The Rendezvous With Christ


1Thess 4:16-17 . .The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding
call, with an archangel's voice and with God's trumpet, and those who are dead in
union with Christ will rise first.

I'm going to revise a portion of that passage slightly in order to bring out a point.

"with the archangel's voice"

No, it doesn't say the archangel's voice, rather, it says "an" archangel's voice-- viz:
a nondescript arch angel --so I think it would be a mistake to assume that 1Thss
4:16-17 is referring to a specific arch angel when according to Dan 10:13, there's
more than one. Identifying the arch angel in 1Thess 4:16-17 as the angel spoken of
in Jude 1:9 would be an arbitrary designation.

The title "Son of Man" in Matt 24:30-31 alerts us to the fact that the Lord himself,
spoken of in 1Thess 4:16-17, will be the progeny of a human being rather than the
progeny of an angel being; primarily because the Greek word translated "Man" is
anthropos (anth'-ro-pos) which is a common word for humans throughout the New
Testament rather than angels and/or humanistic avatars.

NOTE: The expression "in union with Christ" refers to an elite class of Christians
identified in 1John 2:26-27 as anointed. In other words: 1Thess 4:16-17 doesn't
apply to rank and file Witnesses; i.e. the great crowd, a.k.a. the hewers of wood
and the haulers of water.