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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

In these words the apostle comforts the Thessalonians who mourned for the death of their relations and friends that died in the Lord. His design is to dissuade them from excessive grief, or inordinate sorrow, on that account. All grief for the death of friends is far from being unlawful; we may weep at least for ourselves if we do not weep for them, weep for own loss, though it may be their fain. Yet we must not be immoderate in our sorrows, because, I. This looks as if we had no hope, 1... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

4:13-18 We do not wish you to be ignorant, brothers, about those who are asleep, because we do not wish you to sorrow as the rest of people do because they have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we can be sure that God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. For we tell you this, not by our own authority but by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who survive until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not take precedence over... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 4:16

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven ,.... Not by proxy, or by representatives; not by the ministry of angels, as on Mount Sinai; nor by the ministers of the word, as under the Gospel dispensation; nor by his spirit, and the discovery of his love and grace, in which sense he descends in a spiritual manner, and visits his people; but in person, in his human nature, in soul and body; in like manner as he went up to heaven will he descend from thence, so as to be visible, to be seen... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Thessalonians 4:16

The Lord himself - That is: Jesus Christ shall descend from heaven; shall descend in like manner as he was seen by his disciples to ascend, i.e. in his human form, but now infinitely more glorious; for thousands of thousands shall minister unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand shall stand before him; for the Son of man shall come on the throne of his glory: but who may abide the day of his coming, or stand when he appeareth? With a shout - Or order, εν κελευσματι· and probably... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Verse 16 16For the Lord himself. He employs the term κελεύσματος, (shout,) and afterwards adds, the voice of the archangel, by way of exposition, intimating what is to be the nature of that arousing shout — that the archangel will discharge the office of a herald to summon the living and the dead to the tribunal of Christ. For though this will be common to all the angels, yet, as is customary among different ranks, he appoints one in the foremost place to take the lead of the others. As to the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 4:16

For ; assigning a reason for the above assertion, "because." The Lord himself ; not merely the Lord as the chief Person and Actor on that day, in contrast to his saints, but emphatic, " the Lord himself," the Lord in his own proper Person. Shall descend from heaven ; where the crucified and risen Jesus is now enthroned, seated at the right hand of God. With a shout ; a word denoting a commanding shout as that of a leader to his host when he leads them into the battle, or of the army... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Thessalonians 4:16

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven - notes, Acts 1:11.With a shout - The word here used (κέλευσμα keleusma), does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament. It properly means a “cry’ of excitement, or of arging on; an outcry, clamor, or shout, as of sailors at the oar, Luc. Catapl. 19; of soldiers rushing to battle, Thuc. 3:14; of a multitude of people, Diod. Sic. 3:15; of a huntsman to his dogs, Xen. Ven. 6:20. It does not mean here, that the Lord would himself make such a shout,... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. The Lord himself The Lord Christ, arrayed in all his own glory, and in that of his Father; shall descend from heaven “This expression does not imply that the Lord Jesus will fix his tribunal on the earth; but that he will descend so as to fix his seat in the air, at such distance from the earth that every eye shall see him, and every ear shall hear his voice, when he passes the awful sentence by which their state shall be unchangeably fixed. This conjecture is... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

4:13-5:11 CONCERNING CHRIST’S RETURNThose who have died (4:13-18)Among the Thessalonians, some were worried that those in their church who had died would not share in the return of Christ and the final triumph of his kingdom. Paul assures them that they will share in his return just as they share in his death and resurrection. (13-14). Believers who have died, far from being at a disadvantage, will be raised to life first. Believers still alive will join them, and together they will meet Christ... read more

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