Last Things

The Rapture and Tribulation – We believe in the imminent, pretribulational, premillennial return of Christ for His Church. At that moment, the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death.  All believers shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the tribulation, the seventieth week of Daniel (Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; 1 Corinthians 26:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Romans 11:1-32).

The Millennial Kingdom and Subsequent Events – We believe at the end of the tribulation Christ will return physically to earth to render judgment and inaugurate the one-thousand-year millennial kingdom.  Christ will establish Himself as King, sitting on the throne of David, as the nation of Israel is saved and restored to their land. The millennium will be a time of peace, joy, righteousness, obedience, holiness, truth and fullness of the Holy Spirit. Satan will be bound during this time but released at the end when he leads a rebellion against Christ, only to be defeated and judged.  As the millennium concludes, the unsaved dead of all ages are resurrected and judged at the great white throne.  Following this, God will create a new heavens and a new earth (Psalms 24; Isaiah 9:3-7; 11:1-10 and 32 and 35; 61:7-10, and 65-66; Daniel 12:2-3; Joel 2:28-29; Micah 4:1-4; Zechariah 12:10-14; 14:4-21; Mathew 25:31-46; Luke 1:32-33; Romans 11:25-27; I Corinthians 15:22-28; Revelations 19:11-21; 20-22).

The Saved and the Lost – We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between those who are saved and those who are lost.  Only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are saved in God’s sight.  All who continue in unrepentant sin and unbelief are lost in God’s sight and under His abiding curse.  This distinction will remain eternally: in the everlasting joy in heaven for the saved and in the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire (Genesis 18:23; Malachi 3:18; Matthew 25:46; John 8:21; Romans 6:17-18, 23; 7:6; I John 5:19).