There is one specific and remarkable day recorded in Scripture known as the ‘day of Christ,’ aka the ‘day of Jesus Christ’ ( Philippians 1:6) aka the ‘day of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (1Corinthians 1:8), or the ‘day of the Lord Jesus’ ( 2 Corinthians 1:14).
This day, which is generally known as ”the rapture”, should not be confused with the second coming of Christ, for at that time he will not come with the name Jesus, but will come as ”the Word of God”, and with a name unknown to man.
Revelation 19:12-13. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Some claim the rapture only occurs after the tribulation period, but it cannot take place after the entire seven years, because one of the reasons for it’s timing, is to spare believers from the ” the wrath to come.” For that one reason alone, the rapture cannot be post-tribulation.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether a scripture verse is referring to the rapture or the second coming. However, in studying end-times Bible prophecy, it is very important to differentiate between the two.
At the rapture, believers meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). At the second coming, believers return with the Lord to the earth (Revelation 19:4).
The rapture will be secret and instant (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). The second coming will be visible to all (Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:29-30).
The rapture will be accompanied by ”the trump of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:16 ) or ”the last trump” (1 Corinthians 15:52 ). But . this should not be mistaken for . the last of the seven trumpet judgements recorded in the Book of Revelation which precede the second coming.
The rapture is not the day of our salvation (of the spirit), but the day of the redemption of our body (Romans 8:23 ).
Known as the .first resurrection (Revelation 20:6) , it is the day when the dead in Christ will rise, and the physical body of every believer in Christ who is alive at the time, will change in ”the twinkling of an eye” to become incorruptible and immortal. (1 Corinthians 15:52).
The Bible is very clear that the second coming of Christ is conditional, for it will not occur until after a series of . end-times events take place. On the other hand, there are certain scriptures which suggest the rapture could take place at any moment.
However, . although there is . a sense of immanency surrounding it, the ”day of Christ” is also conditional. Except two things transpire first, the day of Christ, . will . not come, according to the apostle Paul.
1: the anti-Christ will have made his presence known. 2: there will have been a departure, or falling away from the Christian faith.
2 Thessalonians 2:3. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
There are those who say ”the falling away” doesn’t mean an apostasy, as in a departure from the faith, but the departure of Christians from the earth, for it . refers to, they claim, the actual rapture itself.
Really? Apart from the fact the Greek word . apostasia means ”to defect or fall away”, it would be an impossibility for the rapture to take place prior to the day of Christ.
So, what might occur . to undermine the faith of many and cause an exodus from the Christian churches? Disillusionment and desertion in the face of hardship and danger? Possibly.
A full-frontal attack on the Book of Genesis, the foundational book of the Bible?
Although he was referring to the second coming, rather than the rapture, the apostle Peter warned how in the last days many of the mockers will be nominal believers of the Genesis creation.
Apart from unbelief, their greatest hurdle according to Peter, will be the rejection of the notion that the ancient world, or the inhabitable age which existed in the generation of the heavens and earth of old, was completely wiped out.
2 Peter 3:5. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
NASA have as good as admitted that Mars once had an environment capable of supporting life, but the planet has sustained catastrophic flood damage over the aeons. Although not officially admitted (yet), it’s almost certain the agency are aware of the existence of fossils . on Mars. And quite possibly, much more besides.
How will one fare without a firm understanding of the truth of the Biblical”gap” between ”the world that then was,” and this present world?
Whilst figures vary slightly, an estimated . 46% of American Christians believe the earth and the solar system were . created within the last 10,000 years.
From a young-earth creation viewpoint, a possible future disclosure that Mars was once inhabited will ”appear” to undermine the integrity of Genesis, and hence, give 46% of American Christians a bit of a headache.
A disclosure of such nature would also ”appear” to give a degree of credibility to those who believe life on earth, including modern-day man, were once seeded from Mars.
According to the Bible, the world prior to our own, was judged, and perished as a result. The evidence for that judgement of old is not only to be seen on Mars, but is scattered throughout the Solar System.
This present world, or the inhabitable age which began with Adam, .is somewhere around 5-6,000 years old, according to Bible chronology. It gives no indication whatsoever for the age of the earth, but suggests it to be extremely ancient.
The world as we know it, will end by the Word of God at the second coming. Those who believe in Jesus as Lord and saviour, will be delivered from the wrath to come, for they will be changed beforehand in the twinkling of an eye, on ”the day of Christ.”