I, Paul, would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have died, that you sorrow not, even as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so those also who have died believing in Jesus, will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede the dead in Christ. 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 who 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 ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
WORDS OF WARNING TO THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE
THE WRATH OF GOD IS COMING ON UNBELIEVERS
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you. For you know perfectly well that the Day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night. For when unbelievers shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction shall come upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day, just as we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not be like them; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that are drunkards, are drunk in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, so that whether we are awake or we have died, we shall live together with Him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and continue building one another up just as you have been doing.