Summary: 2nd Coming: The Rapture (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email:

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Reading: 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verses 13-18.


When General Douglas MacArthur was at Army training college, he tells this story:

• The first section was studying the time-space relationship;

• Later formulated by Einstein as his Theory of Relativity.

• The text was complex and, being unable to comprehend it,

• I committed the pages to memory.

• When I was called upon to recite,

• I solemnly reeled off almost word for word what the book said.

• Our instructor, Colonel Fieberger, looked at me somewhat quizzically and asked,

• “Do you understand this theory?”

• It was a bad moment for me, but I did not hesitate in replying, “No, sir.”

• You could have heard a pin drop. I braced myself and waited.

• And then the slow words of the professor:

• “Neither do I, Mr. MacArthur. Section dismissed.”

• Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Reminiscences;

• Recalling a stratagem he carried out while at West Point.

Well tonight I am not out to confuse you with complicated theories:

• But we are going to look at an important New Testament teaching;

• That is ‘The Second Coming’.

• ‘The 2nd Coming’ is a term applied to the literal return of Jesus Christ to planet earth.

• If there is a second coming, it follows that there must have been a first.

• The first coming of Christ was His incarnation when He was born.

• And in a few weeks time virtually the whole world will celebrate this event.

• But what about his second coming?

• Will there be a second coming and if so how and why?

Question 1: Will he come again?

Answer 1: The answer to that first question is yes, he will come again!

• If you believe the Bible, then the second coming of Jesus is a fact in future history;

• It is not a question of ‘WILL HE’ but ‘WHEN WILL HE’ come again!


Biblical prophecy:

• Just as the Old Testament is saturated with prophecies concerning Christ’s first advent,

• So both testaments are filled with references to the second coming of Christ.

• One scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references to Christ’s second coming in the Old Testament, where 17 books give it prominence.

• In the 260 chapters of the New Testament,

• There are 318 references to the second advent of Christ;

• An amazing 1 out of every 30 verses.

• Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event.

• For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ’s first advent,

• There are 8 which look forward to His second!

If we take this book seriously:

• And I hope we do!

• Then we can be confident, certain that the Lord is coming again!

Quote: In fact even the very last words of the Bible say:

“He who testifies to these things says, Yes, I am coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus”.

2nd Question: How will he come?

• In the gospels;

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