” Who said, Men of Galilee ( World ), why do you stand gazing into heaven? tHIS SAME Jesus, Who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in ( just ) the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven. ” – Acts 1: 11. Therefore, when many are commemorating rightfully the “ASCENSION “, We are in the “ journey ” to welcome Jesus back anytime from now, because loudly JESUS WILL COME AGAIN!!!
Before his crucifixion and after his resurrection Jesus promised that he would return, though the time is unknown to all creatures. The Bible often designates this as ” the day of Christ “, or even simply ” the day “. When that day dawns, Jesus will return to complete Salvation for believers, to deliver the Kingdom to God, to judge everyone and to usher in the glorious new world of righteousness and peace. He will return in person, with a body, and his coming will be visible and unmistakable, with great glory and majesty.( Matthew 24: 30 ).
However, before that return there will be ” rapture “. The rapture refers to tha event prophesied in Scripture ( 1 Thessalonians 4: 17 ) when dead believers are caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Some identify this with the second coming of Christ and the end of the world as referred to ( Matthew 24: 30 ); others see it as a secret coming of Christ for His Church prior to his second coming and the millennial Kingdom being established on earth ( Revelation 20: 2 ). Within this latter group, some think the rapture will occur before the seven-year tribulation ( Revelation 4: 17 )
The ” great tribulation ” portrayed in Revelation 4: 17, refers to a worldwide, unprecedented time of extreme distress shortly before the end of this age, a time dominated by the antichrist and cut short for the sake of the elect. For the strengthening of your faith read Revelation chapters 11 to 18, you will have a much more and complete image of this period of the history unfolding. Above different levels of perception granted, many think that events in the world are building up to the commencement of this period. Perhaps, already in the New Testament the Church ( Body of Christ ) was experiencing the tribulation and, while allowing for a future period of great distress, will continue to do so until the RETURN of Jesus.