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Essentially, the passage is simply seen as an euphemism for death — and quite a common one, given that a dead person often looks like they are sleeping: the Greek personification of sleep, Hypnos, was said to the twin brother of Death (Thanatos) by both Homer in the Illiad and Hesiod in the Theogony. The other common metaphor for death is "departing" or "...


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The rapture, properly understood, is fully compatible with Roman Catholicism. The English word rapture comes from the Latin word raptus ("a carrying off"). This Latin word (or a similar one, rapio) is employed in the writings of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, and it appears in the Bible, which indicates that the word rapture is perfectly ...


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So if the dead are already with Jesus where are the dead in Christ rising from? Those who died in faith in the Old Testament are to be raised at the second coming of Christ. Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Hebrews 11:40 God ...


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The majority position in Reformed theology is that man has two substantial natures – a material body and an immaterial soul – and that the words "soul" and "spirit" are best understood as both referring to the immaterial soul. Berkhof (Systematic Theology, 2.1.2) summarizes the biblical evidence this way: Trichotomists seek support in ...


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Short Answer Yes, the people alive on the last judgment will go, body and soul, into their final destination, and thus not experience a separation of the body and the soul, i.e. death. Long Answer What is death? Death is understood in the Catholic faith as a separation of the soul and the body. As Father John Echert writes: At the moment of death, the soul ...


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As John MacArthur said in a recent radio broadcast, Satan and his minions are involved 24/7/365 in doing whatever is in their power to "kill, steal, and destroy" what God is doing in the world through His church and through the servants of His church. Paul, being as he was on the cusp of doing great things for God by reaching out to the Gentiles with the ...


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This is a very common mistake. If you only read verses 16 and 17: 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 ...


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Just as those that rose with Christ when he was resurrected, those that rise first after the second coming will rise from their graves: 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Matt 27:52-53) Their ...


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From a straight-forward reading of First Thessalonians, it is hard to understand what wrath God wrought upon the Jews to such an extent that Paul would have expected his readers to understand just what he was alluding to. We need to think outside the box and consider that New Testament writings were often amended after they had been written. It appears that ...


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While I cannot tell you what any particular denomination believes about that particular phrase, I can give you some insight from the Bible itself. When Paul wrote the letters to Thessalonica he was under house arrest in Rome because of his request to be heard by Caesar; Acts 25:11 KJV For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I ...


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The Moody Bible Commentary (MBC), which is dispensational, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial in its outlook, takes an in-depth look at these verses. Some relevant points from it include 1) the rapture is described as a single event and 2) the distinct steps of the event do not suggest a delay. 1) The commentary describes the rapture multiple times as a ...


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When taken in full context, I believe the answer becomes a little more clear. "For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those ...


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When speaking of a particular gift of prophecy, a Cessasionist does not understand it to imply predicting the future or manifesting miraculous knowledge. It is something a gifted preacher may still do today. But even so, that one should not 'despise something from God', does not carry with it the argument that one might suppose. One should not despise any ...


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From the NET Bible: The verb κοιμάω (koimaō) literally means “sleep,” but it is often used in the Bible as a euphemism for death when speaking of believers. This metaphorical usage by its very nature emphasizes the hope of resurrection: Believers will one day “wake up” out of death. Here the term refers to death, but “sleep” was used in the translation to ...


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What is the meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:22? 1 Thessalonians 5:18-23 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and ...


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