Why faith today has no fear of the great tribulation tomorrow!

Matthew 24:6–8, “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”

Should Christians be stockpiling food, building little bomb shelters, should we have little pharmacies of our own in anticipation of all kinds of coming pestilence?

One lady wrote to a pastor and asked, how do I prepare for the Great Tribulation? How do I deal with my fear of God’s judgments and persecution?

How does the church person deal with their fear of the great tribulation? Matthew 24:6, “See that you are not frightened.”

The apostles who were given every reason to fear the great tribulation were told, “Do not fear.” Now why is that? These apostles are on the verge of building something brand new, they are on the verge of building this thing called the church. The church saved by faith has no reason to fear the great tribulation.

Why do I believe the church ought to have a faith without fear of the great tribulation? Matthew 16:18, “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”

Revelation 13:7, “It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.”  If we are to believe Jesus, if we are to take Jesus at His word, we must ask and answer who are these saints in verse 7 that are overcome? When Jesus spoke to the seven churches in Revelation chapters 1 -3 He ended every letter with these words. ‘’He who has an ear let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.”  Now pay careful attention to what is said in chapter 13 where these saints are overcome! Revelation 13:9, “If anyone has an ear, let him hear.”

Who is not mentioned in that verse? The church is not mentioned. Now the church is mentioned 16 times in Revelation chapters 1-3, but it is not mentioned once in chapters 4-22. Revelation 3:10, “Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” The whole world! What did Jesus say in Matthew 24:21, “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now nor ever will.”

Now then, do you know who is mentioned frequently in Revelation 4 thru 22? Israel, Jerusalem, the 12 tribes, the Jew, the woman who gave birth to the male child – and why is that? Because it is the time of Jacobs’s trouble! 1 Thessalonians 4:17, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.”

If we believe that is about faith, the church person who has faith will be caught away in the air, that’s the rapture. Faith that Jesus died and rose again makes you rapture ready, and faith has no fear of the great tribulation!

Now where am I getting that? The very next chapter! 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11, “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us. We are not destined for wrath – what wrath? This one! Revelation 6:16-17, “And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of Their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

 

Why I Believe the Great Tribulation is Close!

In 1900 there were only 40,000 Jews in all of Israel, 117 years later on Israel’s Independence Day 2017 Israel’s population stood at a record 8,680,000.

Why only 40,000 in 1900?

Leviticus 26:33 “And I will scatter you among the nations.”

Jeremiah 31:10 “He who scattered Israel”

Ezekiel 20:34 “where I have scattered you”

Isaiah 11:12 “I will scatter you to the four corners of the earth.”

If you want to know why there were so few Jewish people living in her homeland at the beginning of the last century it is because God scattered them all over the world!

So you might ask why do I think the great tribulation is so close?

Ezekiel 22 “I will gather you in My anger and in My wrath and I will lay you there and melt you. I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you will be melted in the midst of it. As silver is melted in the furnace, so you will be melted in the midst of it; and you will know that I, the LORD, have poured out My wrath on you.”

Zephaniah 2 “Gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation without shame, Before the decree takes effect—The day passes like the chaff—Before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, Before the day of the LORD’S anger comes upon you.”

Ezekiel 20 “I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out;”

To demonstrate just how important this prophetic event is pay careful attention to what Jeremiah wrote.

Jeremiah 16:14–15 “Therefore behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when it will no longer be said, As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt, but, As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them. For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers.”

Gentiles cannot fully appreciate those words unless we know something about Judaism.

Israel being brought out of Egypt is so important to the Jew they have this thing called a Passover Seder every year to commemorate what those words are all about.

The one event that all Jews consider to be the greatest miracle in their history is the deliverance of their ancestors from Egyptian captivity under the leadership of Moses.

Now follow very carefully because Jeremiah wrote, “a time will come when the Jews will look back on their history and proclaim that their regathering from the four corners of the earth — the event that began in the 20th Century will eclipse the Exodus!”

Did you know God wants this lesson we are learning preached? Do you know who needs to hear it?

Jeremiah 31:10, “Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd does his flock.”

The nations, the gentile nations need to hear it now–then do you know why they don’t?

The average gentile Christian has no appreciation for what we just learned because Israel and the Jew is not very important in most pulpits.

