Christ’s Second Coming In Two Phases – With a Table Showing Verses for Each Phase



In this post I have attempted to show in the following table that there are two phases of Christ’s second coming. The first phase will be His coming just before the seven year Tribulation period, in which He will snatch up (rapture) all those in Christ (of the church).  The second phase of His coming will be at the very end of the Tribulation period, in which He will return, with the church and the angels, to set up the coming millennial kingdom.

The reason 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.

For these reasons, I felt this study was important and to reveal to you my findings. In my study I have examined over seventy verses that indicates His second coming—either the first phase or the second phase. My task, first of all, was to determine whether the passage suggested the rapture (first phase), or His coming to set up His kingdom (second phase). I found that there was also the possibility that the passage was speaking of His coming in more general terms, and therefore suggested both phases together, as being one single event. In this case, God may want us to see His coming from His view in order to get a better perspective, or to see the big picture.


First Phase Second Phase Both Phases
John 14:1-3

Romans 8:19

1 Corinthians 1:7-8

1 Corinthians 4:5

1 Corinthians 15: 50-55

Philippians 1:6

Philippians 1:10

Philippians 2:16

Philippians 3:20-21

Colossians 3:4

1 Thessalonians 1:10

1 Thessalonians 2:19

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

1 Thessalonians 5:23

2 Thessalonians 2:1-2

1 Timothy 6:14

2 Timothy 4:1, 8

Titus 2:11-13

1 Peter 1:7

1 Peter 1:13

1 Peter 5:4

1 John 2:28

1 John 3:2-3

Jude 21

Revelation 2:25

Revelation 3:10-11

Revelation 22:7, 12, 20

Daniel 7:13-14

Zechariah 12:10

Zechariah 14:1-15

Matthew 10:23

Matthew 16:27 (Mk. 8:38; Lu. 9:26-27)

Matthew 24:27-30 (Mk. 13:26; Lu. 17:24)

Matthew 24:32-35 (Mk. 13:28-30; Lu. 21:25-31)

Matthew 24:36-39 (Lu. 17:26-30)

Matthew 24:40-41 (Lu. 17:34-37)

Matthew 24:42-44 (Mk. 13:34-37; Lu. 12:37-40)

Matthew 24:45-51

Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 25:31

Matthew 26:64

John 5:25-29

Acts 3:19-21

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10

2 Thessalonians 2:2-8

2 Peter 3:1-14

Jude 14-15

Revelation 1:7

Revelation 16:15

Revelation 19:10-20:6

Matthew 24:3-26 (vv. 3-7 apply to both phases; vv. 8-26 apply mainly to the second phase)

1 Corinthians 15:22-23

1 Corinthians 16:22

Hebrews 9:28

Hebrews 10:25

Hebrews 10:37

James 5:7-9

1 Peter 4:12-13


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3 Responses to Christ’s Second Coming In Two Phases – With a Table Showing Verses for Each Phase

  1. JJSJ says:

    This is very helpful, Stephen — THANKS. Thanks, Just last night my wife and I were reviewing 1st Thessalonians 4 & 5, and noticing how raptured (Church age) believers need not be concerned about “escaping” the darkness-dooming judgments that will accompany the “day of the Lord” that occurs at the end of the post-rapture Tribulation period. (In other words, a “pre-trib rapture” is the same as a “post-rapture trib”.) In a sense, the Rapture is only a partial “coming” because the Lord only descend to the clouds, but He does not descend far enough to touch down onto the ground — whereas when the Lord returns in power and glory and judgment (as Enoch describes in Jude i:14-15) His conspicuous return will include Him touching down upon the Mount of Olives (wherefrom He left Earth, about 2000 years ago). As the Norwegians say, tusen takk!

  2. Pingback: 16 Characteristics of the Rapture of the Church – Part 1 | Studying Bible Prophecy

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