Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant1 about those who fall asleep,2 or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.314
We believe that Jesus died and rose again4 and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.515
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,6 will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.716
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,8 with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel9 and with the trumpet call of God,10 and the dead in Christ will rise first.1117
After that, we who are still alive and are left12 will be caught up together with them in the clouds13 to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord14 forever.
Therefore encourage each other15 with these words.