The RAPTURE and the SECOND COMING are two distinct events on God’s timeline.
The RAPTURE is when Christ comes back and takes every Christian that is still on this earth and resurrects all of those who have died and takes them to heaven with Him. Paul talks about the RAPTURE in 1 Thess. 4:16,17.
“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 will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
The RAPTURE is God’s protection of his saints from the Tribulation – the seven years of judgment that will then be poured out on earth. There are some who argue the Tribulation period will begin before the Rapture. However, the Bible says that “there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus’. Rom. 8:1
At the end of the seven years, the Bible says Jesus comes back. This is His SECOND COMING. This time he comes to the earth not as a humble child but as the powerful and glorious King of the universe, surrounded by all of his saints. He will gain victory at ARMAGEDDON and establish His kingdom on earth.
In short, here are some succinct differences to remember about the two events.
At the RAPTURE, Jesus comes for his saints. At the Second Coming He comes with his saints.
At the RAPTURE, Jesus doesn’t come all the way to earth. At the SECOND COMING His feet touch down on the Mount of Olives and He will reign on earth.
At the RAPTURE, Jesus comes with a blessing for His saints. At the SECOND COMING He brings judgments for those who have rejected Him.
The RAPTURE can happen at any moment, but we know the SECOND COMING happens seven years later.
This is laid out for us by Dr David Jeremiah – one of the few out there today that we can depend on for truth.
The saints are all those who have accepted Christ into their lives.
There is so much information out there today. So quickly can we pull it up online and study and read and LEARN what we need to know NOW.
I remember years and years ago my husband saying, “Darling you have to believe the Bible, and if you don’t then nothing about it is real to you.” He also made one other statement that I have never forgotten. He said, “All cults explain their stand on God..Jesus.. and the Holy Spirit.” (and some of them make you want to vomit) For the Christian they are the ‘Three in One’.” He went on to say, “We know who Jesus Christ is. When we see what cults says about Jesus then we know whether they are Christian or a Cult. ” The cults are definitely sinister in force. Loren went on to say, “what they do with Jesus tells you if it is a Cult or Christianity.
As I looked at what Loren had said, I realized we don’t have to read all kinds of big books on any of the Cults out there. We only have to find out what they do with Jesus and upon that knowledge disown them and know what the Bible says and live it because Jesus IS coming back and He will be exactly as the Bible has said from Gen. 1 to the end of Revelation. His blood drips through every letter, every word, every paragraph, every Book in the Bible. He is God’s Son and He died and rose again and He is returning for His own. So be it!!
I wish I had kept Mr. Martin’s book – it was such an eye opener. Loren taught it well. He had a good-sized class back then. The times were nothing like they are today. And getting worse. “Even so, come Lord Jesus” and take us away from it all.
In His way and believing that Jesus IS Lord and He will always be just THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!