The Rapture – Will we be taken away, while others are left behind? Misunderstandings regarding Mat 24:37-42

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If you have been taught about the rapture, you are familiar about the idea of Believers being taken away to Heaven (away from the time of Tribulation) while the wicked are left behind to endure through this period. The doctrine of the Rapture which was introduced in the 18th Century AD, and was popularized first by John Nelson Darby in the 1830s, uses the verse in question Mat 24:37-42 also as a proof text. Let’s see whether the doctrine of Rapture is supported by this verse.

Mat 24:37-42 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. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Mainline Christianity takes the above verse and teaches us that we will be taken away (raptured) while the wicked would be left behind. But look at the verse a little closer and you will see that Christ speaks of the wicked being “taken away” by the flood. If the 2nd coming mirrors Noah’s time, as per Christ – who is taken away, and who is left behind?

In Noah’s time, the flood took away the wicked while Noah and his family settled the earth as the only humans left behind. Yeshua‘s words even say that the flood “took them all away”. Next He explains that one will be taken and the other left Behind. So is it not the wicked that is taken away according to the analogy Messiah makes in this verse? Is it not the righteous that is left behind, contrary to what we have been taught?

Mat 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Reading the above parable, gives you more clues for the same reasoning. The tares (wicked) were gathered first by the Angles and burnt (put to death), and only then were the wheat (Righteous) gathered into His Barn (Kingdom). It is abundantly clear when you read a few verses before Mat 24:37-42 that Messiah Yeshua is speaking of a time after the Tribulation, and that He comes after the time of Tribulation to gather His elect.

Mat 24:29-31 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.

If the “Rapture” is an event that saves the believers from the period of Tribulation, the verse in question (Mat 24:37-42) does not make any sense, as Yeshua says the events happen after the Tribulation. Not only that, the verse in question that has led to Movies and Books such as “Left Behind”, is taken completely out of context, as the proper interpretation clearly shows the ones who are taken away to be wicked, while the people who are left behind are the righteous who enter His Kingdom on Earth for a Thousand Years.

8 thoughts on “The Rapture – Will we be taken away, while others are left behind? Misunderstandings regarding Mat 24:37-42

  1. Valerie Csepe

    Hi Ramesh,

    Thanks for this article. It is very thought provoking and makes me realize even more how people can understand scripture in completely opposing ways! It’s just like 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 says. When I talk to people who don’t believe the law of the Lord or believe that it has changed, I’m aghast at how they can’t see the truth, and pray for their eyes to be opened.

    I am praying that you and your family have been spared from the atrocities committed today in your country. What a terrible tragedy perpetrated by evil men. I’m awaiting good news from you that you are safe!

    May God protect and bless you!
    Good Passover!


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    1. rameshdesilva Post author

      Dear Sister Valerie,
      Me and my family are safe thanks to God. But it is a sad day when innocent people die because of inhumane acts. Thank you for your encouraging words.
      Love and Shalom!
      Be a blessing to everyone around you!

  2. Eddie Sejour-Gonzalez

    Hi Ramesh!
    I too am very happy to hear that you are safe and well but am so sorry for what happened.
    I did have one question … you say the wicked are “taken away” and we are left to enter His Kingdom for a thousand years, but one 1) if the wicked are taken away, who is it that makes war against the saints after the thousand years? and 2) How or to where are the wicked taken away if the Final Judgment occurs *after* the thousand years?

    1. rameshdesilva Post author

      Dear Eddie,
      I think the answers to both your questions lie in Rev 20. In it John says that the Serpent was bound for a thousand years so that he may not deceive anyone for that time period(2,3). The Dead who were raised to life ruled and judged a 1000years(4). The dead who inherited eternal death were not resurrected as it would be done at the end of the 1000 years(5). Whoever is resurrected the first time will not die again, which is the second death or lake of fire(6). So who are the resurrected judging/ruling over? It is the nations who surrendered (Zec 14:16-18). These are nations living in the 1000 years who can still go against Christ’s will. Remember Sin and death are still not removed and put into the lake of fire… this will be done only after the 1000 years. These nations are the people who are deceived by the Serpent. These Nations are not deemed wicked, but comes under Yeshua’s rule for the 1000 years, but they are able to still go against His will, which most of them would do at the end on the age. When I said the wicked is taken away… if it is compared to Noah’s Story, the wicked being taken away means they were put to death – as we see in Rev 19:21.

      Be a blessing to everyone around you!

  3. TK

    Hi, My name is TK, I’m from Ghana, west Africa. You are doing a great job making us understand the word of GOD. Your articles are a source of insight into the Bible. However, isn’t the passage about rapture 1 Thessalonians 4:17? I think that’s what most preachers quote. Please HELP

    1. rameshdesilva Post author

      Dear TK,
      The word translated as “shall be caught up” is G726 (Harpazo) which can be plucked, pull catch away. This we believe will happen at the 2nd coming of Yeshua – which we all know as the rising of the dead. But the modern view of the “Rapture” is that the church is taken away before tribulation, which is against the words of Yeshua discussed in this study. He clearly states that the tribulation needs to happen before the coming of Christ.
      May you be a blessing to everyone around you


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