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Our Juris Doctor curriculum trains students to practice in all areas of law, including corporate law, trial advocacy, health law, environmental law and public interest law. There are three components to the law school that combine to create its successful academic environment:

First, the collegial, scholarly interaction between its faculty and students. Second, Lawyering and Legal Reasoning. Known on and off campus simply as LLR, this comprehensive, cutting-edge writing course gives each first-year student hands-on experience in skills that range from the initial client interview through the preparation and presentation of an appellate brief. Third, our location. Cumberland School of Law is situated on Samford University’s campus near downtown Birmingham, one of the legal hubs of the Southeast. Our proximity to this dynamic market offers our students an environment rich with opportunities for externships and extracurricular activities that enhance the classroom experience. In addition to the Juris Doctor degree, Cumberland School of Law offers the Master of Laws (LL.M.) for lawyers and Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) for nonlawyers, both completely online. Cumberland School of Law is part of Samford University, which is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks compliance officer as the #7 best business job for 2021. Our affordable and convenient Ma...
04/01/2021

U.S. News & World Report ranks compliance officer as the #7 best business job for 2021. Our affordable and convenient Master of Laws (LL.M.) for lawyers and the Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) for nonlawyers, offered completely online, can help position you for advancement in an exciting and in demand career in the field of regulatory compliance.

Four specialized concentrations include: Financial Services Regulatory Compliance, Health Law and Compliance, Higher Education Law and Compliance and Legal Operations.

The deadline to apply for fall 2021 admission is July 1, 2021.

"Completing this program has allowed me to stand out among my colleagues as a subject matter expert in compliance, security/privacy issues, training and education." - April Richardson '20, Director of Compliance and Performance Improvement, Glenwood Inc.

Learn more: https://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/online-graduate-programs.

Cecile G. Nicolson has been named editor-in-chief of Cumberland School of Law's American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Volu...
03/31/2021

Cecile G. Nicolson has been named editor-in-chief of Cumberland School of Law's American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Volume 45. Nicolson is the fifth female selected for this role in the last 11 years.

Congratulations to everyone selected to serve on the Volume 45 Editorial Board for 2021-22:

Editor-in-Chief: Cecile G. Nicolson
Executive Editor: Forrest C. Hyde
Managing Editor: Savannah M. Nixon
Executive Research and Writing Editor: Kristen H. Strickland
Research and Writing Editors: Mickala J. Lewis and Anna Alyce Eastburn
Articles Editors: Owen M. Mattox and John A. Tully
Student Materials Editor: Lorel Cartee Stano
Online Editor: Payton M. Ford

Our Diversity and Inclusion in the Law Roundtable continues its virtual Planning for Success series tomorrow, April 1 at...
03/31/2021

Our Diversity and Inclusion in the Law Roundtable continues its virtual Planning for Success series tomorrow, April 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Tomorrow's event will feature nontraditional lawyers - Cumberland alumni who did not attend law school immediately after their undergraduate degree and may have had a career before attending law school. Nontraditional may also mean they did not receive an undergraduate degree in political science or prelaw. The purpose of this program is to provide current nontraditional students with advice on how to navigate struggles unique to them, and to provide motivation and encouragement to complete the J.D. program. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend.

Panelists include:
Ray Carle '06, Associate Counsel at Protective Life, Birmingham, AL
Amanda R. Coolidge '16, Associate Attorney at Lanier Ford PC, Huntsville, AL

Cumberland School of Law students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to join the discussion here: https://samford-edu.zoom.us/j/93721359123?pwd=Qm1IbUpweFdGOFgvdzFVWFhHNWEzZz09#success.

Congratulations to Jay Douglass, Allison Hanby, Jayme Leadmon, McKenzie Meade, and Taylor Sims who reached the octofinal...
03/29/2021

Congratulations to Jay Douglass, Allison Hanby, Jayme Leadmon, McKenzie Meade, and Taylor Sims who reached the octofinals of the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge.

During closing arguments in one of their rounds, the team had to evacuate to the basement of the law library because of the tornado warning where they immediately continued competing. The team did not miss a beat and was awarded the professionalism award for the tournament. This team was coached by Setara Foster and Lana Bell.

