Jesus makes it very clear that a date is set when EVERYONE will respond to Jesus’ voice and will rise from the dead! “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.” (1 Thess 4:16) It is interesting to note that both the good and evil will rise from the dead. The context strongly suggests that both (good and evil) will rise at the same event – when Jesus returns. Some teach that there is a gap of 1,000 years between the time the good (those faithful to God) and the evil will rise from the dead, but this text would suggest otherwise. There will be a simultaneous judgment of all creation at a time already appointed, when absolute justice tempered with mercy for those in Christ shall be executed upon all.