1 Thes. 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren,
 concerning them which are asleep [1 Cor. 15:51],
[a.] that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
 if we believe that Jesus
[a.] died and
[b.] rose again,
 even so them also which sleep in Jesus
will God bring with him [1 Thes. 3:13].
4:15 For this we say unto you
 by the word of the Lord, that we
[a.] which are alive
[b.] remain unto the coming [1 Thes. 2:19] of the Lord
[11.] shall not prevent [proceed in the Rapture (vs. 16)] them which are asleep.
[We, in the Church, which are alive—who survive the afflictions, persecutions, and tribulation...to which we are appointed (1 Thes. 3:3)—and remain alive [escaping death and martyrdom] unto the coming of the Lord, shall not proceed [go up in the Rapture before] those who have previously fallen asleep [died] in Jesus.]
 with a shout,
 with the voice of the archangel, and
 with the trump of God [1 Cor. 15:52]:
[a.] and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
**The survivors go up last in the Rapture. This is the glorious church for which Jesus is coming--without spot or wrinkle--untouchable by Satan and all that he has.
 which are alive
 remain [we who are remaining alive]
[a.] shall be caught up [#726]
[11.] together with them in the clouds,
[12.] to meet the Lord in the air: and
[b.] so shall we ever be with the Lord.
[#726, harpazo, to seize, carry off, grasp hastily, snatch up; catch (away, up), pluck, pull take (by force); to seize and overpower; to be seized from danger. It is from this word that we get the English word rapture. See Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #726 (Baker), as harpazo is used in Matt. 11:12; 13:19; John 6:15; Acts 8:39; 23:10; 2 Cor. 12:2, 4; 1 Thes. 4:17; Jude 23, Rev. 12:5. Paul was raptured (2 Cor. 12:2-4): very likely when he was stoned to death at Acts 14:19. The Church will be raptured (1 Thes 4:16); and the manchild of Rev. 12:5 [which cannot possibly be Jesus] will be raptured. Jesus. Enoch and Elijah were not raptured: because neither of these was "seized from any danger", but ascended into heaven...Jesus: to sit on His throne of Glory; Enoch and Elijah: to await their return as the two witnesses of Rev. 11:3.]
The Church is raptured between the 5th and 6th seals of the Book of Revelation (see Rev. 6:12-17, Rev. 7:14, The Book of Revelation In Verse-By-Verse Outline; see also The Midst of the Feast, and The Body of Christ from Seven Prophetic Pictures of the Rapture)]
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