The vast majority of Christianity, the vast majority of theology has accepted the fact that God is through with Israel, the church is the new Israel and even in churches like our own the only time churches hear what we are learning this morning is when Jews for Jesus, or Chosen People Ministries, or Friends of Israel, or the Christian Jew foundation are invited.

Zechariah 13:8 “it will come about in all the land, declares the LORD, that two parts in it will be cut off and perish;”   Two thirds of the people will die in the land. Do you remember what Jesus said in Matthew 24 was the sign of His coming? The great tribulation.

Do you remember what Zechariah chapter 14 is all about? The second coming of Jesus, and what proceeds that, two thirds of the Jewish people will be killed.

Now here comes look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days—You would not believe if you were told.

Follow me, there are 14 million Jews in the world and two thirds is how many, a little over 9 million. Listen, there are already 8 million in the land, that’s astonishing when you consider there were only 40,000 in 1900.

God is doing something in our day–you say what is he doing? He is regathering His people for the great tribulation.

Do you know what this means? This means we’re getting closer, and listen, if we are getting closer to the great tribulation how much closer are we to the rapture because the bible teaches the rapture occurs before the great tribulation. Are you rapture ready have you repented and believed the gospel? Do you even know what the gospel is?

 

 

The Great Tribulation-Are You Rapture Ready?

Jesus says in Matthew 24:21, “There will be great tribulation unequaled from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be equaled again.”

The word tribulation comes from a word that means to crush, to pressure, to squeeze, to break. When Jeremiah writes about the great tribulation he writes, (Jeremiah 30:7) “Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.”

Jeremiah said none is like it, Jesus said it is unequaled; Jesus used the word tribulation, Jeremiah used the word trouble, and do you know why? The tribulation is trouble never before seen!

In the Hebrew Scriptures, the more common term for this great tribulation period is “The Day of the Lord.”

Isaiah the prophet, in Chapter 13, uses words like destruction, hands will be limp, every man’s heart will melt, and their faces will be like flames.

The prophet Jeremiah, in Chapter 30 uses words similar, words like trembling, fear, and no peace, and all faces turned pale.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:2–4, “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;”

I ask the question, ‘The great tribulation-are you rapture ready?,’ because when the apostle Paul writes about this time of trouble and tribulation he wrote these words in the previous chapter! 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18, “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 is most known for the rapture, 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 is known for the great tribulation. Those that are rapture ready in chapter 4 are not in darkness when the trumpet of God sounds that the day would overtake you in Chapter 5.

The great tribulation-are you rapture ready? 1 Thessalonians 5:9, “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Thessalonians were rapture ready. They found salvation in Christ. Have you repented and placed your faith in Christ alone for salvation; do you know what that means?

Why the Little Church Should Not Think Little of Themselves!

I don’t know how many churches are discouraged about their church’s size; maybe you wish you had more people than you do, maybe you are discouraged because you have less than what you used to have. I think our Lord’s words will encourage you. Revelation 3:8 “you have a little power.” When Jesus wrote that He wrote that to one of seven churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3, and only two of them were blamelessly perfect, and the church with a little power, is one of them.

Don’t you think that is an odd thing to say to a church that is blamelessly perfect? Shouldn’t Jesus be saying to a perfectly blameless church you have lots of power, and here is why I point that out! Matthew 16:18 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” Did you know that all hell can break loose against a church; the devil and his demons can mount an all-out attack to destroy your church or mine, and did you know they can’t overpower the church and do you know why? The church has lots of power! When you have Jesus your church has lots of power.

Why tell them they have little power? The church at Philadelphia is the littlest church, humanly speaking, when compared to the other churches! For example the church at Philadelphia was unlike the church at Sardis! The church at Sardis had a name they were alive, but they were dead, to the community they were a lively church, but not to Christ!

Perhaps this church had little name recognition. Maybe they had little money. The church at Laodicea had lots of money, Revelation 3:17 “because you say, I am rich, and have become wealthy.” And perhaps they had little in the way of attendance unlike the church at Pergamum and Thyatira that had large attendance; perhaps this church had little in the way of people power.

My experience with little churches is they have the tendency to think they can’t do a lot for the Lord because they are little! Do you know what little churches with little power, humanly speaking, need to hear?  Revelation 3:7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: If Jesus can open a door that no one can shut and shut doors that no one can open do you know what little churches need to hear? Strength is not determined by the size of the church, but the Savior of the church!