McKenzie Meade, pictured here completing her rebuttal argument in the stairwell, shared her experience:

"Let’s just say… I will never forget my last trial competition! During my closing argument of our very first round of the competition, I started to hear tornado sirens in the background. As the sirens rang, my coach came in to get my partner from our room as I was finishing. I began to get news alerts on my phone, messages from friends and family, and warnings about tornadoes touching down in Birmingham. Once I finished my closing argument, my first priority was making sure my dog, Leo, was safe and sound. Thankfully, he was. Next, I started wondering if I should stay on camera to finish my rebuttal argument or find my coach and hide. The next thing I see is my coach running full force into the Friendship Room to get me. I closed my laptop, grabbed my things, and we sprinted to the stairwell with my teammate. Thankfully, my teammate did not disconnect his WiFi, so I hopped on his computer and hunkered down in the bottom stairwell of the library. Minutes after getting there, still a little out of breath, I logged back onto Zoom and finished my rebuttal argument. All of my team made it to the library basement where we stayed for the rest of the night and competed once again. But, it was never a question of whether I should finish the trial in a stairwell or not – I love this team and this program, and I am just happy I had a chance to represent them."

As Women’s History Month nears its end, the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library would like to highlight a resource that e...
03/29/2021

As Women’s History Month nears its end, the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library would like to highlight a resource that explores the contributions that women have made to the foundation of Cumberland School of Law. "The Centennial of Cumberland Women: A Narrative Account of the Progress of Education of Women in the South," written by B. Frank Burns, presents information about the roles of women at Cumberland University between the years of 1893 and 1993.

In it, Burns writes about the first women who were admitted into the law program at Cumberland University, and he, also, writes about the last woman who received her law degree from the program in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Read more in the law library’s “Check it Out” blog: https://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/library/blog/Resource-Highlight-The-Centennial-of-Cumberland-Women.

Our Diversity and Inclusion in the Law Roundtable continues its virtual Planning for Success series tomorrow, March 29 a...
03/28/2021

Our Diversity and Inclusion in the Law Roundtable continues its virtual Planning for Success series tomorrow, March 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Tomorrow's event will feature nontraditional lawyers - Cumberland alumni who did not attend law school immediately after their undergraduate degree and may have had a career before attending law school. Nontraditional may also mean they did not receive an undergraduate degree in political science or prelaw. The purpose of this program is to provide current nontraditional students with advice on how to navigate struggles unique to them, and to provide motivation and encouragement to complete the J.D. program. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend.

Panelists include:
Gerri L. Plain '12, Partner at Gaines, Gault Hendrix PC, Huntsville, AL
Johnathan F. Austin '19, Founder & Partner at Austin Law PC, Birmingham, AL

Cumberland School of Law students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to join the meeting here: https://samford-edu.zoom.us/j/96893518053?pwd=SUo4UGF2OWN2bkVCMGp1RmZoWnVjQT09#success.

Congratulations to Major Alejandro V. Pascual '05 on this great honor! #CumberlandLawyersServe
03/26/2021

Congratulations to Major Alejandro V. Pascual '05 on this great honor! #CumberlandLawyersServe

Congratulations to the winner of 2020 Army National Guard TDS Outstanding Counsel Award, MAJ Alejandro V. Pascual, Senior Defense Counsel, Southeast Region (Georgia Army National Guard). MAJ Pascual is a graduate of Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, and Furman University. Outside of uniform, MAJ Pascual serves his community as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of Georgia. In his over eight years of military service, MAJ Pascual has also served in the following positions: Defense Counsel, GAARNG; Trial Counsel, 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BFSB); Operational/International Law Attorney, Third Army/United States Army Central in Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve; Trial Counsel, 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; and Command Judge Advocate, 78th Troop Command. MAJ Pascual, his wife Carrie, and their four children live in Evans, Georgia.

03/26/2021
You’ve been accepted to Cumberland School of Law…now what_.mp4

Today, we're excited to host our second of two Admitted Student Days.

Here, first-year student Rachel Sanders congratulates all Cumberland School of Law admitted students and provides advice on how to finalize your law school decision.

For those who were not able to attend one of our Admitted Student Days, we invite you to check out this page including resources that we hope will help you in your decision: https://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/admitted-student-day.

Congratulations to Forrest Hyde and Dale Turley for reaching the quarterfinals of the Seigenthaler-Sutherland National M...
03/25/2021

Congratulations to Forrest Hyde and Dale Turley for reaching the quarterfinals of the Seigenthaler-Sutherland National Moot Court Competition (top eight of 30+ teams). They also received the 2nd best brief award. Emily Hopper '19 coached this team.

