Is the Rapture the same as the Second coming?

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Speaker 1

Alright though, Tina is asking is the rapture the same as the second coming?

Speaker 2

Another Tina question for me. Tina. Well, thank you Tina. It wasn’t me who asked it. So the other Tina out there, thank you for this question. This is a really good question and it’s a little bit tricky because it’s yes or no at the same time. Now the reason I say that is because we have to look at what the word rapture means. And so it depends on what you mean by the word rapture. So let’s first go to that because when you look in a dictionary. There’s multiple definitions for the word rapture and it can simply mean to be caught up or carried away. Or it can also refer to a Christian theology of the rapture where they believe that there is this period where all of God’s people that are currently saved get wrapped up into heaven and there’s like a seven year period of tribulation and you can still be saved. Maybe yes, maybe no. If you come back to the Lord in that seven year period and then Jesus is going to come and that’s simply just not true. And I’ll show you in the Bible kind of where I’m coming from.

Speaker 2

So let’s go ahead and look at a few versus honestly, really and truly. You really just need to look at the book of Revelation because I think that’s really where it’s the most clear as far as showing that the rapture, yes, that is the second coming of Jesus, which is where all God people go with him to heaven. And I’ll let you see that first and one thessalonians four actually. And then we’ll get you a revelation. So one thessalonians four starting in verse 13. Basically Paul is speaking here and he says to these people who don’t know the truth about God, he says in one thessalonians four starting in verse 13, but I would not have you ignorant brethren concerning them which are asleep, that you do not sorrow even as those which have no hope. For we believe that sorry, I’m going to go on to verse 17 through to 17. It says, for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who sleep in Jesus. So God is making, or Paul’s reiterating the promise of God that even though you might die here on this earth, you’re going to be resurrected, you’re going to go to heaven.

Speaker 2

Now let’s see when exactly that is. If you keep going into verse 15. It says for this we send to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. And then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together. So there’s that caught up where you get the idea of a rapture. Yes, with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, so shall we ever be with the Lord. Therefore comfort each other with these words. Now this is in a sense the rapture, the second coming of Christ, when all of God’s people, both dead and living, are send it up into heaven together. Now the Bible. Paul doesn’t mention that. Oh, and maybe some people later might be saved. That doesn’t happen. So that’s this idea of that there’s another seven years of tribulation where maybe some people could turn back to God at this point.

Speaker 2

No, I believe it is a life and the devil to allow people to think, well, it’s okay if I miss the first rapture because I’ll make it for the second one. No, there is no more chance.

Speaker 3

Can you bring the table?

Speaker 2

I apologize. So I think Jake cut in a little bit on accident. Your audio is a little bit squishy. All right, I’m going to keep going unless maybe put something in my chat box if you guys have anything to say to me because it’s a little bit choppy. Alright, so let’s go to first Corinthians in the meantime and look at chapter 15 and just again reiterating how the Bible describes the second coming of Jesus, which again it is people getting carried up, carried away, which another word for that is rapture. But you never see the word rapture in the Bible, at least on the King James version. And if you go to one Corinthians 15 and verse 52, it kind of talks about the coming of Jesus, the second coming of Jesus, and it says basically in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump again the sound of this trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed. So basically those that our life shall be changed into incorruptible. So when this corruptible shall put on in corruption and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass saying that it is written, death is swallowed up in victory.

Speaker 2

O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law, but thanks be to God, which gives us the victory to our Lord Jesus Christ. So basically again, it ends here. Once we all go to heaven, that’s it. That’s our one and only chance is when Jesus Christ comes. So he has to be ready at his second coming. And if you look again, like I said in the Book of Revelation, you don’t see any of this period of tribulation where people get those who are lost or left behind in the sense that they can be saved. That’s nowhere found in the Bible. Especially not in the book of Revelation. I know some people also bring up something in the book of Daniel, but I don’t see that at all. And I just want to reiterate this. Like you see this in Revelation 19 is just as far as at the end, right before Jesus comes. In the last verse of Revelation 19, verse 21, it says and the remnant speaking of the evil people of the earth and the remnants were slain the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeds out of his mouth.

