Many terms used today aren’t in the Bible. Such terms as Rapture and Second Coming. Yet the Bible has names for this event that shows its significance. Paul calls the event, “the resurrection of the dead,” in 1 Cor. 15:42 and “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 2 Thess. 2:1. Peter calls the event, “the day of the Lord.” The Word also describes the event … such as… “a sign of the Son of Man will appear…” (Matt. 24:29-31), and “the Lord will descend from heaven with a shout…” (1 Thess. 4:16,17). However, in these passages the event is not named. Unfortunately those with an agenda to divide this event into multiple returns needed to come up with names to accommodate their agenda… These names are: rapture and second coming.
Up until recently, I thought it was okay to use the term “Second Coming.” I made the mistake of thinking that everyone understood that I was speaking of the event of Christ’s return at the end. However, I had overlooked the fact that when the term “raptured” was coined, at the same time the term “second coming” was also coined. (see John Darby’s book, The Secret Rapture of the Church, circa 1830) The term can be easily viewed by the Post-trib position that the first time Jesus came as a Lamb to the cross, and the second coming is His return…. as the Word of God states in Hebrews 9:28, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and unto them that look for Him shall appear a second time without sin and unto salvation.” This verse is the only one in which the Word uses the word “second” in light of His return. Concerning the content of this verse, the pretrib camp would have to place the timing of Hebrews 9:28 reference to the word “second” on their event of the rapture and not their event of the second coming. Thus the word “second” as Scripture uses it would fall incorrectly according to the pretrib doctrine that claims and extra-biblical event. Pre-trib camp see the term “second coming,” as they coined it; for the purpose of dividing the return of Christ into two events…. the rapture being the first and the second coming being the second. As a result, I find myself mending my ways. I see that I need to stick to the terms that the Bible uses and not those that are used to push man’s agenda. I will have to stop using the term “second coming” and stick with the “resurrection of the dead”, “the Day of the Lord” and, “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” so that I do not fall into the agendas of men.
Both Jesus and Paul warn, “take heed that no man deceive you…” concerning His return (2 Thess. 2:2, Matt. 24:4. The terms “second coming” and “rapture” are coined by man with an agenda, with intent to deceive. Without the words “rapture” and “second coming,” the pretrib camp would be in a quandary on how to present their doctrine, do to the doctrines absence in the Word. The doctrine is always taught by man and cannot be found in the Word of God. No wonder we are warned to take heed that no man deceive us concerning this event.