Wednesday, 6 January 2010

The Second Coming of Jesus will be after the tribulation

The clearest teaching of Jesus about the Second Coming taking place after the tribulation is found in Matthew 24: 29-31.  This is no secret event at all.  The passage indicates that this is a very public and glorious occasion.  Let's look closely at the words of Jesus.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall down from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

And He will send His angels with a great trumpet sound, and they will gather up His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other end.

If the tribes of the earth see Jesus, and His coming is with power and great glory, and also with angels and the great trumpet sound, then it will not be a secret event.  Far from it!  His elect will be gathered up (επισυναξουσιν τους εκλεκτους αυτου).  In 1 Thessalonians 4:17 its says caught up in the clouds (αρπαγησομεθα εν νεφελαις) which refers to the rapture.

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