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CONTRASTS BETWEEN THE

RAPTURE
AND THE 2ND COMING
The following is an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions,
Spiritual Formation,” by author / speaker Jocelyn Andersen. Her radio
commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio
www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her latest book, Woman Submit! Christians
and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites
you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible
Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for
Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit
www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her
books. Permission is given to copy, distribute and transmit this work for
non-commercial use only. All other uses must have written permission from
the author.

CONTRASTS BETWEEN THE


RAPTURE
AND THE 2ND COMING

Below is a list of contrasts between the time Christ


returns in the air for his saints and the time he
physically returns to the earth with his saints:

1. Before the rapture, whoever calls on God


through the name of his resurrected son,
Jesus Christ, shall be saved (Romans 10.9-10, 13).
/ After the rapture, only those who endure to
the end shall be saved (Matthew 24.13).
2. Before the rapture, the criteria for salvation
is faith alone—without works (Ephesians 2.8). /
After the 2nd Coming of Christ, one of the
criteria of judgment for entering His
Kingdom will be works (Matthew 25.31-46).
3. Before the rapture, no one knows the day or
the hour the son of man will come (Matthew
24.36, 42). / After the rapture, the days can be
counted (Daniel 12.11).
4. At the rapture, Jesus will be coming out of
Heaven without his saints. He will be
coming to earth for his saints (1 Thessalonians
nd
4.16-17). / At the 2 Coming, his saints will be
coming out of Heaven with Him (Zechariah 14.4,
1 Thessalonians 3.13).
5. Before the rapture, we are looking for a
sudden, imminent appearance (Hebrews 10.37). /
After the rapture, the days to Christ’s
appearance can be counted. Christ’s
appearance will bring an end to The Great
Tribulation (Daniel 12.11).
6. At the rapture, the Archangel will blow the
trumpet (1 Thessalonians 4.16). / At the 2nd
Coming, God (Jesus) himself will blow the
trumpet (Zechariah 9.14, Isaiah 27.13, Matthew 24.31).
7. At the rapture, the trumpet signals the
resurrection of the dead and changing of the
living. No angelic gathering takes place
(1Cor15:52). / At the 2nd Coming, the trumpet
precedes an angelic gathering—no
resurrection of the dead or changing of the
living takes place (Matthew 24.31, Mark 13.26-27).
8. At the rapture, those resurrected and caught
out will be changed and become as the
angels (Matthew 22:30). / At the 2nd Coming,
survivors of the Great Tribulation will first
be judged at the Judgment of the Nations.
They will then enter Christ’s Kingdom in
their mortal, physical, condition. During the
first 1000 years of Christ’s Kingdom, some
will marry and give birth. Some will even
die (Isaiah 65.20-23).
9. At the rapture, Christ is coming for all who
belong to him—those in Christ (1 Thessalonians
nd
4.16-17). / At the 2 Coming, Christ is coming
as deliverer only to those who are looking
for him (Matthew 24.44-51).
10. At his first coming, Christ came to
reconcile. The resurrection from the dead
and the catching up of the living are
included in that reconciliation (Colossians 1.20). /
At his 2nd Coming, Christ is coming not to
reconcile but to subdue (Philippians 3.21).
11. When Jesus comes in the air at the rapture,
there will be only raised and changed bodies
(1 Thessalonians 4.16-17). / At His 2nd Coming,
there will be dead bodies (Luke 17.37, Revelation
19.21).

These contrasts present great doctrinal difficulties


for those who fail to differentiate between Christ’s
coming out of Heaven for his saints and his coming
out of Heaven with his saints. When it is understood
that these are two completely separate events,
contradictions disappear (1 Thessalonians 4.16-17, Jude 14).

This has been an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions,
Spiritual Formation,” by author / speaker Jocelyn Andersen. Her
informative, challenging and often provocative radio commentaries can be
heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her
latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available
where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com
for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,
is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit
www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her
books. Permission is given to copy, distribute and transmit this work for
non-commercial use only. All other uses must have written permission from
the author.

Jesus said by our words, we will be justified, or by


our words, we will be condemned. That is a
frightening thought for most of us. During the
course of a lifetime we speak many words, and we
do not always choose our words wisely.
The wisest choice of words we can ever make is to
confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is the risen
Son of God. If we come to God on those terms, with
a truly repentant heart, we are promised eternal life.
A broken and contrite heart, he will not despise.

Here is what it all boils down to. Our God is


merciful and loving. He does not unnecessarily
complicate things. We read in Romans 10. 9, 10,
and 13, that if we confess with our mouth, words,
that Jesus is the Son of God, and believe in our
hearts that God raised him from the dead, and call
on God to save us according to those terms,

We,
Will,
Be,
Saved.

Is it well with your soul?