Many Christians are confused about the Rapture vs Second Coming of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) thus leading to an outright unbelief in the pre-tribulation Rapture or teaching a twisted confused version of two different events which will occur at two differrent times.
While we address this topic in our end time questions and answers, in this article I will discuss the differences between the two prophetic events which will occur at two different times for two different reasons.
Besides, why would Christians choose to believe that there will be no pre-tribulation rapture? Do they want to go through the Tribulation? I’m mean really. Let’s take a look at the facts:
What’s The Rapture?
The Rapture will be a private event where Yeshua (Jesus) will invite only His people to meet with Him in the air, and evacuate them from the earth before the seven year tribulation begins. (Thess. 4:17, Rev. 3:10)
In the Rapture, the Messiah comes down from Heaven as He did in the Old Testament and meets the Resurrected once dead saints in the air:
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a rousing cry, with a call from one of the ruling angels, and with God’s shofar; those who died united with the Messiah will be the first to rise;” 1 Thessalonians (1 Th) 4:16 CJB
Notice He doesn’t do this at the Second Coming because His Saints are already with Him.
‘And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. ‘ Revelation 19:14Revelation 19:11
All throughout the Bible God has never allowed His people to experience judgment along with those being judged during a full execution of His wrath. Abraham asked God would he destroy the wicked with the righteous:
‘And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? ‘Genesis 18:23,25
In Sodom and Gomorrah, he paid a special visit to evacuate Lot and his family by sending three angels before the sin of homosexuality was judged in this city of sin.
God will repeat the same judgement of stoning of those who continued to sin in the future only this time, with giant sized hail stones mixed with fire and blood. (Rev 16; Gen. 13:10)
” Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation (tribulation), which shall come upon all the world (not the raptured saints), to try them that dwell upon the earth.”Rev. 3:10, KJV
Also, there will be a major Resurrection of the Saints who will be transformed in a twinkling of an eye:
“It will take but a moment, the blink of an eye, at the final shofar. For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever, and we too will be changed.”1 Corinthians (1 Co) 15:52 CJB
What’s The Second Coming?
The Second Coming however, will be a very public event when the Lord will return with His saints, (his bride the church)those who were raptured and experienced the Resurrection along with those saints killed during the tribulation:
“The armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses.”Revelation of Yeshua to Yochanan (Rev) 19:14 CJB
The Second Coming, The Day of The Lord, etc. is the second time the world will see Him that’s why it’s called the Second Coming! If you notice this time he’s not coming ” like a thief in the night”, this time every eye shall see Him!
“Look! He is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the Land will mourn him. Yes! Amen!”Revelation of Yeshua to Yochanan (Rev) 1:7 CJB