“One will be taken, one will be left”: Misinterpreted Bible Passages #8

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I suppose it’s about as good a time as any to deal with this popular misinterpretation, given Harold Camping‘s ridiculous prediction that the church will be raptured at 6PM on May 21 (time zone by time zone, no less!). Yet again, the passage in question deals with eschatology (the end times), a subject that has produced more than its share of misinterpreted passages. This particular passage is especially notorious, having provided the title of the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins and spawned several popular CCM songs, most notably Larry Norman‘s “I Wish We’d All Been Ready,” covered by DC Talk in the following video:

The passage is found in Matthew 24:40–41 and Luke 17:34–36 (with some variation); we’ll stick to the shorter version in Matthew for simplicity’s sake, though the same concepts that apply here apply equally to Luke. Matthew’s version reads:

Then two men will be in a field: one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and one will be left.

Popular Misinterpretation

In the fanciful world of Pre-Trib dispensationalist theology, this verse as been interpreted as a reference to the “Rapture of the Church” in which Jesus comes from heaven to “catch up” his church in the air and take them back to heaven with him, leaving the unbelievers behind to suffer the wrath of God, poured out in all its gory goodness for a short but hellish period of time known as the “Great Tribulation” (this framework rests on a host of other misinterpreted passages—most notably Daniel 9:24–27—but we’ll just stick to this one for the time being). According to this interpretation, the fulfillment of Jesus’ words will look something like this:

An old woman sat across the aisle from him, a passed out drunk next to him. He turned form his window and looked at the old woman. She had a pair of cotton nylon blend underpants in one hand and dentures in the other. She stared at Buff in shock.

“Excuse me mister,” she said.

It really is much better than the original.

“Yes?” Buff said.

“My Harold,” she said.

“Yes?” Buff said.

“He’s gone. He’s just gone, vanished, disappeared. Could you help me find him?

“I’m afraid that there is going to be no finding him, Ma’am.”


“Has he left all material things behind him? Clothes, dentures, hairpiece?”


“Then he has finally turned his back on this world of matter and all things evil. He has jumped right out of the corruption that matter entails. he has taken everything essential to his being and left the rest behind. He has reached the enlightened world of forms where there is no jewelry but spiritual jewels, where dentures cannot go, where everyone is naked. He has been Raptured.”

“How do you know?” the woman said.

“I write bad apocalyptic fiction. I know things. Endgames are my game.”

“What is that?” the woman said.

“What?” Buff said.

“That pink thing in Harold’s seat. Right there in his trousers. It’s wet.” Buff looked closely, and was surprised.

“Ma’am, I’m afraid that’s Harold’s appendix. It’s been left behind.”

“Oh, how terrible!” Ma’am said, and she cried herself to sleep.

— Mr. Sock & Nathan Wilson, Right Behind, pp. 18–19.

Essentially, the idea is that (true) Christians will be “taken up” to be with Christ, with the unrighteous “left behind.” One will be taken, one will be left behind, as the passage says. It’s pretty straightforward, right?

Getting it Backwards (again)

Once again, we find that the passage has been interpreted to mean exactly the opposite of what it means in context. As usual, the antidote to bad interpretation is found in the immediately surrounding verses: let’s look at what immediately precedes these two short verses:

“For the coming of the son of man will be just like it was in the days of Noah— just like in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day Noah entered the Ark—and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away [Luke: “destroyed them all”]. The coming of the son of man will be just like that.” (Matt 24:37–39)

Who was “taken” in the days of Noah? It certainly wasn’t the righteous—they stuck around and inherited the earth after God removed the wicked. Jesus explains here that the coming of the son of man will be just like the days of Noah, when the wicked were taken away and the righteous will be left behind. To make this more clear, consider that Matt 24:40–41, which I translated rather traditionally above, is probably better rendered this way:

Then two men will be in a field: one will be seized and one will be released. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be seized and one will be released.

This translation is a bit clearer: it’s better to be in the latter group than the former, better to be “let go” or “released” than “taken” or “seized.” This runs completely counter to the picture in modern imagination, which relies upon the idea that the righteous will be taken and the wicked “left behind” to suffer in the Tribulation. What’s remarkable to me is how ingrained this interpretation has gotten within the Evangelical world, despite it being a relatively new theological perspective with less than 200 years of history and despite the fact that it reads this “proof text” passage to mean the opposite of what it means in context.


Once again, we have found that a passage dealing with eschatology is interpreted to mean the opposite of what it actually says. In this case, we have a passage talking about the destruction of the wicked at the Parousia (Second Coming) that has been creatively transformed into a story about people disappearing and leaving the wicked on earth. Why is this important? Well, for one, a proper reading of these passages is a safeguard against predictions by the likes of Harold Camping and Hal Lindsay, since these predictions consistently rest on misinterpretations of this and other passages. If the foundation is bad, the building is worse. It also should be understood that these passages are a promise of divine protection, not a promise that God will remove his people from times of trouble—something that quite simply has never been the case. Instead, Jesus promises that God will look after his people through tribulation rather than removing them from troubled times. This is a critical point, as it applies to every generation and not only to that one generation lucky enough to miss out on all the tough stuff (such a theology only works in the prosperous West to begin with). So next time someone asks you if you’ll be “left behind,” answer, “I certainly hope so!”

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  • John Hartis
    May 21, 2011 12:27 am

    “Taken where, Lord?”… “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
    -Luke 17:37

    It’s a reference to the 586BC temple destruction, the AD70 one would be similar (and it was).

    • Troy Peoples
      June 6, 2018 11:34 pm

      Taken Where?
      In an instant everything will change from physical to Spiritual. There we are caught up with Him in Heaven. Heaven is more real than here.
      How do i know. In 1985 i went 50′ head over heels down a curb, no helmet (dumb law) recvd 3 fractures to my skull and had brain surgery. Doctors did not think i would live. But. MERCY said no. After a few weeks after brain surgery the Lord took me. I was out of ICU 2.5 weeks. Then one morning as i was laying in bed looking out the door of my room. I did not know where i was or that i was engaged to be married, where i worked, nothing
      Next thing I know I’m standong up looking down at myself laying in bed. He showed me 3 things. First all i saw was fire and I was there alive. Great pain and suffering and it was to late. Then i saw myself in a vegetative state. Which to me is worse than death except for what I just saw, death of hell fire. Last i saw all i had done wrong since I was old enough to know better. He showed me years. Then i saw myself back in bed and He said go back. I leaned over putting my hands on my knees, created in His image, and took a good look. Because of all i felt there, being enveloped in Love i had no desire to go back. I stood up and looked at the Spirit behind me and pointing my figure down said I’m not going back. I know what it’s like and I’m not going. I crossed my arms and took 2 steps back and eould not look down.
      He let me know in a strong thought: Your going back. I thought right back at Him “I’m not doing it”. Next thong i felt was His hand on my back and He pushed me back. Im headed back to my body, the physical, and there is no wind, since I’m looking at the physical. Now I’m looking back out the door. He let me understand all He just showed me and I thought on it all and i looked up and said Thank you Lord. Immediately the Holy Spirit filled mr from the bottom of my feet to out the top of my head and 50″ to 60″ outside my body i received the filling of the HOLY SPIRIT, more than i can see i am, i received. He healed me and I walked out of the hosp. in 45 days.
      Doctor wrote my recovery as miraculous.

      • Great story. But it of course has zero relevance to what Jesus says here or in Matt 24:29–31.

