The SECOND COMING of Christ is a SPIRITUAL event that will happen to EACH “believer” truly “looking out for Christ” (Hebrews 9:28). Only the ones whose SPIRITUAL EYES have been opened -and are spiritually ALIVE- are the ones who would be able to see and meet with Christ (as Christ is a SPIRIT now) in the clouds…
…which is why THE DEAD (spiritually dead; blind; asleep) in Christ would have to rise first -that is, have their spiritual eyes opened and become spiritually alive-
4:16 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:
4:17 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.
_NOTE: Everything recorded in the verses above happens in the SPIRITUAL REALM_
*The remaining whose (spiritual) eyes are not opened will remain like that (asleep; blind; dead) for a period (“thousand years”) as recorded in Revelation 20:4-5*
15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, but WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED, (#1Thessalonians4:14-17)
15:52 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.
– THE DEAD (spiritually dead; asleep; blind) shall be raised INCORRUPTIBLE (IN Christ; given sight; awaken; given LIFE; spiritually raised from THE DEAD, now spiritually ALIVE -“death is swallowed up in victory”-)
1 Corinthians 15:54
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. #Revelation20:6
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