The Cordell Hull Speakers Forum will host Katie Boyd Britt, president and chief executive officer for the Business Counc...
03/25/2021

The Cordell Hull Speakers Forum will host Katie Boyd Britt, president and chief executive officer for the Business Council of Alabama, on Thursday, April 8. Britt will discuss key lessons in leadership.

Cumberland School of Law students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Due to social distancing, seating in the John L. Carroll Moot Courtroom is available on a first come, first served basis. Overflow seating will be made available in room 120 of Robinson Hall where the discussion will be live streamed.

https://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/events/Cordell-Hull-Speakers-Forum-featuring-Katie-Boyd-Britt

Meredith S. Taylor has been selected as editor-in-chief of the Cumberland Law Review, Volume 52. We're very proud to sha...
03/24/2021

Meredith S. Taylor has been selected as editor-in-chief of the Cumberland Law Review, Volume 52. We're very proud to share that Taylor is the sixth female since 2010 to be selected for this prestigious position.

Congratulations to everyone selected to serve as members of the Cumberland Law Review Volume 52 Editorial Board for 2021-22:

Editor-in-Chief: Meredith S. Taylor
Executive Editor: Robert B. Adams IV
Managing Editor: Kaylee C. Rose
Acquisitions Editor: Stephanie M. Lynge
Student Materials Editor: Cullen L. Armstrong
Online Managing Editor: Chloe E. Champion
Online Research Editor: Nicole R. Ozburn
Copy Editors: Kate Belyayeva and Meredith H. Buckner
Research Editors: Mitchell K. Brisbon and Hannah M. Cassady
Writing and Bluebook Editors: Amanda E. Nelson and Terra L. Silva

South Miami Rotary Club member Roy Gonas, a Cumberland School of Law alumnus from the class of 1969, has been working on...
03/23/2021
Ethics seeds planted decades ago in Miami still bearing fruit in Broward

South Miami Rotary Club member Roy Gonas, a Cumberland School of Law alumnus from the class of 1969, has been working on youth ethics issues for the past two and a half decades.

Read more about his recent work in Broward County here:
https://communitynewspapers.com/featured/ethics-seeds-planted-decades-ago-in-miami-still-bearing-fruit-in-broward/

Covid-19 has forced a lot of changes in schools this year, but it was not enough to keep students from 44 Broward high schools from attending the annual Broward Students Ethics Forum in November of…

"The community and opportunities to get involved early on set Cumberland apart. The atmosphere is encouraging and studen...
03/23/2021

"The community and opportunities to get involved early on set Cumberland apart. The atmosphere is encouraging and students, professors, and faculty support each other. It is a community that encourages one another and lasts." - Elizabeth Weyerman, Student Ambassador

Learn more about Elizabeth, what she loves about Cumberland School of Law and why she chose to pursue her law degree here: https://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/directory/student-ambassadors/Weyerman-Elizabeth

Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals fo...
03/22/2021

Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically changed from April 15 to May 17.

The move is in part due to provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act that affect the taxes individuals will owe.

Professor Alyssa DiRusso spoke with The Alabama Baptist newspaper about the changes. Read the full article here: https://www.thealabamabaptist.org/irs-extends-federal-income-filing-due-date-to-may-17-heres-what-that-means/

Secondary sources are those legal materials which provide commentary, explanation and analysis of primary law (court and...
03/22/2021

Secondary sources are those legal materials which provide commentary, explanation and analysis of primary law (court and agency decisions, statutes, and regulations) in various formats and levels of authoritativeness. Librarians and legal research instructors alike recommend using secondary sources to begin research of a legal problem to gain the necessary background information to effectively understand a topic’s primary law and the issues surrounding it.

Read more about these resources in the law library’s “Check it Out” blog: https://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/library/blog/How-to-Start-Your-Legal-Research-Finding-Secondary-Sources-at-Beeson-Law-Library.

Alexis Heard has been appointed as Cumberland School of Law's Office of Admission student liaison for diversity and incl...
03/19/2021

Alexis Heard has been appointed as Cumberland School of Law's Office of Admission student liaison for diversity and inclusion for 2021-22. A current first-year student from Homewood, Alabama, and a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, Heard has a service background, averaging 15 hours a week in college.

