Fact 3. The Second Coming is glorious. “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory” (Matthew 25:31). The glory of God and of all the angels lights up the sky from horizon to horizon. “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:27). Worldwide, the sky is filled with the white-hot, bright light of heavenly beings. No wonder Revelation 1:7 says that “every eye will see Him.” Jesus’ return is global and it is glorious!
Fact 4. Earth is made uninhabitable by Jesus’ return. As Jesus and angels enter earth’s atmosphere, it triggers a global earthquake that decimates cities and swallows islands and mountains. “There was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. . . . The cities of the nations fell. . . . Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found” (Revelation 16:18-20). Massive hailstones pummel people and property into oblivion. “From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people” (Revelation 16:21, NIV). The brightness of Jesus’ return ignites the elements of earth in a raging inferno. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). No one left on earth can survive this global catastrophe!
Fact 5. Christ’s return depopulates the planet. When Jesus comes, He raises the sleeping saints from their graves and takes them to heaven along with all of the living believers. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven. . . . And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
As God’s people ascend to heaven, the lost are destroyed and no one remains alive on earth. “When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God. . . . These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
These five Scripture facts conclusively counter the Secret Rapture. To attempt to prove this theory, a few Bible texts are taken out of context. Let’s look at them.