The rapture compared with the appearing of Christ

Much confusion arises from miss-understanding the elements of the rapture and the appearing of Christ. The only commonality is that Christ is the centre of the action – coming in both instances.

 

The Rapture The appearing of Christ
Comes for His saints: John 14:2-2 Comes with His saints: Jude 13, Zec 14:5
Takes place at any moment and is imminent: Matt 24:36 Proceeded by the tribulation and thus will not be imminent for those that understand the prophecies of Daniel chapter 9: Revelation 4-19
The tribulation begins after the rapture, when the Antichrist dupes the world and makes a covenant with the nation of Israel (Dan 9:27) The second coming commences the Messianic Kingdom that lasts a 1000 years (The Millennial Kingdom) (Luke 1:32-33)
Is a mystery: 1 Cor 15:51 Prophetic and well known: e.g. Numbers 24:17, 1 Chron. 5:2
Takes place secretly, in the twinkling of an eye: 1 Cor 15:52 Is public – every eye shall see Him: Rev 1:7
Concerns the Church only: 1 Thes 1:10 Concerns Israel, although the consequence concerns all nations: Ps 6:1-4
Comes in the air – the saints rise up to meet Him – the Messiah does not reach the earth: 1 Thes 4:16-17 Places His feet on Mt Zion at the Mount of Olives: Zech 14:4-5
Preluded by the archangel sounding a trumpet: 1 Thes 4:16 Christ as Messiah will come in glory and with all his angels: Matt 25:31.
The saints are gathered to himself:
1 Thes 4:17,18, 2 Thes 2:1
Angels are sent to gather the elect of Israel: Matt 24:30-31, 25:41
Believers taken out of the world: John 14:2,3 The wicked are taken out of this world: Matt 13:41-43
He comes to deliver the Church from the wrath to come: 1 Thes 1:10 He comes to deliver His wrath: Rev 19:11-16
No divine judgement occurs with this event Ends divine judgement of Israel, the nations and Satan, who is tied up for 1000 years (Rev: 6-19)
Comes for his bride – the Church: John 14:1-2, 1 Thess 4:16-17 Comes with his saints: Rev 19:14
He comes as the Bridegroom, to receive His bride, the Church: Matt 25:6, 10 Comes as the Son of Man in judgement upon those that reject Him: Matt 24:27-28
Comes pre tribulation Comes at the end of the tribulation: Rev 19:11-16
Comes as the “Morning Star”: Rev 22:16 Comes as the “Sun of Righteousness”:
Malachi 4:2
Comes without signs – believers do not need signs: John 6:30-35, 2 Cor 5:7 Comes in signs and wonders:
Luke 21:10,11,25-27
Is not the thief in the night – believers are watching and waiting: 1 Thes 5:2, 2 Pet 3:10, Matt 24:43, Rev 16:15, Rev 3:3 Comes as a thief in the night – no-one is watching and waiting: 1 Thes 5:2, 2 Pet 3:10, Matt 24:43, Rev 16:15
Is not mentioned in the Old Testament as the Church was not revealed until New Testament times: Eph 3:3 Is mentioned in both Testaments: e.g. Jude 14
Church believers will be evaluated, rewarded and married to the Bridegroom, the Christ, following the rapture: 1 Cor 3:11-15, Rev 19:7-9 The nations are judged following the tribulation and 1000 year reign of Christ: Ezek 20:34, Matt 25:32. The judgement at the great white throne takes places – people whose name are not in Book of Life are cast into hell, Satan is cast hell: Rev 20:11-15

 

David L Simon
Edited 23 September 2018