In this progressive study we will be looking at over seventy verses (in biblical order) that speak of His return—either the first phase or the second phase. My task will be to show, whether the passage suggests the rapture (first phase) or His coming to set up His kingdom (second phase).
The reason I think we need to study this is, 1) because the scriptures are not always clear that there are two phases of His coming; and in some cases it is hard to distinguish the two phases, and 2) because many believe that there is only one phase of His coming, and they conveniently choose not to believe in the rapture of the church, choosing rather to believe that all will go through the tribulation. Thus they see all of the scriptures on His coming as being one single event.
In this study study we are taking just one verse or passage at a time and are ask the same question: Is this verse speaking of the rapture or the second coming?
“And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born.
The events here are descriptive of when Jesus comes to the earth at Armageddon, and when the Jews look on Him and know that He is their Messiah. For, as it happens, they all will repent and mourn for their sins, and then He will pour on them the Spirit of grace and supplication—which will cause them to be saved. This has to be the second phase of His coming, for the seven year tribulation is ending and the millennial kingdom is just about to begin.