The Lord himself will come down from heaven,
with a loud command,
with the voice of the archangel
and with the trumpet call of God,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
we who are still alive and are left
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
And so we will be with the Lord forever.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
…if Christ has not been raised,
then your faith is useless
and you are still guilty of your sins.
And if our hope in Christ is only for this life,
we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
But in fact,
Christ has been raised from the dead.
He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.
1 Corinthians 15:17, 19-20