THE RAPTURE AND THE 2ND COMING ARE NOT THE SAME

 

THE LAST DAYS, THE RAPTURE, THE TRIBULATION and THE ANTICHRIST, ARMAGEDDON, THE MILLENNIAL REIGN, THE NEW HEAVEN and THE NEW EARTH, THE NEW JERUSALEM

 

We believe that we are in the last days of this dispensation, in the which, many Christians not enduring sound doctrine, are in apostasy and falling away.

 

We believe the Lord will come quickly for the saved, who will be caught up (the rapture) to meet the Lord in the air. We believe that after this event, there will follow the seven year wrath of God that will be poured out on the earth (the tribulation and the antichrist).

 

We believe that after these seven years, Christ will then return to rescue Israel (the battle of Armageddon) from the attack from all nations, and that Israel will be restored to their own physical land here on earth. Christ will then rule from Jerusalem with a rod of iron for one thousand years, after which, the heavens shall melt and the earth be burned up, and after which, a new heaven and a new earth shall be seen with the new Jerusalem.

 

The last days: 2Tim 3:1, 4:3; 2Pet 3:3

 

Falling away: 2Thess 2:2-3

 

Caught up (rapture): 1Thess 1:10, 4:13-18; John 14:1-3, 11:23-25; 1Cor 15:51-52;

 

The seven year wrath: 1 Thess 1:10, 2:16, 5:9; Rev 6:16, 17, 11:18, 14:10, 19, 15:1, 7, 16:1, 19,

 

19:15

 

The tribulation: Deut 4:30; Jer 30:7; Dan 9:27; Matt 24:15-21; 1Thess 5:9; Rev 7:14, 6:1–19:21

 

The antichrist: Dan 7:23-28, 8:23-25; 1Jn 2:18; 2Thess 2:3-4; Rev 13:1-18, 14:9-11, 17:8-18,

 

19:19-20

 

Armageddon: Judges 5:19-20; Joel 3:9-16; Zeph 3:8-9; Zech 12:11-14, 14:2-3; Matt 24:19-34; Acts

 

1:11; Jude 14; Rev 1:7, 6:14-17, 16:13-16, 19:11-21, 20:8

 

Restored to their land: Deut 30:2; Is 11:12; Jer 29:14

 

Rod of iron: Rev 2:27

 

Millennial reign: Isa 2:1-4, 9:6-7; Dan 2:44, 7:13-14; Acts 1:6-7; 21:1-2; 2Tim 4:3; 2Pet 3:7, 10-11;

 

Rev 5:10, 20:1-6

 

The heavens melt and earth burned: 2 Pet 3:7, 10-11

 

New heaven and new Earth: Rev 3:12, 21:2

 

The new Jerusalem: Ps 46:4, 48:2; Gal 4:26; Heb 11:16; 12:22;  Rev 21-22

 

THE RAPTURE

 

The rapture is Christ coming for his church before the seven year tribulation starts.

 

It is NOT the second coming which happens at the end of the tribulation.

 

There are approximately twenty-eight references in the New Testament, with five in Philippians, seven in 1Thessalonians, two in 2 Thessalonians, three in 1Peter, four in the Timothy’s and mentions in Titus, 1&2 Corinthians, James and 1John.

 

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thess 4:15-17

 

SECOND COMING OCCURS AT THE END OF THE SEVEN YEARS OF TRIBULATION

 

The second coming is not the rapture but is Jesus Christ coming back at the END of the seven year

 

tribulation to rescue Israel at Jerusalem.

 

The following is the second coming of Christ.

 

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Rev 1:7;

 

It is also mentioned in the Old Testament. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, Jude 1:14. Rev 19:11-21; Matt 24:19-35


DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING

 

Rapture

2nd Advent/Coming


RAPTURE VERSES (the Son of God) just

2nd COMING VERSES (the Son of Man) at the end


before the seven year tribulation.

of the seven year tribulation


1Cor:7-8

Zech 14:5


1Cor15:50


Jude 1:14


Phil 1:6; 1:10; 2:16; 3:20; 4:5


1Thess 3:13


1Thess 4:16


Rev 19


2Thess 2:2


 


John 14:3

 


 

 


The removal of all true believers

The Son of man, Jesus Christ, returns to earth


 

 


Saints caught into the air

Saints return to earth with the Son of man


 

 


The Son of God comes in the air

The Son of man returns to earth


 

 


Jesus comes to claim the bride

Jesus returns with the bride


 

 


Church removed and tribulation started

Israel raptured and Millennial (1000 year) reign starts


 

 


Imminent with no signs

Preceded by a multitude of signs


 

 


A comfort

A judgment


 

 


Program for the church

Program for Israel and the world


 

 


A mystery

Predicted in both testaments


 

 


Believers are taken to be judged

Gentiles and the Israel are judged


 

 


Creation left unchanged

Creation changed


 

 


Gentiles unaffected

Gentiles judged


 

 


Israel’s covenants are unfulfilled

All Israel’s covenants are fulfilled


 

 


Evil not judged

Evil judged


 

 


Takes place before day of wrath

Takes place after day of wrath


 

 


For believers only

For all men


 

 


The Lord is at hand

The kingdom is at hand


 

 


 

THE RAPTURE OCCURS BEFORE THE LAST SEVEN YEARS (THE COVENANT OF ONE WEEK = SEVEN YEARS) WHICH IS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE ANTICHRIST.