        Your interpretation that the angels “will gather our spirits and leave earthly things, like our bodies” is not in the passage, and it does not cohere with earliest Christian teachings about that passage. That passage is about the angels gathering people to join the messiah in one place, not about going to heaven. Your description basically amounts to angels showing up and killing everyone, with their spirits winding up in heaven. This passage, however, says the people themselves will be gathered together in accordance with the prophecies that the people of God will join the messiah together in Jerusalem.

        • Hi Jason,

          With all due respect, I do not believe you have considered the evidence for the other interpertation, and you have misunderstood the Greek as well as its context. See my argumentation here:



          P.S. Citing the “left Behind” movie is a distraction. The reality is that at least half if not more of the pretrib literature argues that those who are left behind are the righteous, not the wicked.

        • Be Like Him
          April 8, 2019 6:08 am

          Oh I wouldn’t say that. Bc there can be only one truth. The foundation of Christianity. Embodied in Christ. Truth. Not all interpretations are immaterial… but rather all but one interpretation is wrong or lacking.

          Here is mine. Btw.

          God himself will make them believe a lie.

          Jesus comes back for you when you die. Not only is the rapture a lie, so is the earthly realm
          Of Christ. It’s not gunna happen. If it were not so…he would have told us.

          He would not have told us that “Many will say they are Christ…but go not out. “

          That’s why only God knows when that day will be. Lol. And it’s the only explanation that makes sense.

          One is taken. One is left behind. But who when where how why is not explained. I believe he is describing the days of Noah. When evil filled the earth. As it was so shall it be. This is the persecution. The one who will be taken will be taken to fema camps. And it could very well be the christiAns.

          All the other passages in the Bible also are very vague. He will be coming in the clouds. Every eye will see. (Could it be televised?) and he will bring judgement on The wicked and to the righteous ETERNAL LIFE.

          I know it sounds a bit gloom and doom. But it’s actually not. There is one passage In the Bible where Jesus does explain his return.

          That is in John. He syas “In my fathers house there are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to a place to prepare for you. And if I go, I SHALL COME AGAIN, to receive you unto myself, so that where I am you May be also.

          Also. It’s clear in revelations , John is describing heaven. Not a millennial kingdom where everyone lives a literal thousand years.

          John says he “saw the souls of men beheaded for Christ, and they reigned with him 1000 years.”

          How they figure that is on this earth…..people have no concept of biology and physics???!! Vein imaginations. But if there is an immaterial realm, and we can somehow maintain our “self” in this immaterial place. Certainly we can live more
          Than a thousand

          So rejoice that we have a promise for us at the end of the road. And many have seen it. And come back to testify of it. Heaven is a real place.

          You will believe in beheaded zombies , but why won’t you believe heaven is a real place…and if is…surely that is the end game.

          But everyone goes around thinking Jesus is actually coming back to this world. What part of “my kingdom is NOT of this world.” Did we
          Miss?!? This is vein. Vanity. Why would Jesus come back to this Godforsaken place. It has been given over to Satan.

          Does the farmer harvest the wheats then throw them back in the field? Or bring them to the supper?

          Also. If Jesus died…so that we can free from the kings and leaders of the world. Then why would he come back to do exactly what those Kings did. If son shall set you free you shall be free indeed. Neither will he keep you against your own will. In any age , place, or time.

          If the Jews were wrong about an earthly
          Messiah, what makes the Christians think they are right about an earthly Millenial reign of …the messiah.

          Satan use the same back of tricks and you know what say…about fooling twice.

          Now what’s wrong with believing in a earthly reign of Jesus? Nothing. Except it’s a vein imagination. Useless. No reason for it. Jesus came and died to establish heaven. This is the kingdom he was granted. An everlasting reign. Not just 1000 literal years.

          That’s why the day of the LOrD is terrible. Even for you and me and all Christians.

          And as the author correctly pointed out,,,,and many here seem to realize…there will be no rapture.

          Behold. Always be ready. Because your LORD comes like. Theif In the night.. what is a theif In the night???
          Why did he use this metaphor?? A theif in the night …. cannot be seen with physical eyes.

          So why does the whole
          Christian world believe in a millennial kingdom? Bc pastors are hirelings and robbers. And they care not for the sheep. They will gladly perpetuate lies.

          The man of sin will soon be revealed. Now we are at the beginning of sorrows. But the end is not yet.

          I think I drove it home. But here is what Isaiah says about those who actually think Jesus will return to this earth and take only them to heaven, while leaving other ppl behind or vice versa. Jesus doesn’t send anyone to hell. He just judges them as they are.

          18Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

          19That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may SEE IT and KNOW IT!

          So really. The day of the Lord is the day the world is utterly destroyed at massive

          But the day of
          The Lord is a
          Terrible day also the second coming for many people. Since they will have died.

          But those
          Who persevere until the end, shall be saved.

          Get ready!!!!

        • lindabaycrop@hotmail.com
          November 7, 2019 9:16 pm

          would this be why i have this strong urge to move home to germany ???

    • Polly Berry
      June 28, 2018 9:51 pm

      I am so glad to learn that many more people are becoming aware that we will be here for the Tribulation. There are still too many believing the Rapture lie and we must share the truth with them. In all this, my concern is are people working on patience? In our patience possess we our soul and Jesus spoke in Revelation of the reward to those who overcome by the word of His patience. Are we preparing by knowing our God? Daniel wrote that they who know their God will be strong and will do great exploits. May we continue to love and recognize truth because in Matthew 24, Jesus warned us that if it were possible the elect would be deceived. Knowing truth sets and makes us free from deception. Love you brethren and followers of Jesus. Stay strong. Expect persecutions. Tribulation and persecution is synomous to Christian

      • Just as the children of Israel went through the plagues of Egypt, none of the plagues touched them. they weren’t whisked out of Egypt before the plagues. in the end time those with the seal of God will go through the seven plagues from the seven angels: Rev 9:4  And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.  Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 

    • They were taken to the supper of the Great God in Revelation 19.

      Revelation 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

      • You mean the great slaughter of the enemies of God in which the vultures “eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and horses” (Rev 19:18)? The one where the birds eat all the slain (Rev 19:21)? That seems like a short trip and a pretty nasty meal.

  • Great post. God way has always taken His people through — not around. Through the desert, through the Red Sea, through the den of lions, through the fiery furnace, even ultimately through the cross. The notion we are “checking out early” is pure nonsense, as you have correctly dialed it in once again. Itching ears has been the new normal in today’s evangelical church for decades; it will get progressively worse still as we draw closer to His real return. By that time, the majority (the outer court) will be so desensitized in delusion they will miss it completely. As Gary Wilkerson correctly put it recently, “It’s time for wheat and not chaff” to be preached. It’s time to get serious.

  • Michelle Adams
    May 25, 2011 12:21 pm

    Hi Jason,
    Please share your interpretation of I Thes 4:17. Thanks.

    • Michelle, I’ll get to that in another post as soon as I’m able.

    • Other people’s interpretation of the Bible are immaterial to YOU, for the Bible interprets you where you are, not you interpreting the Bible. This is why it is constantly revealing new truths to the disciple reading it daily

  • While I agree that this passage does not fit rapture ideas, I was under the impression it referred not to a 2nd coming destruction of the wicked. Full disclosure: I don’t think any of the passages (Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 17) have anything to do with a future second coming. I also don’t buy a dual fulfillment (1st Century and 2nd Coming). It appears to me to be a judgment against the Israel which is culminated by being “taken by Rome”

    Thoughts? or am I completely off-base?

