BEHOLD HE COMES.
2 Events! It is clear to me from scripture that there are 2 separate returns of Christ! In the air and to the earth.
IN THE AIR: For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Vs 17 AMPLIFIED Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!
The Bible describes how Jesus will come again to receive believers into heaven and this called the [harpazo] rapture. Verse 14 of this passage says, “even those asleep in Christ will Jesus take to heaven.” So verse 16 says, the dead in Christ shall rise first into heaven. Verse 17 says, “Those alive and who remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet Jesus in the air and so to be ever with the Lord. So the rapture instantly transforms us in a moment in the twinkling of an eye [1 Corinthians 15:51, 52]. And we ascend to heaven just as Christ did!
TO THE EARTH: In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:2-3
And when He had said this, even as they were looking [at Him], He was caught up, and a cloud received and carried Him away out of their sight. And while they were gazing intently into heaven as He went, behold, two men [dressed] in white robes suddenly stood beside them, Who said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in [just] the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven. Acts 1:9-11
On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. Zechariah 14:4
So I believe Christ will return at the Second Coming 7 years after Rapture and we will return with Him in our glorified bodies. Zechariah 14:5 says, “the Lord my God shall come and all the angels with Him.”Revelation 19:11-21 describes the Lord’s return in detail saying, “the heavenly army will follow Christ verse 14. So the tribulation period ends when Jesus Returns on earth with His armies of heaven at the Second Coming and He will be Victorious in the battle of Armageddon. Jesus and the armies of heaven made up of angels and the saints dressed in white linen symbolize holiness, will fight against the antiChrist, a deceptive evil figure in the Bible who appears on the Earth before Jesus returns. So antiChrist will be influenced by satan and his fallen angels. Christ will destroy them at His appearing and thus Jesus, His saints and the holy angels will emerge victorious from the battle. That is a very compressed look at this subject.