Compass International: Differentiating between Rapture and Second Coming

Dear Compass,

I am curious about your teaching that the Lord will sneak in and out with His saints. Which passages are you referring to for Rapture and which are for the second coming? And how do you determine which is which?


To distinguish between scriptures about Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ, you must determine if the verse is referring to the Lord coming “for” His saints (1 Thessalonians 4:16) or “with” His saints (1 Thessalonians 3:13). Tommy Ice, in his book Prophecy Watch (Harvest House), gives the following comprehensive list:
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Rapture Verses

John 14:1-3
Romans 8:19
1 Corinthians 1:7-8
1 Corinthians 15:51-53
1 Corinthians 16:22
Philippians 3:20,21
Philippians 4:5
Colossians 3:4
1 Thessalonians 1:10
1 Thessalonians 2:19
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
1 Thessalonians 5:9
1 Thessalonians 5:23
2 Thessalonians 2:1
2 Thessalonians 2:3 (?)
1 Timothy 6:14
2 Timothy 4:1
2 Timothy 4:8
Titus 2:13
Hebrews 9:28
James 5:7-9
1 Peter 1:7, 13
1 Peter 5:4
1 John 2:28-3:2
Jude 21
Revelation 2:25
Revelation 3:10
Second Coming verses

Daniel 2:44-45
Daniel 7:9-14
Daniel 12:1-3
Zechariah 12:10
Zechariah 14:1-15
Matthew 13:41
Matthew 24:15-31
Matthew 26:64
Mark 13:14-27
Mark 14:62
Luke 21:25-28
Acts 1:9-11
Acts 3:19-21
1 Thessalonians 3:13
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10
2 Thessalonians 2:8
1 Peter 4:12-13
2 Peter 3:1-14
Jude 14-15
Revelation 1:7
Revelation 19:11-20:6
Revelation 22:7, 12, 20
Also, it’s easy to see the following contrasts of the two events:
1. Translation of all believers No translation
2. Translated go to heaven Translated saints return to earth
3. Earth not judged Earth judged /
righteousness established
4. Any moment, signless Follows definite predicted signs
5. Not in the Old Testament Predicted often in the
Old Testament
6. Affects believers only Affects all men
7. Before the day of wrath Concluding the day of wrath
8. No reference to Satan Satan bound
9. Comes “FOR” His own Comes “WITH” His own
10. He comes in the air He comes to the earth
11. He claims His bride He comes with His bride
12. Only His own see Him Every eye will see Him
13. Tribulation begins Millennial kingdom begins
14. A mystery No mystery / predicted

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