The Difference Between the Rapture and the Second Coming.

Two great events are coming upon the earth that will affect everyone. One could happen at any moment, and the other will happen as a series of events unfold. Jesus told his disciples about these prophetic events and they wanted to know, “Lord, what will be the signs for these events?”

  • Matthew 24:3-8 New King James VersionNow as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

God needs our availability not our ability. God wants to use us to draw people to Him. We can’t get so busy with our own lives and things of the world that we forget to be kingdom minding. Blessings don’t determine how close we are to God. Our relationship with God is the most important thing for each person living on the planet. Jesus died so all people could be saved from their sins. God needs people to spread the Good News. Don’t take the Word of God for granted–share it as much as you can and obey the Word of God.

  • Matthew 24:9-14 New King James Version“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Fight to get into the presence of God. We must press our way through to stay in relationship with God. Make every effort to finish strong in the Lord and ask God to cleanse your heart if you fall into sin. Be ready to pursue the Lord even if no one else in your family wants to. We must all stand before the Lord as individuals to give an account for how we responded to Jesus’ offer of salvation and how we lived our life on this earth.

The rapture and the 2nd Coming of Christ are often confused:

  • The Rapture is when Jesus Christ returns to remove the Church from the earth.
  • When the rapture takes place you don’t need to go find Jesus, He will take you away suddenly–faster than a twinkling of an eye.
  • The Church represents all believers in Jesus Christ–not in any other God.
  • Aliens are not responsible for taking away all the Christians. God Himself is the one who will take those who have received salvation through Jesus Christ off this earth to heaven.
  • The Rapture is when Jesus comes to take His believers to heaven. The Second Coming is when Jesus returns with His believers at the end of the seven year tribulation period.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New King James Version13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

FOCUS ON LIVING A LIFE OF READINESS–always be ready (living for the Lord) for Jesus’ return.

Keep encouraging and warning Christians to be ready for the rapture of the Church and also for the moment of death. No man knows the day or hour of either of those events! They both come suddenly. So we must take our walk with the Lord seriously. Pray and spend time with the Lord. Read the Word of God to stay strong, keep sharing the Word and loving others.

“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 New King James Version

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