The Second Coming

Mark 13:32 – “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father”.

Matt 24:44 – “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

Rev 20:4 – “…and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

In His 1st Coming there are over 300 prophesies predicting His coming and birth. There are over 2500 prophecies of His 2nd Coming and The Millennial Reign of Christ.

As you study them you discover that there are two different Phases of His 2nd Coming. One is for His Bride, the Church, His heavenly people, and the second coming is for Israel, His earthly people who look forward to the Kingdom that was promised to David.

Most of the Church today is ignorant of the coming Millennial Kingdom and God’s dealings with His chosen people Israel in the last days. There is a false doctrine that the Church has replaced disloyal Israel in prophecy, but that is not so. Paul uses three chapters in the latter part of Romans to deal with Israel. In chapter 9 he writes of Israel’s past, chapter 10 of the present, and chapter 11 of Israel’s future. Chapter 11, vs 1 – I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid.” Then in vs 2, he writes, God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.” No, God has not replaced Israel with the Church or any other entity or organism. Israel has a prominent place in end-time scripture, especially Revelation.

There is so much in the Bible about the millennial reign of Christ and it is NOT figurative; it is real and it is coming soon. But, the next thing that is to be fulfilled before all the end-time scriptures can be fulfilled and that is the Rapture or the Catching Away of the Church to heaven. It is imminent and I believe it is soon.

Just watch the events of the day in which we live in and you too will see, if you have a measure of discernment. All the events and signs are being or have been fulfilled. Nothing is lacking before this Blessed Hope can be realized; it is time for His coming in the clouds.

Many people today get the imminent coming of Christ for His Church and His 2nd coming to set up His millennial kingdom (1,000 year reign on earth) mixed up. But a careful look at the scriptures will help us to distinguish between the two prominent but separate events. Let’s compare scriptures and see the difference.

These two lists are contradictory because one is intended for the Church and the other for Israel. The LORD has TWO chosen peoples, Israel and the Church and He has a different program for each of them. Here are some scriptural differences.

Two Different Events

The RaptureThe 2nd Coming
Translation of BelieversNo translation involved
Translated Saints go to heavenSaints return to earth
Imminent – signlessPredicted with many signs
Not in the Old Testament (it is but)Predicted in the Old Testament
Believers onlyAffects all men on earth
Before the Day of WrathConcludes the Day of Wrath
No reference to SatanSatan is bound
Comes FOR His ownComes WITH His own
He comes in the air – cloudsHe comes to the earth
Comes FOR His BrideHe comes WITH His Bride
Only His own see HimEvery eye shall see Him

(After His resurrection only loving eyes beheld Him and only loving hands touched Him)

The Great Tribulation beginsThe Millennium begins
The Raptured Church – Believers onlyOld Testament saved raised (Dan 12:13)

Remember John chapter 14? Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” Is He preparing a place for you?

Are you ready for His Imminent Return or are you dreading it and hoping it never happens?

Your standing and your daily lifestyle have everything in the world to do with it.

His coming will be quick!

Matt 24:26 – Jesus said, “Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.27 – For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

1Corinthians 15:52 – “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

1 Thessalonians 4:17 – “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Will you be in that number my friend? Are you ready for the Imminent return of Christ for the Church, His Body, His Bride?

Repent and be saved today my friend…He will save you; He will cleanse you; He will forgive you and make you one of His children!

Amen