There is no power on earth or in the heavens that can prevent this event from taking place. The believer’s hope is secure!

It is worth considering that the scene of the union of saints and Christ is ‘in the air’. This is Satan’s domain, for he is ‘the prince of the power of the air’, Eph. 2. 2. There can be no greater display of the victory of the Saviour than to gather His own together in that sphere where the adversary is supposed to reign. Satan, powerless to intervene, will behold the Lord united with his blood-bought bride as they proceed on to glory!

I note too that the verse emphasizes ‘together’. There are times in family and assembly life when there is a degree of strain in relationships. Events from the past resurface to remind of hurt and bad feeling. Human nature is such that we cannot forget. The blessed point of this reunion in the air will be that old things will be truly ‘passed away’. Fellowship that an event on earth has broken will be restored in that day, for our eyes will be fixed upon the Lord.

The real nub of the verse is found in this, ‘to meet the Lord’. It is Peter who writes, ‘Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory’, 1 Pet. 1. 8. If that is the believer’s portion now, what will it be when we ‘meet the Lord’? Does this prospect thrill our souls as it should? It may be today!

In this issue we continue our series on prophetic subjects dealing specifically with the events surrounding the rapture. We commence a short series to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and the impact it has made upon believers and unbelievers alike. As we continue in this work until the Lord come, may He be pleased to bless such endeavours for His glory.

AUTHOR PROFILE: JOHN BENNETT is a member of the Precious Seed committee.

There are 29 articles in
ISSUE (2011, Volume 66 Issue 1)

400 years on, and looking forward: the Authorised (King James) Version

A Plea for the Preaching of the Gospel


Accursed of God

As his custom was

Bible and Church Conference 2009 Peter Williams, Dirk Jongkind, Simon Gathercole

Bits and Bobs

Christian Devotedness Anthony Norris Groves

Community Outreach on the West Coast of Canada


The Elder as a Servant

Facebook – A good thing or a bad thing

The Good Shepherd in Action

Gospel Work And Other Activities

He began to speak...

Metaphors of the Church

Online Missionary News

Open-Air Preaching

The Parable of the Pounds - Part 1

Philippians: The Joy and Suffering of the Furtherance of the Gospel Part Five

Prayer Moves Mountains John Williams

Question TIme - Why do I find it hard to spend time in prayer?

R. B. Jones – Gospel Ministry in Turbulent Times N. Gibbard

The Rapture - it’s details

So, You want to be Contemporary?

These Forty Years (1969 – 2009)

Those who were a delight to Paul: LOIS and EUNICE (continued)

Views from the News

A Word for Today: Hear, Obedience (Heb. Shema)

This article is not part of a series

There are 114 articles by this author

Hezekiah’s Confession

The Central Role of the King

On-Line Bible version 1.41

Hezekiah’s Revival

Day by Day Bible Promises

Light & Life Literature

Editorial - ‘We be brethren’, Gen. 13. 8.

Hezekiah’s Revival

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995


The Precious Seed Web Site

Day by Day Divine Titles

God and the Nations

Eternal Security

Editorial - ‘Who is Apollos?’ 1 Cor. 3. 6.

Editorial - ‘Abstain from all appearance of evil’, 1 Thess. 5. 22.

The Chuch in Smyrna

Eternal Security

Day by Day - Bible Commands

The King in Psalm 45

Man’s Attitude to Christ

All Things

The Fear of the Lord


Could you ever love me again? Bob Cretney

Day by Day - Pictures and Parables




Book Reviews

Prayer Moves Mountains John Williams


R. B. Jones – Gospel Ministry in Turbulent Times N. Gibbard

Bible and Church Conference 2009 Peter Williams, Dirk Jongkind, Simon Gathercole

Christian Devotedness Anthony Norris Groves


A Practical Theology of Missions: Dispelling the Mystery; Recovering the Passion

Psalm 119 For Life: Living Today In The Light Of The Word

Empty Arms Keren Baker

The Church the Body of Christ

On wings of prayer

Editorial - Do I seek to please men?

Laridian Bible Software

King Asa

King Jehoshaphat

Baptism Jack Hay

The Heavenly Physician Rommel Ghossain

Editorial - ‘For if ye do these things ye shall never fall’

Editorial - ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love’, Gal. 5. 22


The Tabernacle and the Offerings Albert Leckie

Roses, Marys & Others Betty Holt

Editorial - ‘Many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them’, Mark 2.

“Thank You, King James” – the tough life of Robert Hicks James Hastings

Editorial - ‘Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you’, Matt. 28. 20.

Editorial - ‘Apollos . . . mighty in the scriptures’, Acts 18. 24.

Amaziah – ‘thine heart hath lifted thee up’



Working with Senior Citizens - Part 2

Editorial - ‘Touched with the feeling of our infirmities’, Heb 4. 15.

David Livingstone

Editorial - ‘In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace’, E

Voice in the Darkness - Della Letkeman

The Messiah in the Temple - Roger Liebi

Show & Tell Colin D. Jones

Life in the Big Story – Your Place in God’s Unfolding Plan - Heidi Johnston

Led by His Hand - Malcolm Coombes, ex- R.N.

The Saviour God and His Servant King - Malcolm C. Davis.

Frederick Stanley Arnot: 1858-1914

Editorial - ‘Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others’, Phil

Making Disciples – The Thessalonian Way Tim Mather

Biblical Principles of Leadership - Dr. Alexander Kurian

Possessing the Inheritance – a Concise Commentary on the Book of Joshua Malcolm C. Davis

Replacement Theology David Dunlap


William Rhodes Lewis 1877-1964


J. Charleton Steen, 1865 - 1931

Editorial -


The Prophet Gad

William Trotter 1818-1865

The Epistle to Philemon - Part 1

Epistle to Philemon


Henry Craik 1805-1866


Changes in the Precious Seed Trust

John R. Caldwell

Chairman’s Notes

At His Feet - Part 1

The Gospel of Mark

First Samuel

At His Feet: John 11 - Weeping at His Feet

Second Samuel

The Gospel of Mark - Part 2

At His Feet - Part 3: John 12 - Worshipping at His Feet

General Data Protection Regulation - Article 29 of the EU

The Gospel of Mark - Part 3

Robert Eugene Sparks 1844-1918

The Gospel of Mark - Part 4

Their Finest Hour - Mary Magdalene

Chairman’s Notes

The Gospel of Mark - Part 5

Major-General Sir Charles H. Scott, KCB, RA 1848-1919

The Gospel of Mark - Part 6

The Gospel of Mark - Part 7

Chairman’s Notes

The Gospel of Mark - Part 8

The Gospel of Mark - Part 9

Chairman’s Notes

The Gospel of Mark - Part 10

Chairman’s Notes