Michelle (25 Dec 2016)
"Rapture in Luke 17"

The Rapture in Luke 17

This study is intended to show, through the Word and its plain meaning to be taken at face value that the rapture of the church can be found in Luke Chapter 17.  Please read the full chapter of Luke 17 before beginning the study.

Unfortunately, too many believers and Bible translations with man-made titles look at Luke 17 as Jesus Second physical coming to the earth at the end of the age.  A very careful study of the Greek and its plain meaning proves otherwise. 

Jesus Himself explains to us exactly what it will look like just before the rapture and at the time of the rapture. 

He begins by telling His disciples that they will soon long for ONE of the Days of the Son of Man but they will not see it in their lifetime.   He then goes on to say that things will look relatively normal before the rapture.  He compares the days of Noah and the days of Lot with specific examples of every day life when people were eating, drinking, getting married, buying, selling, planting and building homes (Greek G3618 they home-builded).  I stress the building of homes as it implies a good economy and a belief that there are many days ahead.  We also have to understand that the Rapture itself is a judgment for those who are left behind.  Just as the days of Noah and Lot, the earth dwellers had no idea that judgment was coming.  Judgment will come on all of the earth dwellers and none will escape (1 Thessalonians 5:3/Revelation 3:10). 

Jesus then gives a warning for us, the Church to not hold onto this life or this world.  When we hear the sound (trumpet of God), we are not to panic and go and get our gear (Luke 17:31-32 Greek word is gear or instruments G4632).  Remember Lot’s wife.

Okay, so here we go:  One taken and One left (Remember to first put away your presuppositions and read it like a book and let the text speak for itself.  If it seems to be a mystery, then we need to go to the original language for the entire chapter and the mystery can be solved).

I think that we can all agree that Jesus spoke of the Rapture in John Chapter 14.  Well, lo and behold, it is the VERY SAME GREEK WORD used in Luke 17! 

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive G3880 you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.




vi Fut Pas 3 Sg



Strong's G3880 in the following manner: take (30x), receive (15x), take unto (2x), take up (2x), take away (1x).

Outline of Biblical Usage

1.         to take to, to take with one's self, to join to one's self

1.         an associate, a companion

2.         metaph.

1.         to accept or acknowledge one to be such as he professes to be

2.         not to reject, not to withhold obedience

2.         to receive something transmitted

1.         an office to be discharged

2.         to receive with the mind

1.         by oral transmission: of the authors from whom the tradition proceeds

2.         by the narrating to others, by instruction of teachers (used of disciples)



The One being “OTHER or DIFFERENT ONE” is G2087 “other”, another: i.e. one not of the same nature, form, class, of uncertain affinity, different, denotes a class in which others are distinguished

“LEFT” G863                                    

1.         to send away

1.         to bid going away or depart

1.         of a husband divorcing his wife

2.         to send forth, yield up, to expire

3.         to let go, let alone, let be

1.         to disregard

2.         to leave, to let go, to give up, to depart from, to depart from one and leave him to himself so that all mutual claims are abandoned,

1.         to go away leaving something behind

2.         to leave one by not taking him as a companion

3.         to leave on dying, leave behind one

4.         to leave so that what is left may remain, leave remaining

5.         abandon, leave destitute

Forsake, Omit, Suffer

Wow….let that soak in.  The one that is taken is taken as a companion or friend and the one left has been rejected and not taken or recognized as a companion.  Now, as to the mystery of the “vulture” and where the body is:  The disciples recognized that something would take place and wanted to know where these people would be taken.  They wanted to know where these people would be taken.  Jesus answers them.  After digging into the Greek, it says that the living and dead will be taken into the air where the eagles fly (not vultures as some translations render).  We will get to that Greek word here shortly.

The Greek word for Body G4983 is means:

Where the BODY is G4983 is used of a (large or small) number of men closely united into one society, or family as it were; a social, ethical, mystical body, the living body, the dead body, (both men and could also include animals) the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively

“WHERE” G3699 in which place

Gathered Together G4863

Verse 37




vi Fut Pas 3 Pl



1.         to gather together, to gather

1.         to draw together, collect

1.         of fishes

2.         of a net in which they are caught

2.         to bring together, assemble, collect

1.         to join together, join in one (those previously separated)

2.         to gather together by convoking

3.         to be gathered i.e. come together, gather, meet

3.         to lead with one's self

1.         into one's home, i.e. to receive hospitably,

EAGLE G105 an eagle (from its wind-like flight):—eagle.

In other words, in the place where eagles take flight.  The same Greek word is used in Revelation 12:14) where the woman is given two wings of a great eagle.

Conclusion: Here would be my personal modern-day translation if you will: The ones taken will be taken as companions to join the Lord and gathered together in the air with our family to be taken to our Father’s house and accepted forever.

Even well respected teachers of mine such as Tommy Ice believe that the ones taken are taken into judgment at the end of the age.  But I just couldn’t accept that as his answer as it just wouldn’t sit right with me.  As much as I love and respect him, he is just a man.  So I asked Father to teach me through His Holy Spirit and He led me to a quote by Clarence Larkin which states:  A mystery is not something that cannot be known, but something that for the time being is hidden. I hand you a sealed letter. What it contains is a mystery to you. Break the seal and read the letter and it ceases to be a mystery. But you may not be able to read the letter, because it is written in a language with which you are not familiar. Learn the language and the mystery ceases. But perhaps the letter contains technical terms which you do not understand, learn their meaning and all will be plain. That is the way with the Mysteries of the Scriptures, learn to, read them by the help of their author, the Holy Spirit, and they will no longer be mystery.”


“The trouble is men are not willing to let the Scriptures say what they want to say.” Clarence Larkin

Footnote: Days of LOT

Jack Kelley

In this sense, Lot becomes a model of the Church. Paul explained that the Church would be rescued from the time of God’s Wrath on the Earth as well. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. (1 Thes.1:9-10)

The Greek word translated “from” in verse 10 means the Church will be removed from the time or place or any relation to the coming wrath. Just like it was with Lot and the judgment of Sodom , we have to be away and safe before the End Times judgment of Earth can begin.

Fun footnote:  Isaiah 18 "everyone will hear the sound"

Psalm 89:15  Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,

Maranatha and God Bless!