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No, this is NOT describing what some call a 'rapture.' Paul expected Jesus to APPEAR in his own lifetime. His word for that was 'parousia,' or 'presence.' Note that he never uses the word 'return' or the term 'second coming.'Paul was attempting to reassure those who had buried loved ones--so what--they wanted to know--about THEM? After all, they had accepted ...


You really need to read the entire section to understand what is going on here, it is not important "how" it happens but that it "happens". The Thessalonians were worrying themselves about the believers that have already died. Paul is telling them not to grieve as the pagans do, that they should rejoice because Jesus will come again and raise the believers ...

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