The Rapture of the Church and the Glorious Appearing: Not the Same Thing

Posted: October 4, 2010 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, From Adventism to Christ, Running the Race, The Bible
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Note: For all of the biblical passages I looked up for this post I used the Amplified Version of the Bible. This version has what I would consider a running commentary within the verses themselves. [The commentary will be withing brackets] like this. So if you want to read the stuff in brackets you can, if you wish not to that’s fine as well. The message of the post will not change.

What I Believe

I believe that the Rapture of the Church and the Glorious Appearing are two entirely seperate events. This article is written to allow you to have all the infromation you need to make an informed decision for yourself. The most important thing to remember is that your Salvation is assured when you repent and give your life over to Christ and He sends the Holy Spirit to indwell and seal you for Heaven. As you read through this article I encourage you to do so after asking the Holy Spirit to show you His truth, allow Him to lead your study even if it takes you places that don’t seem to be right. That’s exactly how I found a deep personal relationship with my Creator and my God.

The Rapture and the Glorious Appearing

Rapture Passages Glorious Appearing Passages
John 14:1-3 Daniel 2:44-45
Romans 8:19 Daniel 7:9-14
1st Corinthians 1:7-8 Daniel 12:1-3
1st Corinthians 15:51-53 Zechariah 12:10
1st Corinthians 16:22 Zechariah 14:1-15
Philippians 3:20-21 Matthew 13:41
Philippians 4:5 Matthew 24:15-31
Colossians 3:4 Matthew 26:64
1st Thessalonians 1:10 Mark 13:14-27
1st Thessalonians 2:19 Mark 14:26
1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 Luke 21:25-28
1st Thessalonians 5:9 Acts 1:9-11
1st Thessalonians 5:23 Acts 3:19-21
2nd Thessalonians 2:1 1st Thessalonians 3:13
1st Timothy 6:14 2nd Thessalonians 1:6-10
2nd Timothy 4:1 2nd Thessalonians 2:8
2nd Timothy 4:8 1st Peter 4:12-13
Titus 2:13 2nd Peter 3:1-14
Hebrews 9:28 Jude Verses 14-15
James 5:7-9 Revelation 1:7
1st Peter 1: 7,13 + 5:4 Revelation 19:11-20:6
1st John 2:28-3:2 Revelation 22: 7,12,20
Jude Verse 21  
Revelation 2:25  
Revelation 3:10  

Rapture Verses in Full

John 14:1-3

14:1 DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.

2 In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you.

3 And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.

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 Romans 8:19

 19 For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].

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1st Corinthians 1:7-8

7 That you are not [consciously] falling behind or lacking in any special spiritual endowment or Christian grace [the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating in your souls by the Holy Spirit], while you wait and watch [constantly living in hope] for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and [His] being made visible to all.

8 And He will establish you to the end [keep you steadfast, give you strength, and guarantee your vindication; He will be your warrant against all accusation or indictment so that you will be] guiltless and irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

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1st Corinthians 15:51-53

51 Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed)

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed).

53 For this perishable [part of us] must put on the imperishable [nature], and this mortal [part of us, this nature that is capable of dying] must put on immortality (freedom from death).

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1st Corinthians 16:22

22 If anyone does not love the Lord [does not have a friendly affection for Him and is not kindly disposed toward Him], he shall be accursed! Our Lord will come! (Maranatha!)

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Philippians 3:20-21

 20 But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,

 21 Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.

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 Philippians 4:5

 5 Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon].

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 Colossians 3:4

 4 When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

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1st Thessalonians 1:10

10 And [how you] look forward to and await the coming of His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead — Jesus, Who personally rescues and delivers us out of and from the wrath [bringing punishment] which is coming [upon the impenitent] and  draws us to Himself [investing us with all the privileges and rewards of the new life in Christ, the Messiah].

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1st Thessalonians 2:19

19 For what is our hope or happiness or our victor’s wreath of exultant triumph when we stand in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you?

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1st Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 Now also we would not have you ignorant, brethren, about those who fall asleep [in death], that you may not grieve [for them] as the rest do who have no hope [beyond the grave].

14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will also bring with Him through Jesus those who have fallen asleep [in death].

15 For this we declare to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall in no way precede [into His presence] or have any advantage at all over those who have previously fallen asleep [in Him in death].

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first.

17 Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!

18 Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.

