Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The differences between the Rapture and the Second Coming

Christ coming for His church (Rapture) is not to be confused with His second coming (Judgment). These are two separate events:

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Prophetic outline of Revelation explained in Revelation 1:19--

John is told by Jesus to write down the things which he has seen, the things that are, and the things which will take place after this.

Revelation 1:9-18 the things which John has seen
Revelation 2:1-3:22 the things that are: letters to the seven churches (church age)
Revelation 4:1-22:21 the things which will take place after the church age.
In Revelation 4:1 it says after these things, which are, is when the rapture occurs: The Greek word here is meta tauta "after these things" referring to the church being received in heaven. After this event the church is not mentioned on earth but in heaven.
Revelation 4:1-5:14 the church worshipping in heaven
Revelation 6:1-18:24 the tribulation period
Revelation 19:1-21 the second coming of Christ, coming with His church
Revelation 20:1-5 millennium kingdom
Revelation 21:1-22:21 new earth

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  1. Oh, my gosh!! I just finished posting on your article about living thru the Tribulation and how the teachings on the Rapture and the Second Coming are wrongly interpreted. Then when I clicked back there was your new article on the same thing.


    1. Hi Pam,

      LOL! I've been trying to get two different articles done, one on science and one on the economy, for three days now but the Holy Spirit puts these other things in my heart before those topic, so... ! I will try do do one or the other tonight before church. I haven't done a good science or economy article for a long time.

      He certainly waves together an interesting tapestry among His believers, doesn't he.

  2. Wonderful!

    The passages people get more confused with than anything are Matthew 24 where they interpret it as the rapture or for believers and it's NOT. Matthew 24 clearly shows it's the Unbelievers who are removed

    some of the notes I've written in my bible are:
    1 Thess. 5:3-rapture will occur in the midst of peace
    Rev. 19:11-2nd coming will occur in the midst of war.

    Resurrection was NOT a mystery even in the Old Testament.
    Rapture IS a mystery even in the Old Testament.-1 Cor. 1:7-8, 1 Cor. 15:51-54.

    Rapture-only the saved see Jesus
    2nd coming--Every eye shall see Jesus

    Rapture-Lord himself gathers believers
    2nd coming-the angels -Matthew 13:49-50 shall separate

    Also 2 different Days
    There is a difference in the "Day of Jesus Christ" -Phil. 1:6 and Phil 1:10, Phil 2:16-Day of Christ and the "Day of the Lord"- one is a happy day-Rapture and the other is a very sad day-"God's Wrath"

    Rapture is like a Thief in the night
    The 2nd coming every eye shall see him -Rev. 1:17

    1 Thess. 4:16 mentions ONLY the dead in Christ-the first resurrection

    Rev. 20:5-6-Says the "REST of the dead"-lived not until the 1000 years should be finished.

    I know these are not very orderly but I hope they help along with your post.

    Just last nite I was reading an article and then I began reading the responses. I cannot tell you how many people scoff and ridicule the rapture. So many people believe it's false, not taught in the bible etc, etc.

    I do not usually comment or make conversation with these people sinc it is clearly taught in the bible and they STILL do not believe... "Caught up"

    1. Matthew 24 is about Israelites who realized the truth, they are God's elect and chosen, as Matthew 24 says "elect".
      Remember that unbelievers won't be taken away, Jesus and His church (us) will reign over them for the Millennium.

      God bless you sister!

  3. here is a link with Christians who are against the pretrib rapture of the Church. Sad but well this is the very thing that will happen and WHY I believe that MOST will not be ready when it does happen.. And also why Paul said, "let no man deceive you by ANY MEANS",,,-2 Thess. 2:3.

    I would not enter such a foray. They have their minds made up

  4. Margaret Macdonald Was a Church-Splitter

    "church" RAPTURE "church"
    (present age) (tribulation)

    Pretrib leaders agree. John Walvoord's "Rapture Question" (1979) says her view resembles the "partial-rapture view" and Hal Lindsey's "The Rapture" (1983) admits that "she definitely teaches a partial Rapture." But there's more. Lindsey (p. 26) says partial rapturists see only "spiritual" Christians in the rapture and "unspiritual" ones left behind to endure Antichrist's trial. And Walvoord (p. 97) calls partial rapturists "pretribulationists"!
    In the spring of 1830 Macdonald was the first person to see a pretrib (pre-Antichrist) rapture in the Bible. It was a partial rapture form of it since only those "filled with the Spirit" would be raptured before the revealing of "THE WICKED" (Antichrist). A few critics, favoring repeating more than researching, have seen "Church" in the tribulation section of her statement, have been unaware that the charts of all partial rapturists show "Church" on earth after their pretrib rapture (like the above chart shows), and have assumed that Margaret was a posttrib!
    In Sep. 1830 Edward Irving's journal "The Morning Watch" (hereafter: TMW) was the first to publicly echo her novel view when it stated that spiritual "Philadelphia" would be raptured before "the great tribulation" and unspiritual "Laodicea" left on earth. In Dec. 1830 John Darby (the so-called "father of dispensationalism" even though he wasn't first on any crucial aspect of it!) was still defending the historic posttrib rapture (in the "Christian Herald") which he described as Christ's coming for "His judging of the nations."
    Pretrib didn't spring from a "church/Israel" dichotomy, as many have assumed, but from a "church/church" one, as we've seen, and was based only on symbols!
    But innate anti-Jewishness soon appeared. (As noted, TMW (Sep. 1830) saw only less worthy church members left behind.) Two years later (Sep. 1832) TMW said that less worthy church members and "Jews" would be left behind. But by Mar. 1833 TMW was sure that only "Jews" would face the Antichrist!
    As late as 1837 the non-dichotomous Darby saw the church "going in with Him to the marriage, to wit, with Jerusalem and the Jews." And he didn't clearly teach pretrib until 1839. His basis then was the Rev. 12:5 "man child...caught up" symbol he'd "borrowed" (without giving credit) from Irving who had been the first to use it for the same purpose in 1831!
    For related articles Google "X-Raying Margaret," "Edward Irving is Unnerving," "Pretrib Rapture's Missing Lines," "The Unoriginal John Darby," "Deceiving and Being Deceived" by D.M., "Pretrib Rapture Pride," "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty" and "Scholars Weigh My Research." The most detailed and accurate book on pretrib rapture history is "The Rapture Plot" (see Armageddon Books online) - a 300-pager that has hundreds of disarming facts (like the ones above) not found in any other source.

    [Hi Elizabeth. The above composition was spotted on the web. Any reaction? Steve]

    1. It's incomprehensible hogwash. Steve, just because it's on the web, doesn't mean we have to react to everything.

    2. Linda, please read ALL of Philippians 1:10 and then consider those last five words. How can you align that verse with a pretrib rapture?


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