 

The last seven years is called Daniel’s 70th week which is found in the Old Testament.

 

ISRAEL’S AMAZING 70 WEEKS PROPHECY

 

When Israel and Daniel were captured and taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel was given a vision by God about the eventual future of Israel. It is called DANIEL’S 70 WEEKS PROPHECY.

 

Here is the whole prophecy without explanation Daniel 9:20-27 (King James Bible)

 

20And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;

 

21Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

 

22And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.

 

23At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

 

24Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

 

25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

 

26And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.


27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

 

Here is the whole prophecy with explanation Daniel 9:20-27 (King James Bible)

 

The 70 week prophecy

Explanation

 

 

20 And whiles I (this is Daniel) was speaking, and

Gabriel the angel comes to Daniel when he is in

praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my

captivity in Babylon and outlines the future of

people Israel, and presenting my supplication

Israel. This vision is given around 606BC or soon

before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of

after.

my God;

 

21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the

 

man Gabriel (this is the angel Gabriel), whom I

 

had seen in the vision at the beginning, being

 

caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of

 

the evening oblation.

 

22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and

 

said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give

 

thee skill and understanding.

 

23 At the beginning of thy supplications the

 

commandment came forth, and I am come to shew

 

thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore

 

understand the matter, and consider the vision.

 

 

 

24 Seventy weeks

Now seventy weeks means 70 weeks of sevens

 

ie 70x7 = 490. They are not weeks of days but

 

weeks of years. So we have 490 years.

 

 

are determined upon thy people

Israel

and upon thy holy city

Jerusalem

 

 

to finish the transgression, and to make an end of

God promises to heal and restore Israel and forgive

sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to

Israel all her sins. God promises to open the eyes

bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up

of Israel to see whom they have pierced. This will

the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most

happen in the seven year tribulation. (Zechariah

Holy.

12:10)

 

 

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the

The Persian king Artaxerxes gives letters to

going forth of the commandment to restore

Nehemiah to go and rebuild the city of Jerusalem in

and to build Jerusalem

445 BC (Nehemiah 2:8). Read all of Nehemiah 2:1-

 

10.

 

 

unto the Messiah the Prince

This is Jesus Christ.

 

 

shall be seven weeks: the street shall be built

7 weeks = 7x7 years = 49 years), and

again, and the wall,

threescore and two weeks (62 weeks = 62x7

 

= 434 years).

 

The start for this 490 year prophecy begins with

 

the decree to rebuild Jerusalem.

 

 

even in troublous times.

The Samaritans opposed the reconstruction of

 

Jerusalem and gave Israel much trouble during

 

the first 49 years.

 

 

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall

This 62 weeks = 62x7 = 434 years.

Messiah be cut off but not for himself:

The first 49 years have already come and gone.

 

Jesus will go to the cross, after the 49+434 = 483

 

years. The Messiah, Jesus Christ, would be cut off

 

but not for anything wrong that he had done.

 

 


 

This 483 years was fulfilled to the very day Jesus

 

rode into Jerusalem on the Sunday.

 

From the 1st Nisan 445BC to the 6th April 32AD was

 

exactly 173,880 days = 483 years.

 

There is still one week of seven to go. There are

 

still seven years to go.

 

 

and the people of the prince

This will be the antichrist who will be the one

 

world political leader.

 

Note: Jesus Christ is the Prince (capital “P”). The

 

prince (small “p”) is the antichrist.

 

 

that shall come shall destroy the city and the

The antichrist, called the future Roman prince, will

sanctuary;

turn against Israel and destroy Jerusalem and the

 

temple. Rome is behind this antichrist. The

 

antichrist will be the one world political leader but

 

the false prophet (Revelation 16:13; 19:20; 20:10)

 

will the Pope out of Rome.

 

The antichrist will bring about a 7 year covenant.

 

But in the middle of the 7 years, he will break it.

 

See verse 27.

 

 

and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto

This is not a water flood but a flood of evil (Isiah

the end of the war desolations are determined.

59:19). The enemy shall come in like a flood.

 

Until the end, there will be wars and desolations of

 

famine, disease and death.

 

 

 

 

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for

This will be for seven years. This is a week of

one week:

seven. This is called Daniel’s 70th week.

 

Just before the antichrist announces this one week

 

(7 years) the rapture occurs when Christ takes all

 

true believers off the earth to meet himself in the

 

air.

 

 

and in the midst of the week he shall cause the

After 3.5 years, he will set himself up in the

sacrifice and the oblation to cease,

temple in Jerusalem and stop all animal sacrifices

 

and Jewish celebrations.

 

 

and for the overspreading of abominations he

The antichrist will start the abomination (extreme

shall make it desolate,

hatred) of idolatry. He will set himself up in the

 

temple, to be the idol that is to be worshipped.

 

(Daniel 11:35-39; Revelation 13:14-15;

 

2Thessalonians 2:3-4)

 

 

even until the consummation, and that determined

Until the end, the consummation, this will be the

shall be poured upon the desolate.

overspreading of abominations which will desolate

 

and destroy the renewed temple worship.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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