Q. Who do you suppose will hear the command, the voice, and the trumpet call which are all described in I Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” Will it be the dead in Christ only, all believers (dead or alive) or everyone on earth that will hear these things? Thanks so much for your insight!
A. The way I read it, both the dead and living believers will hear the these sounds. In other similar cases those for whom the commands were not intended either did not see (Daniel 10:7) or did not understand (Acts 9:7) what was happening. It may be this way with the unbelieving world at the time of the rapture.