Eschatology

 

 

33. Many pastors teach that Christ is coming in two phases, first for the saints (‘the rapture’), and then with the saints at the end of the great tribulation (which will last 7 years). Do you agree with them?

 

 

 

No, I don’t agree with them because the Scripture teaches that both the coming of Christ for the believers and the coming of Christ with the believers will occur on the same day, and there won’t be a period of 7 years – or three and a half years, as some others say – between them. In other words, the Scripture teaches that when on that day Jesus Christ appears or descends from heaven with a shout and with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, the dead in Christ will be raised from the dead first, and then those who are alive will be changed and will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then Christ will fight against the armies of the kings of the earth headed by the antichrist, and He (and the saints who are with Him) will overcome them, and then the Millennial reign will start, during which Christ will reign with His saints on the earth for a thousand years.

The words of the Bible that have convinced me that the return of the Lord will not be in two phases, separated by seven years, are the following ones: “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-8). As you can see, when Paul speaks to the Thessalonians about “that day” (2:3), he refers to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him (2:1). Furthermore, Paul puts that day after the antichrist is revealed, for Paul says that Jesus will consume and destroy him.

 

 

 

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