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 "...
It continues verse 20; the entire statement is: "Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good."
I would interpret this to mean that we are specifically dealing with prophets and prophecy here. When someone prophesies, we are not to outright reject them but to test the prophecy. If is is from God we should never let it go. If it is ...
The idea that the saved go to heaven when they die is somewhat anachronistic. Equally anachronistic is the idea that people will be "raptured" into heaven when Jesus returns. Paul had another meaning in mind when he wrote this verse.
N. T. Wright explains in Surprised By Hope:
The word parousia occurs in two of the key passages [concerning ...
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 legitimate in ...
The clue to understanding this is found in verse 12.
1 Thessalonians 4:12 (NLT) Then people who are not Christians will
respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.
Living a quiet life: Paul instructed the Christians in Corinth to live peacefully and not fight among themselves. When the non-Christians see the peace among the ...
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 the fact that the ...
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
Hebrews 11:40 God ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into
the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Matt 27:52-53)
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Yes they are the same trumpet blast because during both Scriptures you have the second coming of Jesus and the resurrection.
In Matthew 24
the angels "will gather his elect from the four winds"
In 1 Thess 4:16-17
the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the ...
Living a quiet doesn't necessarily mean being a quiet person.
If we look at Paul's 1st and 2nd letter to the Thessalonians I think we get more context on what Paul means
1 Thessalonians 4:11
11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to
your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,
2nd Thessalonians 3:12
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 ...
Ellis Skolfield claims that several passages in scripture all refer to the "last Trumpet".
The Last Trumpet, 1Co 15:51‐52
The Trump of God, 1Th 4:16
The Great Trumpet, Mat 24:31
The Great Trumpet, Isa 27:13
Warriors Trumpet, Zec 9:14
The Seventh Angel Rev 10:6‐7
The Seventh Trumpet Rev 11:15
I see in Explanatory Bible of Lopukhin following explanation.
We should think that generous Christian charity caused big abuses and created class of people who preferred to live at the expense of other people, which left quiet and independent working life. Being free of work and job responsibilities, they devoted themselves completely to agitation, and, ...
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 ...
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 ...
I have always understood this Rapture event as being near instantaneous.
I also always envisioned this event to be something like flying with those that had died in the faith before the living, as they meet the Lord in the clouds.
This scripture reference seems fairly clear, but you were curious if there were any prominent speakers or scholars who have ...