What is the difference between the Second Coming of Christ and the Rapture?
One of the greatest myths about prophecy that I encountered is this one. Even though they are often confused with each other, the Rapture and the Second Coming are two different events on God’s timetable.
First, when Christ returns, He takes every Christian left on Earth with Him to heaven.He also raises all of the deceased believers. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17, Paul discusses the Rapture, saying: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry, with an archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God.” And the first to rise are the dead in Christ. Then, along with them, those of us who are still living and alive will be taken up into the clouds to be with the Lord in the air. Thus, we will always be with the Lord.
God will save His believers from the Tribulation—the seven years of punishment that will be poured out on earth—via the Rapture.Some believe that the Tribulation will start before the Rapture. Therefore, Romans 8:1 states, “Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Hence, I don’t think the Church will be subject to the judgment God has ordained for that time.
Finally, according to the Bible, Jesus returns at the conclusion of the seven years. His second coming is now. This time, he visits us as the mighty and majestic King of the world, surrounded by all of his saints, rather than a meek infant. At Armageddon, he will triumph and establish his heavenly empire.
Here are a few brief distinctions between the two events that you should keep in mind:
Jesus gathers His saints during the Rapture.He will take his saints with him when he returns.
Jesus did not go all the way to the earth at the Rapture. When he returns in the second coming, he will rule on earth with his feet touching the Mount of Olives.
Jesus brings a blessing for His saints during the Rapture.At His second coming, He judges those who rejected Him.
We know the Second Coming happens seven years after the Rapture, but it could still happen at any time.
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