    • The difficulty in applying these passages solely to the destruction of Jerusalem is the reference to the “coming of the Son of Man,” which appears to be something in addition to the judgment against Jerusalem. It’s clear that most, if not all, of these passages involves the destruction of Jersualem/Jewish War, but (especially if these gospels were penned after that destruction), I think it’s hard to read the “coming of the Son of Man” as equivalent with those events.

    • Troy Peoples
      June 6, 2018 10:28 pm

      Matthew 24:29-30 States after tje Tribulation then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in Heaven.. 31 He sends His angels to gather His elect. They will gather our spirits and leave earthly things, like our bodies where thefowls of te air will feast on them. In an instant all will change. From physical to Spiritual.
      It is Awesome. I know for i had a motorcycle wreck in 1985. I went 50′ head over heels, no helmet (dumb law). 3 fractures. Skull etc. Not expected to survive brain surgery and yet I walked put of the hosp. In 45 days after having am Out of body experience. I dif not want to come back
      So He had to push me back. He gave me the understanding of the spirit in the flesh, so i could choose. I asked Him into my life and received the HOLY SPIRIT. The Spirit filled me up as i layed in bed, where He put me back, and i received more than i can see i am, 50 60 inches outside my body i received thr filling of the Holy Spirit and walked ouy of yhe hosp. In 45 days. Doctor wrote recovery as miraculous. It’s more real than here.

  • looks like we may have studied to show ourselves approved unto God, workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY dividing the word….. a breath of fresh air…the TRUTH. Jesus is the truth. JN 14:6
    also check out Eze 39:17 and Re 19: 17,18 and Job 39:30. with the (Mt 24 and Lu 17)


    Eric Jn 3:5 Acts 2:38 Mt 3:11 Mk. 1:8 Lu 3:16 Jn. 1:32

    ohh my ……………………. J O H N 16:12

  • I was reading in 1 Thes. 4 tonight when I came upon the verse: 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. I have always believed that many people in the church today misinterpret the verses to say that those who are taken are the ones who are raptured. But according to Thes 4:17 he comes for the ones who are left behind not the ones who are taken. Good article on this topic.

  • Taking scripture out of context is a skill I am grateful not to have. The wisdom of man is foolishness with God. Jesus said be ready at all times, for you “know not the time”. Where strife and vain glory is, there is confusion and every evil work. It is the Holy Spirit that teaches. We do not need a teacher, but the unction within will teach us. Do not be agry over anything, for this is a strong deception, and do not follow those who are angry, and teach division. We can hear his voice. He promissed us that we will hear him., As we rejoice in him that we are his, we do not need to be afraid of what this world may go through, or the tribulation that is ahead, or the rapture that may take us out. It is all based on fear, and fear has torment. What pleases God is unity, and love for God and our brothers through our faith in him. The sin of strife and disunity is not of God but is a work of the flesh. If any think himself to be wise, let him be a fool that he may be wise. Fear God brothers and sisters. This is the beginning of true wisdom. Receive the truth of the word with meekness. The truth is given by the Holy Spirit, and not any man. You can hear his voice. You raelly can. Seek him, and hear. If you believe that your brother is is error, be humble and speak to him. Never be proud of the wisdom you seem to have, or you will be destroyed of the destroyer, for he was destroyed through the same means. Love with all your hearts. He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love. Love you brothers. This is THE commandment.

  • Wrong this is clean not talking about protection. Jesus said unless the days be shortin their shall be no flesh saved. This a pre-trib rapture. Theirs no were to had on earth when the wrath hits lol.

  • And except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.. Matt 24:22 The word “rapture” is nowhere in the Bible and the rapture itself doesn’t exist, most people are misinformed about the word of God.

    • Darlene Stevenson
      August 7, 2016 8:34 am

      In the NT Greek Lexicon the word “Harpazo” is used. In Latin the word is translated to “Rapturo” which in English is Rapture. Harpazo appears 13 times in the New Testament. I do agree the Church will have to endure to the end, the the Great Day of the Lord will happen…..but please, just because of the misinterpretation of “when” this will take place does not mean it will not happen, and does not mean it is not in the Bible..

      • I’m fully aware of the Latin word used in the Vulgate. But “Rapturo” is still a verb, not a noun, and it describes an action, not an event separate from Christ’s coming, which is what Paul says he is talking about in the passage. The idea of a “rapture of the church” as separate from the return of Christ to the earth is not present in the New Testament.

        • Carol Plum-Ucci
          July 18, 2017 12:18 pm

          We wouldn’t use the argument “the word ‘rapture’ is in the NIV.” The Vulgate is a translation of the 4th century, and perhaps some are getting caught up in a concept such as an old translations is as worthy as originals. We can garnish much wisdom from most translations, old and new (Jesus and his disciples read the Septuagint, a 300-year-old Greek translation of the Hebrew), but the word “rapturo” is in a translation. (BTW I agree the righteous don’t get a free advanced ticket into the clouds.)

          • 1) Jesus and his disciples were not Greek speakers and did not read the Septuagint. They would have read an Aramaic version (Targum) or, if any of them were especially educated in this respect, a Hebrew edition.

            2) “Rapturo” is indeed a translation from the Vulgate, but even in that context, it doesn’t mean what people mean today by “rapture.”

  • “And except those days SHOULD be shortened”

  • […] stumbled across an excellent blog today. One of the better articles was on how modern Christians misinterpret Matthew 24 to mean the […]

    • The word “rapture” doesn’t exist in the Bible. The two in the field is referring to the antichrist fooling those who think he is Christ, they will be the ones taken having the mark of the beast, but they won’t believe it until the real Christ returns, about 5 months later. The one who remains will be doing the work of the real lord in the field which is the world.

      • Troy Peoples
        June 6, 2018 9:33 pm

        Cn: Rapture
        Reaf Matthew 24:29-31 Clearly talks about Tribulations and Christ return and He shall send Jis Angels to gather His elect. Which is being Raptured.

  • Your idea works until you look at Matt 24:31… He does come and gathers his people… he gathers and does not leave them…

    • This really puts a spanner in this so called theory.

    • Gathers to where is of course the question. The prophets of course talk about how he will gather his people to the land, not take them away to heaven. “Gather” and “remove” are very different concepts. Again, understanding the context of these things is critical.

      • Carol Plum-Ucci
        July 18, 2017 12:30 pm

        Interesting. Jason, can you provide the scriptures of which you speak from “the prophets of course talk about…” I’m interested in scriptures that might also explain Revelation 3:10 and if God might provide a place or places of escape that are on earth. Thanks if you see this.

      • Troy Peoples
        June 6, 2018 9:54 pm

        Matthew 24:31 He sends His Angels to gather His people which are the elect.
        Prior in verse 30 after the Tribulation, then shall appear tje sign of the Son of Man in Heaven. Where else but Heaven would we go? The Angles gathering all from one end of Heaven to the other..
        Have you been there, Heaven/Spirit and felt His Enveloping Love? I have and the things i read hear are very troubling. Deciving for when you use mans logic your are lost spiritually. I base this off what i read here. People need to read their bible and learn the Truth.
        Matthew 24:4 Jesus answered. Take heed that no man decieve you.

  • I am sure no two people agree on everything about scripture, on this point I agree with you entirely! So refreshing to see someone apply logic and correct contextual application! Wow…reading some of the responses has been nothing short of interesting. Grace and peace brother.

