Many Christians are confused about the Rapture vs Second Coming of Christ thus leading to an outright unbelief in the Pretribulational Rapture or both events altogether.
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 in prophecy. Beside, why would Christians choose to believe that there will be no Pretribulational Rapture? Do they want to go through the Tribulation? I’m mean really. Let’s take a look at detailed facts that distinguish the two prophetic events:
|The Rapture: 1 Thessalonians 4||The Second Coming: Revelation 19|
|Yeshua meets us in the air||Yeshua returns with us in the air|
|Yeshua comes for His Church||Yeshua comes with His Church|
|Yeshua saves us from His wrath||Yeshua brings us with Him for His wrath|
|Comes as a Bridegroom||Comes as a King|
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 and meets the Resurrected 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 (trumpet); those who died united with the Messiah will be the first to rise; then we who are left still alive will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 CJB)
He doesn’t just appear “in the air” at the Second Coming because His Saints are already with Him. Rather, He physically comes to the earth for the second time.
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:
Avraham approached and said, “Will you actually sweep away the righteous with the wicked?Far be it from you to do such a thing — to kill the righteous along with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike! Far be it from you!” B’resheet (Gen) 18:23, 25 CJB
In Sodom and Gomorrah, God personally paid a special visit to evacuate Lot and his family by sending two (including Himself) angels before the sin of homosexuality was judged in this city of sin.
‘But as they left, they took Lot, Avram’s brother’s son, and his possessions; since he was living in S’dom. ‘ B’resheet (Gen.14:12, CJB)
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
Also, and I can’t emphasize this more: at the Second of Coming of Yeshua, He will place His feet on planet earth–specifically, the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
“On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which lies to the east of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem); and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, to make a huge valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”Zechariah 14:4 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
Below is a comparison of the two separate events:
As you can see from scripture, even when we were not under Grace, God always provided an evacuation plan before He executed judgement upon the wicked on a global scale. Don’t get this confused with small events happening here and there. Also don’t be deceived by many false prophets who have arose. Please study the Rapture for yourself. Meanwhile, I’ll see you in the clouds!