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1 Thessalonians 4

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 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

No, I am not exactly sure what is being referred to here.

I need to find out what these commandments are.

 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

 10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;

 11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

This verse supports the belief that people who have died since Jesus' resurrection are still asleep until the second coming.

This does not support the commonly held belief in spirits that exist today.

 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

This verse supports the belief that people who have died since Jesus' resurrection are still asleep until the second coming.

This does not support the commonly held belief in spirits that exist today.

 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

According to the author, Christ's return will not be a quiet event.

I need to research this.

My understanding, according to Revelations Chapter ?, is that Christ will come again, reign on earth for 1,000 years, Satan will finally be defeated and THEN the dead will rise and the book of life will be opened.

What is meant by the phrase, "the dead in Christ"?  Is this the wicked or the righteous?

 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Who are 'them in the clouds'?

If everyone sleeps until the resurrection, who are all the heavenly host?

 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.