The Day of The Lord
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition
Notice in verse 1, He said, “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ AND our gathering together to Him.”
Two separate things:
#1 “The coming of the Lord,” This is the Second Advent
#2 “Our gathering together to Him,” This is the Rapture
In the Rapture we are caught up into the heavens to be with Him, but at the Second Advent He comes to earth and stands on the Mt. of Olives.
At the Rapture He never touches the earth
The word rapture its self actually never occurs in the Bible, however the implication does several times.
For years ministers have been teaching that the phrase “The Falling Away,”
means that a lot of Christians will give up their Christianity and turn back to the world. I think that is an erroneous teaching. If we look at the footnote in the Amplified Bible, it says the Greek word for “falling away” could easily be translated, “the departure of the Church.” Sounds like a rapture to me.
According to the verse above, when the church departs, then the man of sin (the Anti Christ) will be revealed. But until the church is taken out of the way, he does not have the power or authority to manifest fully.
Here is another verse….
1 Thessalonians 5:1-2
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
Again the “Day of the Lord” refers to the Second Advent not the Rapture. The day of the Lord is the beginning of the millennial reign, which will last for 1000 years. This is a time when the Saints of God will rule and reign with Christ. This is the time when Jesus Christ will set up His physical kingdom here on earth. You find references to this in Zachariah 14:1-5 and Revelation 19:11-21.
It begins when Jesus returns to earth with his Saints (who went up in the rapture); stands on the Mount of Olives; causes it to split down the middle, and the great “Battle of Armageddon” begins. This is when the armies of the Antichrist and the armies of the Christ (the church) battle for world Dominion.
The Second Advent is also the time that Jesus spoke about in Matt. 24:29-31, and It’s during the Second Advent that He comes as a thief in the night. When this event takes place His church will already have been in heaven for seven years.
Also, in the book of the Revelation we see the church mentioned in the first three chapters only; after that, in chapter 4, verse 1, we hear the Angel say “come up here” (Raptured) and we never see the church mentioned again in the book of Revelation, because it’s no longer on the earth, it’s now in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ!