There are not many passages of scripture that reveal what will happen when Christ comes a second time. However, you would think by the numerous books and movies about this topic that there were hundreds of passages that describe the second coming of Christ. People have such a fascination about Christ’s return. This desire to know about his coming is not misplaced because his return is to give us hope and change how we live our lives today. But the purpose of this paragraph in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 is not to give a full discourse on the end times. The point is not to describe all the details or give a full treatment regarding Christ’s return. There is a specific concern these Christians have that Paul is answering for them. His concern is stated for us in 1 Thessalonians 4:13.
But 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. (1 Thessalonians 4:13 ESV)
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