Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Three Comings of Jesus Christ
While most people talk about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the Bible clearly speaks about three comings of Jesus. Christians should know exactly what those three comings are and how to look forward to the return of the Son of God..
First Coming Of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:11)
The first coming of Jesus Christ is called the Incarnation. That's when Jesus came in the flesh and was born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 2:11). God gave His only begotten Son to come to earth to save all people (John 3:16).
The first coming of Jesus has already happened. Christians celebrate Christmas every year to honor the birth of Jesus when He came as a baby in a manger. The Old Testament had prophesied the coming Messiah thousands of years before He came, according to John 1:1.
The first time Jesus came to earth, He came as a baby.
The Rapture (1Thessalonians 4:15-17)
"Rapture" simply means "caught up in the air." The word is not found in the Bible, but the concept is clearly stated in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.
During the rapture, the dead in Christ will rise first followed by the saved ones who are still alive. Both groups will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. The saved ones will go back with Jesus. The unsaved dead will stay where they are.
The unsaved ones who are still alive will be left on earth to go through a tribulation period. Some of them will perish, but some will become saved during this period. However, it won't be easy because the Holy Spirit will no longer be on earth. No other saints will be around to serve as godly examples. That's why it is wise for people to get saved before the rapture.
When Jesus comes for the saints during the rapture, it will be His second time coming to earth. His feet will not touch the land. Instead, He will stay in mid-air and take the living and dead saved people with Him.
People Affected By the Rapture
- The dead in Christ will rise first.
- The living saved will be caught up in the air with the dead.
- The unsaved dead will stay in their graves.
- The unsaved living will remain on earth to go through the tribulation.
Second Coming Of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Jesus will return just as He promised. This is known as the Second Coming when He will come for the saints and will take them back to heaven for seven years. Most people know about the Second Coming, but they stop there without going any further in the biblical account.
The Second Coming will be the time when Jesus descends from heaven the same way He ascended in a cloud with nail prints still in His hands (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). He will stay in the air without His feet touching the earth during the rapture that is explained above.
Third And Final Coming of Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)
The Second Coming is when Jesus will return FOR the saints. The Third Coming is when Jesus will return WITH the saints that met Him in the air during the rapture (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13).
After the tribulation has passed, Jesus will return to earth with the saints to judge those who still do not know God and still have not confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. It is recorded in Zechariah 14:4 that this will be Jesus' final descent. This time His feet will touch the ground on Mount Olives.
Jesus will not return to heaven after His third coming. He will stay on earth and set up His kingdom.
Summary Of Jesus' Three Comings
|The Comings||Reasons for the Comings||Scripture|
Jesus came TO all people. (past)
Jesus will come FOR the saved, dead and alive. (future)
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Jesus will come back WITH the saints. (future)
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13; Zechariah 14:4