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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)  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 -
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
incorruption" (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  as Noah
and those who "remained alive...in 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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