Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, August 18, 2013

An angel called Abaddon or Apollyon [meaning exterminator] breaks out of jail with the help of Satan who at this time has been cast out of heaven and can never return there again.

They are going to be restricted as to what they can do to their targets which is going to be made up of people who live in the cosmic system, believers and unbelievers of the Tribulation.

Believers and unbelievers living in the cosmic system are
totally pre-occupied with self as they have locked-in arrogance and their locked-in arrogance blots out all of their good decisions.

An illustration of what is known as the Second Advent or the Second Coming.

The First Advent begins with the virgin birth and concludes with the resurrection, ascension and session.

During the First Advent, when the Lord Jesus Christ Jesus Christ comes in His Hypostatic Union as He accomplished the strategic victory of the angelic conflict and the salvation of the human race.

He must have a royal family to go with this royalty.
Therefore, there is the need for the Church, the body of Jesus Christ.

The Second Advent or the Second Coming which is designed to reveal Him as both a battlefield royalty and Jewish royalty.

At the Rapture of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom God has ordained, does not return to the earth as in the Second Advent.
And we will meet Him in the air.

There is a distinction between the Rapture and the Second Advent.

The Rapture is a private Theological event or manifestation of divine glory.

R. The Rapture is a private illustration and example of the divine glory of God, Acts 1:9-11; 1TH 4:16-18.

The Second Advent means the Coming or the Arrival of something extremely important.
And there are two advents of Jesus Christ depicted in the Word of God.

The First Advent begins with the virgin birth and concludes with the resurrection, ascension and session.

Jesus Christ in His Hypostatic Union with true humanity and undiminished deity in one person FOREVER, will accomplish the strategic victory of the angelic conflict and the salvation of the human race.

This strategic victory gives Him battlefield royalty.
He must have a royal family to go with this royalty.

The Second Advent is designed to reveal Him as both battlefield royalty and Jewish royalty.

At the Rapture of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ does not return to the earth as in the Second Advent.
We meet Him in the air.

REV 1:7, Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen.

ZEC 12:10, And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplica­tion,

so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter
weeping over a first-born.

R. The Rapture takes place in the air, 1TH 4:17:
SA. Whereas the Second Advent or the Second Coming takes place on the earth; ZEC 14:4.

1TH 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.

SA – ZEC 14:4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.

R. The Rapture evaluates the Judgment of the believer’s works,
2CO 5:10.
SA. Reveals the Baptism of Fire, MAT 25:31-46.

2CO 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

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