Luke 21:28 says, "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” What are you looking at? What has your attention? Whatever has our attention will usually control our attitudes and actions. In Luke 21, the Lord Jesus is teaching us about all the things that will take place in the last days. His advice and counsel to us is to not get caught up in the troubles but to keep our focus on His return.
I taught a series on End Time Events and one of the messages is about the second coming of Jesus and the rapture of the Church. I believe this is a good time for us to re-study these notes and listen to this message. Remember what Paul admonished us to do when he wrote to Titus and let these words direct your attitude and actions. Titus 2:11-14, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."
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Christ’s Second Coming
I) Jesus is coming again to receive the Church to Himself.
A) John 14:1-3 - Jesus Himself tells us He is coming again for us.
B) Acts 1:6-11- Two angels declare the message of Jesus’ return.
v.8 - We are to be filled with the Spirit and be His witness until He returns.
C) Hebrews 9:28 (AMP) - Jesus is coming for those who are living for Him looking for His return.
D) Titus 2:11-14 - If we truly believe He is coming again, it will influence our lifestyle.
II) Two parts to His second coming: rapture and second advent.
A) The Second Advent - (Webster) Advent - to come, a coming
1) Zechariah 14:1-4, 9 - The second coming happens at the end of tribulation.
a) Three things take place:
1) v.4 - His feet touch the Mount of Olives
2) vv.2,3 - Jesus defeats armies that fight against Israel
3) v.9 - Jesus sets up His millennial reign as King of earth
a) Zechariah 12:10,11 - Israel doesn’t recognize Jesus until His second coming.
b) Romans 12:25-27 - At the second coming, all of Israel will be saved.
B) The Rapture - The catching up of Believers
1) II Thessalonians 2:1-10 - The Church must be raptured before the tribulation can start and antichrist can come forth.
v.3 - Falling away (AMP) - The departure of the Church.
vv.6,7 - The Church is in authority and is restraining antichrist. The Church must be removed before he can come forth. Many try to remove the Church, but only Jesus can remove us.
a) Daniel 9:27 - Forms covenant for 7 years. Rapture is pre-tribulation.
2) I Thessalonians 4:15-18 - At rapture, Jesus doesn’t touch the earth. We are caught up to meet Him in the clouds.
3) In every catching up or rapture, they saw them go up.
a) Acts 1:10,11 - They saw Jesus go up.
b) Matthew 27:52, 53 - At the resurrection, they saw the old testament saints.
c) Revelation 11:11,12 - They see two witnesses go up.
d) I Thessalonians 4:16, 17 - They will see us go up too!
4) Matthew 24:44 - Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.