A Look at the "Rapture" theory
A look at Matt 24:37-39,When we compare the text of Matthew to that in the gospel of Luke The answer to this question is no.
The assumption made here by many Protestants. is that the man taken from the field and the woman taken from the mill were true believers "caught up" at the secret rapture. The two people left behind, then, were not believers.
Many Christians believe that this text applies to the destruction of Jerusalem by Roman armies in the first century, [as most of chapter 24 does] not to the close of the age. But even if we grant that it refers to the "end times," we need only read again the words introducing this scenario to see the flaw in a rapture interpretation. "As were the days of Noah . . . the flood came and swept them all away" (Matthew 4:37, 39).
In the days of Noah, who was "taken" ("swept ... away"), and who was "left"? The wicked were taken away in judgment by the flood waters, and the righteous (Noah and his family on the ark) were left behind in safety. If the rapture teachers are correct in thinking that this passage applies to the close of the age, then it would seem to prove the opposite of what they teach about who gets taken and who gets left behind.
Yet even if we should allow that Jesus is saying the righteous will be the ones taken and the wicked will be left, then the passage still fits the Second Advent scenario we have de-scribed: When Christ returns, publicly and in clouds of glory, the righteous will be caught up to meet Him as He descends to earth, while the wicked remain to await His imminent judgment. No secret, invisible, "extra" coming of Christ is depicted here.
|"37. But as
the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of
man be. 38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were
eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day
that Noah entered into the ark, 39. And knew not until the flood
came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the
Son of man be."
|"26. And as it
was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the
Son of man. 27. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they
were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the
ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all."
Christ here is using the "days of Noah" as a example of the
decadence and un-Godliness of society, at the end of times, "eating
and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,"
"until the flood came, and took them away [destroyed them all]"- in the time of Noah who was washed away by the flood? It was the evil doers were taken away [destroyed], Christ tells us "so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
|40. Then shall
two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other
41. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank,
they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29. But the same
day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from
heaven, and destroyed them all."
"34. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left."
Luke give us the farther example of the days of Lot, the again we
see decadence and un-Godliness of the people, oblivious to will of
God. Here again we see that it is the evil doer that is
removed and destroyed.
"the one shall be taken" as we have learned from both gospel account the ones taken away are the evil doer, those destined for destruction. NOT the good [the "Elect"], these verse do not refer to any form of "RAPTURE" of the "ELECT".
Those that are "left" will remain with the lord.
therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."
|We can see from Matt. 24:29 the coming of the Lord takes place after the tribulation. In V.30 we see that. "all the tribes of the earth.. shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." This is no secret coming, or secret Rapture, this is a GREAT coming, a visible coming, of the powerful and almighty God, and all shall see it. Again we see that these verses do not refer to any form of secret pre-tribulation "rapture"|
As we can see the twenty-forth Chapter of Mathew leaves no room for the belief in a "secret pre-tribulation rapture":
"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be .... Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (Matthew 24:27-31)