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1st Thessalonians 5:9

9 For God has not appointed us to [incur His] wrath [He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] obtain [His] salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)

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1st Thessalonians 5:23

23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

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2nd Thessalonians 2:1

2:1 BUT RELATIVE to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and our gathering together to [meet] Him, we beg you, brethren,

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1st Timothy 6:14

14 To keep all His precepts unsullied and flawless, irreproachable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Anointed One),

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2nd Timothy 4:1

4:1 I CHARGE [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom:

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2nd Timothy 4:8

8[As to what remains] henceforth there is laid up for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that [great] day — and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing (His return).

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Titus 4:13

13 Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

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Hebrews 9:28

28 Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and  once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.

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James 5:7-9

7 So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. [See how] he keeps up his patient [vigil] over it until it receives the early and late rains.

8 So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near.

9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you [yourselves] may not be judged. Look! The Judge is [already] standing at the very door.

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1st Peter 1:7, 13

7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.

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13 So brace up your minds; be sober (circumspect, morally alert); set your hope wholly and unchangeably on the grace (divine favor) that is coming to you when Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is revealed.

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1st Peter 5:4

4 And [then] when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will win the conqueror’s crown of glory.

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1st John 2:28-3:12

28 And now, little children, abide (live, remain permanently) in Him, so that when He is made visible, we may have and enjoy perfect confidence (boldness, assurance) and not be ashamed and shrink from Him at His coming.

29 If you know (perceive and are sure) that He [Christ] is [absolutely] righteous [conforming to the Father’s will in purpose, thought, and action], you may also know (be sure) that everyone who does righteously [and is therefore in like manner conformed to the divine will] is born (begotten) of Him [God].

1 John 3

3:1 SEE WHAT [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.

2 Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.

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Jude Verse 21

21 Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) — [which will bring you] unto life eternal.

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Revelation 2:25

25 Only hold fast to what you have until I come.

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Revelation 3:10

10 Because you have guarded and kept My word of patient endurance [have held fast the lesson of My patience with the expectant endurance that I give you], I also will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial (testing) which is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell upon the earth.

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Glorious Appearing Verses in Full

Daniel 2:44-45

44 And in the days of these [final ten] kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people; but it shall break and crush and consume all these kingdoms and it shall stand forever. [Dan 7:14-17; Luke 1:31-33; Rev 11:15.] 

45 Just as you saw that the Stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter. The dream is certain and the interpretation of it is sure.

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Daniel 7:9-14

9 I kept looking until thrones were placed [for the assessors with the Judge], and the Ancient of Days [God, the eternal Father] took His seat, Whose garment was white as snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was like the fiery flame; its wheels were burning fire. [1 Kings 22:19; Ps 90:2; Ezek 1:26-28; Dan 7:13,22; Matt 19:28; Rev 20:4.] 

10 A stream of fire came forth from before Him; a thousand thousands ministered to Him and ten thousand times ten thousand rose up and stood before Him; the Judge was seated [the court was in session] and the books were opened.

11 I looked then because of the sound of the great words which the horn was speaking. I watched until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.

12 And as for the rest of the beasts, their power of dominion was taken away; yet their lives were prolonged [for the duration of their lives was fixed] for a season and a time.

13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, on the clouds of the heavens came One like a Son of man, and He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.

14 And there was given Him [the Messiah] dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His kingdom is one which shall not be destroyed. [Rev 5:1-10.] 

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Daniel 12:1-3

12:1 AND AT that time [of the end] Michael shall arise, the great [angelic] prince who defends and has charge of your [Daniel’s] people. And there shall be a time of trouble, straitness, and distress such as never was since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the Book [of God’s plan for His own].

2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake: some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt and abhorrence. [John 5:29.] 

3 And the teachers and those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness (to uprightness and right standing with God) [shall give forth light] like the stars forever and ever. [Matt 13:43.] 

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Zechariah 12:10

10 And I will pour out upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace or unmerited favor and supplication. And they shall look [earnestly] upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him as one who is in bitterness for his firstborn. [John 19:37; Rev 1:7.] 

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Zechariah 14-1-15

14:1 BEHOLD, A day of the Lord is coming when the spoil [taken from you] shall be divided [among the victors] in the midst of you.

2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses rifled and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

3 Then shall the Lord go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle.

4 And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from the east to the west by a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north and half of it toward the south. [Isa 64:1,2.] 

5 And you shall flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal, and you shall flee as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah; and the Lord my [Zechariah’s]  God shall come, and all the holy ones [saints and angels] with Him.  [Amos 1:1; Col 3:4; 1 Thess 4:14; Jude 14,15.] 