In her role, she will help plan and implement outreach and diversity recruitment initiatives in the law school. This position helps create a robust recruitment program, providing a pipeline and pathway to attract diverse and traditionally underrepresented students, as well as programming to enrich and educate current students.

Today, law students took a break and bonded with their fellow classmates over one of the simple joys in life...our pets!...
03/18/2021

Today, law students took a break and bonded with their fellow classmates over one of the simple joys in life...our pets!

Rascal Day is a Law Week tradition at Cumberland School of Law that brings together our community, students, faculty, families, and, of course, fur babies. It’s a day of fun festivities that captures the Cumberland experience and its ability to develop well-rounded lawyers.

Learn more about Rascal Day, Law Week and other unique Cumberland traditions here: https://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/traditions.

"Recently promoted to a firmwide management role, Jennie Compton doesn’t plan to give up what got her to the top: relent...
03/18/2021
Sought-after attorney takes on bigger leadership role at firm | Business Observer | Business Observer

"Recently promoted to a firmwide management role, Jennie Compton doesn’t plan to give up what got her to the top: relentless preparation and a never-back-down attitude."

Enjoy this feature about Jennie Compton '97 who was recently named vice chair of the management committee for Shumaker. She is the managing partner of the firm's Sarasota, Florida, office and, in her new role, she will work alongside the chairman to oversee the firm’s goals, finances, strategy and culture.

https://www.businessobserverfl.com/article/sought-after-attorney-takes-on-bigger-leadership-role-at-firm

Recently promoted to a firmwide management role, Jennie Compton doesn’t plan to give up what got her to the top: relentless preparation and a never-back-down attitude.

TODAY at 4 p.m. CST, join the Office of Alumni Relations for a virtual discussion about "Privacy in the Age of Social Me...
03/17/2021

TODAY at 4 p.m. CST, join the Office of Alumni Relations for a virtual discussion about "Privacy in the Age of Social Media" with former Cumberland School of Law professor W. N. Hartzog '03.

How should people think about privacy in the age of social media and the internet of things? What are the rules around data privacy and security? Hartzog will review some of the most prominent privacy and cybersecurity issues facing companies and lawmakers and explore the different ways to make sense of our now-ubiquitous digital environments.

Hartzog is an author and professor of law and computer science at Northeastern School of Law and Khoury College of Computer Science; his research focuses on law and policy issues related to privacy, digital technologies and artificial intelligence.

Email Anne Marovich to receive the meeting link: [email protected].

Part two of this semester's Diversity and Inclusion in the Law Roundtable featuring first generation lawyers will be hel...
03/17/2021

Part two of this semester's Diversity and Inclusion in the Law Roundtable featuring first generation lawyers will be held tomorrow, March 18. Panelists include:

Jazzell Carter '20, Associate Attorney at Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys PC
Setara Foster '12, Partner at Moore, Young, Foster & Hazelton LLP
Hilaire Armstrong '12, J.D. '16, Alabama Bankruptcy Assistance Project Coordinator Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Programs

Students are invited to join the conversation here: https://samford-edu.zoom.us/j/95176501569?pwd=L3N0QW5GUGhjSU1Tb3ZGNWYvMGRIdz09#success.

"Cumberland has a very tight community feeling. Other schools pride themselves on their cutthroat mentality. At Cumberla...
03/16/2021

"Cumberland has a very tight community feeling. Other schools pride themselves on their cutthroat mentality. At Cumberland, it feels like my classmates and I are in this together." - Dillon Rheuby, Student Ambassador

Learn more about Dillon, what he loves about Cumberland School of Law and why he chose to pursue his law degree here: https://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/directory/student-ambassadors/Rheuby-Dillon

Brandi Russell '16 has been appointed as the first chief diversity and inclusion officer and director of talent manageme...
03/15/2021

Brandi Russell '16 has been appointed as the first chief diversity and inclusion officer and director of talent management for Balch & Bingham.

