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The Greek Word "Parousia"

Some people have interpreted the use of the Greek word "parousia" as being (having) the same meaning when describing both the Rapture and also the Revelation/Second Coming. (That is, the coming of the Lord Jesus, His appearing, in Revelation 19: 11, which is also described in Acts 1: 11, Zechariah 14: 4 - 5.). Even if the word "parousia" is the same word, and that it describes Jesus' coming in two of those events, the Rapture, and the Revelation/Second Coming, that does not mean that we can place those two events together. It is a serious mistake to believe or to assume that this word, which is used in two different prophecies (the Rapture and the Revelation/Second Coming), is making those two events happen at the same time.

One may see a particular Greek word (parousia) that is used in Matthew 24: 3, 27, I Thessalonians 3: 13, and some other Scriptures, to describe Jesus' coming. (See Rev. 19: 11, Acts 1: 11, Zech. 14: 4 - 5.). One may also see that same word in I Thessalonians 4: 15, and some other places, to describe another event, namely, the Rapture. Both the Rapture and the Second Coming, (which is described in Revelation 19: 11, Acts 1: 11, and in Zechariah 14: 4 - 5), are seen in the book of Revelation as two separate events, though there are various opinions as to when they take place. And, by some individuals they are considered to be one coming, not two. There are also others who do not believe in the Rapture at all. Just because one sees the word "parousia" which gives the same description of both events, the Rapture and the Revelation/Second Coming, it does not give one the right to say that there is only the one coming. One cannot ignore all the other chapters and verses that refer to the Rapture and the Revelation. You cannot put (place) those things that have to do with the Rapture together with the Revelation, nor can you call those two events one coming. It is wrong to put the Rapture and the Revelation together. They are two separate events, and there will be two times when Jesus will come. That same word (parousia) appears in other places which describe Paul's (Phil. 1: 26), Titus' (II Cor. 7: 6), and the Antichrist's/wicked one's coming.

There are 21 places according to a program called "The Bible Study Tools" (crosswalk.com) where the word parousia is used as a "coming." It is used in 1 place as "presence and coming", and it is used in 2 other places as "presence." As I show these verses I will tell you what I feel the word "parousia" refers to in each case.

They are as follows:

  1. The Revelation/Second Coming: (See Matt. 24: 27, I Thes. 3: 13, II Thes. 2: 8.).
  2. The Rapture: (Read Matt. 24: 37, 39, I Cor. 15: 23, I Thes. 4: 15, 5: 23, II Thes. 2: 1, James 5: 7 - 8, II Pet. 3: 4, and I John 2: 28.).
  3. Stephanas' coming: (See I Cor. 16: 17.).
  4. Titus' coming: (Read II Cor. 7: 6 and 7.).
  5. Presence: (See II Cor. 10: 10 and Phil. 2: 12.). (They have nothing to do with either coming.).
  6. Presence or coming: (Read I Thes. 2: 19.). (It is in connection with the Rapture.).
  7. Coming of the Wicked (wicked one), the beast, Antichrist: (Read II Thes. 2: 9.). (See also II Thes. 2: 8.).
  8. Jesus' first coming, in the flesh: (Read II Pet. 1: 16.).
  9. The end of the world: (See II Pet. 3: 12.). (It is referring to "...the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved...", which takes place in Revelation 20: 11.). It is not talking about His coming. It is telling us that there is coming a day when God will destroy the heavens and the earth, and that is all. No more, no less.
  10. His coming: (Read Matt. 24: 3.). (The disciples wanted to know about Jesus' coming. I feel sure that they did not understand at this point whether there was one or two comings. They simply wanted to know when He was going to return. However, I believe Jesus told of two comings though He did not point out to them the difference.). (Matthew 24: 27, 30 - 31 has to do with His coming in the Revelation/Second Coming. Whereas, I believe, Matthew 24: 32 - 44 has to do with the Rapture.).

So, as you can see, this word "parousia" has to do with Jesus' coming in the Rapture, and with the Revelation/Second Coming. It is also used when speaking of Jesus' first coming when He came in the flesh. And it is used in connection with the coming of Stephanas, and Titus, as well as the coming of the wicked one, the Antichrist.


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