Jesus’ Second Coming and Judgment Day
Most Christians commonly believe that when Jesus comes a second time, this world will be destroyed right away, and God’s people will go to heaven. However, this thinking contradicts both the teachings of the Bible and Jesus Himself.
“At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
When Christ comes a second time, Jesus explains that redemption—the day to go to heaven—is a future event. Thus, the Bible teaches that Christ’s second coming and the Last Judgment take place at different times. Delving deeper into biblical descriptions confirms this:
At the Last Judgment, Jesus appears with fire to bring about final destruction upon those who do not obey Him. If these events take place at the same time, they should be described similarly. Let’s see how Christ speaks about His second coming:
The explanation of His second coming (Mt 24:3) drastically differs from the description of the Last Judgment. This means Jesus’ second coming and the Last Judgment are two separate events—with Christ coming a second time to this earth in the flesh (Jude 1:12, Pr 25:14) before the last day. Therefore, we must receive the Second Coming Christ as He gathers His people before the pending judgment.