We believe that Jesus died and rose again1 and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.215
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,3 will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.416
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,5 with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel6 and with the trumpet call of God,7 and the dead in Christ will rise first.817
After that, we who are still alive and are left9 will be caught up together with them in the clouds10 to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord 11 forever.
Therefore encourage each other12 with these words.