A 2 Part Return One of these years, God’s kingdom will come In the meantime: He will build His church He’s patiently waiting Christ could return for His church imminently His return involves 2 phases 1 st Take His Bride before the Tribulation 2 nd Rescue Israel at the end of the Tribulation
Not Everyone Agrees A-Millennialism(300’s) Spiritual rather than literal kingdom Christ returns at some point and eternity begins Post-Millennialism(1800’s) Thanks to the church, the world grows progressively better The church presents the kingdom to Jesus when He arrives
Post-Tribulationalism Church raptured after the Tribulation Pre-wrath Rapture Mid-Tribulationalism Church raptured in the middle of the Tribulation Partial Rapture
Differences between the Rapture and Second Coming 1) At the rapture, believers meet the Lord in the air. At the second coming, believers return with the Lord to the earth. 2) The rapture occurs before the tribulation. The second coming occurs after the tribulation. 3) The rapture is the removal of believers from the earth as an act of deliverance. The second coming includes the removal of unbelievers as an act of judgment.
Differences between the Rapture and Second Coming 4) The rapture will be secret and instant. The second coming will be visible to all. 5) The rapture is imminent; it could take place at any moment. The second coming of Christ will not occur until after certain other end-times events take place. 6) In describing the tribulation period, nowhere mentions the church. During the tribulation—also called “the time of trouble for Jacob” —God will again turn His primary attention to Israel
Why the Gap? What is the purpose of the 7 year tribulation? Display, punish, chasten, prepare Why 7 years? The 70 th week - Daniel 9
indisputable truths God is faithfulPs 89.1-4, 30-37 God is sovereignPs 89.5-10 God is mercifulPs 89.11-15 God’s revelation is accurate and understandable