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Davids, F. Bruce, M. II, Rev. Patrick Fairbairn , Blackie and Son , London, , p. Worth, TX , p. Albert Schweitzer, Macmillan, NY, , p. Stuart Russell , T. Fisher Unwin Pub. The Closing of the Western Mind , p. In the New Testament the Parousia , or coming of Christ as Judge of the world, is an oft-repeated doctrine. The Saviour Himself not only foretells the event but graphically portrays its circumstances Matthew sqq.
The Apostles Malachi peter phophet labour give a most prominent place to this doctrine in their preaching Acts ; and writings Romans —16 ; ; 1 Corinthians ; 2 Corinthians ; 2 Timothy ; 2 Thessalonians ; James Besides the name Parusia parousia , or Advent 1 Corinthians ; 2 Thessalonians , the Second Coming is also called Epiphany, epiphaneia, or Appearance 2 Thessalonians ; 1 Timothy ; 2 Timothy ; Titus , and Apocalypse apokalypsis , or Revelation 2 Thessalonians ; 1 Peter The time of the Second Coming is spoken of as 'that Day' 2 Timothy , 'the day of the Lord' 1 Thessalonians , 'the day of Christ' Philemon , 'the day of the Son of Man' Luke , 'the last day' John — The belief in the general judgment has prevailed at all times and in all places within the Church.
It is contained as an article of faith in all the ancient creeds: 'He ascended into heaven. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead' Apostles' Creed. The two shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead' Nicene Creed. Though this idea is interwoven with the eschatological teachings of those writers, it in no way detracted from their belief in a universal world-judgment. Patristic testimony to this dogma is clear and unanimous.
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Hindu Kalki Kali Yuga Shiva. Jewish Messianism Book of Daniel Kabbalah. Taoist Li Hong. Zoroastrian Frashokereti Saoshyant. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Second Coming. LCCN : sh Each time the thief in the night is mentioned violent signs are spoken of, like: " Sudden destruction comes upon them " " as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west " " the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat ".
It does not sound like a secret rapture to me! All these verses are really referring to the second coming of Jesus that will come at the end of time. So it should be clear that the rapture occurs at the end of the Great Tribulation when Jesus comes back. Remember the verses above in Daniel and Revelation that speak of God's people living through that Great time of tribulation.
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Also remember, that when Jesus comes, the righteous are taken up to heaven while all the rest are slated for destruction. Those who are still living are killed by the brightness of His coming. A very interesting addition to the thief in the night subject is found in Revelation During the time of the plagues, the 7 last plagues in the great tribulation, between the 6th and 7th plague, Jesus says this:.
After 6 of the plagues, demons are gathering the kings of the earth together for this great battle of Armageddon. It is at that time that Jesus says: " Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame ". Right after this event, then the 7th and last plague occurs, " in which a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne of God , saying, 'It is done!
So, the second coming of Jesus clearly comes at the end of the great tribulation time. The second question: Have you ever wondered, what if you already missed the Return of Christ? I am especially intrigued by the statement: "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night" Doesn't that imply that the Lord will return almost unnoticed? Until after He has returned to the heavens again? The thief in the night can mean one of two things. Either the whole thing is going to be done in secret, which might easily be missed, as you are suggesting; Or it means that it will be a surprise, a sudden and unlooked calamity that everyone will experience with horror, thus it will be extremely noticeable.
Lets look at the Bible verses below, the two Texts of Scripture are placed side-by side, both having the statement we are looking for: " The Lord comes as a thief in the night ". It's labeled with the color green. When we look at more of the verses we find that the event describe is not a secret event at all. But instead, we see violet statements like: "sudden destruction comes"; "they will not escape"; "the heavens will pass away with a great noise"; the elements will melt with fervent heat, both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up".
These statements from the Bible tells us that the thief in the night experience will be a very sudden event that will surprise the people of the world. Believe me, it will be noticed! The people of the world will probably wish with all their hearts that these terrible events would not happen at all. Now, Paul gives a special message to Christians in verse 4 that adds to the urgency of the surprise event:. So, Paul says that since you are brethren of Christ and you are not living in darkness; This Day should not take you by surprise as a thief. So this event of the second coming of Jesus will surprise the people of the world and they will face sudden destruction.
But Paul says that this event should not surprise us who are followers of Jesus because we are not living in darkness. We are actually looking forward this event. That means we will not be surprised by it. We expect it to happen and it will be a happy event because Jesus will come to rescue His people from certain death. It is the wicked who will be surprised. They will not be ready nor will they welcome Him because they will see that they are all about to be destroyed by that same event.
As for missing the event, saying that we might not even notice that Jesus comes; That is not possible! We know this because the Bible is very clear! It says that every eye will see Jesus come in the clouds and the wicked will see this and they will morn and wail! It will be such a noisy and dramatic event with fire, lightning, and destruction, etc. It will be impossible for the return of Christ to be unnoticed!! So, we cannot imply that the Lord will return unnoticed at all because the Bible says very clearly that it will be a violent and definitely a noticeable event.
