|There is far too much confusion in our churches regarding the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. Many are now saying that it is one event, when the scriptures in revelation and elsewhere clearly show two separate events. There is a ton of scripture regarding the Rapture or great catching away of the church along with the great day of the Lord which will immediately follow the rapture, then the actual second coming. These are the NOT same thing.
In fact the famed "battle of Armageddon" named because of the valley where at least part of it is thought to be fought and it is called Megiddo. This is the same thing as what is described in Ezekiel chapters 38&39(Battle of Gog and Magog please visit that page for more detail). Revelation chapter 19 is also describing the battle of Gog and Magog and is where it gets fulfilled. There are many other passages in the Old Testament that describe other details of the same battle such as in Joel, Zechariah and many other places.
The rapture does NOT include him coming to earth, but only coming halfway to catch up believers into the clouds. This is NOT the second coming. The second coming is based on Revelation 19:11, which is at the end of the great seven year tribulation and before Christ's 1000 year reign on earth.
Revelation 19:11-21 (New International Version)
The Rider on the White Horse11. I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
17. And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18. so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great."
19. Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
Joel 2:30-31 (New International Version)
30 I will show wonders in the heavens
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
Joel 2: 1-11
1 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
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