Before Or After The 70th Week?

Q. I read from 1 Cor 15:23 that there is an order to the resurrection. The first being Christ and then those who belong to Christ at His Second Coming. If so, then the rapture and resurrection of those who belong to Christ as depicted in 1 Thess 4 is supposed to happen at His Second Coming and not before that. Also, when Christ is to deliver us from the wrath to come, can it possibly mean the lake of fire (which is after the Second Coming and judgments) and not the wrath of the Lamb and of God depicted from Rev 6-15?

A. You can only assume that Paul was referring to the second coming because the verse doesn’t actually say that. It only says His Coming. 1 Thes. 4:16 describes the Lord coming part way to Earth to meet us in the air. According to John 14:2-3 He will come to take us to be with Him where He is. The 2nd Coming is when the Lord comes all the way to Earth with us to rule and reign. So while they’re both referred to as His coming there’s a difference between the rapture and the 2nd Coming. One is part way to the air to take us away while the other is all the way to the Earth to bring us back.

1 Thes. 1:10 says the Lord will rescue us from the time and place of the coming wrath. The Lake of Fire is never referred to as God’s wrath. That’s another man made assumption. The phrase Lake of Fire appears 5 times, all in Rev. 19-21, after the 2nd Coming. As you stated Rev. 6:17 says God’s wrath will begin with the seal judgments and Rev. 15:1 says that God’s wrath will be completed with the bowl judgments. These all take place during Daniel’s 70th Week, not after the 2nd Coming.

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