Did it ever occur to us that some churches are little because of Jesus? Jesus is telling His little churches I am sovereign over the doors of life. We know what that’s all about don’t we? 2 Corinthians 2:12 “Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord.” We are talking about an open door to preach the gospel to save souls! I would argue some churches are large not because the Lord is opening doors but because they are–don’t miss that, that’s the church at Pergamum and Thyatira that had large attendance because of their come one, come all, come as you are and feel free to stay as you are mentality! Some churches are large because they are attracting a crowd not a church!

The church at Philadelphia was not little because they were not preaching; they were little because they were! Revelation 3:8 “You kept My word. You have not denied My name.” What if I told you that being faithful to keeping the word, never denying the Name, what if I told you that a church might still might remain little–and do you know why, Jesus is sovereign over size! Jesus sovereignly opens and closes doors, He opens and closes hearts, people don’t believe the gospel because of the church they believe the gospel because of Christ! When Jesus wrote to the church with large attendance He wrote Revelation 3:3 “So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it.”

The church with a name, the church at Sardis was not keeping what they received and heard-they were not preaching and they had a large attendance, the church that was preaching was little not large! I hope we all know that what appears to be is not always the way it appears! Please don’t ever assume because a church is little that they are necessarily doing something wrong, and please don’t ever assume that because a church is large they are necessarily doing something right because one of the two blameless churches was doing something very right and they had little power!

Little churches should not think little of themselves! Zechariah 4:10 “For who hath despised the day of small things?” There is nothing wrong with small or little.  Take Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John and Jude–all one chapter books in the Bible.  Little books, listen they are as divine as the 66 chapters in Isaiah. There is nothing wrong with being little.

Is Your Church Alive?

Revelation 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.’”

One writer described this church as a morgue with a steeple, a congregation of corpses; he said they have undertakers for ushers, embalmers for elders, morticians for ministers, and the pastor graduated from the cemetery.

Ever wonder if your church is dead or alive? We drive by churches and see a parking lot full of cars and we think now that church must be doing something right! May I remind you what appears to be, is not always the way it appears!

There was a brilliant young pianist giving his very first concert. As the final chord of his flawless performance reverberated in the hall, the audience rose to its feet and broke out in thunderous applause. Only one member of the audience remained seated. The pianist’s eyes began to well up with tears and his head dropped slightly as he left the stage in utter defeat.    The stage manager in the great hall was a sensitive and observant man who had noticed the lone gentleman and saw how this cool response affected the star performer. “Son,” he said, “you’re a hit! Everyone was overwhelmed. The critic from the Times was in tears. By morning you’ll be famous. Don’t let one guy get you down.” “You don’t understand,” the dejected young man replied, “That man was my piano teacher. It only matters what he thinks.”

When it comes to a church being dead or alive it does not matter what you think or I think, it only matters what the teacher thinks. A church may have all the publicity, all the popularity, and all the population, why, it has a name that is alive and it means nothing to Jesus! If you want to know a church that is alive from dead, look no further than the church that had a name that they were!

If we learn anything from the previous 4 churches, all 4 churches experienced persecution – not the church at Sardis! One writer called the church at Sardis, “the perfect model of inoffensive Christianity.” Evidently the Jews and the Romans didn’t bother the church because the church didn’t bother them. Evidently the devil didn’t bother them because they never bothered the devil! Do you know who loves the kind of church that never bothers them? The community – this was the very first community church!

Why did they not experience persecution!? Revelation 3:3, “So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.” What did they forget that they needed to remember? The gospel received and the gospel heard – they were not keeping it. They believed it, they were just not keeping it!

No wonder why the community never bothered them. Who wants to hear repent of your sins and turn from them and believe that your only hope for heaven is Jesus? Who wants to hear they are not good enough, that on your best day you are not good enough, you must be perfect as your father in heaven is perfect? Who wants to hear that if you reject this message, if you refuse to repent and receive Jesus as your only hope for heaven, you will perish and be eternally damned from the presence of God in a real hell?

So if you want to know a church that is alive from dead – the church that is alive irritates the system with a sermon and that sermon causes the system to irritate the saints.

 

Is Your Church Into Popularity, Population, or Purity?

Is your church into popularity, population, or purity! Or to put it another are you into big or blameless?

How many have ever heard there is no perfect church? Notice what Paul wrote in Philippians 2:15, “so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless” and Philippians 1:10, “so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.” Proving yourselves blameless until the day of Christ means blameless until and at the rapture.

