Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant2 about those who fall asleep,3 or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.414
We believe that Jesus died and rose again5 and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.615
According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord,7 will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.816
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,9 with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel10 and with the trumpet call of God,11 and the dead in Christ will rise first.1217
After that, we who are still alive and are left13 will be caught up together with them in the clouds14 to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord 15 forever.
Therefore encourage each other16 with these words.