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God’s Word presents several significant distinctions between the Rapture and Christ’s Glorious Appearance when He will return to earth to rule and reign. The following table compares some of these differences. Rapture 1) Christ comes for His own ( John 14:3;1 Thess. 4:17) 2) He comes in the air (1 Thess. 4:17) 3) He comes to claim His bride (John 14:3; 1 Thess. 4:1617) 4) Only His own see Him (1 Thess. 4:13-18) 5) Saved are delivered from wrath (1 Thess. 1:10;5:9;Rev. 3:10) 6) At the Rapture Jesus comes as a thief the world is asleep and will be taken by surprise(1 Thessalonians 5:2-16; Rev. 3:3) 7) Life continues as usual, and people are complacent until the day of the (Luke 17:26-30; Revelation 3:3, 14-22) Every eye shall see Him (Rev. 1:7;Matt. 24:30;Col. 3:4) Unsaved experience the wrath of God (Nahum1:2; Rev. 6-18) Glorious Appearance Christ comes with His own (Jude14-15;Rev. 1:7;19:14) He comes to the earth (Zech. 14:4-5;Acts1:11) He returns to earth with His bride (Rev. 19:6-14)
At the Second Coming there is global war (Armageddon) –no one is asleep ) (Revelation 16:12-17;19:11-21) None will be complacent, nor will life carry-on as normal, during the Tribulation (Matthew 24:21; Revelation 6-19)
There are several other distinctions, but these are plain.