For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. -1 Thessolonians 4:16-17
When I was growing up in the Orthodox Presbyterian church (one of the most conservative of the "split P s") there was a joke going around:
Why do we know the OPs will be the first ones to get to heaven?
Because the Bible says, "The dead in Christ will rise first."
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