  • El Shaddai, has always guided us through his holy active power. He uses people like u Jason, to set us in the correct meaning of his word…

  • In reading and re-reading Matthew 24 numerous times, I’m beginning to think that there actually may be two events taking place. The setting in the first half of the chapter, up to verse 35 seems to be different after verse 35. In the first half, the setting is wars, famines, turmoil – and the days will be cut short so that there are survivors. I tend to believe that in this half, Jesus is answering the question about the destruction of the temple, when it will be and what will be the signs. In the second half, after verse 35, the setting is normal everyday life, people eating, drinking, working, marrying as normal. This setting does not seem to have the turmoil of the first half of the chapter, the destruction of the temple. I am leaning toward the idea that the disciples were asking a big question: when is the temple going to be destroyed and is this tragic event the end of the world? Maybe the first half is about the destruction of the temple, and then after 35 Jesus goes on to tell about the end of the world. Verse 35, Jesus seems to bring up the end of the world for the first time: “35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

    36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” In verse 36, the “that” day is a pronoun which must have an antecedent to tell which day “that day” is referring to. The anticedent is in verse 35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away.” So quite possible, Jesus is now changing the subject from the destruction of the temple to the passing away of heaven and earth, thus accounting for the setting change.

    But I am still studying and processing all of this. After much processing, I’m leaning toward seeing quite logical sense in these explanations..

  • Brenda Alexander
    March 2, 2016 2:06 am

    Whenever I talk to a rapture-believing Christian, it’s the most difficult false teaching to rid them of. They hang on to it like it’s a life preserver. I was taught it as a child but never gave it much thought until I was born again. I started doing research on things and when you want to know how these theories come in to play, ask yourselves if the early Christian church believed this; does the Bible really support it; look at past historical events in the Bible; and find out when this theory became so-called “truth.” It is my opinion that anything with the word “theory” behind it, it needs to be researched. Theories are just that…theories. They come and go. Even as a child, this somehow never sounded like what I read in the Bible but back then I thought, I’m just a child, what do I know. Jesus says we are babes but we are not to remain babies. We are to seek the truth and be ready to find out that what you’ve been taught may not be what Jesus and/or the early Church taught. I also am firm that Sunday worship too is wrong. I urge all Christians to look at the information and remember, the Sabbath was given at creation, not just in the 10 Commandments, which we are still under!

    • Loved your comment and I am in total agreement except for the last part, respectfully. We are not under the law and Jesus is our Sabbath rest.

      Matthew 22:38-40

      38 This is the first and great commandment.

      39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

      40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

      This article breaks it down Jesus as the Sabbath rest…..


  • John Rivera
    April 6, 2016 2:28 am

    What about the great crowd coming out of the great tribulation mentioned in revelation.

  • What specifically are you asking about, John?

  • Pa Shakede Oinah
    May 20, 2016 5:06 am

    Thank you Mr. Jason. You have done justice to this topic. Jesus reference to the days of Noah is sufficient to know that those left behind are the righteous. Remember there will be a new heaven and new earth which will be free of sin.

  • Matt 25:1-13

  • Steve Sherrill
    August 5, 2016 4:44 am

    What about the 10 virgins 5 taken 5 left??

    • Such a parable does not exist. The parable discusses ten virgins, five of whom enter fellowship with the bridegroom at the wedding feast, and five who do not. All the virgins go out to meet the bridegroom (Matt 25:1), and none are “taken.” Rather, the bridegroom comes and begins the wedding feast, at which point the five foolish virgins are locked out of fellowship with the bridegroom.

  • one will be abducted and the other left to continue the Lord’s work

  • Jason, what a great website! Let me just question you on one point. In the issue of the “…one will be taken, and the other one left.” verses in which you pointed out what Jesus himself stated, when he said:….”as it was during the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man”

    I read that entire verse slightly different. The subject of the passage was about the fact that no one was prepared for the impending major event—in this case it was a deadly flood, hence anyone not prepared died!! They were all just going about normal daily activities, rather than expecting the tragedy to overtake them!! That is the subject; the theme of that verse. Not the fact that the first to go were the ones destroyed!!

    When Jesus said “Just as in the days of Noah…..” I believe he was referring to how it was going to “overtake” the unwary by surprise—like a thief in the night!! Today, we are doing the same. Even though the Bible says what is going to happen—no one is expecting it. Just like the days of Noah!!!

    Would this make sense?? Then the unexpected raising up of believers first, also makes sense!!! I don’t think that we Christians will “WANT” this world after the restrainer is removed!!! Write me, let’s chat!!

    • That’s only part of it. The other part involves Christ and his people on earth. The thing that restrains being removed has no impact on this discussion, as Christ-believers will be present throughout.

  • I beleive the left behind story has to do with a strong warning to the jewish people in nazi germany and europe of the horrors to come

  • I get as in the days of noah…in the days of noah there absolutely was homosexuality and the earth will be destroyed by fire .no flood because of rainbow promise which homosexuals trampled its precious symbolism.we are instructed to not love the things of this world.and to pray the flight not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

    • Did you just use a random text generator for this comment or was it supposed to convey meaning of any specific nature?

      • I stopped reading as soon as you “showed” it’s like in the days of Noah when the wicked were swept away and righteous left. The problem with that is that it’s completely wrong. If you would simply read the verses directly after that verse in Matthew, you would see it says: “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.” Jesus compared it to Noah because the wicked never saw it coming. It’s very plain and obvious in the Bible when you simply read the verses right next to it. Instead you twisted things to fit an agenda, which I can only assume is of fearing the possibility that the rapture could be true. If you can’t even get that part right, I can’t take your analysis seriously. I guess they’re giving PhDs to anyone these days.

        • Interesting how you are capable of determining that Jesus only meant to compare one aspect of the Noah story to the time of the coming of the Son of Man and that he did not intend any other parallels.

          It’s also fascinating that you would imagine someone might “fear the possibility that the rapture could be true,” since that teaching involves the (false) assurance that Christians won’t suffer when terrible distress comes upon the world at the end of the age. The actual New Testament teaching is much harsher: nobody is going to be whisked away to be spared from suffering.

  • I am studying out this rapture idea in scripture and I am wondering how do the believers meet the Lord in the air at His coming if Matthew 24 keeps believers on earth and takes the wicked away?

    • First of all, the “rapture” isn’t a biblical concept. The meeting of the Lord in the air mentioned in 1 Thessalonians is a reference to those believers alive at Christ’s return being gathered together to him as he returns to the earth. It’s being drawn to a central place, not being removed from the world.

      • Why would God gather people in the air just to bring them back down?

        • Because the point is the gathering, not the air part. These are all based upon the OT promises about gathering all the people back together in the land.

          • The Lord has already gathered his people back to their land from the far reaches of earth. Jews started Returning to Israel in 1800s and became a nation again in 1948 – quite miraculously considering the event that surrounded that. The meeting in the air is of a different nature. It involves believers, the church. Now true-looking at all these comments here, There is much misinterpretation. I’ve not heard much about the blood of Christ and those that come to him are considered his people, blood-borne Jews. I’m going to read more comments and then comment more later if I feel led.

          • Israel has not returned as promised in the prophets. The Jews are only the part of Israel from Judah, not the whole people. The prophets promised that all twelve tribes would be restored and reunited, which is something that has not happened. That promise is of special interest throughout the New Testament, as the earliest Christians believed all Israel would be reconstituted through the work of Jesus.

