Both the believer and the unbeliever will be resurrected bodily at Jesus’ Second Coming (1 Corinthians 15:51-53). The saved will experience everlasting bliss, the lost everlasting and conscious punishment (Luke 16:24; Revelation 21:4). The Lord Jesus Christ will come again personally and bodily; He will establish His earthly Kingdom and rule eternally and universally (Revelation 20:1-6).

The next event on God’s calendar of events for the church is the rapture. This is phase one of the Second Coming of Christ to the earth and consists of four events which concern the church: (1) The removal of all believers since Pentecost, both dead and alive (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), (2) Those believers who have been removed will receive resurrection bodies like Christ’s (1 John 3:2), (3) All of these believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ for a judgment of their works (2 Corinthians 5:10), (4) The marriage supper of the lamb will take place (Revelation 19:7-10).

After all believers have been translated into the presence of the Lord, a time of tribulation will take place upon the earth for seven years (Daniel 9:27). The tribulation will end with phase two of Christ’s Second Coming, a literal and visible return to the earth (Revelation 19:11-21). At that time there will be a resurrection of “tribulation saints” (Revelation 20:4), and Old Testament saints (Daniel 12:1-2). There will be a judgment of the nations (Matthew 25:31-46), and Satan will be bound and cast into the pit (Revelation 20:1-3).

Following these events there will be a 1000 year period of peace on the earth in which Christ Himself will reign (Revelation 20:4-7). At the end of the 1000 years Satan will be released and lead a rebellion against Christ (Revelation 20:7-10), following which he will be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire. A resurrection and judgment of the wicked dead will take place (Revelation 20:11-15). A new heaven and a new earth will be created (Revelation 21-22).

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