Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
[13]But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
[14]For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
[15]For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
[16]For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
[17]Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
[18]Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Memory Verse: "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.". John 14:3

Introduction: Acts 1:10-11 describes the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ as being personal, bodily and visible with power. The second coming of our Lord will be like manner. However, it will be in two phases. The first phase, regarded as the rapture ( 1 These  4:15-17), will be the coming of the Lord for His saints. While the second phase will be the coming of the Lord with His saints (Rev. 1:7), to set up the millennium (1Thess. 3:13). In-between the first phase and the second phase of the coming of Christ is the period of the tribulation.

Text Review: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Apostle Paul admonished the Thessalonians in the following light:
"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope". 1 Thessalonians 4:13

Activity: Identify reasons Apostle Paul admonished believers not to sorrow according to the passage.

Lesson Outlines:
Outline 1: Prophecies And Purpose Of His Coming
A. Teacher r should state the prophesies of His coming as outlined:
i. It The prophesies about the first coming of Jesus Christ was fulfilled. Isaiah 7:14, Luke 2:7.
ii. The second coming, which is sure to be fulfilled was prophesied as follows:
a. Prophet Daniel said "One like the son of man came with the cloud of heaven". Daniel 7:13-14.
b. The Lord Jesus Himself said "......the son of man shall come in his glory and all the holy angels with him.....", Matt. 25:21, John 14:3.
c. The angels prophesied it, "........this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven shall so come in like manner.....". Acts 1:10-11.
d. The apostles witnessed it. Acts 1:10-11, 1 Tim. 6:14.

B. At Rapture ( First Phase To Take The Saints)
i. To complete the ultimate salvation of the saints at the rapture. Heb. 9:28.
ii. To expose the hidden things of darkness. 1 Cor. 4:5.
iii. To receive to Himself His bride (the Church). John 14:3.

B. At Revelation (Second Phase With The Saints)
i. To be glorified in the saints. 2 Thess. 1:7-10
ii. To execute judgement as a conquering king. 2 Timothy 4:1
iii. To reign majestically. Rev. 11:15
iv. To destroy death. 1 Cor. 5:25-26

Class Activity 1: Consider how the wicked Kings of the earth would feel when the true King returns.

Outline 2: The Manner Of His Coming
Teacher should state the manner of His second coming in the two phases.
A. In the first phase at RAPTURE.
i. He will descend from Heaven with the shout and voice of an archangel. 1 Thess. 4:16
ii. He will descend suddenly. 1 Cor. 15:52
iii. He will descend with the glory of His father. Matt. 16:27.
iv. The saints will be caught up to meet Him in the air. 1 Thess. 4:17.

B. In the second phase at REVELATION
i. He will come to the earth in the cloud of heaven with power and great glory. Matt. 24:30
ii. He will come in His own glory accomplished by His angels. Matt. 25:31.
iii. He will come with His saints. 1 Thess. 3:13.
iv. He will come in flaming fire. 2 Thess. 1:8.
v. He will come bodily (would be seen) as He descends. Acts 1:9-11.

Class Activity: Explain the manner of the Lord's second coming in the two phases.

Summary: The Lord's second coming has been prophesied and it will certainly come to pass. 2 Peter 3:3-12.

Conclusion: The Lord will come any moment from now. Therefore, believers should watch and pray. 1 Thess. 3:12-13.

Evaluation: Why would the Lord Jesus come again?
Closing Prayer: Father, count me worthy to reign with You in Your kingdom.

Assignment: Differentiate in five points between the first phase and the second phase of the Lord's second coming.