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II. "The dead in Christ will rise first, then we which are alive and remain
      shall be caught up together with them..." (1Thes.4:17, 13-18)

     "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. 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:
     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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

A.  The dead in Christ shall rise first

​             There is only one resurrection for the dead in Christ when Christ returns. Therefore every
             dead Old Testament saint
(Eph.4:8) [1] and New Testament saint (1Thes.4:13-18) must be in this
             resurrection. There is no other! This resurrection (singular) cannot be separated from the only 
Second Coming of The Lord Jesus Christ. Note these verses.

       1.  It is "resurrection," never resurrections!
 a. Resurrection. Therefore "in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for
                        they all had her"
(Matt 22:28-31, Mark.12:23, Luke.20:33-35). 

 b. Resurrection. Thou "shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be  
                        recompensed at the resurrection of the just"
 (Luke 14:14-15).

  c. Resurrection. Those that are in the graves shall "come forth; they that have done good, unto
​                        the resurrectionof life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
   (John 5:29) One resurrection for the those in Christ (the just or justified by Christ's blood -    
                          Rom.1:17), and one resurrection for those outside of Christ (the unjust, without hope - 
Acts.24:15, Eph.2:1-12). 
                  d. Resurrection. Martha saith unto him, "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the
                        last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though  
                        he were dead, yet shall he live"
(John 11:24-26).

        e. Resurrection. So "also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in
(1Cor 15:42, 43-52).

                        It is always resurrection, never resurrections.

    B.  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together 
             There will be a generation that will not see physical death, but "be changed, In a moment, in the 
             twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised 
             incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1Cor.15:51-53).This generation will be preserved 
[2] as Noah
             and those who "remained the ark" (Gen.6:1-22; 7:1-24, 1Thes.4:13-18, Gen.7:23) because there is
             only one time to be "caught up together" with the just.

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