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And the "dead in Christ" shall rise first

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THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST – 1 THESSALONIANS 4:16

(The following is an understanding of the rising of the “dead in Christ” that takes place before the “rapture”)



The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God.And the “dead in Christ” shall rise first (1 Thessalonians 4:16).Who are the “dead in Christ” that rise first?As we study this verse, understand that this Koine Greek word translated to mean “dead” can mean either “physically dead” (deceased as a corpse), or it can mean “spiritually dead” as separated from God by sin (“dead” in trespasses and sins).The following verse exemplifies both connotations of this word for “dead”.Follow Me, and let the “dead” bury their own “dead" (Matthew 8:22).The “dead” (deceased) cannot bury their own “dead” (deceased), but those who are physically alive but “spiritually dead” in trespasses and sins can bury the “dead” (deceased).This shows that the word “dead”, as in “the dead in Christ shall rise first”, can refer to those who are physically alive and “in Christ” by the Spirit of Christ being in them, but who have not believed to pass from death unto life by being made alive together with the Spirit of Christ when forgiven by repenting and confessing their sins

Those who receive the Spirit of Christ from their parents have the right to become a child of God.Those who are not separated from God by sin in their life that believe in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins are sealed by the Holy Spirit as a child of God the moment they accept Christ as Lord and Savior.They overcome the world (the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life) by Jesus Christ being formed in them as they walk with the Spirit to become a son and heir of God with their name secured in the book of life to go out no more.

Those having the Spirit of Christ within them that become separated from God by pursuing the lustful ways of the world (in Christ but "dead" in trespasses and sins) and for not trusting in the name of Jesus Christ to be forgiven of sins, are born again and pass from death unto life by being made alive together with the Spirit of Christ when forgiven by repenting and confessing their sins and trusting in the name of Jesus Christ to be forgiven. God cleanses us of our unrighteousness (sin) by confessing our sins to overcome the world (the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and pride of life – 1 John 2:15-17) as we are made in the image of Jesus Christ to be a son and heir of God (Revelation 21:7).

(1) The “dead in Christ” can be seen as believers prior to the time of the reformation who were “dead” in sins by following Law-like doctrine that entered to contain the overspreading of abominations (Daniel 9:27).They were not living by faith to be forgiven of sins by the grace of God because of following Law-like doctrine. These believers were saved when they were forgiven of all trespasses by confessing their sins, and trusting wholly in the name of Jesus Christ to be forgiven, rather than depend upon the traditions, the sacraments, and the institution of the Church for salvation.This understanding aligns with prophecy from the books of Daniel and Revelation.

(2) The rising of the “dead in Christ” can also be seen as those who are “in Christ” by the Spirit of Christ being in them that are “dead in sins”, being born again and rising to life by being made alive together with the Spirit of Christ when forgiven by trusting in the name of Jesus Christ and confessing their sins.Prophecy reads: the “dead in Christ” shall rise first before we are caught-up together with “them in the clouds” (risen believers that “slept” in Christ who God brings with Him) to meet the Lord in the air (“rapture”).This is why we should all work together the Spirit to bring the “dead in Christ” to rise first, so we will all be caught up together with “them in the clouds” to meet the Lord in the air (“rapture”).

(3) Because those who practice righteousness are born of God (1 John 2:29), we see many Muslims who practice righteousness were born of God and have the Spirit of Christ within them as a descendant of others having the Spirit of Christ in them (believers and unbelievers), but are “dead in Christ” until they are saved as a child of God when God forgives them for trusting in the name of Jesus Christ and confessing their sins.

(4) Believers died with Christ (are “dead in Christ”) and were born again when the Spirit of Christ became the life within.I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; (Galatians 2:20a).You died, and your life has been hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).This world will become the Kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ when those who died in Christ (the “dead in Christ”) stand up to practice righteousness.The seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"(Revelation 11:15).He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son (Revelation 21:7).
 
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