Coming on the Clouds of Heaven: An Investigation into the Nature of Our Lord’s Return in Contrast with the Doctrine of the Rapture

In this paper I argue against the dispensational bifurcation of Christ’s return, which posits a rapture and then the second coming , through a close reading of three major texts (Matthew 24, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians) and various other key texts in interation with these. I conclude that, according to the New Testament, Christ will return once for judgment and salvation in a highly visable manner, that this will be unexpected, and that this return is imminent.

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7 thoughts on “Coming on the Clouds of Heaven: An Investigation into the Nature of Our Lord’s Return in Contrast with the Doctrine of the Rapture

  1. Hell is the experience of being of a nature which is incompatible with God, and being made aware of this. In the sense of separation from God, it is this same hell that Jesus experienced on the cross and which the majority of people are destined for. Our God is a consuming fire and this fire will burn away that which is not of him while simultaneously refining those who are of Him. The burning process is for an undefined “time” and will result in the complete destruction of those who are not of Him. The physical creation itself will also undergo this transformation, will be perfected. It is the unveiling of the true creation as was always intended.

    1. His Crossroman, thanks for your thoughts. I have to disagree with you, though. Many scholars argue views similar to this, yet they do so without sufficient biblical warrant. I have done a fair bit of writing on the doctrine of hell, including a survey of the biblical data with an attempt to systemtize it (here) and a paper on 2 Thess 1:9, from which many writers argue that hell is expereinced as seperation from God (here). If you have a chance, take a look at these papers and consider an alternative perspective from someone who is also trying to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and think biblically about life and doctrine.

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