We continue to look at the rapture of the Church, why I believe it’s the next event on God’s timetable and why I believe it’s pre-tribulation and not post-tribulation for the Church.
 (continued) The 8th reason I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture is the ‘two visitation events’ [continued]
So, as we have seen, Jesus firstly returns for His Church IN THE AIR: this is the RAPTURE. This IS NOT the second coming of Christ, [parousia or 2nd advent!] this event lines up with John 14:1-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
7 years later He returns with His glorious ones TO THE EARTH: this is the 2nd coming or Parousia or 2nd advent. This event lines up with Acts 1:10 and Zechariah 14:4,5
10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
It is believed that at the rapture Jesus will personally bring with Himself from heaven [paradise] the spirits and souls of every departed believer so that they can be joined to their respective resurrection bodies and thus become a totally reunited GLORIFIED SPIRIT SOUL AND BODY, and those of us who remain will be caught up with them and we’ll be transformed in an atomic second.
At the Rapture Jesus does not touch the earth, He personally appears in the air [atmosphere]! There He will meet His Church/Saints, and in so doing, He will close the Church age [period of special grace] and therefore setting in motion the stage being set for the appearing of the antichrist and thus setting in motion the time of Jacob’s trouble [“the tribulation period”.] After the 7 year tribulation period comes to a close, the Glorious Christ will return TO THE EARTH with His glorious ones, [His Bride] and His mighty Angels.
So to conclude this point, I believe the time scale is : the rapture when Christ meets His saints IN THE AIR. The antichrist is revealed and the 7 year tribulation period [the time of Jacob’s trouble] commences! At the end of this period Christ returns TO THE EARTH Glorious and Victorious, the King of kings and The Lord of lords with His glorious ones.