QUESTION: Is the resurrection of anointed, both those who have died and those who are still alive, take place at the same time during Christ’s presence? The word “together” recorded at 1 Thes 4:17 can literally be translated as “at the same time”. The Greek word “Hama” is translated several times as “At the same time”. Also 1 Cor 15:52 calls it the last trumpet indicating there is not another trumpet blast, so there is no indication of multiple trumpets. So the trumpet blast at Matt 24:31 would be the same trumpet as 1 Cor 15:52 and 1 Thes 4:17?


ANSWER:  The answer is no. They are not resurrected at the same time. Paul makes that clear at 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. In verse 16 Paul plainly states that those dead in union with Christ rise first. The next verse uses the word “afterwards, we the living will…

So, “first” and “afterwards” indicate the ordering of the first resurrection. The dead rise first, then afterwards, those who are living and who die are resurrected without sleeping in the grave, as those have who will be resurrected first. Together, though, they will all be united over a short period of time, as if in response to the last trumpet.

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