(1 Thes 4:13-18) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [Gk: dead], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 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 [Gk: go before, precede] them which are asleep [Gk: dead]. 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: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [Gk: seized: plucked, pulled (up), taken by force] together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
GLORY - ON THE SEVENTH DAY
(Mat 16:27,28) For the Son of man shall come in the glory [Gk: (as very apparent) dignity, glorious, honour, praise, worship] of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
(Mat 17:1,2) And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother [Jesus’ “inner circle”], and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart [apart from what? apart from who?], And was transfigured [Gk: transformed (lit. or fig. metamorphosed): changed, transfigured, transformed] before them: and his face did shine [Gk: beam, radiate brilliancy (lit. or fig.): give light] as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light [i.e., as white as is possible to be].
(Mat 17:3) And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him.
(Mat 17:4) Then answered [responding to an unrecorded statement or question] Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles [Gk: tents]; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.
(Mat 17:5,6) While he yet spake, behold, a bright [Gk: lustrous, well illuminated: full of light] cloud overshadowed them [Gk: to cast a shade upon, to envelop in a haze of brilliancy]: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
(Mat 17:7,8) And Jesus came and touched [Gk: to attach oneself to /// to set on fire: kindle, light] them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save [except] Jesus only.
BUT HOW ARE THE DEAD RAISED UP?
(1 Cor 15:35-41) But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened [Gk: vitialized: make alive, give life], except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial [heavenly] bodies, and bodies terrestrial [earthly]: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
(1 Cor 15:42-44) So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
(1 Cor 15:45-50)
And so it is written, The
first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [Jesus Christ] was made a
quickening spirit. Howbeit that was
not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward
which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the
second man is the Lord from
heaven. As is
earthy, such are they also
are earthy: and as is the
heavenly, such are they also
that are heavenly. And as we have borne the
image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image
of the heavenly.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the
(1 Cor 15:51-54) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [Gk: be dead], but we shall all be changed [Gk: made different], In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
(Prov 4:20-22) My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.