Paul on the Last Days

Selected passages from New Testament epistles.

 
1 Corinthians 15

21: For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22: For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23: But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.



24: Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25: For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26: The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27: "For God has put all things in subjection under his feet." But when it says, "All things are put in subjection under him," it is plain that he is excepted who put all things under him. 28: When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under him, that God may be everything to every one.

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51: Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52: in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53: For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality. 54: When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."

1 Thessalonians 4

15: ...we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16: For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; 17: then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.

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