How Will Jesus Return?
The second coming of Christ Jesus is something that we all should be longing for, to see our Lord and Saviour return triumphantly as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. But what is the Bible truth about the second coming of Christ? How will He return? Will He return in secret to "rapture" away His people, or will His return be like lightening all over the earth that every eye will see?
Matthew 24:27 .....'For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.'
This Bible verse is so clear as to how Christ Jesus will return at the second coming that we could just use this verse to know the truth. But here we don't base doctrines on single verses, so we will delve deeper into God's Word. To begin with though, does this verse suggest that Jesus will return in secret? No, the heavens will be lighted up with His coming. The following Bible verses reveal why we shouldn't believe in a "secret" type of second coming:
Matthew 24:23-26 ....' Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; BELIEVE IT NOT.'
There are so many Christians who believe and teach the secret rapture theory, and yet these Bible verses clearly tells us to "BELIEVE IT NOT", because as the very next verse reveals, the second coming of Christ will be like lightening and everyone will see it. And another thing that the above verses reveal is that there will be false christs and prophets. Now there have already been many false christs and prophets over the years, and many more will come, which is why we need to be so careful as to who we follow. We MUST test everything that anyone says or teaches with the Word of God in the Bible. The Bible is our ONLY authority.
2 Corinthians 11:14 ....'And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.'
Satan's master deception will be to impersonate Christ Jesus himself. Now something that concerns me greatly is that many, many Christians are looking to the nation of Israel for fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and they believe that when Jesus returns He will restore the nation of Israel and rule ON EARTH for a thousand years on His throne in Israel. Now there are a couple of problems with this. First of all, when Jesus returns at the second coming, He WILL NOT SET FOOT ON THE EARTH, instead we will be caught up to meet Him in the air:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 .....'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 together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.'
Do you see that clear Bible truth about the second coming? Jesus doesn't come down ONTO the earth to be with us, we meet Him in the air. Please remember this important fact, as it will help us expose any false christ's and it will also help us expose satan's counterfeit second coming. Now there are those who hold to the secret rapture theory that use the "caught up to the clouds" in the above Bible verse to backup their belief, but as the verse also says, "Jesus will descend with a SHOUT". This is no secret event, on the contrary, it will be very noisy! The other problem with looking to Israel for fulfillment of Bible prophecy is that Bible prophecy isn't actually about the LITERAL nation of Israel, but SPIRITUAL Israel.
Did you notice the three stages of the second coming above in Thessalonians? Christ Jesus returns with a LOUD NOISE, the dead saints hear His call and RISE FROM THEIR GRAVES, and then the living and risen saints MEET JESUS IN THE AIR. This is the second coming of Christ.
Matthew 24:30-31 .....'And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.'
Now compare the above Bible verse with the one ealier in Thessalonians. It's the same event. Jesus returns with a loud noise that the whole world sees and hears, and the living and risen saints are gathered to meet Jesus. Now where does the secret rapture fit into this? It doesn't! Why does Jesus need to send His angels out to gather the saints at the PHYSICAL second coming, when they have supposedly already gone to heaven in the secret rapture? Doesn't make sense does it? The truth is, the secret rapture theory is completely made up and not Biblical at all. The secret rapture theory was invented by Roman Catholic Jesuit priests and it is a very deceptive doctrine, which deceives people into thinking they will not go through the great tribulation before Jesus returns.