The Hope of the Resurrection

13And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died*4:13 Greek those who have fallen asleep; also in 4:14.  so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

15We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.*4:15 Greek those who have fallen asleep.  16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died*4:16 Greek the dead in Christ.  will rise from their graves. 17Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18So encourage each other with these words.