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the return of Jesus Christ to planet earth

"...that blessed hope..." (Titus 2:13).

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Jesus will return to earth.
The entire Bible is filled with prophecies of Christ's visits to planet earth. The first time He came, it was as a lowly baby in a manger. The second time He comes, it will be with great power and glory. He will be surrounded by tens of thousands of angels.

"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation" (Heb. 9:28).

"If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again" (John 14:3).

"Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven" (Matt. 26:64).

Jesus will return to earth in a glorified physical body.
"And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:9-11).

Jesus was accompanied by angels as He ascended into heaven with His glorified, physical body. The angels said Jesus will return "in like manner," that is, in the same way.

"Behold, he cometh with clouds" (Rev. 1:7).

"Clouds" in the Bible refers to a multitude of beings. In this case, it refers to the angels that come to earth with Jesus.

Jesus' return to earth will not be a secret.
The doctrine of the "secret rapture" is not in the Bible.

"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matt. 24:27).

Lightning is hard to miss.

"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him" (Rev. 1:7).

The Bible is clear: every eye shall see him. That means it's not a secret.

"When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory" (Matt. 25:31).

There's no imagining that this is a quiet, secret event.

The Father will be with Jesus when He returns to earth.
"For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels" (Luke 9:26).

Jesus returns to the earth to reward His people and take them to heaven.
"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be" (Rev. 22:12).

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:3).

At Jesus' second coming, the righteous will be given perfect bodies.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:16,17).

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality" (1 Cor. 15:51-53).

"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself" (Phil. 3:20-21).

The righteous dead will be raised from their graves, given perfect, immortal bodies like that of Christ, and caught up into the clouds to meet the Lord. Then the righteous living will also be given bodies like Christ and will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.

See also the fate of the righteous.

At Jesus' second coming, the wicked will be slain.

"With the breath of His lips shall he slay the wicked" (Isa. 11:4).

"And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground" (Jer. 25:33).

Jesus does not touch the earth upon this return to earth.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:16,17).

The saints meet Jesus "in the air," and from there they ascend to heaven.

This is why Jesus warned people to ignore any reports that He had returned and was somewhere on the earth. False Christs will appear and do miracles on the earth (Matt. 24:23-27), but Jesus will remain in the clouds above the earth at His second coming.

The second coming of Jesus Christ will leave the world desolate and uninhabited by human beings.
"And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found" (Rev. 16:18,20).

"I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger" (Jer. 4:26).

"Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word" (Isa. 24:1,3).

The scenario of Biblical prophecy believed by most Christians and put forth in literature such as the the Left Behind series of books cannot be demonstrated from the Bible.
The popular teaching is based on futurism, a viewpoint of prophecy developed by the Catholic Church to oppose the truths coming from the protestant reformation (a time when many Christians were discovering the truths taught in the Bible were diametrically opposed to what was coming out of the church's pulpits). I'm not going to get into the different views of Biblical prophecy here, but there is tons of research available on the 'net and in your library. Pray that God will guide you through this study. He will not let you go astray. A starting point: The Origin of Futurism and Preterism.



Some of you won't receive the truth of the Word, despite the indisputable nature of the evidence just presented to you. If you feel you have a point of dispute, or if you think I missed something that could strengthen the truth presented here, please send it to me and I will review it thoroughly and respond.