  • Marjorie Meeks
    April 6, 2017 2:07 pm

    I have never believed in a secret rapture theory because Jesus said in verse 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And in Rev 6:15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” I also believe Jesus is not only talking about when he return, but also when we die because we could die before he returns. So we need to be ready at all times because we don’t know when we will die. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  • Treva Peres
    May 28, 2017 10:15 pm

    Jason, you have hit the nail on the head with this interpretation, because it is correct!

  • Revelation 7:13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
    14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
    16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
    17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

    • That’s a very nice passage, though the translation is problematic. Verse 14 should say, “these are those who are coming out of the great tribulation.”

      Care to explain why you posted this passage without comment?

      • The passage Elaine mentioned Is referring to people that accepted the blood of Christ (repented and became saved) during the tribulation and paid the ultimate cost by losing their lives. That is the general interpretation of the Scripture. Jason I’m interested in knowing what you think?

        • That is only the “general interpretation” among dispensationalists, which is a tradition of interpretation that is very new in the history of Christianity. Most Christians through history have interpreted the 144k otherwise. It’s also worth noting that the passage in Revelation you’re referencing refers to the “Great Tribulation” as a present reality, not a future event.

  • Dianna Blackketter
    September 3, 2017 1:52 pm

    thank you Jason, I am so pleased to have come across your website, this clears up a lot for me, I learned a lot.

  • Are those that are seized addressed anywhere else in scripture?

  • great article if it was correct…In your explanation of misunderstood scripture, you yourself have misunderstood it because you have failed to acknowledge and understand just who Jesus is in fact talking to.in this instance/portion of scripture. This whole passage starts at verse three, where Jesus was kicking it at the mount of olives with His disciples and that they came up and asked Him to explain to them the signs of the end of the age.. Lets take a quick rabbit trail to Matthew 13:11 and mark 4:11 where it says the secret things of the kingdom are not given to those outside (the scope of discipleship) who are given nothing but parables without explanation but to you the secrets are indeed given ((Mark 4:34)… Now back to main text. Jesus is indeed speaking to His disciples (those in covenant with Him) and NOT to those outside, so everything He is saying to the disciples at this exact moment is for their benefit and instruction. The reference to the days of Noah are NOT meant to imply the righteous get saved but the evil left to deal with destruction, but it IS MEANT to convey the importance of heeding a warning when one is given and NOT to dismiss it out of hand. So yes in this very passage Jesus is in FACT talking to the disciples about making sure they too are ready (perfecting holiness out of the fear of the Lord and working out their salvation with fear and trembling as they put to death the deeds of the body because without holiness, none will see the Lord) because when that day comes like a thief in the night, among the church (believers) one will .be taken and another left. Jesus left His apostles to build His church and thus this warning now applies to the whole body of Christ. Revelation verifies that this verse /warning of one taken one left is for the church when it says of the church of Smyrna “you will be thrown into prison by Satan and tortured 10 days, but hold fast to my name and you will be saved (learning obedience by that which they suffered), and to the church of Philedelphia “because you have held onto my word in quiet strength, I will spare you from the hour of trial that is coming upon the whole world (having worked out their salvation).. As we see, two churches (bodies of believers,) one gets taken as the Lord knows how to rescue his goldy ones, and one gets left behind, the not so godly believers who will face tribulation. One taken and one left, a warning for the church just like in the days of Noah…

    • An admirable attempt to rescue an exceptionally poor interpretive paradigm, but none of this is correct. Just taking one example, those of the church of Philadelphia to whom the letter in Revelation was written were not removed from the world but passed through their suffering. Getting pulled out of the world to be spared from suffering is never promised at any point in the New Testament (or the Hebrew Bible, for that matter).

  • Judy H Joseph-Herbert
    November 28, 2017 6:26 am

    I am a bit late in seeing this interesting topic. Let us remember that the Bible is it’s own expositor-it explains itself-line upon line precept upon precept, here a little, there a little-all in context which is the key to proper Biblical exposition. Matt 24 is a prophetical outline that answers a two fold question asked by the disciples- when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming and the end of the world?
    The first thing Christ told the disciples was in verse 4- take heed that no man deceive you- and in spite of this warning- most are being deceived with this Rapture Theology.. He then gives them a chronological outline of events to transpire before the destruction of Jerusalem -AD 70 and also what will take place leading up to his return-2nd coming. Matt;24:38-41 outlines that “took them all away, one taken” is explained in destroyed them all Luke 17: 24-37- he uses the word destroyed them all in place of took them all away see verses Luke 17: 27, 28, 29. In verses 34, 35, 36 the words again taken and other left-. the disciples asked where to LORD -implying taken where since if you are left no need to ask where. He answered in verse 37- where their bodies are taken to; the eagles will be there to eat them. Let us then go to Revelation 19: dealing with the judgement of the great Whore who persecuted God’s people; begin to read from Verse 17 onward. In verse 21 you read that the angel summons the fowls of the air to come to the great super to eat the flesh of kings, captains mighty men the beast, kings of the earth and their armies who were gathered to make war with God’s people- fowls were filled with their flesh and were all taken and cast alive into the lake of fire. Brothers and sisters- let us study to show ourselves approved unto God, don’t be afraid rightly dividing the word of truth- God’s word is truth. Let us all go back and prayerfully study this subject with God’s word- the Bible in hand and like the Bereans search the scripture to find out what is truth as taught in the word of God- this is the only way you will not be deceived by this rapture theology that is not biblical and out of context- man’s doctrine..Blessings.

  • The tone of your remarks is one of contempt and mockery, not love. You are sinning in pride, my brother.

  • Riddle me this, caped crusader: how are the end times like the days of Noah? The earth is filled with wickedness, and the Lord God provides a way to separate and protect His people–Noah’s ark = the rapture.

    • Fascinating comment from the same person who just called someone out for a tone of contempt and pride.

    • I don’t believe when we discuss the topics of the Lord (or any topic) we should ever name-call or disrespect anyone. That’s not love. Yes In the days of Noah, God did prepare a way of escape for those that loved him. He invented the way, especially since it had not rained upon the earth to date yet. Even Paul as we can also call Saul, life could’ve been spared if he had not appealed to Ceasar And went that distance. God also sent angels to remove Lot and his family from Sodom and Gomorrah , Though I don’t look upon Lot as being the elite in the example of righteousness, but he was accredited it as so. I’m sure (cause Jesus said so) we don’t know the day or hour of his return (a day like any other). But all we can hope for is for the example situations of the past, that the Lord has planned a way out/thru for his people. It will be a time like no other and currently we are looking thru stained glass.

  • Susanne Haynes
    March 11, 2018 12:08 am

    James 3:11, for you, sir. I agree with Lou Sozo. I feel confident in saying that we care deeply for our Lord and do not like to see arrogance displayed in those who teach others about His word. We also care about you. You are well aware that satan fell because of arrogance. Do not make the same mistake. Your learning and knowledge is nothing compared to God’s wisdom. You should be more humble when dealing with others. I know too many like you, and imagine it will be a huge struggle for you not to respond to me in a demeaning manner, just to prove your intelligence and superiority. Before you do so, answer this question: who are you pleasing, God or satan? Learn humility.

