1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Verse 16 says the dead in Christ will rise first, showing the dead will be raised an instant before the living. Paul says this to comfort them (verse 18), because they were sorrowful about those who already died (verse 13). When he says Christ will bring those who have died, the important message is that the living and dead believers will be reunited. Since they were sorrowful about those who had died, this was Paul's best opportunity to tell them their loved ones were happy in the presence of the Lord. Instead, he says the dead are asleep three times (verses 13-15), then says the dead and living believers will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air (verses 16-17).