Paul teach the rapture of the Church to the Thessalonians, the day the Lord return to help establish them and to comfort them concerning their faith upon his coming.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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: 17. 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. 18. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The relationship of the Lord’s return to believers, who had died. this is the classic passage in the Bible on the rapture of the Church. Paul introduced these instructions is such a way as to lay no guilt on the Thessalonians for their lack of knowledge, after all they were new believers. Those who fall asleep are christians who die, the figure of sleep for death is common in the new testament. John 11:11, these things said he: and after that he said unto them, our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go that I may awake him out of sleep. This is not sleep of the soul, Paul wrote else where that a christian who is absent from his body is present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8, we are confident, I say and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. It is rather the “sleep” of the body in the earth until it is resurrected, changed into a glorious body, and reunited with the soul. But some man will say, how are the dead raised up; and with what body do they come. Christians have a revelation from God that gave them hope and they have a glorious future with Christ. Just as certainly as Jesus died and was resurrected by the Father, so God will unite the resurrected dead in Christ with their savior at his coming. It was a direct revelation not only will the souls of the dead in Christ return with him, but their bodies will also be resurrected at his coming, Jesus Christ now sits at the right hand of God in heaven. Colossians 3:1, If ye then be risen with Christ seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand O God. The bodies of the dead in Christ will rise before the living, christian are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
Verse 17, deals what will happen to living believers: Behold, I shew you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. The resurrected or translated bodies of all christians will be united with Christ and with each other at the rapture. From that time on and forever thereafter they will be with the Lord. The Lord will take living believers to the place he is presently preparing for you, John 14:2-3, 2. In father house are many mansions: if it were not so, I Would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also. each other with those words encourage word: that ye would walk worthy of God ; which hath call you unto his kingdom and glory, and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow-labourer in the gospel of Christ to establish you and to comfort you conecrning your Faith. Titus 2:13, Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our saviour Jesus Christ.
To God Be The Glory
Minister David A. Benjamin