Our Lord’s teaching on the end-times, known as the Olivet Discourse, ends with the rapture. Why? Because He was answering His disciples’ questions: “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matt. 24:3).
Notice the connection: His coming is linked to the end of the age (of mankind). The end of the age doesn’t mean the end of time, the end of this earth, or the end of the human race. It simply refers to the time allotted to the rule of mankind on the earth. Unfortunately, we also know that humanity forfeited this rule at the Fall by choosing to disobey God and eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Evil, in the form of Satan and the forces of darkness, became the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4).
Following the pattern of Genesis 1, the six great Days are followed by the 7th Day, a Sabbath rest. It comes when the Son of Man rules over the earth. That’s why it’s called the Day of the Lord (one of many names). You may know this Appointed Day as Christ’s Millennial Reign—millennial is Latin for a thousand. Christ reigns over the earth on the Last Day.
In God’s omniscience (all-knowing nature), He knew we would need a piece in the prophetic puzzle that would be so obvious we could not overlook it. He included a piece in the Bible “box” that has so many references to it that it enables us to fit some very important pieces together by matching the “colors.”
These multiple, clear-cut pieces link the Day of the Lord (the 7th Day) to His coming (His return), to the rapture (the Church gathered to Him), and to believers being raised up (resurrection perfection).
One such connective piece is found in 2 Thessalonians 2:2. Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. The Apostle Paul describes our resurrection at His coming in 1 Corinthians 15. It is when we are raised up and changed to immortality. We are perfected in Christ and complete in Him.
Stayed tuned to find out what this 7th Day means to every believer.