“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (Matthew 24:36-41).
There shall be two in the field; the one shall be taken (raptured), and the other left. The popular concept and belief is that the righteous is taken (raptured), but the wicked is left in the earth for destruction. This is not the right context of this verse!
I love the way the Amplified Bible translate Matthew 24:36-41 as it makes it clearer to understand who was taken (raptured away) and who was left:
“But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son [in His humanity], but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man (the Messiah) will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be [unexpected judgment]. At that time two men will be in the field; one will be taken [for judgment] and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken [for judgment] and one will be left – Matthew 24:37-41 AMP.
The one taken is taken for judgment just as the wicked were taken by the flood in Noah’s day. The one left is left to enter the kingdom that Christ will establish on earth.
It is the wicked, evil doers and treacherous people that will be cut off (taken) from the earth for judgement and destruction – Proverbs 2:22, Psalm 37:9-10.
The righteous (meek) will remain and inherit the earth – Matthew 5:5, Psalm 37:29, Proverbs 10:30.
Considering what verse 37 says, “….as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” The question here is how was it in the days of Noah? Was it the wicked that were left behind and destroyed in the earth, or was it the righteous that were left in the earth and the wicked taken away for judgement and destroyed?
We need to read and study the passage Genesis 6:5-22 to Genesis 7:1-24. It was the righteous that were left behind in the earth and the wicked taken away and destroyed by the flood from the earth (Matthew 24:39). God preserved man by the ark against the flood of destruction that came upon the earth, but the wicked and corrupt were taken away for destruction. In the field (the earth), it is going to be the righteous who will be left in the earth, and the wicked will be removed or taken away from the earth and destroyed. Noah was left in the earth, and he became an agent of human repopulation of the earth in his time to establish the righteousness of God. So shall it be! We will be the company of people that will remain and be the righteous population in the new earth.
Jesus Christ is coming again and the hope is that all saints who have been glorified in Him and caught up in the air will in that same manner come with Him to rule and reign in the New Earth. The mystery of the Kingdom is the revelation of Jesus as the King, and His Kingdom is here now!
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