The Two Comings of Christ
- Contrasted -

As Head of the Church As King Over All the Earth

Why He Comes

To present to Himself a glorious Church
Ephesians 5:27
To judge and make war
Psalm 98:9; Revelation 19:11
To bestow rewards and crowns upon those member of the Church who have earned them
1 Corinthians 3:13-15; 2 John 8
To execute vengeance on His enemies
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9;
Revelation 19:19-21
To appoint the members of the Church each to His respective service in His kingdom
1 Corinthians 6:2-3; 2 Timothy 2:12
To deliver and redeem Israel
Jeremiah 23:6; Ezekiel 37:24-28;
Zechariah 12:9-10, 13:1
 To be king over all the earth
Jeremiah 23:5; Daniel 2:44;
Zechariah 14:9

With Whom He Comes

Them that sleep in Jesus
1 Thessalonians 4:14
His holy angels
Matthew 16:27; Mark 8:38;
2 Thessalonians 1:7
 The armies of heaven
Revelation 19:14
 All the saints
1 Thessalonians 3:13

When He Comes

When He has completed the Church
Ephesians 4:13, 5:25-27
Immediately after the Tribulation
Mark 13:24-26
Before the (Tribulation) wrath to come
1 Thessalonians 1:10
When all nations are gathered against Jerusalem
Zechariah 14:2-3
In the twinkling of an eye at the last trump
1 Corinthians 15:52
After prophesied signs have come to pass
Matthew chapter 24

How He Comes

With a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God
1 Thessalonians 4:16
As lightning, with power and great glory, in flaming fire
Luke 17:24; Matthew 24:30;
2 Thessalonians 1:8; Malachi 3:2
Psalm 97:3-5; Revelation 19:11-16

Where He Comes

In the air
1 Thessalonians 4:17
The Mount of Olives
Zechariah 14:4; Acts 1:11-12

The Witnesses of His Coming

Those who are made like Him, that is, the Church
1 John 3:2
All flesh
Isaiah 40:5; Revelation 1:17, 6:14-16

The Effect of His Coming

The Church caught up, transformed, and glorified
Romans 8:30; 1 Corinthians 15:51;
1 Thessalonians 4:17
Antichrist and the false prophet are destroyed
2 Thessalonians 2:8;
Revelation 19:19-21

Resurrected at His Coming

The dead in Christ
1 Thessalonians 4:16
Tribulation saints
Revelation 20:4-6
 Righteous Jews
Ezekiel 37:12-14; Daniel 12:13
 All the just of preceding ages (except the Church of Christ which is already glorified)
John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:4-6

Judged at His Coming

Every member of Christ
2 Corinthians 5:10
Israel
Ezekiel 20:33-38
 All nations
Matthew 25:31-46

The Place of Judgment

Before the judgment seat of Christ
Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10
For Israel in the wilderness
Ezekiel 20:35
 For the nations before the throne of His glory
Matthew 25:31

The Results of the Judgment

Bad works of believers burned up
1 Corinthians 3:15
Rebellious Israelites purged out
Ezekiel 20:37-38
Some believers receive rewards and crowns
1 Corinthians 3:14; 9:24-25
2 Timothy 2:12, 4:7-8
1 Thessalonians 2:19; 1 Peter 5:2-4
Believing Israelites enter the land
Ezekiel 36:24-34
 Wicked nations sent into Hell
Matthew 25:41, 46
 Righteous nations enter the kingdom
Matthew 25:34, 46

Originally published in The Gospel Standard, November, 1992