“He stilled a storm with one command.
He raised the dead with one proclamation.
He rerouted the history of the world with one life.”
Jesus…. He could Jesus – our concepts of Him as
hold the universe in a man often strive to keep Him
His palm but gave it somewhat soft, more palatable,
up to float in the less fanatical and appealing to
womb of a maiden all!
“Who is it you are Questions to be considered:
looking for?” Has our concept of Jesus, the God man made
Jesus in John 20 Him safe, sane and logical in our minds?
Is Jesus predictable?
Is Jesus offensive?
Have we “domesticated” Him in our thoughts &
How “Tame” Will The Return of Jesus
The “Caught Up” aka “Rapture” Jesus
To speak about the ▪ 1 Thess. 4:17 Greek word – “harpazo” = to seize, pluck/pull out by force
enormity of the Latin word – "rapiemur" = rapture
second coming of
Jesus, we must briefly The Millennial reign of Jesus
discuss 4 separate
events of the end
times to provide a The Tribulation
look into the stage of
events to which He The return of Jesus to the earth
The most notable of theologians do not agree on the timing of
the end time events; I will not presume to tell you when,
only “that” these things will happen.
He WILL return again
Hebrews 9:28 His purpose: to save
There are those who distort these facts and
deny the true purpose of the second
coming of Christ.
Matt. 24:42-44 HIS COMING WILL BE SUDDEN:
"So be prepared, for you don't know what day your Lord is
coming. 43 "Just as a man can prevent trouble from thieves by
keeping watch for them, 44 so you can avoid trouble by always
being ready for my unannounced return. “
1 Thess. 5:1-2; 4-6 His coming will be expected by the followers
“ When is all this going to happen? I really don't need to say
anything about that, dear brothers, 2 for you know perfectly
well that no one knows. That day of the Lord will come
unexpectedly, like a thief in the night…. 4 But, dear brothers,
you are not in the dark about these things, and you won't be
surprised as by a thief when that day of the Lord comes. 5 For
you are all children of the light and of the day, and do not belong
to darkness and night. 6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the
others. Watch for his return and stay sober.”
Matt. 24:25-28 25 But I've given you fair warning. 26 "So if they say, 'Run
[The Message] to the country and see him arrive!' or, 'Quick, get
downtown, see him come!' don't give them the time of
day. 27 The Arrival of the Son of Man isn't something
you go to see. He comes like swift lightning to you!
28 Whenever you see crowds gathering, think of carrion
vultures circling, moving in, hovering over a rotting
carcass. You can be quite sure that it's not the living Son
of Man pulling in those crowds.
The Catching Up For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a
mighty shout and with the soul-stirring cry of the archangel
and the great trumpet-call of God. And the believers who are
1 Thess. 4: 16-18 dead will be the first to rise to meet the Lord. 17 Then we who
are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with
them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with
him forever. 18 So comfort and encourage each other with this
“So comfort and
other with this
1 Thess. 4:18