6 And it shall come to pass in that day that there shall not be light; the glorious and bright ones [the heavenly bodies] shall be darkened.

7 But it shall be one continuous day, known to the Lord — not day and not night, but at evening time there shall be light.

8 And it shall be in that day that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern [Dead] Sea and half of them to the western [Mediterranean] Sea; in summer and in winter shall it be.

9 And the Lord shall be King over all the earth; in that day the Lord shall be one [in the recognition and worship of men] and His name one.

10 All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon, [the Rimmon that is] south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain lifted up on its site and dwell in its place, from Benjamin’s gate to the place of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses.

11 And it shall be inhabited, for there shall be no more curse or ban of utter destruction, but Jerusalem shall dwell securely. [Rev 22:3.] 

12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the peoples that have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh shall rot away while they stand upon their feet and their eyes shall corrode away in their sockets and their tongue shall decay away in their mouth.

13 And in that day there shall be a great confusion, discomfiture, and panic among them from the Lord; and they shall seize each his neighbor’s hand, and the hand of the one shall be raised against the hand of the other.

14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the nations round about shall be gathered together — gold and silver and apparel in great abundance.

15 And as that plague on men, so shall be the plague on the horse, on the mule, on the camel, on the donkey, and on all the livestock and beasts that may be in those camps.

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Matthew 13:41

41 The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of offense [persons by whom others are drawn into error or sin] and all who do iniquity and act wickedly,

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Matthew 24:15-31

15 So when you see the appalling sacrilege [the abomination that astonishes and makes desolate], spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place — let the reader take notice and  ponder and consider and heed [this] —  [Dan 9:27; 11:31; 12:11.] 

16 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains;

17 Let him who is on the housetop not come down and go into the house to take anything;

18 And let him who is in the field not turn back to get his overcoat.

19 And alas for the women who are pregnant and for those who have nursing babies in those days!

20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.

21 For then there will be great tribulation (affliction, distress, and oppression) such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now — no, and never will be [again]. [Dan 12:1; Joel 2:2.] 

22 And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would endure and survive, but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened.

23 If anyone says to you then, Behold, here is the Christ (the Messiah)! or, There He is! — do not believe it.

24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones).

25 See, I have warned you beforehand.

26 So if they say to you, Behold, He is in the wilderness (desert) — do not go out there; if they tell you, Behold, He is in the secret places or inner rooms — do not believe it.

27 For just as the lightning flashes from the east and shines and  is seen as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

28 Wherever there is a fallen body (a corpse), there the vultures (or eagles) will flock together. [Job 39:30.] 

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. [Isa 13:10; 34:4; Joel 2:10,11; Zeph 1:15.] 

30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and  beat their breasts and lament in anguish, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory [in brilliancy and splendor]. [Dan 7:13; Rev 1:7.] 

31 And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect (His chosen ones) from the four winds, [even] from one end of the universe to the other. [Isa 27:13; Zech 9:14.] 

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Matthew 26:64

64 Jesus said to him, You have stated [the fact]. More than that, I tell you: You will in the future see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty and coming on the clouds of the sky. [Ps 110:1; Dan 7:13.] 

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Mark 13:24-27

14 But when you see the abomination of desolation mentioned by Daniel the prophet standing where it ought not to be — [and] let the one who reads take notice and consider and understand and heed [this] — then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. [Dan 9:27; 11:31; 12:11.] 

15 Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house nor go inside to take anything out of his house;

16 And let him who is in the field not turn back again to get his mantle (cloak).

17 And alas for those who are pregnant and for those who have nursing babies in those days!

18 Pray that it may not occur in winter,

19 For at that time there will be such affliction (oppression and tribulation) as has not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until this particular time — and positively never will be [again].

20 And unless the Lord had shortened the days, no human being would be saved (rescued); but for the sake of the elect, His chosen ones (those whom He picked out for Himself), He has shortened the days. [Dan 12:1.] 

21 And then if anyone says to you, See, here is the Christ (the Messiah)! or, Look, there He is! do not believe it.

22 False Christs (Messiahs) and false prophets will arise and show signs and [work] miracles to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (those God has chosen out for Himself).

23 But look to yourselves and be on your guard; I have told you everything beforehand.

24 But in those days, after [the affliction and oppression and distress of] that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; [Isa 13:10.] 

