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A Comparison of the Rapture and the Second Coming

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The Rapture

The Second Coming of Christ
1. Christ comes FOR His saints to take them back to His Father’s House (John 14:1-6)
1. Christ comes WITH His saints to rule the world. (Revelation 19:11-21; Rev. 20:1-6)
2. A movement from earth to heaven. (John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18)
2. A movement from heaven to earth. (Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 19:11-21)
3. Living believers get “resurrection” bodies. (1 Cor. 15:50-53; 1 Thess. 4:17)
3. No “resurrection” bodies for the living. (Those who have died during the Tribulation will be resurrected - Rev. 20:4, 6.)
4. All living saints go to heaven. (John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18)
4. All living saints remain on earth. (Matt. 25:31-46)
5. The world is unjudged at Christ's coming and continues in sin. (Rev. 6:1-18:24). [The entire world of people who survive the Tribulation will be judged at the Second Coming (Matt. 25:31-46).]
5. The world is judged, and righteousness fills the earth! (Isa. 66:15-24; Zech. 14:1-21; Matt. 25:31-46)
6. Delivers Christians from coming wrath. (1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-5:9)
6. Relieves believers who survived wrath. (Matt. 24:21-22; 25:31-40, 46; 2 Thess. 1:5-10; Rev. 6:9-11; Rev. 13:7-10)
7. Imminent event. Could happen any time, because no signs are given. (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:50-55; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:1) 7. Preceded by many signs. (Matt. 24:1-31; Rev. 6:1-18:24)
8. Truth revealed only in the New Testament. (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:50-55; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:1)
8. Predicted in both Old and New Testaments. (Psalm 2:4-9; 110:1-7; Isa. 59:15-21; 60:1-2,  19; 63:1-6; Joel 3:1-3, 9-17; Zech. 14:1-19; Matt. 24:1-25:46; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 19:11-21)
9. Affects only the saints. (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:50-55; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:1) 9. Affects both believers and unbelievers. (2 Thess. 1:5-10)
10. Satan is not bound and is very active. (2 Thess. 2:9; Rev. 12:9, 12)
10. Satan is bound for 1000 years. (Rev. 20:1-6)
11. Only the Church benefits. (1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9)
11. Redeemed Israelis and Gentiles are the main beneficiaries. (Matt. 25:1-46)
12. Is followed by a seven-year period known as the Tribulation (Rev. 7:14) and The Day of the Lord (1 Thess. 4:13-13; 1 Thess. 5:1-9; Rev. 6:1-18:24)
12. Is followed by Christ’s 1000-year reign (the Millennium). (Rev. 19:11-20:6)
13. No angels are said to do any collecting or sorting. (An archangel speaks or shouts, but that is the only mention of an angel - 1 Thess. 4:16.)
13. Angels are dispatched to collect the righteous and sort out the wicked. (Matt. 13:40-43, 49-50; Rev. 19:14, 19)

Rapture Passages

Second Coming Passages
John 14:1-6
Isaiah 63:1-6
1 Corinthians 15:50-53
Zechariah 14:1-9
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
Matthew 24:27-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-27
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10
2 Thessalonians 2:1 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10
1 John 3:1-3
Revelation 19:11-21
Revelation 3:10
 



 

A Comparison of the Rapture and the Second Coming
Prepared by James T. Bartsch
September, 2009

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Email Contact: jbartsch@wordexplain.com

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