We left off on our last article stating that the christian should not be afraid of the end of days. So lets see what we can expect when that day finally comes.
The Clouds Will Open
As the apostles watched Christ ascend into Heaven, the angel promised He would come back the same way He went (Acts 1:9-11). As He left in the cloud so shall He return in the cloud. Paul affirms this in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, when he says the Lord will "descend from Heaven."
The Shout and the Trumpet
The shout of the archangel, and the trump of God will signal Christ's return (1 Thess. 4:16). This sound will stretch across the globe. At this great noise, the world will know that the end of the world is here!
Every Eye Shall See Him
John tells us, "Behold He cometh with the clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth will wail because of him. Even so, Amen" (Rev. 1:7). The Lord will be revealed to us that last day (2 Thess. 1:7). All shall see Christ at that time, living or dead. These passages lay to rest the idea of the "rapture." This false doctrine is never found in the Bible. If "every eye shall see him" as John said, then who will not? The final day will not happen in secret as some would have us to believe.
Millennialists will vehemently deny these next sentences, but our plea is, "For what saith the scripture"? So they will not deny my words, but God's words.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, we read of the last day and final judgment. Here Paul only deals with one-half of the resurrection, but it is important to notice. Starting in verse sixteen, Paul says, "the dead in Christ shall rise first." In verse seventeen we read, "Then we who 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." To put 1000 years between verse sixteen and verse seventeen is to wrest this passage. Paul is simply saying that in the resurrection, the dead will rise before the living do. The things mentioned will happen on the same day (2 Pet. 3:10), at the same hour (Jn. 5:28)!
As Paul dealt with only one side of the resurrection, Jesus gives us the "full picture" of what is to take place. In John 5:28-29, Christ says "the hour" is coming. "All in the graves shall hear His voice." Is that just the good or just the evil? All shall hear His voice and come forth!
In Acts 24:15, Paul says, ". . . there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust." Will there be many resurrections before the Judgment comes or just one? These three verses prove that there shall be "a resurrection" only one!
we will continue more on this topic in the next article.