  • Rob Poteet
    May 5, 2018 4:54 pm

    Interesting. My beliefs follow more closely below:


  • John Knapp
    May 6, 2018 2:31 am

    Either way, whether Lord Jesus takes True Christians before or after the tribulation, is the least of our issues. Because for a True Christian, he will be with the Lord either way and have the True Love of His or Her Life! The real issue is; are we lovingly obeying Lord Jesus’s commands in the here and now? Are we preparing for that wedding feast with our Lord, by lovingly obeying his commands now in our lives? Let us not be divided in such things, but unite in true love for one another. May the Holly Spirit come upon all believers and make them True Christians. Thank you Father, in Lord Jesus’s name for loving us so much, whatever you do in this matter.

  • Gloria Miller
    May 24, 2018 1:27 am

    All of this is just making me insane! So much confusion, even the bible has words that should not be there! The devil is
    sifting everyone! What will remain is Jesus the cross and resurrection and will we have faith!

  • Vicki Annette Woody
    July 27, 2018 4:08 pm

    Whoever wrote this commentary missed the point ENTIRELY and grossly misinterpreted the scripture! “For the coming of the son of man will be just like it was in the days of Noah— just like in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day Noah entered the Ark—and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away [Luke: “destroyed them all”]. The coming of the son of man will be just like that.” (Matt 24:37–39) Just like it was in the days of Noah. Well in the days of Noah, people were living their lives as always, not giving any thought to the coming flood, even though they were warned. That is how it will be when Jesus returns to take His Bride, the Church, home. People will be living their lives as usual, giving no thought to Jesus’ return, even though they have been warned to be ready. The narrator stated that this passage actually meant that [the wicked would be taken, and the righteous would be left to the tribulation. NOW PLEASE TELL ME WHY THE RIGHTEOUS AND NOT THE WICKED WOULD BE LEFT TO GO THROUGH THE TRIBULATION? You do understand that during the tribulation God’s wrath will be poured out on the earth, don’t you? The righteous believers were not meant to suffer this wrath. “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1st Thessalonians 5:9. So it would make absolutely NO SENSE for the wicked to be taken and the righteous to be left. YOU have that backward.

    • Unfortunately, your comment rests on a dispensational notion of a tribulation that does not accord with the New Testament or earliest Christian interpretation. There is simply no basis for anything you’re arguing.

    • Biblically speaking, I’ve never read God pooring his wrath on those that love Him. Psalm 37:25. But for testing and for example-faith(I call it), God has allowed Satan to poor out on people’s lives at times. I can say more but not trying to be to deep, This has happened for legal reasons as well as the Lord’s personal prerogatives which no man/woman can contest.

  • Charles Saliba
    September 6, 2018 4:29 pm

    Jason you wrote:
    The passage is found in Matthew 24:40–41 and Luke 17:34–36 (with some variation); we’ll stick to the shorter version in Matthew for simplicity’s sake. The same concepts that apply here apply equally to Luke:

    With every respect, and in full humility, I’m afraid Luke 17:34 hereunder has nothing to do with Matthew 24:40-41.

    Luke 17:34 I say to you: in that NIGHT there shall be two MEN in ONE BED; the ONE shall be taken, and the OTHER shall be left.

    When we read Matthew 24:40-41 it is definitely a reference to the end of the world!
    On the other hand, when we read Luke 17:20-37 it is for sure ALL a reference to the FIRST EVER JUDGMENT of the world, which occurred on the NIGHT of Jesus’death.

    Now PLEASE discern:

    Luke 17:34 I say to you IN THAT NIGHT…..

    The above is a clear reference to the night Jesus died, by which death
    GOD’S KINGDOM CAME, AND GOD’S WILL WAS DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, and remained in full swing till Pentecost.
    Thus IN THAT NIGHT, Jesus by His own divine blood given as a ransom in EXCHANGE FOR OURS, the entire human race, though lived in their normal filthy way in every sense, they were throughout SPIRIT, SOUL and FLESH, JESUS’ PROPERTY. Yes, Jesus, the Son of Man, IN THAT NIGHT, TOPPLED SATAN, and till Pentecost, the entire human race was more holy than Adam and Eve were on their creation with Jesus’ presence in their souls, justified as the truth and sole sovereign Spirit over both good and evil forever.
    Asserted by Jesus in

    John 8:35 Now the servant abides not in the house for ever; but the son abides forever.

    Thus at least till Pentecost, by Jesus redemption full of unfathomable mercy the entire humanities were children and temples of God, no matter who, while humans, totally UNAWARE of what happened in their souls, lived in their normal sinful way, revealed by Jesus on the cross in

    Luke 23:34 And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

    Not only that, but the world was not only saved but FOR SURE

    THE NEW PARADISE, pinpointed out by Jesus to the good thief.

    Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to you, this day you shall be with me in PARADISE.

    Thus during this redemption period, fifty-three days in all, the entire souls were PURIFIED. Thus “THE WORD” Jesus, the Son of Man as a spirit occupied eternally ALL SOULS/HEARTS, and the entire human race was Jesus’ embodiment definitely till Pentecost,
    Now Jesus continued and said: There shall be

    As clear as crystal two gays in full glory sinning, and in their souls/HEARTS also in full glory, BUT ONLY TILL THAT NIGHT, definitely Satan, depicted by Jesus.
    Thus the ONE shall be taken; Satan WAS REMOVED, and THE OTHER SHALL BE LEFT, “THE WORD” Jesus, the Son of Man, obviously AS A SPIRIT, THE ETERNAL LIFE OF ALL, THE SOURCE OF ALL, REMAINED where He ALWAYS WAS, from the beginning of the world, slain like a lamb,…..Rev.13:8.

    DIVINE MERCY JESUS; and they will be raised on the last day.

    Jesus IN THAT NIGHT became the absolute sovereign over both good and evil, there was only ONE LAW in force and that was

    This purification state OF THE FLESH was predicted in
    Isaiah 1:18 And then come, and accuse me, said the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool.
    Also made clear by Jesus in the last paragraph of the same chapter.
    Luke 17:26 And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27They did eat and drink, they married wives, and were given in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ark: and the flood came and DESTROYED THEM ALL. 28Likewise as it came to pass, in the days of Lot:……. 30Even thus shall it be in the day when
    31 IN THAT HOUR, (OF THE CROSS) he that shall be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away: and he that shall be in the field, in like manner, let him not return back. 32Remember Lot’s wife. 33Whosoever shall seek to save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose it, shall preserve it.
    Now reflect, Jesus in the above simply meant that humans IN THAT PARTICULAR NIGHT, would be living in their normal FILTHY way, as in the days of Noah, and Lot, nevertheless, IN THIS PARTICULAR NIGHT, and till Pentecost, they should not bother at all and remain SINNING,AS MUCH AS THEY PLEASE,
    SIMPLY as THROUGHOUT these particular redemption days, FIFTY-THREE IN ALL, till Pentecost, as much as in the days of Noah, and Lot all humanity were


    Psalm 103:10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins: nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For according to the height of the heaven above the earth: he has strengthened his
    MERCY towards them that FEAR HIM.12 As far as the east is from the west so far has

    • I’m sorry to say that none of what you just said is accurate in the least. The Lukan version was written after the Matthean version and most likely used Matthew (as Luke does elsewhere). They’re talking about the same thing. Luke just tweaks some of the wording here and there. Moreover, Luke 17:36 isn’t found in the earliest and best manuscripts of Luke.

  • Victoria J. Pelaez
    October 6, 2018 2:31 pm

    Thank you For your clear explanation of the false rapture theory.

