I Thessalonians 4:16

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first

One of the biggest distinguishing characteristics of a hymn is how it ends. Certain other genres of Christian music sometimes introduce problems and leave them unresolved. Hymns, on the other hand, often end with an eternal perspective, looking back on the issue raised in the hymn from the vantage point of eternity.

Stuart Townend might be a current writer, but he nails this technique here. The final verse of this song draws from I Thessalonians 4:16 to complete the story at the Second Coming.

Expository Songs

The truth which christians once receiv’d (I Thessalonians 4:1-7)
Lyrics

Take Comfort, Christians, When Your Friends (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
John Logan
Lyrics | Sheet Music

This is the doctrine christians need (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Lyrics

Great God, what do I see and hear! (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
William B. Collyer, Thomas Cotterill, anon.
Lyrics | Sheet Music

He Comes (I Thessalonians 4:16)
O. A. Pratt
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Caught Up Together (I Thessalonians 4:17)
Horne | Popularized by Happy Goodmans
YouTube

Hallelujah! We Shall Rise (I Thessalonians 4:17)
J. E. Thomas
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

The Resurrection (I Thessalonians 4:17)
Clara Brooks
Lyrics | Sheet Music

We Shall Be Caught Up (I Thessalonians 4:17)
Kirk Talley | Popularized by The Cathedrals
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Other References

Love One Another (I Thessalonians 4:9) (2007)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
YouTube | Amazon

Love One Another (I Thessalonians 4:9) (1997)
Popularized by Kathy Troccoli
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Great God, What Do I See and Hear! (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Anonymous, William B. Collyer, Thomas Cotterill
Lyrics | Sheet Music

The Day Is Surely Drawing Near (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Bartholomaüs Ringwaldt, Philip A. Peter
Lyrics | Sheet Music

The Solid Rock (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Edward Mote
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

Let Me Die the Death of the Righteous (O For the Death of Those) (I Thessalonians 4:14-16)
James Mongtomery
Lyrics | Sheet Music

We Shall Always Be With The Lord (I Thessalonians 4:15-16) (2013)
Popularized by Ellie Holcomb
YouTube | Amazon

From the Squalor of a Borrowed Stable (Immanuel) (I Thessalonians 4:16) (1999)
Stuart Townend | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon

I Can Almost Hear the Trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:16)
Popularized by The McKameys
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

One Day (I Thessalonians 4:16)
J. Wilbur Chapman
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Only the Sound of His Trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:16)
Mangun | Popularized by Happy Goodmans
YouTube

Shout (I Thessalonians 4:16) (1998)
Mark Altrogge | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | Sheet Music

When the Trumpet Sounds (I Thessalonians 4:16)
Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey | Popularized by Triumphant Quartet
YouTube | Amazon

Caught Up (I Thessalonians 4:17)
Anderson | Popularized by The Kingsmen
Amazon

For ever with the Lord (I Thessalonians 4:17)
James Mongtomery
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Remember Me (I Thessalonians 4:17) (2018)
Popularized by Andrew Peterson
YouTube | Amazon

I Know Whom I Have Believed (I Thessalonians 4:17)
Daniel Whittle
Lyrics | Sheet Music

I’ll Be Caught Up To Meet Him (I Thessalonians 4:17)
Popularized by James Cleveland
YouTube | Amazon

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