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Contrasts in Scriptures
- Not Contradictions -


Second Advent
Zechariah 14:1-4
Glorious Appearing
Titus 2:11-14
His first 'official' appearance -
  • I Timothy 3:16 - And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Although, during the Old Testament He appeared as the Angel of the LORD.
  • He appeared many times, but not in the flesh, during the Old Testament, as the glory of the Lord. 
  • Exodus 33:22,23 - And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

He Shall Return!
  • Acts 1:9-11 -  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? 
  • this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

The Return in Like Manner
- The Second Advent -
  • II Thessalonians 1:7-10 - And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
  • Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
  • Zechariah 14:1-4 - Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
  • For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 
  • Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 
  • And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
  • Zechariah 14:5-9 - And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
  • And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
  • But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
  • And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
  • And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

His return shall end the Tribulation'
  • Matthew 24:27-30 - For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 
  • For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Dinner is served!
  • Revelation 19:17,18 - And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

In preparation - as the Tribulation draws near, we are seeing the falling away, which includes...
  • Concerning Christians
    • I Timothy 4:1
    • II Timothy 3:1-9
    • Jeremiah 25:10; 33:11
  • Devil
    • Revelation 16:13,14
    • II Thessalonians 2:2-11
  • Jeremiah 33:11
  • Jeremiah 25:10
    • voice of joy
    • voice of mirth
    • voice of gladness
    • voice of the bridegroom
    • voice of the bride
    • the sound of the millstones
    • the light of the candle
    • voice of them that say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever
    • the voice of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD.

The Real Jesus or 'Another Jesus?' 
  • Which one are people preparing & watching for?
  • Revelation 6 vs Revelation 19

Bible Books of Hebrews to Jude
  • These are 'Tribulational Books" with Tribulational doctrine that is written FOR us but certainly not TO us.  These teachings differ from Paul's - see Galatians 1:6-9
  • Jude 14,15 - And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

From Paul
  • I Thessalonians 2:19 -  For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
  • I Thessalonians 3:13 -  To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
  • I Thessalonians 5:1-11
His first appearing, through Paul again.
  • II Timothy 1:9-12
Planned from the beginning!
  • Ephesians 3:9 - And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

  • I Corinthians 15:51-58 - Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
  • Titus 2:13 - Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
  • I Thessalonians 4:15-18 - For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

The Biblical name for the rapture!
  • Romans 11:25 - For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Paul referring to the Second Coming?
  • Colossians 3:4 - When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

The Future?
  • Tribulation AFTER the rapture!
    • II Thessalonians 2:13-17
    • I Timothy 3:1-9

Until Then
  • II Thessalonians 2:13-17

As we near the Tribulation:
We can see 'signs' of the daily details beginning to work their way into daily life.  See Jeremiah 33:11; 25:10.

Speak Paul's sound doctrine
  • With authority of the King James Bible
  • Titus 2:15 - These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
  • I Timothy 6:14 -  That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Saved from wrath:
  • I Thessalonians 1:9-10 -  For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
  • I Thessalonians 5:1-9 - But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
  • Romans 5:9 - Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

More support for the Rapture!
  • The Holy Spirit is to be removed before the Tribulation.  II Thessalonians 2:1-8
  • In the Book of Revelation, the Church as we know it from Paul is not seen on earth after Chapter three until Chapter nineteen.
  • The Translation of Church-age saints is said to be imminent. The Second Advent comes after specific signs.
  • The Church is a mystery unrevealed in the O.T. Ephesians 3:1-6
  • The Book of Revelation reveals that the Church as we know it through Paul is not on Earth during the Tribulation.
    • The church is not seen in chapters 4-18.
    • The witness for God in the earth is Israel.
    • The prayers of Revelation are those of judgment.  Only Israel prayed those prayers.
    • The scorpion-like creatures of Rev 9 are given freedom to hurt all except those Jews sealed by the angel of Revelation 7.
    • Revelation 10 identifies the events of Revelation 4-18 with those foretold by O.T. prophets.
    • The ministry of the two witnesses of Revelation 11 identifies them with Israel, etc.  They minister from Jerusalem, Israel's capital.
    • The church-age believer's judgment is forever past.
    • The devil persecutes Israel, not the church.
    • etc.