Originally posted on Studying Bible Prophecy:
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will 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. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.
This passage is quite vivid in its explanation of the rapture: the Lord descends from heaven; when He descends there will be a shout and a voice from an archangel; and there will be a trumpet blast. John MacArthur suggests that it…
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