25 And the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. [Isa 34:4.] 

26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great (kingly) power and glory (majesty and splendor). [Dan 7:13,14.] 

27 And then He will send out the angels and will gather together His elect (those He has picked out for Himself) from the four winds, from the farthest bounds of the earth to the farthest bounds of heaven.

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Mark 14:62

62 And Jesus said, I AM; and you will [all] see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power ( the Almighty) and coming on the clouds of heaven. [Ps 110:1; Dan 7:13.] 

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Luke 21:25-28

25 And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth [there will be] distress (trouble and anguish) of nations in bewilderment and perplexity [without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn] at the roaring ( the echo) of the tossing of the sea, [Isa 13:10; Joel 2:10; Zeph 1:15.] 

26 Men swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken and  caused to totter.

27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great (transcendent and overwhelming) power and [all His kingly] glory (majesty and splendor). [Dan 7:13,14.] 

28 Now when these things begin to occur, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption (deliverance) is drawing near.

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Acts 1:9-11

 9 And when He had said this, even as they were looking [at Him], He was caught up, and a cloud received and carried Him away out of their sight.

 10 And while they were gazing intently into heaven as He went, behold, two men [dressed] in white robes suddenly stood beside them,

 11 Who said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in [just] the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven.

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 Acts 3:19-21

 19 So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;

 20 And that He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you — even Jesus,

 21 Whom heaven must receive [and retain] until the time for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past [from the most ancient time in the memory of man].

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 1st Thessalonians 3:13

 13 So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)! 

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 2nd Thessalonians 1:6-10

 6[It is a fair decision] since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with distress and affliction those who distress and afflict you,

 7 And to [recompense] you who are so distressed and afflicted [by granting you] relief and rest along with us [your fellow sufferers] when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in a flame of fire,

 8 To deal out retribution (chastisement and vengeance) upon those who do not know or perceive or become acquainted with God, and [upon those] who ignore and refuse to obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 9 Such people will pay the penalty and suffer the punishment of everlasting ruin (destruction and perdition) and eternal exclusion and banishment from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

 10 When He comes to be glorified in His saints [on that day He will be made more glorious in His consecrated people], and [He will] be marveled at and admired [in His glory reflected] in all who have believed [who have adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Him], because our witnessing among you was confidently accepted and believed [and confirmed in your lives].

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 2nd Thessalonians 2:8

 8 And then the lawless one (the antichrist) will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by His appearing at His coming. [Isa 11:4.] 

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 1st Peter 4:12-13

 12 Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you.

 13 But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory [full of radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph [exultantly].

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 2nd Peter 3:1-14

 3:1 BELOVED, I am now writing you this second letter. In [both of] them I have stirred up your unsullied (sincere) mind by way of remembrance,

 2 That you should recall the predictions of the holy (consecrated, dedicated) prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior [given] through your apostles (His special messengers).

 3 To begin with, you must know and understand this, that scoffers (mockers) will come in the last days with scoffing, [people who] walk after their own fleshly desires

 4 And say, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the forefathers fell asleep, all things have continued exactly as they did from the beginning of creation.

 5 For they willfully overlook and forget this [fact], that the heavens [came into] existence long ago by the word of God, and the earth also which was formed out of water and by means of water,

 6 Through which the world that then [existed] was deluged with water and perished. [Gen 1:6-8; 7:11.] 

 7 But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been stored up (reserved) for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly people.

 8 Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. [Ps 90:4.] 

 9 The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will vanish (pass away) with a thunderous crash, and the [material] elements [of the universe] will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.

 11 Since all these things are thus in the process of being dissolved, what kind of person ought [each of] you to be [in the meanwhile] in consecrated and holy behavior and devout and godly qualities,

 12 While you wait and earnestly long for (expect and hasten) the coming of the day of God by reason of which the flaming heavens will be dissolved, and the [material] elements [of the universe] will flare and melt with fire? [Isa 34:4.] 

 13 But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to His promise, in which righteousness (uprightness, freedom from sin, and right standing with God) is to abide. [Isa 65:17; 66:22.] 

 14 So, beloved, since you are expecting these things, be eager to be found by Him [at His coming] without spot or blemish and at peace [in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].

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 Jude Verses 14-15

 14 It was of these people, moreover, that Enoch in the seventh [generation] from Adam prophesied when he said, Behold, the Lord comes with His myriads of holy ones (ten thousands of His saints)

 15 To execute judgment upon all and to convict all the impious (unholy ones) of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed [in such an] ungodly [way], and of all the severe (abusive, jarring) things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.

