Grave Matters (Part 6: What About the Rapture, Tribulation & 2nd Coming of Christ?)

“GRAVE MATTERS – Part 6” What About the Rapture, Tribulation & 2nd Coming of Christ?

INTRO: We are in a series dealing with death, resurrection and eternity. Regarding the end-times, we should give grace to those with different views and not break fellowship.

The Dispensational Position: Imminent Rapture ->7-Year Tribulation -> 2nd Coming -> 1,000-year Millennium

DID YOU KNOW?

  1. There’s no passage teaching a rapture then tribulation!
  2. There’s no verse saying the tribulation will be 7 years!
  3. There’s no mention of a 7-year period in Revelation!
  4. The dispensational view requires lots of “cut & paste.”

I. WHAT IS THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST (Acts 1:9-11)?

  1. It’s when Christ returns from heaven to the earth.
  2. People will see Christ return from the clouds to the earth.
  3. Did the angels imply any other coming? Why not?

II. WHEN WILL THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST OCCUR (Mark 13:32; Matt. 25:13)? Only God knows!

 “Don’t set dates or listen to those who do!”

III. WILL THERE BE A RAPTURE 7-YEARS BEFORE THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST?

  1. The Parable of the Wheat & Tares (Matt. 13:24-30, 37-43).
    1. The wheat & tares coexist until the harvest!
    2. At the harvest (end of age) the tares are gathered first!
  2. The parable of the dragnet (Matt. 13:47-50).
    1. The good fish and bad fish coexist until the harvest!
    2. At harvest the bad fish are separated from the good!
  3. 1Thess. 4:13-17. If this the secret rapture, why is it so noisy (John 5:28-29)?
  4. What happens after we meet Christ in the air? Perhaps we (the bride) meet Christ (the bridegroom) in the air to     accompany Him back to the [new] earth (2Cor. 11:2; Matt. 9:15; 25:1-13; Jn. 14:2; Mk. 13:32; 1Thess. 4:16-17; Jude 1:14; Rev. 21:1-2).

Conclusion: What if there’s no second chance? Jn. 17:15!

“Live like He could come today, plan like He won’t come in your lifetime.” Occupy until He comes (Luke 19:13), but don’t be preoccupied with His coming!