We speak of Christ’s return as a second coming because it will be the second time Christ resides on the earth.
The Bible does teach another type of appearance of Jesus, which is fundamentally different than either His first or His second comings. This other appearance is a kind of return but only to “the clouds” (i.e., in the sky) to retrieve the Church saints and remove them from the Earth.
1Th. 4:16 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.
1Th. 4:17 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.
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