Speaker 2

Basically, this is Jesus who wipes out the last of the evil people in the world. And then if you go then to chapter 20, it talks about the wicked. Verses 20 through 21 basically go through the judgment of the wicked and the devil being chained for 1000 years. And it says that nobody was alive until basically until the sorry, until 1000 years are over. And then at that time that double will be unleashed. All those who are lost will be resurrected for this second resurrection, which is the resurrection of Damation, and that God wipes those people out and that’s it. That’s the end of sin. It’s the end of people. And when you look at the last chapter in Revelation 22, there’s a really important verse that I want to show you really quick. And I’ll just go really fast because I know we have a lot of questions and I don’t want to take up too much time, but this is just really important because this is really the point. Revelation, chapter 22 in verses eleven and twelve, talking about coming to the end of time, jesus says, he that is unjust, let him be unjust still.

Speaker 2

And he which is filthy, let him be filthy still. So once you’re saved or once you’re lost, at this point, that’s it. Let him be, just let him be unjust. He is righteous, let him be righteous still. That is holy, let him be holy still. In verse twelve, Jesus says and behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me to give to every man according as his work shall be. So once he comes, he has the reward. He already knows who’s lost and saved and that’s it. There’s no other possible chance of salvation after Jesus comes, because Jesus has already decided who has made up their mind, who wants to be saved and who wants to be lost, and he’ll respect our choice. Again, that’s basically the summary of the rapture is you could call the rapture the Second Coming in that yes, that is when everybody will be carried away who are written in the Lambs book of life. However, it’s not anything like this theology of the Rapture that you see in the Left Behind series and a lot of popular Christian denominations and we see like a lot of these mega churches and things.

Speaker 2

It’s just not biblical. And so I just want to give you a heads up on this, just because if you study the Bible and somebody says you believe in the Rapture, you need to be very careful because I do believe that this Rapture theology is very dangerous because first of all, it’s not biblical. And second of all, I think it just gives people a sense of security and ease that the Devil would really like you to have. Because he knows that if you can just put off salvation, if you can just put off getting yourself right with the Lord, he’s got you. And so we have to be very careful that we are saved today and that we know every day that we are right with the Lord and we are ready for His Second Coming. And just one more warning to any of those who think to add to God’s word. Maybe it’s not a big deal if somebody believes in the Rapture or not. If you keep going down in Revelation Chapter 22, jesus actually gets a very serious warning about adding to the Book of Revelation because we don’t see this theology in the Bible.

Speaker 2

And it says in verse 18, for I testifying to you, every man that hears the words of this prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, add these theologies that aren’t based on the Bible, god shall add on to him the plagues that are written in this book. So it is very serious when we talk about the Book of Revelation and we talk about the Second coming of Christ, that we don’t add man made theologies and things to it. We only base our belief on the Bible and honest word. So that’s what I would say to that question. Jr. Any other thoughts?

Speaker 3

Amen. And I really liked how you opened up your answer, saying like, yes and no, because that’s how I always feel when people ask me, do you believe in the Rapture? Yeah, but I don’t think of it probably what you’re thinking.

Speaker 2

Exactly.

Speaker 3

Great articulation.

Speaker 2

Praise the Lord. That’s all we want to do is point everybody to Jesus.

Speaker 1

I find that to be so true for so many things that are kind of like these really common things that we hear about in mainstream culture about the Bible. It’s like, do you believe about this aspect of the Bible? And it’s like, Well, I believe there’s the Bible talks about something like that and that that’s important. But yeah, the interpretation that the mainstream has taken is not necessarily what I believe to be the accurate reflection of it and what the Bible is actually saying. And it’s just so fascinating to me how that’s so true for so many things, the Rapture being one of them, but many other things as well.

Speaker 2

Amen. And when you think about it, you really have to remember in a time where there’s a controversy between Christ and between Satan, and both are fighting for our souls. And Jesus wants us to be saved. He wants us to be in heaven, but the devil wants us to be lost. And the devil is going to have a counterfeit for every truth of the Bible. And I think that this rapture theology has really been so successful because it appeals to something very human in us, which is that we would hope that even if it wasn’t us, maybe our loved ones could be saved. Once Jesus comes, maybe there’s another chance. And really, I think that’s so dangerous that we live in a society where the devil has had a lot of time to read the Bible and make a lot of counterfeits for a lot of God’s truth. And we have to be sure that we are studying the Bible for ourselves and we know what God’s word says. We’re going to stick to it even if the rest of the world doesn’t. Because like Jesus said in Matthew 714, for straight is the way it narrows the path that leads to life and broad is the path that leads to destruction.

Speaker 2

But that way to life, few other people find it. So we have to really I know that’s where they stand by.

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