When Jesus writes these seven letters to these seven churches in Revelation chapter 2 & 3 in each letter are commendations and condemnations. Only two of the seven churches are without condemnations and corrections, two churches receive no criticisms. That tells us something, number one in the eyes of Jesus is there are perfect churches, and number two-look no further than these commendations and condemnations to know how to be one!

Now what happens to the imperfect church? Revelation 2:5, “I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.”

The church at Pergamum had both commendation and condemnation! There condemnation has to do with my opening questions. Is your church into popularity, population, or purity! Or to put it another way are you into big or blameless?

Revelation 2:14–15, “But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.”

Do you know what I call the church at Pergamum? The ‘Church of the Open Door;’ they said something like this, ‘come one, come all, and come just as you are.’ G. Campbell Morgan said that the church at Pergamum, while not committing itself to heresy, had “become guilty of Broad Churchism, attempting to find room within her pale for all sorts and conditions of men and faiths.”

The Church of Pergamum, said something like, we preach and believe saved by grace alone thru faith alone, why we even die for it, but if you do not agree with us and if you choose to teach and live an immoral lifestyle, we will still make you feel at home within our church.

The church at Pergamum was more into pews that were plentiful than pews that were pure – which brings us to the Lord’s call in verse 16: “Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” Notice in that verse the words you and them, so who exactly is supposed to do the repenting?

Everyone is to repent, first you, you is the church at Pergamum, the elders must repent, the congregation must repent. Why? They were after pews that were plentiful when they should have been after pews that were pure.

Them! The false teachers who live an immoral life who teach others to do likewise, they too need to repent. It’s their only hope of avoiding eternal damnation. The church at Pergamum wanted the unsaved to feel comfortable, come one come all come just as you are.

How should unsaved people feel if they come to church? 1 Corinthians 14:24, “if an unbeliever enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all;” Does your church make the unsaved feel comfortable at the expense of being convicted? Churches like the church at Pergamum cause people to think they are going to heaven because they are going to church!

Let me end by saying we cannot help sinners by saying that sin is not sinful. Christ came to save sinners, but if the church no longer believes in sin, we have nothing to offer, and if our only ambition is to be large for large sake, I want you to know when Jesus comes He is not impressed.

Jesus is far more impressed with the small church that is blameless than the large church that is big!

Jesus Will Be Looking For the Perfect Church!

Did you know when Jesus comes at the rapture He is looking for perfect churches?

Have you ever heard Christians say there is no perfect church? I want you to know when Jesus comes He is looking for the perfect church! Now that’s a scary thought!

1 Corinthians 1:8, “who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Blameless in the day of Christ, blameless at the rapture!

Philippians 1:10, “so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ” Blameless until the rapture, I wish I could tell you when Jesus comes He is not looking for perfect churches – but that would only excuse our imperfections.

Thirty two times to the churches in Rev. 2 & 3, Jesus says, “I know,” and in 12 of those 32 He says, “I know your deeds.” Jesus knows everything there is to know about our church and yours. He knows what we are doing well and He knows what we are doing poorly, and look, He knows if we are not doing anything at all!

To demonstrate just how perfect Jesus wants His churches when He comes follow along with me.

When our Lord said to the church at Ephesus, “I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent,” He said that to a church that was a laboring church, a lasting church, a learning church, and a loathing church! They had one problem, only one, that’s all it takes you know. Look, they did not leave their laboring, lasting, learning or loathing, they left their loving, that is they had devotion without emotion. Dry orthodoxy!

Only two of the seven churches in Rev. 2 & 3 are without condemnation and correction. You say what made them so blameless? Jesus knows!

If you would you like to know what a perfect church is in the eyes of our Lord then look no further than the commendations and condemnations of these seven churches, and one more thing get the good in and the bad out or Jesus will turn your electricity off.

What Difference Does Easter Make?

“How can I know which religion is the right one?” That’s a fair question don’t you think?

It is a critical question because on the surface there seems to be no great difference between Christianity and all the religions of the world. They have great leaders … and so do we. They have written Scriptures … and so do we. They have miracle stories … and so do we. They have high ethical standards … and so do we. They have a long and rich history … and so do we.

One Fundamental Difference–just go to the tombs of the founders of the great world religions. Call the roll:

Mohammed … “Here!”

Moses … “Here!”

Buddha … “Here!”

Confucius … “Here!”