In this interview, she reflects on her legal education at Cumberland, mentors who have inspired her, and shares advice for addressing issues of diversity and inclusion as well as advice for law students as they enter the workforce.

https://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/news/2021/Cumberland-School-of-Law-Alumna-Appointed-as-First-Chief-Diversity-and-Inclusion-Officer-for-National-Law-Firm

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[The Key of David]: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1645245048864785&type=1&l=0dd2352f03 ^click on photos; albums: to access the scripture teachings.^ Also: http://biblestudyforlife.com/key_of_david.ht 2 Timothy 2:15 King James Version (KJV) 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. {[(HE=IS=A=RE+WARDER of them that diligently seek him); (Hebrews 11)]}: PLEASE, FINISH THIS BIBLE STUDY. Some are deceived. It is not that their pastor, who was mislead by false teaching, meant to deceive them, but that their teachers were mislead, and do not study God's Word chapter by chapter, verse by verse, line upon line, and precept upon precept, to discover the deeper truth in God's Word, the true doctrine of Christ. The seminaries require students to agree with false doctrine to graduate. Anyone that has and uses the Key of David has the true doctrine of Christ; 1 body; 1 doctrine. That is what He said. GOD EXPECTS IT: Jeremiah 23 (God is going to purge the earth of false teaching). Every under shepherd is responsible for their own flock, and will answer to God (1 Peter 4:17). Judgment starts at the pulpit. Those that hear the truth, yet run from it can be turned over to a reprobate mind. God is going to do something much more definite to those that hear, and believe not this message (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). Nobody can ignore scripture, and be wise. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 reads beautifully in the English (it was written in the Greek, and you need to go research the words). Use the Key of David. Ask Him for the latter rain, and stay in His Word. You will wither without it, and most have not yet received it. They are still passing along the leavened bread of the Pharisees, who did not accept Christ as the Messiah, and Satan has others programmed to receive the first super natural entity that shows up claiming to be Christ. They are looking to be "raptured" out of here before the false Christ comes. They don't understand God's Plan. Christ cannot return until after Satan comes (2 Thessalonians 2). The false Christ (Satan), will come and claim that he is God, before the true Christ Jesus returns. The pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is false teaching. Christ is returning for a virgin bride, and those that worship the false Christ (Satan), thinking that he is the true Christ will no longer be spiritual virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). The oil in the lamp symbolizes the truth of God's Word / His Holy Spirit. There is a counterfeit spirit that mimics, but cannot duplicate the Holy Spirit. A person can often mistake a counterfeit (evil) when it stands in the role of the genuine (Holy Spirit) on matters that an individual does not know the truth about, yet believes something else they thought sounded right instead. Satan will use the errors in the person's understanding to spread the falsity throughout the congregation (Matthew 16:6). Furthermore, Satan planted false doctrines into the seminaries where and when he could, as subtly as possible so as not to be detected by the casual Christian, and even many students, scholars, and teachers. They take the doctrine that was taught to them by man, yet there is a point in the growth of a Christian where the person understands enough about God's Word to know how to have a Gospel conversation, and that they are commanded to find answers to the questions that arise from others, and themselves by studying deeper in His Word, and prayer. Satan uses religion, and loves the pulpit as one of the invisible hands of his beast system. There are 4 hidden dynasties Satan uses to bring about his one world beast system: education, economics, political, & religions (maybe his favorite because it is so blasphemous). Satan masquerades from inside the churches, and concentrates efforts on keeping the teachers, seminaries, pastors, elders, and church members in the darkness about the depths of God's Word, all the while singing hymns with them about the truths that are considered to be some of the milk of God's Word, and keeping them in the dark about discovering the true plan of God (Hosea 4:6). Of course, the person is responsible for researching, asking, and praying to the Father so that He reveal the meats, and deeper truths of His Word and plan to them (pray for the former and latter rains). This is not like having an issue with a vehicle that you cannot repair yourself, and sometimes take a mechanic's word for it. This is dealing with the eternal truth, and the eternal life of your soul, and others. God wrote His letter to us so that we would know what to do, and He expects those that have the opportunity to study it (seek the answers); have the ears and eyes, spiritually speaking, to pay attention and be seriously mindful (we are watchmen), ever learning from the Living Word. It is His design / will / plan (2 Timothy 2:15). {Mark 13; Luke 21; [Matthew 24 - the ones taken first are taken by the false Christ. The disciples remain in the field working (Matthew 24:13); Hebrews 9:26-28; 1 Thessalonians 4:17 = 1 Corinthians 15:52 (at the last trump). Deuteronomy 30:4; 32:5; Proverbs 10:30; Nehemiah 1:9; Isaiah 64:4; Zephaniah 3:8-9]}. ^ Paul could never give a word that would contradict, override, be outside of, or supersede the word of God / Christ. Moreover, Paul did not contradict himself. Out of the 7 churches in the book of Revelation, Christ is only pleased with 2 of the 7 (they are not deceived). Marvel not that the church is under great deception, for it is written that there will be a falling away, the "great apostasy." Many will worship the false Messiah. "The mystery of iniquity" has long been at work, as Paul said (2 Thessalonians 2). Plant the seeds of the truth of God's Word, pray, and be patient. (Matthew 13:30 - this is at the end of the Day of the Lord, yet it is parallel with the events that will transpire before that day / 2nd Advent / 7th trump). The disciples / saints / election / overcomers remain in the field working for a short season, until the true Christ returns. [2nd Advent; 7th trump; last trump; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; 1 Corinthians 15:52 (last trump); Hebrews 9:26; Zechariah 9:10; Titus 2:13]. Ezekiel 13:20 King James Version (KJV) 20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. MARK 13 - Jesus speaking, gives the order of events that consummate the end of this age. SOME OF OUR BRETHREN WOULD RATHER TAKE A WORD FROM PAUL, that is misunderstood by them, AND CLING TO THE FALSEHOOD OVER THE WORDS OF CHRIST. I WOULD QUESTION ANY PERSON THAT WOULD DO THAT. A PASTOR THAT WOULD DO THAT NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED. We are dealing with their congregation's souls, and spiritual virginity. 1 Thessalonians 4 ~ This was originally written in Greek, a fixed language. English is not a fixed language, and that puts a spin on things. It is important to take your concordance, and study to the roots of the words meanings, or you will run into confusion (Babylon; babyl; darkness; Satan's kingdom). Greek, being a fixed language, does not allow the subject to change. The subject here is: "where are the dead?" The subject cannot change to a false teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture. The second reference to this scripture is (1 Corinthians 15:50-55 - "at the final trump)." 1 Thessalonians 4:4). Stick with Christ and do not be a part of worshipping false idols, religions, other gods. 5). Love is honest, genuine, and true. 7). Holiness is bringing His Word forth, and not deceiving people. 10). Keep doing missionary work and spreading the Word. 11). "Quiet" = "sincere" (understood it). 13). "I don't want you to be ignorant about the dead, and where they are." The heathen don't know where the dead are. [Reference: Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 (the spirit returns to the Father); (2 Corinthians 5:7-8)]. 14). They are already with Him, all of the dead, every one. 15). [Reference: Ecclesiastes 12:7-8; "prevent" = "precede" (Greek). They are already gone. There is no way to beat them there. Some are on the wrong side of the gulf]. 16). The Trump of God is the last trump. The dead in Christ rise first because they are with Him. A person's spirit does not remain in the ground. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust for our earthly bodies have served their purposes. [Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:50-55 (50). Flesh gets crippled, cannot be eternal. (52). LAST TRUMP]. 17). Paul spoke colloquial Greek. "Air" = (Greek: (aer) (ah-ayr'); from aemi: "To breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by analogy to blow): "air" (as naturally circumambient). We are caught up in that spiritual body with the Lord; the breath of life; face. "Clouds" [Reference: Hebrews 12:1 (group, swarm, or gathering of witnesses; army that is coming with Christ]: [Reference: Ezekiel 13:2-3, 17-21 (here, "women" mean children of Israel, the seed of the nation (God's people). God is clearly AGAINST those that teach His people to fly to save their souls)]. In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul makes it PERFECTLY CLEAR that there is no Pre-Tribulation "Rapture." We are to remain in the field, working until Christ's return, at the LAST TRUMP. We will be here with Christ. He reigns for 1,000 years (the Day of The Lord); (Revelation 20:4); (Hebrews 9:26); (Zechariah 9:10). {[Acts 1:1-11 / Zechariah 14:4] - HIS FEET WILL TOUCH THE GROUND}; Zechariah 9:9-10 (verse 9 = 1st advent; verse 10 = 2nd advent). God did not tell us to put on the Gospel armor so that we could fly away. [2 Thessalonians 2; 1 Thessalonians 5 ~ the "any-time doctrine" is false teaching, the anti-Christ (false Christ, false Messiah, the final king of Babylon, the dragon, the serpent, the little horn, the accuser, the desolator, Satan, comes first, at the 6th trump. He will be posing as Christ). The true Christ will not return until the 7th (last trump), as it is written (1 Corinthians 15:52; Hebrews 9:26). It cannot happen otherwise]. Proverbs 1:7 King James Version (KJV) 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 18:13 King James Version (KJV) 13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. 