Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 (RSV)

1 Thessalonians 4

13But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first;
17then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.
18Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5

1But as to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you.
2For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
3When people say, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape.
4But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief.
5For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.
6So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.
7For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
8But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
9For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him.
11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

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