The rapture is when Jesus Christ returns to remove His church (all who truly follow Christ) from the earth. The rapture is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54.
Believers who have died will have their bodies resurrected, and along with believers who are still living, will meet the Lord in the air. This will all occur in a moment--in the twinkling of an eye.
Conversely, the second coming is when Jesus returns to judge the earth, to defeat the Antichrist, to destroy evil, and establish His millennial kingdom. The second coming is described in Revelation 19:11-16.
The important differences between the rapture and second coming are as follows:
The rapture and second coming are similar but separate events.
Both involve Jesus returning. Both are end-times events.
However, it is crucially important to recognize the differences.
Here is the conclusion of the entire matter:
Jesus is coming back, that's a given.
So, He's either coming back as your redeemer or as your judge.
The choice is up to you.
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