Two groups become one when they are changed and presented together in the air at the Return of Christ.

[Group 1] those that die before Christ's Coming.

[Group 2] those that would remain alive unto His Coming.

[Groups 1 + 2] together

CHRIST ~to those who actually heard Him, that first generation of believers:
John 11: 25-26 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die [Group 1], he shall live. 26 "And whoever lives and believes in Me [Group 2] shall never die. Do you believe this?''

Group 1: whoever believes and dies; shall live [in a new form, a spiritual body].

Group 2: lives and believes; Never die; shall never die [but still be "changed" into the same new form that Group 1 obtains, a spiritual body].

PAUL ~to those whom his letters were addressed, that first generation of believers:
1 Cor. 15: 35. But someone [of Group 2] will say, "How are the dead [Group1] raised up? And with what body do they [Group 1] come?''

1 Cor. 15:51. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We [Groups 1 + 2] shall not all sleep [like Group 1], but we shall all be changed [Groups 1 + 2] 52. in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead [Group 1] will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed [Groups 1 + 2].

2 Cor. 4:12-14 So then death is working in us [destined for Group 1], but life in you [destined for Group 2]. 13. But since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke,'' we also believe and therefore speak, 14. knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us [Group 1] up with Jesus, and will present us with you [Groups 1 + 2].

1 Thes. 4:16. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ [Group 1] will rise first. 17. Then we who are alive and remain [Group 2] shall be caught up together with them [Group 1] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord [Groups 1 + 2].

Note also that the events that happen to both groups together [Groups 1 + 2] happen AFTER the resurrection of the dead [Group 1].

This is affirmation that the "Resurrection of the Dead" cannot be seen as simply a corporate resurrection or an individual realization of salvation. It is also an indication that "changed" (glorification) is something that follows resurrection (just as, also, damnation).

REWARDS Delivered at the Fall of Babylon (AD70 Jerusalem)