Pre-Tribulation advocates teach that when Jesus returns to rapture the Church and
resurrect the dead, this is not the Second Coming. The fact that the Rapture is indeed
the Lord’s Coming is clearly stated in I Thessalonians as well as other Scriptures.
“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...” I Thessalonians 5:15-17.
“…with regard to THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST and our gathering together with
Him…” II Thessalonians 1:1.
“Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence
and not shrink away from Him in shame at HIS COMING.” I John 2:28.
How can Jesus come the second time without it being His Second Coming? It’s a denial
of the clear, straightforward proclamation of Scripture in order to prop up an erroneous
Most post-Tribulationists falsely believe the Second Coming is a single event
We don’t want to make the mistake of thinking that all post-Tribulation rapture teachings
are alike. Most of those who teach that the Church will be here during the Tribulation
also say that the return of the Lord will occur as one single event; that He will
come on the clouds and immediately set up His Kingdom on earth. This is a false assumption.
It fails to take into account the two fold purpose of the Second Coming: one is to
gather the Church in the Resurrection/Rapture, and the other is to revive and restore
the Jewish nation of Israel. There will certainly be two parts to the Second Coming
Cloud Return and White Horse Return
The first is the Cloud Return to rapture the Church and the second is the White Horse
Return to rescue Israel and destroy the armies of the Beast. These two parts of the
Second Coming will happen within a few months or a few weeks of one another, but
not as pre-Tribulationists teach, separated by seven years.
First the Coming of Christ on the clouds
“Behold He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him…” Revelation 1:7.
Then the return of Jesus on a white horse.
“Behold a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness
He judges and wages war.” Revelation 19:11.
Two Scrolls tell of the two parts of the Second Comings
This two part Second Coming is reflected in the two scrolls of Revelation. The contents
of the Seven Seal Scroll is revealed after the Lord Jesus opens all seven seals to
finish the Mystery of God, which is Christ and the Church (Colossians 1:26-27). It
is no longer a mystery because at the Seventh Trumpet every eye shall see Him and
the rapture of the Church as He comes on the clouds.
There will be delay no longer, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel
(the last trumpet of the seventh seal), when he is about to sound, then the mystery
of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets...So I went to the
angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he said to me, "Take it and eat
it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey."
The Little Open Scroll, which the Mighty Angel tells John to eat, are the prophecies
to the nation of Israel that Jesus will also fulfill at His Coming. After the rapture
of the Church, He will then return again on a white horse to fulfill these promises.
Ezekiel explains the contents of the Little Open Scroll.
Then He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak
to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. ...Then
I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.”Ezekiel 3:1-2.
Christ will descend to two mountains: the Mount of Olives and Mount Sinai
At the resurrection/rapture of the Church Jesus will descend to the Mount of Olives
before returning to heaven with the Church.
“This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same
way as you have watched Him go into heaven. Then they returned to Jerusalem from
the Mount called Olivet…” Acts 1:11-12.
“In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem
on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west
by a very large valley.”Zechariah 14:4.
After the wedding of the Church in heaven, the Lord will then come back again after
a few weeks or months for the full restoration of Israel and deliver the Jews from
the armies of the Beast.
“Who is this who comes from Edom, with garments of glowing colors from Bozrah? …It
is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save…For the day of vengeance was in My
heart, and My year of redemption has come.” Isaiah 63:1-6.
Mt Sinai is located in Edom (southern Jordan today) according to Moses.
“The Lord came from Sinai, and dawned on them from Seir (Edom); He shone forth from
Mount Paran (Mt Sinai).” Deuteronomy 33:2.
This is where Israeli Jews will flee to after the Abomination of Desolation.
“Then the woman (Israel) fled into the wilderness (Sinai Desert) where she had a
place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two
hundred and sixty days (3 ½ years).” Revelation 12:6.
“Therefore when you see the Abomination of Desolation spoken of through Daniel …those
who are in Judea must flee to the mountains (of southern Jordan).” Matthew 24:15.
Israel will believe after they see Jesus coming on the clouds and the resurrection/rapture
The whole Jewish nation will come to faith in the Lord Jesus when they see Him coming
on the clouds and witness the resurrection/rapture.
“…and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him.” Revelation 1:7.
“For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery…that a partial
hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;
and so all Israel will be saved.”Romans 11:25.
The Lord will return first for His Bride and after the wedding in heaven, He will
come back to rescue His kinsmen, the Jewish nation.
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb
has come and His bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:7.
"I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit
on the house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 39:27-29.
The day of Pentecost in 30 AD began the 2,000 year church age which will end some
day after that in 2030 with the Second Coming of Christ and the Rapture. The White
Horse Return is associated with the fall feasts of Israel. Sometime between Pentecost
and the Feast of Trumpets are the three months of summer when the rapture will occur,
no man knowing the day or hour.
“Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see
it and know for yourselves that summer is near” Luke 12:29-30.
One Second Coming in Two Parts
FIRST PART SECOND PART
On the clouds On a white horse
For the Church For Israel
Return to Mt of Olives Return to Mt Sinai
Church is gathered Israel is gathered
The Seven Seals Scroll The Little Open Scroll
Comes for His Bride Comes for His kinsmen
After the Tribulation After the wrath of God
No judgment With judgment
End of Church Age Start of Messianic Age
Believers go to heaven Believers stay on earth
Souls of Saints return Bodies of Saints return
First Resurrection No resurrection
Wicked will mourn Wicked will be judged
Only believers expect Him Everyone expects Him
Rejoicing of the Church Rejoicing of Israel
Wedding in Heaven Wedding feast in Israel
Day of the Lord begins Day of the Lord continues
No battles Battle of Armageddon, etc
Every eye will see Him Israel will see Him
Gathered into heaven Marched into Jerusalem
Mystery of God is finished Israel’s judgment finished
Peaceful and beautiful Attack of Beast’s armies
Fulfills promises to Church Fulfills promises to Israel
Harvest of the Church Harvest of the wicked
Jesus splits Mount of Olives Jesus enters East Gate
Escape from God’s wrath Winepress of God’s wrath
Israel finally believes Israel is finally restored
Kingdom of Christ begins Kingdom of Israel begins
Rapture of the Church Reign of the Church
After Seventh Trumpet After Seventh Bowl
Church weds her Husband Israel crowns their King
Satan and Beast revealed Satan and Beast destroyed
Time of the Gentiles fulfilled All Israel is saved
The Coming of Jesus Christ on the clouds to rapture the Church is the Second Coming
in spite of the denial of many of the most popular prophecy teachers. Verse after
verse of Scripture calls His return to rapture the Church His “Coming,” so simple,
honest logic requires that the Rapture can be none other than the Second Coming.
Most post-Tribulation advocates have mistakenly understood the Second Coming to be
just one single event, when in fact a careful study of the Scriptures distinguishes
the Lord’s Second Coming as a two part event: the first part to rapture the Church
into heaven, and the second part a few months or weeks later to rescue, redeem and
gather the nation of Israel.