2 Thessalonians 1:7-10… To give relief to you who are afflicted, to us as well, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in blazing fire. There He will punish those who refuse to acknowledge God and will not obey the gospel. They will suffer the penalty of eternal destruction, cut off from the Presence of the Lord when He comes to reveal His glory amongst all believers.
This is a controversial passage, because depending on how you look at the end times, you can read it as one event- that is the judgement of the nations/wicked peoples and the Lord’s Return, simultaneously or as two separate events, perhaps years apart.
Careful analysis of this Bible passage and parallel scriptures shows that in fact the judgement ‘in blazing fire’ does occur first and His enemies ‘suffer the penalty of eternal destruction’.
At the same time, the Lord comes to reveal His glory’ to His own people. As we see in Revelation 14:1 and Isaiah 24:23
Here are Scriptures that describe the glorious second coming of the Lord Jesus, when all the world will see Him, that will come after all that is prophesied for the last days:
Zechariah 14:2-5 I shall gather the nations to make war on Jerusalem; the city will be taken….Then the Lord will go out and fight them….On that Day, His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. Then the Lord will appear, attended by all His holy ones.
Matthew 24:30 Then will appear in heaven the sign that heralds the Son of Man… they will see Him coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Revelation 19:11-21 I saw heaven wide open and a white horse appeared, its Rider’s name was Faithful and True…..He was robed in a garment dyed in blood….He will rule the nations with a rod of iron and carry out the wrath of God….. against the Beast and the kings of the earth with their armies mustered to do battle….. the rest are killed by the sword which came out of the Rider’s mouth.
Jesus returns in power and glory, visible to all when He destroys the armies attacking Jerusalem. This happens at the end of the Tribulation period and is the commencement of His Millennial reign. Note that He appears ‘robed in a garment dyed in blood’. This means that He has carried out a judgement before His Return in glory.
Isaiah 63:3-4 I have trodden the press alone, I trod the nations in My anger, their blood spattered My garments. I resolved on a Day of vengeance, the Year for redeeming My own had come. Rev. 14:17-20
More scriptures on the event called the “Day of vengeance” or “the Day of God’s wrath”
2 Samuel 22:8-16 and Psalm 18:7-15 He parted the heavens and came down. The earth shook and quaked because of His anger. Smoke and devouring fire came from Him. He swooped on the wind, covered by darkness and dense vapour. Thick clouds went before Him, with thunder, hail and glowing coals. He loosed His arrows far and wide and hurled lightning bolts round His enemies.
Habakkuk 3:12 Furiously You traverse the earth, in anger You trample down the nations.
Isaiah 66:15-16 See, the Lord is coming in fire, like a whirlwind, bringing retribution in His furious anger. The Lord will judge with fire and many will be slain by Him.
Hebrews 10:27…a terrifying expectation of judgement – a fierce fire that will consume God’s enemies. Reference: REB some verses condensed.
Although, at the Lord’s Return, there will be a judgement – of the Anti Christ and his armies, this isn’t the same as the worldwide event described above, to happen earlier.
This terrible, devastating worldwide disaster, will be triggered by an attack by an Islamic confederation on the State of Israel. It will change the world and a One World Govt will be formed, but the Lord’s righteous people will gather and live in all of the Holy Land. r