The Study of Last Things
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"...Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus."
Titus 2:13

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)
2. A movement from earth to heaven.
2. A movement from heaven to earth.
3. Living believers get “resurrection” bodies.
3. No “resurrection” bodies for the living.
4. All living saints go to heaven.
4. All living saints remain on earth.
5. The world is unjudged and continues in sin.
5. The world is judged, and righteousness fills the earth!
6. Delivers Christians from coming wrath.
6. Relieves believers who survived wrath.
7. Imminent event. Could happen any time.
7. Preceded by many signs.
8. Truth revealed only in the New Testament.
8. Predicted in both Old and New Testaments.
9. Affects only the saints.
9. Affects both believers and unbelievers.
10. Satan is not bound and is very active.
10. Satan is bound for 1000 years.
11. Only the Church benefits.
11. Redeemed Israelis and Gentiles are the main beneficiaries.
12. Is followed by a seven-year period known as the Tribulation.
12. Is followed by Christ’s 1000-year reign (the Millennium).
13. No angels are said to do any collecting or sorting.
13. Angels are dispatched to collect the righteous and sort out the wicked.

Rapture Passages

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