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April 18, 2016

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1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who remain, will be snatched away at the same time together with them in the clouds for a meeting with the Lord in the air, and thus we will be together with the Lord always. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

 

 

First, the Lord himself shall descend. This is qualified by three attendant circumstances each introduced with the same preposition in the original: a command, an archangel’s voice, and a trumpet blast. Second, the dead in Christ shall rise first. The word rise denotes the resurrection of the body, and not “rising” into the air. Likewise first, means that this resurrection occurs before the Rapture. Verse 17 indicates the third item in order; “then” means the next thing in order after their resurrection. We which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them. It is important to note that the whole church, including those who have died prior to this event, as well as those who are still alive, is caught up together. There is no advantage either way. It is from the word caught up (Gr harpazō) in the Latin translation we get our word “rapture.” The word in the original means “snatch,” or “seize,” and denotes a sudden violent taking away. The word pictures being “swept off” into the air as by a tornado. The result of this sweeping away, of course, is that we meet the Lord. Paul points out that these words are to be used by the Thessalonians to comfort one another concerning the welfare of their loved ones who have passed on. They will be reunited at His Coming!
The comfort of knowing He is coming back for us.

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