John and Doves,
Brother Lewis, may I respectfully say that the passage
you refer to--Matt 24:40-41--
record of the words of Jesus to His disciples in response to the
will these things be, and what will be the sign of Thy
such, they are not the words of Matthew to anyone--let alone the Jew,
believing or not, or dead or alive, etc.,
if any rapture happens at the time of Jesus' Second Coming, then it is a
However, it does no one any
see how this works. If you put a sign on a road that says, "BRIDGE OUT
far back from the ruined bridge is it advisable to put the sign? Well, it
you expect the traffic to be.
is foot traffic, maybe 20 feet will do. If it is car traffic at, say, 45
probably want to put the sign back about 300 feet for a safe
world is hurtling headlong into the end of the 70th week of
many be saved at this time? Of course. [See Ezekiel, chapter
18, for God's view of
salvation.] How far back should God put His sign
to "Repent, for the Kingdom of God
hand!"? Well, tell you what, as in the movie, "Back to the Future,"
God has written
time-coded message. It was written back in the day as a warning
for our time.
It would be some lame or mean sign to say,
"Hey, Stupid, it's too late for your sorry
I'm sure to a moral certainty that Matthew 24:40-41 refers to the one and only
of the Bride of Christ, raptured from the midst of the world's
insanity, but before the
outpouring of God's wrath--and before the seven trumpet
judgments which announce that time.
The bottom line? "For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in
all the churches
of the saints." I Corinthians
Lewis Brackett (16
"Matthew 24 one
taken one left"
There is more than one rapture, one taking
Matthew 24:40-41 is not the rapture of the church but
is the rapture of the evil people to hell at the time of the 2nd
You see, only the righteous are allowed to enter the millennial
Its all about context. Matthew is talking to the Jew in
the tribulation period here. The verses preceding Matthew 24:40-41
about the 2nd coming followed by this next event.