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1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 The Passion Translation (TPT)

16 For the Lord himself will appear with the declaration of victory, the shout of an archangel, and the trumpet blast of God. He will descend from the heavenly realm[a] and command those who are dead in Christ to rise first. 17 Then we who are alive will join them, transported together in clouds[b] to have an encounter[c] with the Lord in the air, and we will be forever joined with the Lord.


  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Or “The Lord himself will continue habitually descending from heaven within the midst of a declaration of victory, the chief angel’s shout, and God’s trumpet blast, and the dead in union with Christ will continue raising themselves up first [or one after another].”
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 There is no definite article before clouds. It is literally “in clouds.” Where the identifying article is missing, it often speaks of quality, or it is used as a descriptive term. The Greek word for “cloud” is often used in the Greek classics of a large body of individuals, and it is so used in this symbolic way in Heb. 12:1-2, speaking of the “great witnesses who encircle us like clouds.”
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 The Greek word apantēsis is not a verb (go to meet) but a feminine noun (to meet or have an encounter), and in this context it is the bride of Christ rising to be with Jesus to have an encounter or “[bridal] meeting.” This rarely used Greek word is also used in the parable of the ten virgins, referring to the virgins rising up to meet (have a meeting) with the bridegroom. See Matt. 25:1, 6.
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