The context of the thief in the night means sudden destruction. The third question: We are not immortal now, but does it not say in 1 Corinthians that all people will be made alive? It does seem like the verse says that Jesus shall raise all people! However, let's look at more of the surrounding verses:. If we look at verse 23, we see that it tells who the " all " are. All will be made alive, first Jesus, who is the firstfruits, then those who are Christ's at His coming.
It is only those who belong to Jesus, they alone will be raised to life and be made immortal.
The fourth question: How can Jesus be coming to get us at His 2nd coming if the bible says in Zechariah 14, Jude 14, and 1 Thessalonians that we come back with Him? How can He keep the promise of John 14 where He takes us to heaven if He does not take us until the 2nd coming? Zechariah 14 says He comes back in His 2nd coming and sets foot on the mount of olives and takes over His temple to rule for years. So Jesus cannot take us to heaven at His 2nd coming, because He will remain on the earth.
Jesus cannot come back with us at the 2nd coming if He has to come get us first. Please help me understand these things. So you are suggesting: Since Jesus has promised to take us to heaven John 14 ; And since Zechariah 14 says Jesus will rule on the earth when Jesus comes; That Jesus cannot both take us to heaven and also setup an earthly kingdom at the same time when Jesus comes at His second coming.
So, you are suggesting that the only way for Jesus to keep both of His promises is for Jesus to take us to heaven when we die. The dead in Christ would have been in heaven already, before His second coming. Then, at the second coming of Christ, at the end of the world, Jesus would bring the righteous dead back with Him to the earth.
Let's look at the promise in John 14 to see what Jesus' promise is about. This promise centers on the fact that Jesus will come again and take God's people with Him to the place of His Fathers House where there are mansions just waiting for them. So, Jesus says that He will keep His promise when He comes, not before. Because He says that when He comes, He will receive us unto Himself. So, when does Jesus come for His people? Is is when His people die? Or is it at the Second Coming, at the end of the world, the last day?
Let's look more closely at the verses which clearly show when Jesus will raise His righteous ones from the grave:. Many times Jesus has said that He will raise his people up on the last day. So it should not be surprising to see that Martha repeats what Jesus says when Jesus says to her: "your brother will rise again.
The righteous will rise in the resurrecton at the last day and it will be Jesus who raises them. In that discussion, Jesus told them that they could not go with Him then, but that they would be able to follow Him later. Jesus specifically tells them that He will personally come back to take them back with Him to His Father's house:.
Jesus was going to heaven. So He told them that they could not go with Him at that time, but that they would follow Him at a later time. Finally in verse 3 of John 14 He says that He will come again to receive them unto Himself. So, Jesus tells us that He will keep His promise when He comes, not before. Let's look more closely at other verses which clearly show when Jesus will raise His righteous ones from the grave:. In verses 21 and 23 we see that Jesus is the firstfruits of those who slept in the grave. Jesus rose from the dead. Now in verse 23 we see that the righteous will be made alive at his coming.
Now, lets look at Thessalonians 4 where Paul describes with more detail how Jesus will wake up His people when He comes:. In verse 16 we see that Jesus descends from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God. The very first thing that now happens is that all those who were dead in Christ are brought to life. If everyone wakes up from the dead when they die, they would all wake up at different times since people die at different times. But that is NOT how it happens in verse All the dead wake up at the same time! So it is when Jesus descends from heaven with a shout that the dead rise, not when they die.
Then in verse 17 the very next thing that happens is that all the rest of the righteous, the ones still living at that time, they are brought up together into the clouds. So all those who are dead in Christ and also all those who are yet alive, they are all brought up together in the air at the same time and in the same event, when Jesus comes!
The rising of the dead in Christ does not happen when God's people die. It happens only at the end of the world when Jesus comes to pick up all His people at the same time, both the dead and those who are yet alive. This was wonderful news to those in the Thessalonian church because they were crying for the dead as if they had no hope of the future! Now, lets look at the verse that many people think says that Jesus will bring the dead in Christ back with Him from Heaven to the earth when He comes:. Clearly, verse 14 is saying that even those who sleep in Jesus will God take back with Him to heaven.
Paul did not mean that Jesus would be bringing the dead people from heaven because Jesus comes at His second coming in order to wake up the dead and bring them with Him back to heaven. We have just looked at these things in verses 16 and 17 above.
Near the beginning of this page we also saw that Jesus preached that the Saints will enter the kingdom of heaven. Heaven is part of our reward. Here is a quick list of the verse that we covered:. Matthew Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Unless you are converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Truly I say to you that a rich man will with great difficulty enter into the kingdom of Heaven..
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. For so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew So, Scripture clearly shows that the righteous will enter heaven. Also, Scripture clearly shows that at the end of the world, the second coming of Christ; That Jesus will come with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then God's people that are alive will be taken up into the clouds to be with the Lord in the air with those who had died.
