As we continue from the book of 1 Thess, vs. 17 with the next step dealing with the Resurrection of the Saints from "Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life of Christ)
The resurrection of dead believers (vs.15) will be followed by the catching up of living believers. The Lord Jesus Christ will be sent by the Father to this earth to bring all believers of this age, (Church Age, Grace) both living and dead, into His presence.
Continuing with the Resurrection/Rapture in the phases from "Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life of Chirst)
Notice the three phrases that the Apostle Paul uses from 1 Thess. 4: A shout, the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God. The word translated "Shout" here is used for the command issued by a military leader,as one might stand at the head of a battalion ready to go into battle and shout "forward march". It is an authoritative command to move that expects obedience.
We continue beginning with 1 Thess: 13 on the Subject of the Resurrection and Second Coming of Christ for His Church from "Did Jesus Jesus Happen" (The Life of Christ)
Paul begins with vs. 13 of 1 Thess by saying, "I would not you to be ignorant brethren." Now when Paul says he didn't want them to be ignorant, it meant that they were ignorant but he didn't want them to continue in their ignorance any longer. Thus he is writing to dispel their ignorance. What a blessing their ignorance has brought to us!
As I continue with the resurrection of Christ from "Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life of Christ), Paul further, says that the event of the Resurrection will take place
Let us now consider 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18, where the Apostle gives us yet a more detail concerning this event which is described as the translation or rapture of the Church.
Paul was writing to meet a problem which has arisen in the Thessalonian Assembly. He had spent only a short time in their midst. In spite of the fact that these believers were spiritual babes,
Paul had not feared to impart to them the truth concerning the hope of the Lord's return.