Sunday, August 28, 2016

THE WORD OF HIS GRACE - By Robert E. Hanna

Robert E. Hanna

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:31; [Thessalonians 4:16, 17

 As we "rightly divide the word of truth" (II Tim. 2:15), one  of the key distinctions that emerges is the difference between  the rapture and the second coming of Christ. Bible teachers  have long mixed the two and have lead their hearers into needless confusion.

The second coming of Christ (also known as the  "revelation" of Jesus Christ) was prophesied throughout the  Old Testament, and it involves the return of Jesus Christ to the  earth to set up His throne in Jerusalem. Zechariah writes,  "And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives  which is before Jerusalem on the east" (Zechariah 14:4a).  This, of course, is the same location from which He left the  earth two thousand years ago (Acts 1:10-12). "When the Son  of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with  him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory" (Matthew 25:31). This will signal the beginning of Christ's earthly  kingdom. All of this takes place "'immediately after the  tribulation" (Matthew 24:29a).

The rapture was a secret, not revealed in Old Testament  times. Paul includes it as part of the great mystery revealed to  him. (See 1 Corinthians 15:51.) The rapture, or catching away  of the Body of Christ, involves Christ's coming in the air (I  Thessalonians 4:17), not to the earth as the second coming.  The rapture will occur before the tribulation period when  God's wrath is poured out upon the earth. "For God hath not  appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord  Jesus Christ" (I Thessalonians 5:9).

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