We are not being gathered on the earth but rather in the air to be taken to heaven where Jesus says: In my Father's house are many mansions. Jesus has prepared a place for us so that He could take us with Him. So, Scripture shows us that we go to heaven when Jesus comes again, not when we die. Everyone is taken to heaven at the same time to receive their reward. To answer your question: God cannot start an earthly kingdom and take us all to heaven at the same time.
Jesus spoke of heaven as being our reward over and over again. He did not speak of an earthly kingdom. These points of Scripture add up to one important point: Zechariah 14 must be talking about another time, not during the years after Jesus comes because the Bible is clear that Jesus takes His chosen people to heaven when He comes.
On the other hand, the Bible is also clear that God's people will inherit the earth after the years. Click on the icon below that reads: The years after the Second Coming to learn more about what happens after Jesus comes. The fifth question: I have just found your website and really appreciate the time and effort your have gone through to provide us with detailed explanations on very difficult topics.
The way that you explain each subject with passages is very helpful to me. I am better able to understand what God's word is saying. I have started to read the Second Coming and wanted to comment on question 4 to see if you may having given any thought to the following; Just to let you know I believe in either a pretrib or midtrib rapture 1.
The New Testament was written in Greek and the English words "caught up" is literally harpazo. Harpazo means "to seize, carry off by force; claim for one's self eagerly; to snatch out or away". Like being kidnapped. In 1 Thessalonians Paul is talking to the Church, primarily gentiles. In Matthew, Matthew is talking to the Jews.
In Revelation, after chapter 3 there is no mention of the Church. The rest of the book is all about the Jews. In 1 Thessalonians and elsewhere "God did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ".
The wrath of God was poured out on Christ at Calvary so it would not have to be poured out on those who have placed their faith in Christ. The wrath of God is said to be "poured out" on the sinful world in the Book of Revelation and, I believe, since God has not appointed Christians to suffer His wrath, He will take believers out of harm's way in a rapture.
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If there is no rapture before the Tribulation, wouldn't that mean that all of God's elect have to suffer the wrath of God prior to the Second Coming, even after Christ has already suffered that wrath. Why would He want that to happen?
Food for thought - In 1 Thessalonians it never says that Jesus comes to the ground, but that the elect Bride or Church that are living and those that have died will join Him in the air and be taken to Heaven and in Matthew 24, if the Jews are the subject, then couldn't these be two different events? If that is true, then the Church will be will Jesus when He comes to destroy the wicked at the end of the tribulation.
I am a beginner in trying to learn and understand God's word. I have been brought up to believe that unbelievers would suffer the "lake of fire" for eternity. I am beginning to have doubts based on yours and other's articles. Many people have different opinions on the rapture, and it is not a spine issue for salvation, but I would be interested in your thoughts on the above. I can see that you have some well thought-out questions so I thank you for asking them. You mention the different opinions on the rapture, that it is not a spine issue for salvation. I guess that means you believe that our correct knowledge of things like the rapture and the idea that, the wicked would suffer the "lake of fire" for eternity, are not to be essential for salvation.
I personally believe that our knowledge of these doctrines can affect our ideas about God.
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Many people have lost their way because they believe God is a torturer of the wicked for ever and ever. What kind of a God is He anyway? Even many people, as wicked as we are, we have more compassion than that. I was listening to a meeting and the speaker was speaking of a cat that was playing with a Kangaroo rat and for a quick moment, the rat got loose, and in its desperation, it jumped the wrong direction and landed right in the camp fire.
Instantly there was a response of horror by the audience. Even for a rat! Is there any Biblical evidence for God having the wicked burn for ever and ever? I do not believe the Bible supports this kind of doctrine. What about the secret rapture? What does this doctrine tell us we should do? If we some how miss the secret rapture, it teaches us that we will still have a chance to be saved by following God after the secret rapture. We will have a second chance. Does the Bible promote the idea of a second chance after that time? No it does not. So if we depend on a second chance and do nothing, we may lose out on eternity.
We must be lovers of the truth so that we may know what to do to be saved. So, I believe that these doctrines could very well be salvational issues. Especially when we see how it might affect what we do or what we expect to happen. Let's look at your questions. I will treat your food for thought question as the seventh question. Question 1. The Greek word for "caught up" in 1 Thessalonians If we look at the context in which the greek word "harpazo" is found, we can see that God is taking up His righteous people who are still living.
Is it like a kidnapping? Or is God seizing these people against their will? No on both accounts. Paul was saying that we must not be ignorant concerning those of us who have fallen asleep that we might sorrow over them. Again, the truth is so important. We are to have hope. This will be a joyful event when it happens. Jesus comes down and the dead in Christ rise first than God's people who are yet living will be caught up in the air to be with them in the clouds. Imagine the deepest, darkest forest you can think of. All but the thinnest rays of sunlight would be blocked by the dense canopy of branches above.
Now pretend this foreboding forest stretches for miles on end and you need to find your way through—alone—without compass, guide, map, or trail. Does life ever feel like that? In particular, does your spiritual journey back to God ever feel like that? President Dieter F. God is your Father.
He loves you.