1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – THE RAPTURE
Many Christians are looking for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The event, known as the Rapture will feature the resurrection of dead saints and the rising of living to meet Jesus in the air.
PROBLEM OF SORROW Vs. 13
It’s easy to sorrow for a loved one. Paul reminds us that when we sorrow for a dead Christian, we are not to sorrow as those without hope.
PROMISE FOR THOSE ASLEEP Vss. 14-15
Those who are “asleep” (dead Christians) will be raptured with the living Christians.
PROCEDURE FOR THE RAPTURE Vss. 16-17
The dead in Christ shall rise first, followed by Christians who are alive at the time of Jesus’ coming.
PURPOSE FOR THESE WORDS Vs. 18
This teaching about the rapture should be used to comfort fellow Christians in times of sorrow.