shout

1 Thessalonians 4:16

4:16 shout. The “shout” is a military command; the great event is described as a military assault with the great host of heaven, under the command of an (not “the”) archangel (probably Michael—compare Jude 9; Revelation 12:7-9), penetrating Satan’s domain (i.e., “the prince of the power of the air”—Ephesians 2:2; 6:12). The Lord Jesus Himself will lead the mighty army of heaven, and Satan’s hosts are powerless to stem the tide. The old “strong man” of this world—that is, the Devil—will soon be bound, and the Lord “will spoil his house” (Matthew 12:29), raising the dead and rapturing into the air all His redeemed ones, whether living or sleeping.

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