What's the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming?

A number of verses in Scripture define these two important events, but the main ingredient is the Lord Himself. For instance, the Lord does not come to earth when the Church is raptured. The Bible says that we will meet Him in the clouds of heaven. The Second Coming is defined by the prophecy that says, "And his feet shall stand on the mount of Olives." The Second Coming is the fulfillment of His ascension from the Mount of Olives. Acts 1:11 says, "...Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." Many references for the Second Coming are scattered throughout the Old and New Testament. On the other hand, no signs precede the Rapture of the Church, with the exception of the repetitious admonition to always be ready: "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ...So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation" (Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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