(1/2) Grant Jeffrey – Rapture vs Second Coming
Many of you might remember the games that we played while we were kids. One of them was, “Red Rover, Red Rover, Send Cindy Right Over.” (Or, it might be Johnny or Suzie). Of course, Cindy, or Johnny, or Suzie hoped that they would have a nice welcome when they were “sent over.” The situation was that those who were being “sent over” had no choice over the matter; they were just, “sent over.” There was another game, “Ready Or Not, Here I Come!” In that game, “Billy or Bobby,” were making a decision to “crash your party,” whether you liked it or not. Unfortunately, for most of the people of the world, there will come an event that will be one that will be so dreadfully unwanted and punishing, that kids’ games, and other nice things, will be things of much of the world’s innocent past, never to be experienced again. This particular event will be that of “The Tribulation.” It is my hope that all who read this post will not be present during the Tribulation.
(2/2) Grant Jeffrey – Rapture vs Second Coming
Grant received his Ph.D. from Louisiana Baptist University and established himself as one of the sharpest minds in eschatology. He was held in great esteem by his colleagues. The ability he possessed to recall facts and figures without prompts while speaking at prophecy conferences around the world was remarkable. Grant Reid Jeffrey (October 5, 1948 – May 11, 2012)
Consider the two video teachings of Dr. Grant Jeffrey. They relate to the information that follows.
There are two sendings of God that will take place, that are uniquely different, but are part of His plan for the end times. (Eschatology is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times.) The first of those events that will take place is known as “The Rapture Of The Church.” The second is “The Second Coming Of Christ.” The Rapture is the event where Jesus comes in the air and catches up His church age saints and takes them with Him to Heaven. In this event, Jesus “does not” come down and set foot on the earth. During the second event, Jesus will physically come to earth (with His raptured saints with Him) and stand on the Mount of Olives to set up His Millennial, 1,000 year, reign on the earth. Consider the following verses that discuss both of those events that are “yet to come.”
John 14:2-4 New American Standard Bible (Jesus is coming to take His church age saints with Him away from the earth.)
2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 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. 4 And you know the way where I am going.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New American Standard Bible (Jesus is coming in the air to take His church age saints with Him)
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:50-54 New American Standard Bible (This passage relates to the trumpet call of 1 Thes 4:16. The term “sleep” refers to death. At the time of the Rapture/Catching Up of the church, the bodies of the saints, dead and alive, will be changed to be “imperishable,” without flaw.
The Mystery of Resurrection
50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.
The Word “Rapture” (ἁρπάζω)
The word “rapture” does not occur in our English Bibles. We get the word by way of St. Jerome (c. 347-420 A.D.). In his work of revising the Latin New Testament from the Greek New Testament, he translated the Greek word ἁρπάζω into the Latin “rapiemur.” The Latin verb form is “rapio” and means to be “caught up” or “taken away.” From these Latin words come our English word “rapture.” While Paul used the word ἁρπάζω only once (1 Thessalonians 4.17), he taught the doctrine of the Rapture in other places using other expressions. The Greek word ἁρπάζω means to “seize” or “snatch away.” It is used 13 times in the following verses: Matthew 11.12, 13.19; John 6.15, 10.12, 28-29; Acts 8.39, 23.10; 2 Corinthians 12.2, 12.4; 1 Thessalonians 4.17; Jude 1.23; Revelation 12.5.
Zechariah 14:1-9 New American Standard Bible (vs 7 shows the Lord standing on the Mount of Olives, and has His Holy ones with Him. Those will be the saints who were raptured away from the earth in the preceding verses. The Holy ones may also include angels. Jesus will then set up His millennial Kingdom. At that time, the Old Testament saints, and the saints of the Tribulation will be resurrected. Those saints, and the saints of all of the ages, will rule and reign with Christ during the 1,000 year millennial reign of Christ.)
God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes
1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.5 You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!
6 In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. 7 For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light. 8 And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter. God Will Be King over All 9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.
Revelation 19:11-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (This passage is similar to Zech 14. Jesus and His Holy ones, saints, return to the earth from their time of rapture. Angels may also be “holy ones.” The event is the spiritual “Battle of Armageddon,” where Jesus has a spiritual battle victory (vs 15) over the Anti-Christ, False Prophet, and those who support them. The Old Testament saints, along with the tribulation saints, will be resurrected, and the 1,000 year reign of Christ will begin.)
The Coming of Christ
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
Doom of the Beast and False Prophet
20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.
The events of the rapture and second coming are real, and may be coming soon. It is important for us to know, without a doubt, that we have been born again, and that we will be caught up in the rapture, and will not be present when the Anti-Christ conspires to take control of the world during the tribulation.
Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible
“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.”
It is also important for us to know that we will not be present at the Great White Throne Judgment which occurs at the end of the 1,000 year reign of Christ.
Revelation 20:11-15 New American Standard Bible
Judgment at the Throne of God
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
It is not the purpose of God to cause His people to be present during the tribulation, or to face its wrath.
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 New American Standard Bible
9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:8-9 New American Standard Bible
8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
The desire of God is for us to be present with Him through all eternity
Revelation 21:1-7 New American Standard Bible
The New Heaven and Earth
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” 5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
It is not a time for guessing about our eternity, or trying to rationalize our salvation. The world “is not” “the tail that wags the dog.”
2 Peter 1:10 New American Standard Bible
“Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble.”
Let me be very direct. There are many people who should be very concerned about whether they will find themselves in the Tribulation, and if they will face the Great White Throne Judgment. I’m talking about the many members of the three houses of our government who claim to be Christians, but still support abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, and changing “freedom of religion to freedom of worship.” I am talking about our nation’s leader and the people who support his agenda. I am talking about the “lady of the left” who is a presidential wannabe.” I’m talking about democrats who continue to vote for those anti-God measures and who vote for those members of congress who vote for those anti-God measures. I’m talking about liberal judges who legislate from the bench on those measures, instead of interpreting the constitution. I’m talking about members of labor unions, educational institutions, the press and entertainment industries, liberal denominations, their pastors and members, and all others who support the ungodly laws that have been passed to support abortion on demand and same-sex marriages, and the forces of government that oppose freedom of religion, and try to change the guarantee of the bill of rights to “freedom of worship.” I am not doing anything by making this statement other than trying to warn all of you of the eternity that awaits those who will stand before the Great White Throne Judgment. Someone else, who knows you personally, should be telling you about the future that you have in the lake of fire. I am only telling you the truth of God’s Word. I don’t want any of you to spend your eternal life burning in hell. That is your decision to make; make it wisely. Consider the words of John 17:3. “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” That passage is a text-book definition of what it takes for anyone to have eternal life with God. To know God is to have an intimate relationship with God. But, let me make this statement. Nobody who supports abortion on demand or same-sex marriage, or attacks freedom of religion, can honestly think that they have an intimate relationship with God.
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