“Two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left” (Matthew 24:40,41). From this passage many imagine a rapture such as is described in Tim LaHaye’s LEFT BEHIND series.
Instead, our Lord is giving a description of the Second Coming, Judgment, and the end of the world. That will be like the days of Noah when Noah and his family were taken aboard the Ark, and the rest were left behind. People will all appear the same, involved in the same activities: farming, factories, ball games, etc. One lives with the joyful anticipation of the return of Christ. The other lives in unrepentance and unbelief. Outwardly they appear the same, but one is taken to be with the Lord, and the other is left to be eternally damned in hell.
This passage comes in the context of signs preceding the end of the world and Christ’s Second Coming. That there will be false Christs, wars, diseases, and natural catastrophes, is a call to repentance and a call for the Christian not to lose faith, to watch, and so to be taken “always to be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17).
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