Christ declared, One shall be taken and the other shall be left behind. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the Son of Man returns. The ones taken are to be destroyed; we most definitely want to be left behind, to inherit the Kingdom on earth at Christ’s Second Coming.
Mark 13:24-27 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
One Shall Be Taken Christ made it very clear that after the tribulation He would gather all of the elect together. It would be unnecessary to gather the heavenly host, if it were not for the fact that they also were to reign on earth with Him.
As it Was in The Days of Noah So Shall it Be When Jesus Returns One Shall Be Taken
In the days of Noah the earth was filled with violence, and all flesh was destroyed except for eight people. Upon Christ’s second coming, it will be as it was in the days of Lot and Noah; One shall be taken to inherit destruction. This is the unfortunate fate for all who have not found protection in Christ.
Matt 24:39-40 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.
When Christ returns a second time, one shall be taken, but not to heaven. They are actually taken to Hell, to await the final judgment after the 1000 year reign of Christ. Those left behind remain on earth; this is the exact opposite of what the pre-tribulation rapture movement teaches. It is simply amazing how many buy into this grievous fable.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
There is not one Bible verse that suggests we are ever to go up to heaven with resurrected bodies. This transformation happens at the last trumpet judgment when the Elect reign with Christ on a new earth.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
When our inheritance or treasure is mentioned in association with Heaven, it always refers to one of two promises; the crown of righteousness (our Salvation) is given to the Elect at His second coming, when He returns from Heaven; the New Jerusalem which comes down from Heaven, represents our final dwelling place with Jesus after the millennium reign on earth (1 Thes 4:15-17).
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
The apostle Paul clearly points out that he will receive the crown of righteousness at the same time as all those that love His appearing do; this occurs upon Christ’s return to the earth. To imagine that one shall be taken to receive the reward of eternal life before the tribulation, while the apostle waits until the end of the tribulation for his is preposterous.
2 Tim 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
One Shall Be Taken Christ judges the living and the dead at His appearing and His earthly kingdom (the 1000 year reign); if there is a pre tribulation rapture then this group escapes the judgment; this is impossible, as it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment (2 Tim 4:1; Heb 9:27-28). Now this ridiculous theory claims not only three separate earthly visits by Christ, but three separate judgments as well, one of which is a secret even to the group that propagates this fairy tale.
Peter presents us with a message that the new age church does not want to talk about, because they do not want to understand it. We will partake in Christ’s sufferings and are able to endure through the power of His Spirit that lives within us. However this temporary pain does not compare to the eternal glory and joy to be experienced at His Second Coming.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Judgment begins with or at the body of believers known as the church; there is no special escape clause expressed or implied.
1 Peter 4:17-18 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
So we ask those pre-tribulation rapture advocates, if the house of God is raptured away how then is it possible for judgment to begin there? If the righteous be scarcely saved what chance would the ungodly that are left behind have, with no discernment for the truth during the worst period of deception known to mankind?
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass,( the tribulation events) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (or salvation) draweth nigh.
The Word of God will return to set in motion the first judgment and resurrection; those that destroy the earth will be sent to Hell to await the lake of fire which is the final judgment; a full reward is given to the elect who will reign on earth with Jesus.
Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
The prophets, Saints and others are rewarded at this time, which most assuredly is at the end of the great tribulation period.
Just as 2 Tim 4:1, destroys the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine , so to does this verse in Rev 11:18.
A rapture or gathering of the church before this time is quite impossible, how could the prophets not be worthy of the same rewards of the church, that is supposedly taken away and transformed years before they are. Salvation at any time other than that of the second coming of Jesus our redeemer is also impossible. The reward for the righteous is salvation, which just happens to occur when Christ returns (Isa 62:11; Col 3:24; Rev 22:12).
2 Thess 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels
Observe the logical progression here, one shall be taken, that is for sure, but it is not the Christian. Christ is revealed and He brings His angels with Him. If we were raptured and taken to Heaven there would be no need to bring the angels.
2 Thess 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe…
Christ comes to be glorified in his Saints, but also with flaming fire as He takes vengeance on them that do not know God, so this is also a time of judgment (2 Thes 1:8).
2 Thess 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
Christ must first come down from Heaven in order to gather His Elect, this does not represent two separate events, the proof of this is in the following verse.
2 Thess 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
One Shall Be Taken The day of Christ is in fact when He returns to gather us, one event that occurs during a single day.
2 Thess 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
And it is evident that the day in which we are gathered, or caught up in Christ, does not occur until the Beast or anti Christ is revealed, well there goes the possibility of escaping the Great Tribulation.
2 Thess 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming
And finally, this all happens at the end of the Great Tribulation, as this is when Christ returns and throws the Beast and False prophet into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20).
Rapture Series Part Two