There Are Essential Differences Between the First and Second Phases of Christ’s Return

Scriptures hints at two phases of the Lord’s Return

“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately.
“Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen,
and what will be the sign of your coming
and of the end of the age?”
— Matthew 24:3″

There are many signs prophesied in the Bible as happening prior to the Return of Jesus Christ. Most of them, however, have to do with the second phase of Christ’s Return when “every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2.11). The Rapture takes place seven years before the reign of antiChrist and there are no specific signs prophesied. All the signs point to the nearness of this event. It could happen at any time.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our
great God and Savior Jesus Christ…”
Titus 2:11-13

The “Blessed Hope” is the expectation of Christians. We are looking for His appearance to meet us “in the clouds” with eager joy. The glorious appearance will be the day all people see Him as He returns to stand on the Mount of Olives with His Church in order to deal with evil once and for all. (Jude v.14,15)

Christians won’t escape the trouble coming on the world as events escalate before the Return of Christ

Of course, as troubles build in our world, Christians will suffer much and be persecuted, but the Lord will keep His Hand on His own until the Day the Trumpet sounds and we meet Him in the air. then trouble will explode for the inhabitants of the earth. Read the Book of Revelation for more about that.

Take courage, Christian, when the Storms of Life come… call on His Name for strength and courage. On That Day it will be worth it all.

“The Storms of Life” Composed and Sung by Ray Ludik
With the Cross Country Gospel Group

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 7 Differences between the Rapture (Blessed Hope) and the Glorious Appearing of the Lord

  1. Christ comes back FOR His Church and we meet Him “in the clouds.”
    Christ comes WITH His own to earth and stands on the Mt. of Olives (Jude v23,24, Zech. 14:4). Unbelievers are still on earth, suffering the dreadful consequences of antiChrist’s reign, the subject of Revelation chapters 6 onwards. Notice that the Church is no longer seen on earth after Revelation chapter 4.
  2. The Church (all genuine believers) meets the Lord in that great meeting in the air.
    No unbeliever is Raptured… they all remain on earth.
  3. There are no specific signs preceding the Rapture.
    There are many signs preceding the second phase of Christ’s Return, a clear warning to Christians of the imminence of the Rapture.
  4. There is no mention of satan in connection with the Rapture of the Church.
    When Christ returns to earth, satan is bound for 1,000 years and the Millenial Reign of Christ, together with the saints, follows. (Revalation 20:1-6).
  5. All believers appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ after the Rapture  to answer for the “deeds done in the body.” (2 Cor. 5:9,10, 1 Cor. 3:11-15)
    All unbelievers appear before the Great White Throne Judgment after His return to earth. (Revelation 3:11-14)
  6. The Church celebrates the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. (Rev. 19:9)
    Immediately after the Rapture, the 7-year reign of antiChrist begins.
  7. Christ promised to keep His Church from the time of trouble coming upon the WHOLE world.(Revelation 3:10)
    After the Rapture, the Tribulation Period of 7-years under antiChrist will usher in an “hour of trial” never before experienced in world history.

Our Response: Watch and Be Ready

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come,
he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming
at an hour you do not expect.”
Matthew 24:42-44

Amen, Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!

Intro: Seven Reasons I Believe in the Rapture of the Church
#1 Jesus Promised to Return for His Church
#2 The Early Church Expected His Return
#3 Throughout History the Church Has Expected His Return
#4 The Bible Teaches that the Church Age is Coming to a Close
#5 Seven Differences between the Rapture and Return of Christ to earth.
#6 Evidence from the Book of Revelation agrees with the Book of Daniel about the End Times.
#7 The Lord’s Promise to the Church is True.

Val Waldeck – Reaching Our Generation One Book at a Time

P.S. An excellent book on The Rapture by Tim LaHaye is available from for further study.

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Comments (5)

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Thanks, Val. I’m a bit puzzled by #5 All believers appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to answer for the “deeds done in the body” after the Rapture. How can they answer for deeds done AFTER the Rapture?

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Great and useful article. Creating content regularly is very tough. Your points are motivated me to move on.

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Thanks for your comment, Suseela.

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It’s more like a disciplinary hearing when the Lord sorts out all our issues and “un-repented” of sins.

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