First Baptist Church of Oxford, MI Article III: Articles of Faith
Section 10. End Times
A. Israel. We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she is being re-gathered in the Holy Land and, after the completion of the Church, will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ.
References: Genesis 13:14-17; Romans 11:1-32; Ezekiel 37.
B. Rapture & Revelation. We believe in the pre-millennial, pre-tribulational return of Christ, an event which can occur at any moment, and that 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, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seven years of the Tribulation. We believe that the Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish the millennial kingdom. After the millennium the Lord will establish the eternal state and usher in the new heaven and the new earth, in which the saved of all times will dwell eternally with God.
References: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Philippians 3:20, 21; Revelation 3:10. Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6, 7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29, 30; Revelation 20:1-4, 6; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 21:1-22:5.
C. The Righteous and the Wicked. We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved in the presence of the Lord and the conscious suffering of the lost, first in Sheol/Hades and then eternally in the Lake of Fire.
References: Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17, 18; 1 John 5:19; Romans 7:6; 6:23; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matthew 25:34-41; John 8:21; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:11-15.