RAPTURE IN THE FOUR GOSPELS

RAPTURE IN THE FOUR GOSPELS?   By Joel Finck
: Matthew 24:40, Luke 17:36, 37 … The very thought of the Rapture brings excitement to the child of God, for it offers the blessed hope of meeting the Lord  “in the air” without suffering the pain of death. But for the lost, it means facing the horrors of tribulation as God pours out His wrath on this earth. Truly, the rapture will separate the saved from the lost, as one is taken and the other left. It is easy to see how many Bible students have concluded that the Lord was referring to the Rapture when He said, “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left” (Matthew 24:40, confer with Luke 17:36). Yet, we need to ask the questions, which one is taken, and which one is left? At the rapture, it is the believer who is taken (I Thessalonians 4:14-17).
When the disciples asked the Lord where the one would betaken in Luke 17:37, Christ replied, “Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.” This refers to the great feast which the fowls will have when the Lord destroys all unbelievers at His Second Coming (Revelation 19:17, 18). You see, Christ was not referring to the Rapture while He was on earth, but rather to the “revelation” of Himself as conquering King, It will not be the believers who are taken in that day, but the unbelievers who will be taken to death and judgment. The believers of the tribulation period will be left to enter the kingdom.
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