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.
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.
After this great tribulation we will receive a kingdom that cannot be moved (Rev 8:12; 9:2; Heb 12:28).
The verses below from Isaiah speak of quite a different atmosphere on planet earth at His second coming. You may want to read this entire chapter as it paints an awesome picture of the future.
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
There is no doubt that the Millennium, with Jesus reigning will involve quite a spectacular transformation. Also it fulfills one of the desires that the believer prays for as taught to us by Christ …thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…
Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
Satan is the god of this world that is to be destroyed. How then can we put so much emphasis on the illusion of security, through the accumulation of material things that perish? All who love this present world, and are not rich towards God will be taken, and will not inherit the new earth.
Isaiah 65:22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
The elect inherit the restored earth and they will enjoy the fruits of their labor, peace instead of war, and joy instead of sorrow. One shall be taken to be destroyed, and the one given the title of God’s elect, is left behind. We will be gathered together to meet Christ and all those that He brings with Him.
Matt 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
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;
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?
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