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 Revelation 1:7

 7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth shall gaze upon Him and beat their breasts and mourn and lament over Him. Even so [must it be]. Amen (so be it). [Dan 7:13; Zech 12:10.] 

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 Revelation 19:11-20:6

 11 After that I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse [appeared]! The One Who was riding it is called Faithful (Trustworthy, Loyal, Incorruptible, Steady) and True, and He passes judgment and wages war in righteousness (holiness, justice, and uprightness). [Ezek 1:1.] 

12 His eyes [blaze] like a flame of fire, and on His head are many kingly crowns (diadems); and He has a title (name) inscribed which He alone knows or can understand. [Dan 10:6.] 

13 He is dressed in a robe dyed by dipping in blood, and the title by which He is called is The Word of God.

14 And the troops of heaven, clothed in fine linen, dazzling and clean, followed Him on white horses.

15 From His mouth goes forth a sharp sword with which He can smite (afflict, strike) the nations; and He will shepherd and control them with a staff (scepter, rod) of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath and indignation of God the All-Ruler (the Almighty, the Omnipotent). [Ps 2:9.] 

16 And on His garment (robe) and on His thigh He has a name (title) inscribed, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.  [Deut 10:17; Dan 2:47.] 

17 Then I saw a single angel stationed in the sun’s light, and with a mighty voice he shouted to all the birds that fly across the sky, Come, gather yourselves together for the great supper of God, [Ezek 39:4,17-20.] 

18 That you may feast on the flesh of rulers, the flesh of generals and captains, the flesh of powerful and mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all humanity, both free and slave, both small and great!

19 Then I saw the beast and the rulers and leaders of the earth with their troops mustered to go into battle and make war against Him Who is mounted on the horse and against His troops.

20 And the beast was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders and performed miracles by which he led astray those who had accepted or permitted to be placed upon them the stamp (mark) of the beast and those who paid homage and gave divine honors to his statue. Both of them were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns and blazes with brimstone.

21 And the rest were killed with the sword that issues from the mouth of Him Who is mounted on the horse, and all the birds fed ravenously and glutted themselves with their flesh.

 Revelation 20

 20:1 THEN I saw an angel descending from heaven; he was holding the key of the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and a great chain was in his hand.

2 And he gripped and overpowered the dragon, that old serpent [of primeval times], who is the devil and Satan, and [securely] bound him for a thousand years.

3 Then he hurled him into the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and closed it and sealed it above him, so that he should no longer lead astray and deceive and seduce the nations until the thousand years were at an end. After that he must be liberated for a short time.

4 Then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those to whom authority to act as judges and to pass sentence was entrusted. Also I saw the souls of those who had been slain with axes [beheaded] for their witnessing to Jesus and [for preaching and testifying] for the Word of God, and who had refused to pay homage to the beast or his statue and had not accepted his mark or permitted it to be stamped on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived again and ruled with Christ (the Messiah) a thousand years. [Dan 7:9,22,27.] 

5 The remainder of the dead were not restored to life again until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.

6 Blessed (happy, to be envied) and holy (spiritually whole, of unimpaired innocence and proved virtue) is the person who takes part (shares) in the first resurrection! Over them the second death exerts no power or authority, but they shall be ministers of God and of Christ (the Messiah), and they shall rule along with Him a thousand years.

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Revelation 22: 7,12,20

 7 And behold, I am coming speedily. Blessed (happy and to be envied) is he who observes and lays to heart and keeps the truths of the prophecy (the predictions, consolations, and warnings) contained in this [little] book.

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 12 Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit. [Isa 40:10; Jer 17:10.] 

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 20 He Who gives this warning and affirms and testifies to these things says, Yes (it is true). [Surely] I am coming quickly (swiftly, speedily). Amen (so let it be)! Yes, come, Lord Jesus!

