Who Are The Dead In Christ?

Q. I have been pondering about what is written in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16, “…And the dead in Christ will rise first”.   In your interpretation, does “in Christ” refer to:

A. Those who accepted Him as Savior after He was crucified, or
B. does “in Christ” include those before the cross (like Daniel, as an example)?

Also, in Revelation 6:9, it is written, “…I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and …”. In your opinion who are these?

A.  Most scholars believe Paul’s phrase “dead in Christ” in 1 Thes 4:16 refers to those who accepted the Lord as their Savior during the Church Age.  Daniel 12:1-2 tells us that Old Testament saints like Daniel will be resurrected at the end of the Great Tribulation.

In Rev. 6:9 John is referring to martyrs who give their lives for the Lord during the time of the four horsemen of Rev 6:1-8.  Those who have died for their faith during the church Age will be resurrected at the same time as the rapture, before the End Times judgments begin.

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