  • Jason- while I totally disagree with ANYONE attempting to refute God’s word by knowing the hour He cometh, I think you had a rather pedantic outlook by reasoning the event, if predicted correctly, would follow the globe for the next 24 hours. In this case it would indeed need to START at the international date line so it would be the same day around the globe and then when the hour arrives the rapture could start. This also intimates the LORD is bound by time which of course he is not. The Creator is not bound by the created. Furthermore, it would seem you forget the Bible is written from the perspective of Jerusalem; that is to say, IF we in fact knew the hour, it would be safe to say it would be from Israel Standard Time.

    You take on the passage is very interesting, but I believe your analogy with Noah is incorrect. The righteous were sealed FROM the world inside the ark, thus preventing God’s wrath upon THEM. Similarly, we will sealed from the coming judgment by the blood. Unless of course you believe in a mid or post-trib rapture in which case we now need to explain why 2 Thessalonians was written a few weeks after the first epistle.to the church in Thessalonica.

  • CHRISTIANS would do well to learn their feasts and how those Jewish Feasts from Leviticus 23 show the plan of the ages for coventant 2 in Christ Jesus. With in those feasts are an order of events, which Christianity seems to be VERY UNAWARE OF f. (If you don’t WANT t to celebrate Passover/Unleavened Bread/First fruits and Pentecost which point out Messiah’s Death. Burial, Resurrection and the conception of his body and bride, you don’t have to. But you are required to understand how you are forgiven, so you can initiate repented heart asking for your sins to be forgiven and be made born again. THESE FEASTS EXPLAIN IT AND MORE. And that’s far from all the feasts, and the understanding of the next three fall feasts, whether you observe or not, the mere acknowledgment of ROSH HASHANAH and all its coresponsoreding names would certainly help you to understand just who is going to be cut off (Hargar in Gala 4 , a slave to Sin in allegory aka unbelievers for this TRIB, IN which depopulation starts. In fact ,one of many names for this feast: is The Time of Jacob’s Trouble (Israel in unbelief and all gentiles in unbelief too) Also,
    Yom Hadin (Day Of Judgement) is carved out for the damned, NEVER FOR BELIEVERS IN CHRIST. Paul in contrasts to Hagar writes of Believers in Spiritual Israel as Children of Abraham and of Sarah, calling them Heir like Issac. This is all really well explained out in Gal 3- 4 & Romans 9-11. These are slaves to righteousness and heirs with Christ.
    In fact, every single Rosh Hashanah , Jews & Gentiles alike read Genesis 21 about Hagar and Ishmael (The efforts of flesh and not the promise of birth) who are severed and cut off, while Sarah and Issac are elevated as Inheritance reaping Heirs of the Promise of the Spirit. Remember Issac came from a Barren and very old womb by the power of God, setting up a parallel into the Spiritual realm of the birthing of the new creation in Christ Spiritually reborn, WHICH Are TAKEN AND GLORIFIED and rewarded at Bema . They are vastly different and that is why one shall be taken (changed, glorified, elevated, transformed, snatched out as Harpodzo is promised to Philadelphia church in Revelation 3: 10 (Ek is greek :out of- never ever for through.) So Jesus is going to be consistent with what he mentions in multiple places and his own church body and believed bride filled with Jesus is not going to be here during 7 years of 21 severe judgments; which Romans 1 says are reserved for the damned. You mistakenly mix the two together in error. Your Christianity is not from the root of Jews,
    Which we are grafted in, not to take over ! (ROMANS 9- 11). BUT some of her has foolishly ignored these realities and have some other presentation altogether the bible does not support .
    Those who are left are the damned, and through the judgments and the 2 witnesses and their army of 144,000,000 , some of them repent, fearing God. (YOU ARE CONFUSING THEM WITH THE CHURCH!) A D THEY ARE NOT PROTECTED, AS U STATE. They are murdered in the first 6 seals, especially targeted in seal 5. There are more who are executed in Revelation 7, and Antichrist is given authority to execute and “wear down the saints” in Revelation 13. Still more are killed in Revelation 13- 14 and mentioned in Revelation 2o By means of beheading, for refusing the Mark. Not sure what GENTILES you think is being spared?
    (Zechariah 13: 8-9 does make mention of 2/ 3 of all the Jews slaughtered during this 7 year murder-fest; he says 1/ 3 of JEWS are kept alive for the Kingdom Age Tabernacles the final feast, and Messiah warns those JEWS (THE ELECT) TO RUN when they see the Abomination that causes Desolation ,in Mathew 24. These (and more) are the ones who were “Left” , bUT protected to be ready for the NEXT FEAST AT THE END OF 7 YEARS CALLED ATONEMENT. You need to separate Rosh Hashanah and Atonement to be able to understand the bible, and separate the Believing from the Damned, which Hebrews 3- 4 also does. You throw in the Greek when you want to, bUT why don’t you look at it with regard to Harpodzo the snatching AWAY IN Revelation 12: 5 ( hint -that Manchild HEIR connected to the head are One and removed for glorification because the SONS OF GOD are written in the Lamb’s book of Life as Children of God, the Heir . We see all this spelled out in detail, bit for brevity sake, I will only quote Gal 4: 28 (and you will do well to see the cast out order in the verses following it. This separation is going to happen again and he promised a sword of division in Luke a day Mathew. But you have to connect it all together, to understand the flow of it all. Anyhow, here is Gal 4: 28-29 : “Now we brethren, as Issac was, are children of Promise, but , as he (Ishmael ) was born according to the flesh then persecuted him (Issac) who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. (Believers =Heirs like Issac through our rebirth thru the Spirit, a core theme in Gala 3 and 4.
    You must understand this set of two groups and who they point to in our world today ! Ishmael – unbelievers in Sin, the natural man (kind) in Adam 1. ISSAC -BELIEVERS in the Holy Spirit who birthed us into a new eternal forgive Spiritual man (kind) from Jesus , the branch (Sprout/new start) the Last Adam of 1 Corinthians 15: 45 & Roman 5: 21. You do terrible violence to the text to mix these groups together for the final 7 years or any part of it , which is exclusively for “Ishmael ” and Adam 1 children of man (kind). The children of God are separated from among those unbelievers , taught all about in Rosh Hashanah and it’s the final word From Paul in Verse 30 of the same chapter 4 of Galatians, that people seem to ignore to their doctrinal peril! Verse 30″ NEVER THE LESS, what does the scripture say? ‘CAST OUT THE BOND WOMAN (HAGAR) &HER SON, For THE SON OF A SLAVE WOMAN SHALL NOT BE HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN “(SARAH AND NEW JERUSALEM (vs 27). Then verse 31 is the last word on the topic: “So then, brethern, we are not children of the bond woman slave, but of the free!” (New Jerusalem from verse 26 -27) And not to put too fine a point on it, but Gala 3: 26 ” And if you are Christ’s, then you are ABRAHAM’S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE!”

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  • In the days of Lot and Noah, the wicked were taken away in judgment and the righteous were taken out of judgment. Both groups were taken. The wicked were left on earth for the flood and fire and brimstone. Noah and Lot were saved.

    I would like to know how people will be eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building and getting married at the end of the age? Famine is everywhere and a loaf of break costs a days wage (not eating), water is undrinkable (not drinking), cannot buy and sell without the mark, all the grass is dead and there is excessive heat (not planting), earthquakes are moving mountains and islands (can’t build under those circumstances), and who wants to get married when it looks like the world is going to end (asteroids, sky does not show the sun, moon and stars)? Hell on earth!

