This is the fourth sermon in the series, “The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go”. To see all sermons in this series, CLICK HERE.
The last time we climbed the Mount of Olives, it was to witness Jesus preparing for His crucifixion, praying to God, and being betrayed by Judas. This time, Jesus returns to the Mount of Olives after His resurrection, appearing to His disciples to give them a message of anticipation and hope, that He will come again.
There are 2,163 references in the Bible to the Second Coming of Christ. For every one reference about His first coming, there are eight prophecies about His Second Coming.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RAPTURE & SECOND COMING
- At the Rapture, believers meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thess. 4:17)
- The Rapture occurs before the great and terrible tribulation. (1 Thess. 5:9; Rev. 3:10)
- The Rapture is the removal of believers from earth as an act of deliverance. (1 Thess. 4:13-17;5:9)
- The Rapture is secret and instant. (1 Corin. 15:50-54)
- The Rapture is imminent; it could take place at any moment. (Titus 2:13; 1 Corin. 15:50-54)
- At the Second Coming, believers return with the Lord to the earth. (1 Thess. 4:17)
- The Second Coming occurs after the great and terrible tribulation. (Rev. 6-19)
- The Second Coming includes the removal of unbelievers as an act of judgment. (Matt. 24:40-41)
- The Second Coming will be visible to all. (Rev. 1:7; Matt. 24:29-30)
- The Second Coming will not occur until after certain events take place. (2 Thess. 2:1-5; Matt. 24:15-30)