13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. (Le 19:28; De 14:1; 2Sa 12:20; Mr 5:39; Eph 2:12)14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. (1Co 15:13; 1Co 15:18; 2Co 4:14; Re 1:18)15For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. (1Ki 13:17; 1Co 15:51; 1Th 2:19)16For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. (Joe 2:11; Mt 16:27; Mt 24:31; 1Co 15:23; 1Co 15:52; 2Th 1:7; 2Th 2:1; Jud 1:9; Re 14:13)17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. (Da 7:13; Joh 12:26; Ac 1:9; 2Co 12:2; Re 11:12)18Therefore encourage one another with these words.