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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
4:16 With a shout - Properly, a proclamation made to a great multitude. Above this is, the voice of the archangel; above both, the trumpet of God; the voice of God, somewhat analogous to the sound of a trumpet.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven. They seemed to have thought that the living saints would hurry to meet the Lord, and that the dead would be powerless to follow. On the contrary, Christ comes to them. He will descend. With a shout. The voice of an archangel. The voice of command. With the trumpet of God. The trumpet blast as a signal and a summons. The dead in Christ shall rise first. Before the living are gathered, all the saints who slept in Christ shall be gathered around him. In the final day, the first act is the gathering of the departed saints; the next, the gathering of the living saints.
JCs's comment on 2014-01-30 14:14:08:
dead in Christ are them who are with Him, will be changed, receive there Glorified body too, flesh and blood cannnot inherrit the Kingdome of God, spirit went up flesh back to ground
Nona Loomis's comment on 2014-01-04 08:41:47:
I believe the passage is to be taken literally. Then, if that is so, a literal shout should be heard, literal graves opened, and a literal trumpet heard by true believers(those who love the things of God and love people). Those who profess to be Christians but love the things of the world and place self as a priority over others will be left behind and counted as non-believers. They will have to accept martyrdom to be redeemed.
Kara's comment on 2013-10-31 05:21:50:
It simply means that those that have already passed away and are with Christ now will return with Christ
No one is dead in the grave waiting on Christ to return. There is no rapture. All will be here on earth. The rapture theory is a lie. Read the entire subject matter concerning this verse, not just the one sentence.
Patsy's comment on 2013-07-24 18:41:59:
Death into the grave we die when baptized,into life we get resurrected when Spirit of God comes in ! When time for Rapture likewise ! The dead in Christ shall rise.. PRobebly like at the cross..all the dead raised first, so will it be at rapture I believe.. Dead saints will come out the graves an rise, an then the living saints will rise. However we will see, or generation to come will see.. MAy we all stay in JESUS ! amen
David's comment on 2013-06-29 03:30:24:
to david eubanks...
JESUS said that to the thief on the cross next to him.
when we are saved by GRACE, we are sealed into GOD'S right hand...nothing can take that that away.
when the crucifixion happened, we (them) were still under the law...10 commandments.
the term...'asleep in Christ' refers to the saints that have died in my humble opinion, after the 'mystery' that GOD kept since before the beginning of time.
when people were under the 'law', 10 commandants...they had to obey the law and seek atonement every year...by the shedding of blood...can you imagine that a large family of jews would kill young lambs and gather their blood and literally throw it on the family? it had to be done...washed in the blood!
GOD'S GRACE gives us immediate forgiveness for all sin because JESUS shed every ounce of his blood for on the cross.
GRACE is something given, not earned...this to me is why some many people that have near death experiences, say they didn't want to leave...can you imagine, being saved by GRACE, what it would be like to be asleep in CHRIST? talk about beautiful dreams!!!
GOD BLESS US ALL!
HIS WILL BE DONE!
Paul Voudrach's comment on 2013-06-22 11:37:40:
We have to remember that God is not a God of confusion. Why was the second epistle to the Thesselonians written? Because of confusion. Yes the dead in Christ shall rise first then those who follow Christ by faith shall rise. Let us be filled in Christ and worry not because God has already established the Way for His saints.
Chris Muteweri's comment on 2013-05-12 07:54:02:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first.....means that the other group shall remain dead for some time and this gives support to the doctrine of millennium
NATE's comment on 2013-04-21 02:45:52:
THE DEAD THAT WILL BE RISEN IS THE SAINTS WHO ARE HOLYGHOST FILLED AND HAVE DIED HERE ON EARTH, INCLUDING THOSE OF JESUSES TIME WHO HAVE REMAINED FAITHFUL TILL THE END...
David Eubanks's comment on 2013-04-17 18:19:30:
Jesus said, today you will be with me in paradise
If we die and are in paradise, who are the dead in Christ? I am confused but not as confused as the comments above.
Jacobus Gielen's comment on 2013-04-04 23:27:13:
I believe the lord comes within and without, and the church has missed it because it doesnít comprehend progressive dispensationalism. Like we have been, are being and will be resurrected not to bring in the manifest sons like a King in a balloon. I ascend and descend with the lord continuously. I hope you can handle honesty.
Nzube's comment on 2013-01-07 05:56:06:
I believe it has to do with three phases of Christís coming. Christ does the three:
- the shout - Christ sending a messenger to prepare the people ;
- the voice - which all that receive and believe the shout represent;
- the trump - Christ appearing.
Daniel Saenz's comment on 2012-10-16 00:18:03:
Who are the dead that will be risen, since Christ is the resurrection.
James Tinkey, Jr.'s comment on 2011-09-14 18:45:10:
Hi, It is awesome to know that my Grandma will be taken before us who are alive to glory afterwards then the antichrist will appear Thank You God Bless You, James.T.
Zablon's comment on 2011-08-02 13:47:26:
A shout-A shout of joy
Voice of an archangel-A voice of a victorious warrior; for there are principalities in the air that must make way.
Trumpet of God-Symbol of authority as handed over from God:the father Himself,
and proclamation of awakening to the righteous souls whether dead or alive.
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