15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,(A) will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.(B) 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,(C) with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel(D) and with the trumpet call of God,(E) and the dead in Christ will rise first.(F) 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left(G) will be caught up together with them in the clouds(H) to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord(I) forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another(J) with these words.

The Day of the Lord

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates(K) we do not need to write to you,(L) for you know very well that the day of the Lord(M) will come like a thief in the night.(N)

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