“Looking for that Blessed Hope (the Rapture of the church), and the glorious appearing of the great God and our savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
The Lord Jesus Christ is coming and it could be at any time. In fact, He is coming twice. The first of the two appearances will be for His church at the Rapture. At the Rapture, all those that are His will be caught up to be with the Lord. The Bible says this regarding the Rapture of the church:
“For the Lord Himself (Jesus) shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first: then we which are alive and remain (all those living that love the Lord) shall be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Thessalonians. 4:16,17
The next and final appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ will be at the end of the age at the coming Great Tribulation. It will be a time of unimaginable war and destruction. Israel will be surrounded by the armies of the Antichrist and complete annihilation will look certain for Israel. The Lord Jesus Christ will come to save them and defeat the armies of the Antichrist. The Bible says the following about this time and glorious appearing of the Lord:
“And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He Who sat on him (Jesus) was called faithful and true, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns” (Revelation 19:11,12a).
“And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him on white horses…. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should, smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the wrath of Almighty God. (Revelation 19:14,15).
So, the first appearing, or return, of the Lord occurs prior to the Great Tribulation. All those that love the Lord and are waiting for His coming will be “caught up” or raptured to meet Him in the air and accompany Him to Heaven where they will forever be with the Lord. The second appearing will be at the end of the Great Tribulation when He comes to save Israel and brings judgment on the nations. We have a choice today. Obviously, going in the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ would be more desirable then suffering through the unimaginable destruction of the Great Tribulation. The Bible says this about the times of the end:
“For there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days be shortened, there should be no flesh saved (speaks of Israel coming close to total destruction): but for the elect’s sake (Israel), those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21,22)
This is the final battle, the final confrontation between Satan and the Lord. Satan will make a final push to totally destroy Israel and kill every Jew. The resulting destruction will affect all those on the earth… many will die. It will be a time of unequaled death and destruction. It is the time of God’s wrath on all the evil that has caused death and sorrow for millions down through the ages. When the Lord comes the second time, He is staying and will rule and reign in Righteousness from Jerusalem. As the following verses show, both of the Lord’s comings will occur suddenly and without warning:
Regarding The Rapture
“Behold I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep (die), be we shall all be changed (both the living and the dead). In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trump will sound (could happen at any time), and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (no sin nature & glorified bodies), and we shall be changed (saints alive at the time will receive glorified bodies)” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
Regarding the Second Coming of the Lord at the end of the Great Tribulation
“Behold, He (Jesus) comes with clouds (all the saints); and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him (the Jews, who will now know He is their Messiah): and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him (He brings judgment). Even so, Amen (Revelation 1:7).
Today is the day of salvation. Jesus paid the price for all sin on the cross. If you have never come to the Lord in repentance and placed your faith in Christ and Him crucified; won’t you do so today. God is patient and loves you. In His mercy, He calls out to all those that would come that they might find rest for their souls.
” The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
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