As we examine further into the appearing of the Lord
Jesus, In Paul's second letter to Timothy, He writes:
I CHARGE thee therefore God, and the Lord
Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing
and his kingdom...
2 Timothy 4:1
Paul said Jesus will judge the quick and the dead at his
appearing and His kingdom. Remember, judgment comes after the tribulation and
when He establishes His kingdom. In Revelation, at the seventh
trumpet, the scene when the kingdom of the earth becomes the kingdom of God,
the twenty four elders say the time of the dead to be judged has come:
And the nations were angry, and thy
wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
and thou shouldst give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and
them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldst destroy them which
destroy the earth.
The above verse is a clear
indication the dead will be judged after the tribulation!
The word appearing used in Titus 2:13 is the Greek
word apokalupsis which means manifestation. The same
word is used in 2 Timothy 4:1 for appearing. So Paul used the same word in both
The manifestation of Jesus which is after the tribulation. As we look further,
Paul continued in 2 Timothy:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me that
day; but all to them also who love his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:8
The crown of righteousness that the Lord
Jesus will give Paul will be on that day and also to them that love His
appearing. I.E., His apokalupsis, or manifestation. As illustrated in the
previous verse, at the seventh trumpet, the Lord rewards the prophets and the
saints and those who fear His name.
As we continue further, we will look at
Revelation chapter 22:
And, behold, I come quickly;
and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Jesus said He will come with His reward with
Him to give everyone according to their works, which happens after the
second Thessalonians, Paul describes the event when Jesus comes to destroy the
then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the
spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his
Paul said, the wicked one will be revealed and then Jesus will destroy him at
the brightness of his coming which is after the tribulation. As we look on the word brightness,
it is translated from the Greek epiphaneia meaning manifestation.
the above verses the words meaning manifestation are used for
appearing and brightness. We conclude the verse blessed hope is the
appearing or manifestation of Jesus which is
after the tribulation.
conclude this article, let us look at Malachi:
But who may abide the day of his coming?
and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire,
and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver:
and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that
they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
Malachi describes the Lord's coming. Notice, he says
"who can stand when He appears?" Does this look like something that
will happen before the tribulation? Pre-tribbers, Malachi says when the Lord
appears, who can stand ? For He is like a refiner's fire and a fuller's soap.
His appearing does not happen when He secretly raptures the church out
as you have been lead to believe. We must conclude His appearance that Paul
refers to in Titus chapter two is the appearance after the
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it
doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear,
we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that
hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
First John 3: 23
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