Quote Originally Posted by randyk View Post
My argument is that Paul bases his famous Rapture passage (1 Thes 4) on the Olivet Discourse. In both passages Jesus...
1) comes on the clouds
2) is accompanied by a loud trumpet call
3) is accompanied by angels who gather God's elect

You can see these 3 elements in the 1 Thes 2 passage...

1 Thes 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. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

Mat 24.30 They see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Yup. The OD was about events just prior to, during, and after the second coming.