Bethel Baptist Church


Lord’s Day: 11.00 am  and 6.00 pm     Thursday Prayer / Bible Study 7.45 pm

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

The Second Coming of Christ and the Eternal State

1.  The Bible teaches the premillennial return of Christ.  Amillennialism (no millennium) and postmillennialism (the world will become Christianised) are based on a non-literal approach to the prophetic Scriptures and reflect back to the Roman Catholic teaching that the Church is the "new Israel" and a recipient of God's promises to Israel. A literal reading of Isaiah to Malachi and the other prophetic portions will show that this conclusion is false.

2.  The next great event in the fulfilment of Bible prophecy will be the imminent, personal, pretribulational return of Christ in the air.  He will receive to Himself and into heaven both His own who are alive and those whose bodies sleep in the ground.  This event, called the Rapture, is the Blessed Hope of the believer and that for which we should be constantly looking (Jhn. 14:1-3; I Cor. 15:51,52; Phil. 3:20; I Thess.1:10; 4:13-18; Titus   2:11-14; Rev. 3:10).  The partial, mid, and post-tribulational views of the Rapture deny that His coming is imminent.  We are therefore to look for Christ not antichrist (Titus 2:13).  See also the study: Delivered From the Wrath to Come.

3.  The translation of the Church will be followed by Israel's Seventieth Week (Dan. 9:25- 27; Rev. 6-19).   This period of seven years, to which so much of Scripture is devoted, will be a time of unsparing wrath  (Joel 1:15; Zeph. 1:7; Mal. 4:1;

Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Mk. 13:19; Mt. 24:15-21). The two-fold purpose of these years will be to punish the world (Isa. 13:11) and to purify Israel (Zech. 13:9).

4.  At the end of the seven years the Lord Jesus Christ will return to earth with his saints (Zech 14:5; Jude 14). He will fight the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16; 19:11-21); bind Satan  (Rev. 20:1,2); and reign for a thousand years upon the earth  (Rev. 20:1-6; Isa. 2:1-4).

5.  The Bible teaches the bodily resurrection of all men: the saved to eternal life and bliss, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment (Mt. 25:46; Jhn. 5:28,29, 11:25,26; Rev. 20:5,6,12,13; Acts 24:15). The first resurrection to eternal life and the second resurrection to eternal damnation are separated by at least one thousand years (Rev. 20:4-6).

6.  The souls of the redeemed are at death "absent from the body and present with the Lord," where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited, glorified, and forever with the Lord (Lk.  23:43;  

II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23, 3:21; I Thess. 4:16,17; Rev. 20:4-6; I Cor. 15:42-44).

7.  The souls of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery in hell until the second resurrection at the end of the millennium, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment  (Mt. 13:41,42; 25:41-46; Mk. 9:43-48; Lk.16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Rev. 20:11-15).

8.  The One Thousand Year Reign will demonstrate that Christ and not Satan or sinful man has had the final victory on the earth (Rev. 11:15).  These years are the preparation and introduction to the Eternal Ages, wherein is a New Heaven, a New Earth, and a New Jerusalem (Rev. 21,22).


Lord’s Day: 11.00 am  and 6.00 pm     Thursday Bible Study: Bible Study 7.45 pm