Qwestions and answers

Question:

Does Matthew 24:40-41 refer to the rapture of the church?

Mathew 24:40  "Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.

41  "Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.

The key to the answer to this question is found in verses 38-39

MAT 24:38  "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,

39  "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

      In Genesis 6:5-7 We read that God promised judgment on sinful Man and that He would remove them from the face of the earth.

6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

      In Genesis 7:21-22 We read that God delivered on His promise.

GEN 7:21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth, and every man:

22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

So we understand that in these verses God removed all sinful, rebellious men from the face of the earth.

In Mathew 10:22 Jesus is teaching on the tribulation period. He assures those that become Christians during that time with these words. “ and you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” Here Jesus is not referring to spiritual salvation, but physical delivery from the tribulation period into the thousand year reign with Christ recorded in Revelation 20:4  “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

Answer:

No these verses do not teach regarding the rapture of the church.

     In these verses the rebellious sinners are removed from the earth in judgment for rejecting God.

Mathew 24:39  "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

      At the rapture the saints are removed for the earth and delivered into heave to be with Christ to protect them from the wrath of God during the tribulation period.

1TH 4:16  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.

At the end of the triulation God will deliver new believers into the thousand year reign with Christ.

REV 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

1TH 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 

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