10 Distinctions Between the Rapture & Glorious Appearing

10 Distinctions Between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ

THE RAPTURETHE SECOND COMING
A “stealth” event; Christ witnessed by believers only (1 Thessalonians 4:17)A public event, Christ witnessed by everyone (Revelation 1:7)
Christ comes for His bride to take her to heaven (John 14:1-3)Christ returns with His bride to set up His 1,000 year Kingdom (Revelation 19:11-16)
Occurs prior to the beginning of the Tribulation (Rev. 3:10; 1 Thess. 5:9)Occurs at the end of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:29-35)
Ushers in a time of great distress on earth (Matthew 24:15-28)Ushers in a time of great peace on earth (Isaiah 2:6; 19:21, 23-25)
Believers are rescued from the wrath of God (Revelation 3:10)Believers rule with Christ (Revelation 20:4)
Church age believers receive their glorified bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-54)OT saints receive their glorified bodies (Isaiah 26:19-21)
Christ comes in the air (1 Thess. 4:14-17)Christ comes to the earth  (Revelation 19:11-16)
Imminent, could happen at any timeAt least seven years away (Daniel 9:26-29)
No signs precede it  (Titus 2:13)Many signs precede it, including the Tribulation (Matthew 24:3-35)
A time for great joy for believers  (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)A time of great mourning for unbelievers  (Revelation 1:7)

Source: David Jeremiah Study Bible. Nashville, TN.: Worthy Publishing, 2013, p. 1841.