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 15 Differences Between the Rapture and the Glorious Appearing

Rapture

Glorious Appearing

1: Christ comes in the air for His own. 1: Christ comes with His own to Earth.
2: Rapture/Translation of all Christians. 2: No one Raptured/Translated.
3: Christians taken to Father’s House. 3: Resurrected saints do not see Father’s House.
4: No judgment on earth at Rapture. 4: Christ judges inhabitants of earth.
5: Church taken to Heaven at Rapture. 5: Christ sets up His kingdom on earth.
6: Rapture imminent/could happen at any moment. 6: Glorious Appearing cannot occur for at least 7 years.
7: No signs for Rapture. 7: Many signs for Christ’s Physical Coming.
8: For believers only. 8: Affects all humanity.
9: Time of joy. 9: Time of mourning.
10: Before the Day of Wrath (Tribulation). 10: Immediately after Tribulation (Matthew 24).
11: No mention of Satan. 11: Satan bound in Abyss for 1,000 Years.
12: The Judgment Seat of Christ. 12: No time or place for Judgment Seat.
13: Marriage of Lamb. 13: His bride descends with Him.
14: Only His own see Him. 14: Every eye will see Him.
15: Tribulation begins. 15: 1,000 year kingdom of Christ begins.

 In Conclusion

Jesus himself in John 14:1-3 introduced the Rapture, and then through Paul he built upon that framework and expounded upon the teaching of the Rapture. As Christians we are not appointet to the wrath of God…Praise the Lord that we have passed from death to life!

Every single Seal that is broken unleashing the Judgements upon those who dwell on the Earth during Revelation is opened by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He promised to take us out of this place to a place He’d created for us in His Father’s House in Heaven. He also promised to give the Nation and people of Israel all of its Promised Land which is far MORE than what little they have now.

The Blessed Hope aka The Rapture aka The Gathering Together is when He takes His Church the Bride of christ to Heaven.

The Second Coming aka The Glorious Appearing is when He Returns to Earth with all His Saints, The Bride of Christ adorned in pure white to slay the foes surrounsding Jerusalem, to Restore Israel forever, and to set up His forever Kingdom.

Blessings in Christ as you study these truths for yourselves.

In Christ,

Ross

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Comments
  1. […] In the past I’ve talked about how the Rapture and the Second Coming/Glorious Appearing are two separate events, you can find that article here: Differences between the Rapture and 2nd Coming. […]

  2. beiiiiiiiiiiiii says:

    ross.

    I seen o evidene of the rapture in John 14 are is thier a meaning only those with the” spirit” can discern.

    • rossbondreturns says:

      Brian,

      You see no evidence of the Rapture in John 14:1-3?

      Well let’s take a look at it:

      “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
      The New King James Version. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1982, S. Jn 14:1-3

      John is giving comfort to His disciples, His believers, these men would go on to be the very first Christians therefore this message to them is also a message of hope for us. The passage only teaches Rapture is you have a understanding of the Jewish Marriage Traditions. So let me relay the pertinent part right here.

      The Son after the Betrothal would return to his father’s House and would build on rooms enough for His Bride and her retinue. He would take his time and build everything to code he would ask his father if it was ready…and if not would continue working hard on it. Once the father approved of his work he would give his son the go ahead to return to get the bride and her retinue. So the son would return with friends announcing that he’s coming but he would not enter into the house of the bride but call her and her retinue out to meet him. Then they would return to the father’s house for a 7 day wedding celebration. After which there would be a public revelation or revealing of the couple.

      John 14:1-3 describes this sequence of events up until the part where he comes and takes us to the Father’s House, which is in Heaven. You cannot make this trip unless you are part of the Bride of Christ, unless you are born of the flesh and of the Spirit.

      1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 describes the events of John 14:1-3 in great detail.

      13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
      15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

      The New King James Version. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1982, S. 1 Th 4:13-18

      fallen asleep: those who died as believers in Christ.
      if we: Since we believe…
      the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout: Christ Himself will return for us calling us out.
      with the voice of the Archangel and the trumpet of God: the Archangel will go before Him saying “The Bridegroom is coming! The Bridegroom is coming! And the Shofar will be blown to assemble the members of the Bride of Christ.
      caught up: Greek Harpazo: Snatched up by force/quickly yank out of danger. Latin Rapturo- from where we get the English term Rapture.meet the Lord in the air: Christ doesn’t enter the Bride’s house (earth) but calls her out of it from the air, we meet Him in the air.
      always be with the Lord: Wherever He goes we go…and according to John 14:1-3 we’re going back to His Father’s House where He’s prepared a place for us.

      A Jewish Wedding lasts for 7 Days…and then the new couple is shown to all who are outside the wedding party.

      Just as the Tribulation lasts 7 years and at the end we’re revealed at the Glorious Appearing to all the world.

      I hope that clears things up.

      In Christ,

      Ross

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