2 Thessalonians 2 King James Version (KJV) 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. Romans 11:8 King James Version (KJV) 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. Revelation 3:1). Spiritually dead. In a place of a lot of commerce. This brings distractions, religions, and false trails. Christianity is the reality. 2). Plant seeds, and do not support false teaching. 3). "[Hour" (of temptation): anti-Christ (instead of Christ) will try to persuade you spiritually to follow him, by means of any way that is false, but is guarded and disguised with some truth (2 Thessalonians 2)]; [New subject - "like a thief," because many people will think Christ is already here when the false Christ (Satan; the anti-Christ), comes pretending to be Christ, at the 6th trump). The deceived will be unpleasantly surprised when Christ Jesus returns at the 7th trump (Matthew 24:32-51 - the ones taken first are taken by Satan, as the false Christ. The disciples remain in the field working; Mark 13; Luke 21; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Hebrews 9:26-28)]. 4). God's elect will stand. The white robes worn in heaven are woven together by our righteous acts (Revelation 19:8). 5). "Blotting out" (erasing). 7). "Philadelphia" (Brotherly Love). It is critical to understand: the key of David unlocks the meats of the true doctrine of God's Word, and includes knowing the genealogy of David, through which Christ came, and the genealogy of Cain, through which the Kenites came. It is much more than genealogy. This is imperative for understanding the mystery of the Kingdom. Study the mystery of the Kingdom, and the mystery of iniquity. [Note: the church members of Smyrna's teachings are this, as will be all of the church members]. The key of David unlocks the deeper understandings of God's Word, and locks God's Word whereby men cannot change it, as they have with many translations (the Kenites; Genesis 3:15-16; 1 Chronicles 2:55; Luke 11:52; John 8:44-45; Revelation 2:9; 3:9). 8). "Open door, and no man can shut it" (once you know the truth, you cannot be deceived. Always stick to the truth, it is a guarantee). "Yehovah" (YHVH; THE=SACRED=NAME of GOD). There is no letter "J" in the Hebrew alphabet. 9). All are gathered at Christ's feet, and bow to Him. It is not us they will bow to. We will be worshipping at the feet of Christ. 10). We know that Satan (the desolator) is the abomination of desolation, spoken of by the prophet (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14), and will come as the anti-Christ. Therefore, we are not unsuspecting, deceived, or tempted to worship Satan, pretending to be Christ (2 Thessalonians 2). 12). "Overcometh" (Mark 13; Luke 21; Matthew 24; Deuteronomy 32). "Pillar in the temple," (spiritually). He is the Temple, the Word, and the Body. [Reference: Revelation 21:22-27]. 13). Tuned to the Holy Spirit (discernment). 15). Be morally and spiritually correct. Stand for the truth, and be depended on for doing it. We need works (James 2:14-26). 18). Pray for spiritual "(eyes to see and ears to hear)," and for the former and latter rain, to be awake, watching, working in the field, and having understanding (Revelation 7:1-3; Revelation 9). "Buy gold tried by the fire," = works. The more you burn gold, the purer it gets. It is not that gold will hold a high future value, it is that it works well as a teaching aid for us to understand. 19). God will forgive. He loves, and corrects His children. We must do it His way. 20). Open your mind (heart) to Him, and know and understand His will and plan. He opens the door to understanding, removes confusion, and problems, bringing in peace in its proper resting place (abide). Seek, ask, and knock to receive revelation from His Word. Christ is the Prince of Peace, but there will not be world peace until after God's wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:3-7). 21). True Victory. 22). Christ is only pleased with 2 of the 7 churches in the many membered ONE body of Christ's Church (Revelation 1:11). It is our command to bring that many membered body into one accord, as is the body of Christ, and His Church (Bride). Understand that which is outside of Christ's doctrine is not in the body, but the Kingdom is like a net cast, and those things that don't belong are cast out. God gives us the opportunity to make corrections before receiving judgment. Do not be one that worships the false Christ. They will be attending a false wedding, having been beguiled by Satan, the false Christ. This is a test, and it will happen as God's Word says it will. It is impossible for it not to happen as God said, and impossible that it will not happen. Once again, for emphasis: IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN EXACTLY AS GOD SAID IT WILL (absolute guarantee).