State of the Dead

I Would Not Have You To Be Ignorant

Paul tells us in 1Thessalonians 4:13,
    “…I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 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. 16 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: 17Then 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. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
    What does the word “bring” signify in verse 14? Bring from where? and when?

The word “bring,” in biblical Greek has a deeper meaning than this verse implies; it also means to bring forth, to carry away or to lead away. In other verses of scripture this perspective becomes even more defined. That this meaning is accurate is also attested to in the next three verses. Simply stated these verses tell us that:
  1. The Lord will descend from heaven


  2. His descent will be accompanied by:

    • a shout


    • the voice of the archangel


    • and the trump of God


  3. Those who are alive and remain will not be caught up before those who are asleep. Those who are dead (asleep) in Christ rise first, and then, both of these groups will be caught up together in the air.
    In John 14:1-3 Jesus says,

    “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

    The term “receive you unto myself” indicates the same terminology as found in 1Thessalonians, only here, it is more clearly stated that He is coming back to take His people with Him that they might also be where His is, in Heaven.

    There is an important point in this text that is sometimes overlooked. It not only states that the Lord will return, but discloses that it is then that he receives “His people” unto himself.

    Turn to Genesis 2:7 an you will find that;
    “...the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
    And in Ecclesiastes 12:7 God tells us what happens when a man or woman dies:
    “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
    Job 14:7-12 speaks to this same subject, stating,
    “...there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. 8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; 9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. 10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? 11 As the waters fall from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: 12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.”
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