The Second Coming: The Rapture

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This lesson, written by Drew Kizer, refutes the idea of a secret rapture and, instead, points to First Thessalonians to show what will really happen when Christ returns.

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The Second Coming: The Rapture

  1. 1. The Second Coming: “ The Rapture” Drew Kizer
  2. 2. Basics of “The Rapture” <ul><li>Jesus failed to set up an earthly kingdom while here. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead, as a “stop-gap measure,” he established the Church. </li></ul><ul><li>When Jesus “returns,” He will secretly call saints to glory. </li></ul><ul><li>Those left on earth will have 7 years of Tribulation. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus will then return to defeat His enemies in the Battle of Armageddon. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus will then reign for 1000 years in Jerusalem. </li></ul><ul><li>Then the end of the earth will occur. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Rapture: People “Missing”
  4. 4. So… What Will Happen?
  5. 5. First Thessalonians 4 <ul><li>The saints are “comforted” (verses 13-15) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They thought Christ would return in their lifetime, but some died. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By dying, they felt as though the dead had “missed out.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul says the dead were “asleep.” Why? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not sorry “like those who have no hope.” Christians face death differently than others because of hope! </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. First Thessalonians 4 <ul><li>The Lord will descend (verse 16) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No messenger—Jesus Himself! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Every eye will see Him” (Rev. 1:7). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“With a shout” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“With the voice of an archangel.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“With the trumpet of God.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Question: If this is supposed to be a secret, why all the noise??? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. First Thessalonians 4 <ul><li>All “saints” will be changed (verses 16-17) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“The dead in Christ will rise first.” This would have caused comfort. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive spiritual bodies (First Corinthians 15:39-44) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Those who are still alive will also be called up (not two different “comings” of Jesus) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. First Thessalonians 4 <ul><li>The saints will be united with Christ (verse 17) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“In the air.” How will Jesus rule from a throne in Jerusalem if He never sets foot on the earth again??? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Always be with the Lord.” Eternal reunion! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. “ Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

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