The Second Coming is going to be loud. Look at vs 15-16
1 Thessalonians 4:15-16
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
The Bible says with a “cry of command.” This is a picture of a General barking orders. Or a coach yelling at his team over the roar of the crowd. This is not a quiet whisper, this is a battle call, a shout, a yell!
Second the Bible says “with the voice of the archangel.” So this is more noise, more shouting, right? And third it says
“With the sound of the trumpet of God.”
The trumpet blast was used all through history to signal either a call to attention or battle. Our own armed forces have used the different trumpet calls to signal military events for decades. In the Bible we see the trumpet assemble God’s people at Mt. Sinai and the trumpet signaled victory at the battle of Jericho in Joshua 6. The trumpet was blown when Solomon was crowned king and it signaled the beginning of the Jewish festivals and new year.
What else do we see in the text?
1 Thess 4:15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
4:16 And the dead in Christ will rise first.
The second coming will also be
3. A reunion of friends and family
This is the day we are reunited with our loved ones who have passed away. And that’s a major reason Paul is giving this teaching—to bring assurance of this great family reunion. Paul says,
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. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Paul says, “we’ll see them again.” These are not just the comforting words of a pastor in a dark time – this is truth. Remember, this young church is watching friends and family members die and they are beginning to lose hope – well of course! Their team is getting smaller! Paul writes and he says, “we will see them again.”
Plus, besides friends and family – there is another meeting that will take place isn’t there?
Have you ever sung the song “There’s going to be a meeting in the air, In the sweet, sweet by and by I’m going to meet you-meet you over there, Somewhere beyond the sky, Such singing we will hear, never heard by mortal ear T’will be glorious I do declare And God’s own Son will be the leading One, In that meeting in the air.”
That’s what Paul is talking about here – at the second coming – it’s going to be a loud family reunion.