1 Thessalonians 4:16

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the Lord himselfe shall descend from heauen with a shout, with the voyce of the Archangel, and with the trumpe of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of {the} archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a word of authority, with the voice of the chief angel, with the sound of a horn: and the dead in Christ will come to life first;
- Basic English Bible

for the Lord himself, with an assembling shout, with archangel's voice and with trump of God, shall descend from heaven; and the dead in Christ shall rise first;
- Darby Bible

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 shall rise first:
- Webster's Bible

For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven with a loud word of command, and with an archangel's voice and the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
- Weymouth Bible

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God's trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first,
- World English Bible

Afterward we that lyuen, that ben left, schulen be rauyschid togidere with hem in cloudis, metinge Crist `in to the eir; and so euere more we schulen be with the Lord.
- Wycliffe Bible

because the Lord himself, in a shout, in the voice of a chief-messenger, and in the trump of God, shall come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ shall rise first,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Thessalonians 4:16


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.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Thessalonians 4:16


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.

Discussion for 1 Thessalonians 4:16

  • Eusebia mpofu for verse 16
    The dead in christ wll rise first it means those who did their expectations lived arcoding to the bible,and died doing wht god wants not what they want wll hear his voice first and arise to eternaly life .but the anti christ and those pierced him wll rise later to their doom.they wll moan and wail because of him
  • I don 't understand , so if you already dead because people die everyday so those people will rise again when the rapture comes. so where is the sprit that died and went to heaven or hell already????
  • MockingBird for verse 16
    Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God. You must back up scripture with scripture. When I got born again I was raised to new life in my spirit with Jesus Christ. When my body dies dead I will be raised to have a new body with God and Jesus.. Therefore I will be dead in Christ : but I will be raised to life with Jesus . Lord : Descend : voice : trump. Raised. That is what I see in the scriptures.
  • Amanda Burchett for verse 16
    Although this scripture is in reference to the rapture, it means so much more to me. Anyone that has ever struggled with the loss of a loved one, can find great comfort in this passage. In death, we are taught to believe the soul goes to Heaven when the body dies. No "body " really knows where the soul goes after the body has died. I believe it is found here in this scripture. The dead in Christ "rise " because their souls are still here. They are no longer suffering in their physical bodies. Their souls live on, perhaps in a state of rest or, maybe, they are the angels that walk among us. Not unlike the caterpillar and butterfly. The body is but a cocoon.
  • If the souls of the Believers who have died are already with Jesus, why do they have to rise? Their souls are not in those bodies. The Scripture is referring to the dead bodies. They will rise and be changed to glorified bodies and reconnect with their souls. Remember when Jesus came back and showed Thomas the marks in his hands. It was the same body, only glorified.
  • Rev.Evangelist chidinma Nnabugwu for verse 16
    That means the rapture. Those who slept in Christ will hear his voice and come fort while those who do not hear it will be torment after rapture. Because He said in John5v28 29 that those who are dead in Him shall come forth and those who are not, to the resurrection of damnation.