When Jesus Comes Again
There is much speculation among men about what will happen when Jesus comes again. Some say the righteous dead will be raised, while the wicked remain in the grave for another 1,000 years. However, Jesus said, "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation" (John 5:28-29). One resurrection, in the same hour, with two outcomes: heaven or hell.
Are you ready for that hour? If not, repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Remember, you will be judged for the deeds done in the body (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Does your preacher teach this? Or, does he teach speculations of men? If he does not teach there is one resurrection in the same hour, ask him why. Ask him why he does not agree with the Lord.
Man, in his "wisdom," invents many theories about the return of Christ. When Jesus comes again, some say He will establish His kingdom and reign for 1,000 years. Something they say He intended to do the first time, but was stopped by the Jews.
The Holy Spirit said, "...at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power" (1 Corinthians 15:24). Instead of beginning His reign, it will end. His reign began on Pentecost. Peter said Jesus was on the promised throne of David, reigning as Lord and Christ (Acts 2:30-36). Too, Paul said he and the Colossians were in the kingdom of the Son (Colossians 1:13).
Does your preacher teach this or the theories of men? If he teaches theories, ask him why he contradicts the Bible. Ask him why he teaches you error. Don't accept a confusing and muddled answer.
Many doctrines of men are put forth to tell us about the return of Christ. When Jesus comes again, we are told, He will quietly "rapture" the saints. They will go to paradise for seven years and return with Christ for a 1,000 year reign on earth. A favorite passage cited for this theory is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Let's study a few points from the passage.
The word rapture is not found in 1 Thessalonians 4, or the rest of the Bible. It is purely a product of man's imagination.
There will be a "voice" and "trumpet," not silence.
The saints will "meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." The saints will not return to the earth for a 1,000 year reign.
Ask your preacher if he teaches the doctrines of men or the doctrine of Christ (cf. John 9-11). Ask him if he teaches there will be a rapture, something wholly without biblical support. Ask him to give a clear explanation--then you study it for yourself.