“And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward Heaven as He went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, 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.” (Acts 1:9-11)
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
This same Jesus is coming back just as He said He would. Spoken in the Passover chamber on Maundy Thursday night, Jesus foretells His coming again for His own. He tells all Christians not to worry, He’s gone to prepare a place for us.
Jesus says “Let not your heart be troubled ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
The place prepared for us is Heaven. Paul speaks of Jesus’ Second Coming in the King James Version of The Holy Bible : “But I would not have you to be ignorant , brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not,even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto 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: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (The Rapture) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so we shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) note, Jesus doesn’t touch down yet.
The Living Bible gives this account of the Return of Jesus Christ.
“And now dear brothers and sisters, I want you to know what happens to a Christian when he or she dies so that when it happens, you will not be full of sorrow, as those who have no hope.
For since we believe that Jesus died and then came back to life again, we can also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him all the Old Testament saints who have died.
I can tell you directly from the Lord: that we who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet Him ahead of those Christians who are in their graves.
For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven with a mighty shout and with the soul-stirring cry of the archangel and the great trumpet − call of God. And the Christians who are dead will be the first to rise to meet the Lord.
Then we who are alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with this news.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) The Living Bible Paraphrases #96
All believers will not die. But all believers will be changed (1st Corinthians 15:51-58)
So whether dead or alive, saints will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. He doesn’t touch down yet. This caught up is referred to by theologians as the “Rapture of the Church.” The term rapture does not appear in scripture, but it means the joyful, blissful, trancelike state of souls transmigrating from earth to glory. The rapture of the true church is the First Resurrection.
There are two resurrections. “The resurrection of those who have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil; unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:28-29)
There is also the “resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:13-14)
If you are part of the first resurrection, you will be saved and the “second death will have no power over you.” (Rev. 20:5-6). At the return of King Jesus, he shall come in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory to judge and to wage war. He shall touch down. “And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives.” (Zechariah 14:4) For further in-depth scriptures on the return in glory of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, please read:
Matthew 24 & 25
AMEN (OH YES!)
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