What exactly is involved in this second coming of Jesus Christ? Fortunately, the Bible gives us clear answers.
Paul tells us “the Lord Jesus *will be* revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels” (2 Thessalonians 1:7).
And Peter says, “The heavens will disappear with a roar” and the earth will be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).
“‘As lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. The Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds the sky, with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:27, 30).
Jesus is going to descend from the skies as visibly, as tangibly, as He ascended (see Acts 1:11).
Revelation says, “Every eye will see him” (1:7).
Paul tells us “the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels” (2 Thessalonians 1:7).
Some people have developed a theory that conceives a “secret rapture,” in which believers are whisked away to heaven in a flash while others go about their business.
The secret-rapture theory relies primarily on texts that speak of the Lord coming like a thief in the night. On the surface this seems to imply a secret, perhaps invisible, event. But the texts that picture Jesus coming like a thief stand by side with texts that portray Him coming in a blaze of glory. Peter, for instance, mentions the two in the same breath in 2 Peter 3:10