At the rapture, the church is taken out to avoid the wrath to come. "For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" [1 Thessalonians 5:9.] At the second coming, Jesus comes after His wrath is finished being poured out on earth.In the rapture, Jesus comes for His bride. Later He comes back with His Bride at the second coming.
There is no mention of Satan at all in relation to the rapture of the church, but at the second coming, Satan is mentioned over and over. One example is Satan is bound and put into the pit for 1000 years (Revelation 20: 1-3).
The Great Tribulation is properly interpreted by pretribulationists as a time of preparation for Israel's restoration (Deut. 4:29-30; Jer. 30:4-11). It is not the purpose of the tribulation to prepare the church for glory.None of the Old Testament passages on the tribulation mention the church (Deut. 4:29-30; Jer. 30:4-11; Dan. 8:24-27; 12:1-2). This is because they did not know of the church. It was a mystery.
The church of Philadelphia was promised deliverance from "the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth" (Rev. 3:10).
At the time of the translation of the church, all [Philadelphia church] believers go to the Father's house in heaven (John 14:3) and do not immediately return to the earth after meeting Christ in the air as posttribulationists teach.The exhortation to be comforted by the coming of the Lord (1 Thess. 4:18) is very significant in the pretribulational view and is especially contradicted by most posttribulationists.
We are to look for "the glorious appearing" of Christ to His own (Titus 2:13), not for all the signs of the tribulation.The exhortation to purify ourselves in view of the Lord's return has most significance if His coming is imminent (1 John 3:2-3).
The Holy Spirit as the restrainer of evil cannot be taken out of the world unless the [Philadelphia] church, which the Spirit indwells, is translated at the same time. The tribulation cannot begin until this restraint is lifted.
The Holy Spirit as the restrainer must be taken out of the world before the "lawless one", who dominates the tribulation period, can be revealed (2 Thess. 2:6-8).Tribulation saints are not translated into spiritual bodies at the second coming of Christ but carry on ordinary occupations such as farming and building houses, and they bear children (Isa. 65:20-25). This would be impossible if the translation to spiritual bodies had taken placve at the second coming.
If the translation took place in connection with the second coming to the earth, there would be no need of separating the sheep from the goats at a subsequent judgment, but the separation would have taken place in the very act of the translation to a spiritual body of the believers before Christ actually sets up His throne on earth (Matt. 25:31).The judgment of the Gentiles following the Second Coming (Matt. 25:31-46) indicates that both saved and unsaved are still in their natural bodies. This would be impossible if the translation to spiritual bodes of believers had taken place at the Second Coming.
At the time of the rapture the Mount of Olives is unchanged, while at the Second Coming it divides and a valley is formed to the east of Jerusalem (Zech. 14:4-5).The translation of living believers is a truth revealed only in the New Testament, while the Second Coming with its attendant events is a prominent doctrine of both testaments.
The Rapture concerns only the saved, while the Second Coming deals with both saved and unsaved.God stopped Israel's clock in order for the church age to happen. God won't restart Israel's clock for Daniel's 70th week until after the church age is finished and the church is in heaven.
During the chapters of Revelation (6-18) which gives details about the tribulation, the church is not mentioned once.There are no passages in either the Old or New Testaments which specifically says that the church will go through the tribulation or be IN the tribulation. It can't be found.
The tribulation is called the time of "Jacob's Trouble" (Jer. 30:7). The tribulation is never called the time of "the church's trouble."
Believe it or not, there are more than 200 more items of the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming.I will refer you to these references for more details on this subject:
There is one other verse we need to visit at this time. It is 2 Thessalonians 2:3:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a ["the" in other translations] falling away [or apostasy in other contemporary translations] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"
This is an interesting verse where the translation was changed by the translators in all versions from the King James Version and
later. Because of this we need to see what has happened. This verse says that "that day" (the Second Coming) shall not
come until two things happen:
1. There comes "the" falling away, and
2. The man of sin is revealed.
The first item is pretty vague. Falling away from what? It does not say. Is it talking about falling away from the faith? It doesn't say. People have been falling away from the faith since the first century, so that statement doesn't really say anything specific. On the other hand, 1 Timothy 4:1 does say some specific things about departing from the faith. So item one is too vague in its translation. We will have to examine it more closely. But the second item can be specifically identified at some point in time.
In item one the Greek uses the word "the" to indicate that it is a specific event that will happen. The term "falling away" is too vague since people have always been falling away from the faith. It does seem to be accelerating, but there is no specific event that this verse can point to in its current translation that will let us know that it has transpired. Because of this we need to look at this translation more closely. As Dr. Thomas Ice says in one of his articles, the first seven English translations of the Bible (from 1384 to 1608) used the word "departure" as the translation of the Greek word "apostasia" instead of the more recent transliteration of "falling away". The resulting translation of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is: "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there is the departure first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"
The net result would be the catching away (or rapture) and then the man of sin would be revealed. The only translation that makes sense and makes the chapter coherent is "the departure". 1[End of Book Quote:]
I may have not mentioned it in the book but I remember mentioning it in some article. If we go down to verses 7 and 8 we find confirmation for what I deduced in verse three.
In verse 8 it starts out with "and then", which means that with the departure of the church in verse 7, the lawless one will be revealed. And so verses 7 and 8 confirm what I said in verse three.Below is a more modern translation which says the same thing.