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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Tim Douglass, November 17, 2019
Part of the 1 Thessalonians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

This section is probably the best known and most quoted part of 1 Thessalonians. It is also one that presents some of the biggest challenges for us to really understand. The return of Jesus is a matter of great interest among believers, so it isn’t surprising that we like to key in on verses that talk about it. At the same time we need to remember that Paul’s primary purpose in writing this wasn’t to give a definitive description of the Rapture, but to encourage believers who didn’t understand the power of God to raise the dead.

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13But 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. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For 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. 16For 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: 17Then 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. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (KJV)

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