“One will be taken, one will be left.” (Matt 24:40-41)

What is it about the Rapture that inspires good, godly men to…not divulge the whole truth?

It’s beyond me–I am left scratching my head. (Also, check out the Scofield 1917 Study Bible, and read his erroneous notes introducing 2 Thessalonians)

Understanding this text is simple–the words have obvious, plain meanings to them.

“Then 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. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”

My point of contention is this. The teaching that the person taken, is taken in judgment, and the person that is left behind, is left behind in blessing.

Now don’t get me wrong. People may interpret this text this way if they choose to, but after looking at what the underlying Greek words mean, it leads me to a solid understanding.

But first, this note from Dr. Charles Ryrie: “The ones taken will be taken to judgment and death. The ones left will be left to enter the blessings of the Millennial kingdom.”

Many others interpret this phrase the same way.

I want to look at this text, and see if I can find the “blessings” for those left behind, according to this theologian.

But let’s look at these 2 Greek words behind this text, and see what they mean.

The word for taken is the word Paralambano. The word means “to receive near.” Same word used by Christ, in John 14:3, “I will come again, and receive you unto Myself.”

Paralambano is to receive to one’s side.

The other word is Aphiemi. This word means:

1. To disregard

2. To abandon

3. To divorce

4. To leave behind

5. To forsake.

I believe that the word of God is saying, from seeking to understand the original language, that the person that is “taken,” is a direct result of John 14:3, and Bible prophecy being fulfilled, as the Lord returns for His saints. Also, the one that is left, as the Greek word suggests, has been “left behind,” and abandoned.

This is a great study! I highly recommend it!

God bless

Paul E.

The Resurrection and the Rapture

A few facts/reminders concerning the Rapture and the Resurrection, and their order.

1. Christ the Firstfruits (1 Corinthians 15:23)

2. “The Dead in Christ will Rise First” (1 Thess 4:16)

3. “At His Coming’ (1 Cor 15:23)

4. “At the Last Day” (John 6:39,40,44,54).

 These are little known, or mostly forgotten facts concerning the
resurrection. For the most part, Christians forget that the “rapture,” as it’s
called, is the Resurrection. Read 1 Thess 4:15-17 “And the dead in Christ will rise first.

 In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, Paul gives all the believers the
“order of services,” starting with The Lord’s own resurrection—“Christ the
firstfruits…”

 You’ve heard it mentioned before that no one knows when the
Rapture is going to occur, but that’s not true! We most assuredly know when
it’s going to occur, as I have listed on point 4: “At the Last Day.”

 1Th 4:15-17  “For this we say to you by the word of the
Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no
means precede those who are asleep.
(16)  For the Lord Himself will
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the
trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  (17)  Then we who are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the
air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord
.”

 John 6:39 “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that
of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.

 John 6:40  “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him
may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

 John 6:44  “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

 John 6:54  “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

 One last verse—1 Cor 15:22-24

 (22)  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

(23)  But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His
coming
.

(24)  Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule
and all authority and power.

 John 6:39,40,44 & 54 tells us that 1 Cor 15:23 takes place on the Last Day. Now whenever that day may be, Lord only knows!

 Could the Rapture be today?

Sure.

If today is Resurrection Day, and the Last Day!

 God bless your studies!

 Pastor Paul

 Pastorpaul1963@gmail.com