How is Jesus Going to Return? (Part 2)
Posted by Nawal Habib
In the last installment of this series, the Pioneer explained the belief of the secret rapture and what it implies. The article went through the main points of the end time belief and how it is gaining traction in today’s society. The majority of Christians today, especially Protestants, believe in the rapture. However, there still are Christians that hold a different view about how Jesus is going to return.
In 1 Thessalonians 4, the Bible gives us a description of how Jesus is going to return. It describes the event as being an event that everyone on the earth will see and hear. Jesus will come back and every eye will see him. There will be a loud shout from Heaven and the sound of a trumpet playing. This clashes with the secret rapture belief,as Jesus won’t be coming back in secret at all.
There are other issues with the secret rapture idea as well, besides the fact that the Bible does not describe Jesus’ return as a secret. In Revelation 12 and Daniel 12, the Bible talks about how God’s people will face trials and tribulations that will get increasingly worse until Jesus comes back. Also, Matthew 24:21 clearly states there will be trials worse than anything the world has ever known. God’s people will not get to skip this period of earth’s history.
Although the rapture may appear to be scripturally-based on the surface, it contradicts the Bible quite a bit. It does not take into account the fact that the Bible says every eye will see Jesus when he comes, it does not agree with the description given in 1 Thessalonians 4. The rapture theory usually leaves out the fact that God’s true followers will go through trials and persecution.
Also, the Bible never says that there will be 7 years of tribulation before Jesus returns. In fact, it does not give a number for the amount of years persecution will occur. That idea comes from a misinterpretation of Daniel 9, which actually references the 2300 day prophecy, telling us when Jesus would be crucified.
Also, the rapture belief is usually supported by 1 Thessalonians 5:2, which states that the day of the Lord will comes as a thief in the night. The problem with using that verse to support the rapture is that it states that the day of the Lord is unknown to all people. This verse points to the fact that no one knows the day Jesus will return. This verse does not state that when he returns it will be a secret. This verse is referencing the time that Jesus will come back, but not the manner in which he will come back.
According to the Bible, after the world has become increasingly more corrupt and Jesus’ true followers have gone through persecution (Matthew 24), Jesus will return at an unexpected day that no one yet knows (1 Thessalonians 5:2). Every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7), and it will be a loud event that captures the attention of the entire world (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17). Then, Jesus will take His people home to Heaven. First those who have died in Christ will be resurrected, and then those who are alive will be caught up with them after.
Jesus is coming soon, and we need to be ready. God does not want any of us to be lost, so all we need to do is choose Jesus and follow him. We need to be studying scripture daily, and developing a closer relationship to Christ. If we pray and ask God to give us wisdom and strength, He will make us ready to endure the end times until He comes.
What do you think about Jesus coming back? Has this article shed any light on the differences between the rapture and the Biblical second coming? Share your thoughts in a comment below.
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