During Bible study Wednesday night, my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased, did his usual thing--he asked questions. The scripture passage in question is I Thessalonians 4:13-18, in which Paul speaks of the coming of the Lord, and the resurrection of the dead in Christ. So, he asked, "what's going on here? I thought those who were dead in Christ, absent from the body, were present with the Lord. So who are the dead in Christ who rise first? How are the ones in the graves different from those who are with the Lord?" So, BBers, have at it. Please don't get into the timing (Pre-post-mid). I want to know about those dead in Christ who rise first.