Jesus Christ … … No answer! Because He is not there. The tomb is empty!

Four thousand years ago Job asked this question, “If a man dies, will he live again?” (Job 14:14) That is the greatest of all the questions-it is the central question Easter was meant to answer. Death is frightening and terrifying-this is why the Bible calls it “the last enemy.” (I Corinthians 15:26) No man has ever lived who hasn’t trembled before the fact of his own death. The empty tomb says, He is risen. The disciples say, He is risen. The church of Jesus Christ says, He is risen. The writer of this blog says He has risen.

Is it true? Can we believe it? I can only give you my personal testimony. I do!

If a man dies, will he live again? Yes! Yes! Yes! Here is the answer to the greatest question, the deepest question, the final question. All of us will face death someday. But for those who know Jesus, death holds no fear because of their faith!

Have you given the alternative some thought? Die, decay, death. I have a better idea repent and believe in Jesus, He not only said He would die and rise from the grave, but His disciples died because He lived and for the last 2000 years men and woman from all over the world have chosen to believe, so believe and follow Him!

What Kind of Church Does Jesus Want to See at the Rapture?

Churches need to know the answer to this most critical question because if a church is not rapture ready Jesus is ready to remove their church.

Now why these thoughts, why these questions, why rapture ready or ready to be removed?

Jesus said this to the church at Philadelphia, Revelation 3:11 “I am coming quickly.” Jesus said that to a specific church about the rapture, but not just them! Revelation 3:13, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

When Jesus said I am coming quickly to one church, He has the ‘churches plural’ in mind, which means all churches. Now what does Jesus want all churches to hear about His coming quickly?

Thirty two times to the churches in Revelation 2 & 3, Jesus says, “I know.” In 12 of those 32 He says, “I know your deeds.” Jesus knows everything there is to know about any church. He knows what we are doing, and He knows what we are not doing. He knows what we are doing well, and He knows what we are doing poorly. And He knows if we are rapture ready or ready to be removed!

Because Jesus knows Jesus says this! Revelation 2:5, “I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.” What is a lampstand? What is a lampstand for? Revelation 1:20, “the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” A lampstand is a church. And, what are lamps for?  To give light—right, lamps give light.

Notice what Paul said to a church! Philippians 2:15, “so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.” The Philippian church was to be lights in the world, that’s what a lampstand is for. Does Paul mean leave all the lights on, go around the building and turn all the switches to the on position?

Paul had two things in mind when he said that to the Philippians. Philippians 2:16, “holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.”  The church is a lampstand that lights the world when she holds fast the word of life—that’s the gospel. In the day of Christ, that’s the rapture!

Do you see the kind of church Jesus is looking to see when He comes? He is looking for lampstands that bring the light of the gospel to the world until the rapture comes!

This particular church was a laboring church, a lasting church—they had lasting labor, they were a learned church, and they were a loathing church, BUT they were NOT a lampstand.

Distinguishing the Differences

If a Christian does not distinguish the difference between the church and Israel they will never distinguish between the Rapture in the clouds and the Revelation on earth!

The Rapture
1.Christ comes to the air (1 Thess. 4:16, 17).
2.He comes for His saints (1 Thess. 4:16, 17).
3.The Rapture is a mystery (1 Cor. 15:51).
4.Christ’s Coming for His saints is never said to be preceded by signs in the heavens.
5.The Rapture is identified with the Day of Christ (1 Cor. 1:8; 2 Cor. 1:14; Phil. 1:6, 10).
6.The Rapture is presented as a time of blessing (1 Thess. 4:18).
7.The Rapture takes place in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:52).
8.The Rapture is for the Church (1 Cor. 15:51- 58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

The Revelation
1.He comes to the earth (Zech. 14:4).
2.He comes with His saints (1 Thess. 3:13; Jude 14).
3.The Revelation is not a mystery; it is the subject of many Old Testament prophecies (Psa. 72; Isa. 11; Zech. 14).
4.Christ’s Coming with His saints will be heralded by signs in the heavens (Matt. 24:29, 30).
5.The Revelation is identified with the Day of the Lord (2 Thess. 2:1-12, ASV).
6.The Revelation is a time of judgment (2 Thess. 2:8-12).
7.The Revelation will be visible worldwide (Matt. 24:27; Rev. 1:7).
8.The Revelation is for Israel (Matt. 24:1-25:46).