Christ tells us no man knows the time of his return but he didn't say we wouldn't know the signs of his return. Pt.1
We will know the signs!
If you can recall during Jesus ministry, he uttered some of the most famous words and they are still being quoted today. "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,but the Father only." Matthew 24:36 ESV
Now at first glance, once again, the text clearly says exactly what it says, No man, Angel, or even Jesus himself in his huanity ,knew when he would return. The key things Jesus stated is that no person knew the "time" of his coming. If you've ever read Matthew 24 you know this section of scripture is called the Olivet Discourse. This section of scripture is basically Jesus preaching a sermon of his own coming at the end of the age. Now we could spend hours talking about all the signs Jesus spoke about in this section but I just want to mention, the most important sign that Jesus seems to highlight himself which is the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Matthew 24:15-16 ESV Now rather than going back to Daniel 9:27 explaining the verse Jesus was referring to, Paul makes my job much easier when he explains what Jesus and Daniel were referring to, "Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 ESV
The Thessalonians were concerned about the rapture and the second coming of the lord, they were confused due to the long delay of God's word and Paul here addresses them firmly on the issue. He states two things must take place in order for the day of the lord to take place. Before I tell you I want you to know that the bible says the Day of the LORD, and the rapture is one in the same event. Paul was adressing and teaching the Christians in the church about this event. This is not an address primarily about the rapture, but primarily about the second coming of Jesus. The bible seems to teach a view known as post-trib rapture which states that jesus will return for his bride at the end of the tribulation. All of scripture seems to point us in that direction.
I would like to mention that there is no secret rapture seen in the word of God anywhere. Sure it can be infered with diffrent types, and shadows but nowhere in the bible do we see what is known as the pre-trib view. This is the view that says christ will rapture all the saints out of tribulaiton before his second comming, and we will return with him at his second advant. This is very contrary to what is preached in most churches today in America. They teach on what is known as the secret rapture. They believe that God will rapture the church out of the world and he will judge the world of unbelievers and all evil. Nowhere in the word of God do you ever see God taking his people out of tribulation or suffering but we see how he is always with us in the midst of suffering. This is just one basic principle of being a Christian as well as a side note.
These are all of the verses that deal with the rapture
But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other."Matthew 24:29-31 NASB
"Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God."2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 NASB
"Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NASB
"For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 NASB
From these verses this is the summmary or the conclusion that is made from a plain reading of the text.
The Day of the LORD , the coming of the lord , and our gathering Togther to the lord , is one singular day. This day will not happen Paul says until two events precede. The great falling away , and the AntiChrist must be revealed. The AntiChrist must precede The day of the lord , the coming of the lord ,and our gathering Togther to the lord. This makes since becuase Jesus said in Matthew 24 that the abomination of desolation would happen , the great tribulation, then he would appear, and the same day he appears he will gather his elect.(rapture)
Paul says we will get a resurrected bodies at the finally trumpet. We know from the book of revelation that John writes, and says there is 7 trumpets(Rev 8) So at the 7th trumpet we will get our glorified bodies those dead in Christ
Paul also says here clearly that there will be a senquee of events. The lord will return first at the 7th trumpet, and those dead in Christ will all receive their Resurrected bodies. Then those Christians present at the time of his comming will be raptured up ,or " caught up " togther in the sky with him.
When we harmonize all four of these passages about the rapture, the conclusion seems to be a post-tribulation view. The bible is very clear on its teaching.
See pt 2