    I don’t think we disappear. I think we leave our body on earth (Luke 17:37 and Matthew 24:28). No resurrection. The resurrection is at the second coming (1 Thess 4:13-18).

    • Rick,

      Absolutely agree with your first two paragraphs. After what is laid out elsewhere to happen during the tribulation leading up to the second coming, I think you should look at it logically as well. Who would be “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage” [Mat 24:38] in such a tumultuous time after the trumpet and bowl judgements? Who will be in the field or grinding at the mill [Mat 24:40-41] when the first trumpet burns up all grass (grain); [Rev 8:7] and due to the fourth bowl the sun burns men with fire [Rev 16:8]? This is a completely apocalyptic time, not life as usual.

      On a side note, I feel the same way about Mystery Babylon, that it can’t happen at the end just before the second coming. That late on (after the 7th bowl), what ships will be floating through a completely dead sea [Rev 16:3] to deliver goods to vastly reduced population, enough goods that people wail because no one will be buying their goods anymore [Rev 18:11,17]? By that time is seems money would be useless, possibly bartering, but with that much havoc, I expect more pillaging and scavenging than commerce. Will factories still exist to produce anything? Who will go to work when the fifth trumpet causes five months or horrid locust from hell torturing everyone [Rev 9]?

      My only point being, that maybe we admit we do not fully understand all that is going to happen, and the order that it is going to happen.

      With Prophecy things are not written in an obvious chronological order, and I think God does this on purpose so that the enemy cannot know the timing or the plan. If Satan knew that crucifying Jesus was exactly what God intended, he would have done everything he could to have protected Christ! Hind sight is 20/20, but beforehand are just not that clear as the entire comment section here testifies to. I think God leaves things intentionally encrypted so that the enemy doesn’t know what to plan for.

      FWIW: I am not in any camp or subscribed to any belief. I just don’t see how “one was taken, one was left” can apply to anything beyond the seals because all hell will break loose, and I see no way life could be normal beyond that point. In the end, I trust God will be just and his Word will ring true!

  • It does say god hasn’t appointed his children to wrath and the tribulation is gods and jesus wrath , another thing is that’s not what the main thing of the scripture is saying is think a lot of people are getting off of what it said one will be taken another one left (who) two men in a bed? Unless you believe it is ok to be homosexual then it’s saying the soul of a man the spirit will go but the fleshly man part will stay and return to the dust from which it came

    • When it says “God hasn’t appointed his children to wrath,” that has nothing to do with “the tribulation.” God’s wrath is the penalties dealt upon the final judgment. Secondly, sleeping in the same bed does not mean sexual activity.

      • Julie N Perkins
        September 14, 2019 10:51 am

        In the Passover, those with the blood were spared from his wrath. The “two” are those with the blood, and those without the blood. Bride clothing or filthy rags. A temple made without hands or a destructible temple. Sheep and goats to be separated at the end.

  • Patrick Douglas
    August 28, 2019 9:33 pm

    One taken and one left. One out of two taken is 50 percent. It refers to how many will die during the last have of the tribulation. The bible tells us that a third of the people will be killed as will a third of the trees burned. That’s one third of the population. Then another quarter of the people will die from famine and disease caused by the beasts of the field. First one third then one fourth. Comes out to half the population. Fifty percent. As far as the rapture, revelation CLEARLY tells us that we will be gone before the tribulation. Revelation is in chronological order. Early in revelation Jesus says because Christians have been faithful He will keep us OUT OF that hour that tests the world. Then as revelation continues the judgments start to come on the earth. Common sense. It says Jesus RETURNS with tens of thousands of His saints. We can’t RETURN with Him unless we have been taken out at some earlier point in the first place.

    LUKE 4
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    2 PETER 2

  • Everyone has an opinion. The more I hear the more I think no one knows. I think we need to tell the story of salvation get as many as possible saved keep helping them with the Word of God to go out and tell the good news forget about pretrib post trib rapture. When Jesus was born. The only thing is to keep preaching salvation. 1. We know there is a heaven and hell. 2 We know there is only one true God 3. Jesus was born of a virgin 4. He died was buried rose again for those who believe Him and serve Him will go to heaven you reject Him hell will be your home. And if I left out steps then I’m sure you will figure it out. I get tired of people arguing a out what they think when we’re suppose to go and tell about our Lord. To many people wants to be right when there are souls to be saved healed delivered. Go to nursing homes to the homeless. Yes we need truth but Jesus said the Holy Spirit will teach us. We’re to ask for wisdom I was looking up the passages and came across this. All I’m saying is live your life for Jesus and take as many souls with you to heaven. Talking to me also. I. JESUS NAME.

  • You are simply incorrect in your last days ideas . If you follow the Holy Spirit through the last days using the Word of God you will see a pattern that the rapture must occur because the Holy Spirit must be removed to reveal the wrath of God. The tribulation time is simply put a time for Jehovah too deal with his bride Israel. The Son (Jesus) has his bride at the marriage supper of the lamb. Do not be mislead follow Israel as well this is who the tribulation is about. Sorry your theory does not follow from Genesis to Revelation.

    • If that’s the case, isn’t it remarkable that this idea didn’t appear until the 19th Century? All those earlier centuries of Christians must have been deceived, then, right?

  • Question? If only the good people will be left, then why will those left have to face persecution, the mark of the beast, and all the evil things that go with it??? If all the bad people have been taken, then who will be the ones in charge of all the evil that will be unleashed on those who are left??? Wouldn’t it stand to reason that if all the bad people are gone, that things would get better, not worse??? I don’t buy you faulty explanation!!!

    • That’s an easy answer: there isn’t going to be a seven-year tribulation period in which all these things happen like you’re suggesting. That idea is a fairly recent innovation.

  • a very easy picture of on taken one left you have a garden one taken the weeds put in the fire or trash and the one left the flower they remain to enherit the earth

  • also the scripture answers it shelf one taken WHERE ,where the body is there all so the vultures gather together Luke 17(34-37)

  • and Matthew 13(24+30+36+42)

  • David Penna
    May 16, 2020 9:34 pm

    The verse that relates to Noah is clear. Everyone is going about there normal business and then the righteous (based on their belief in Jesus as their Lord and Savior) will be rescued from God’s wrath. The one taken up in Matthew is caught up to be with the Lord. The rest left on earth will go through the tribulation until God wins the battle of Armegadon. You should not change the word caught up or catch up and add your own meaning of “seized”. Robert Jefferies and his book Perfect Ending explains much more clearly and relates the verses to the bible. Sorry to strongly disagree with your interpretation. Just like the days of Noah, the people on the ark are saved from God’s wrath. God asked Noah and his family to come into the Ark. He did not say go into the ark. Christian’s are not appointed into wrath

  • Scriptures from the Bible are interpreted by people many different ways. The thing we need to remember. Jesus said believe in me and thou shalt be saved.
    Two Christians walking down the lane. One has a heart attack and dies. He is taken. An airplane carrying fifty people crashes. All die except three. Forty seven are taken. A phone booth near the road. Been there twenty years. One day a man stops to use the phone. A car veers off the road and hits the booth. Man dies. He is taken.

  • The Son of Man will come for us one at a time, fifty at a time, even more. We need to be ready. When the flood came the only people ready was Noah’s family. I knew a man who was on a lake in a boat fishing with another man. Lightning struck, my friend was taken, the other one was left. We make things more complicated than they need to be.

  • I see replies like mine are deleted if they don’t fit your quidelines.


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