Michael Colunga (17 Feb 2011)
"RE: Lewis Brackett--"Matthew 24 one taken one left""

 
Hello, John and Doves,
 
Brother Lewis, may I respectfully say that the passage you refer to--Matt 24:40-41--
is a record of the words of Jesus to His disciples in response to the question,
"When will these things be, and what will be the sign of Thy coming?"
 
As such, they are not the words of Matthew to anyone--let alone the Jew, whether
believing or not, or dead or alive, etc., etc..
 
Now, if any rapture happens at the time of Jesus' Second Coming, then it is a sign, alright.
However, it does no one any good.
 
Let's see how this works.  If you put a sign on a road that says, "BRIDGE OUT AHEAD."
How far back from the ruined bridge is it advisable to put the sign?  Well, it depends how
fast you expect the traffic to be.
 
If it is foot traffic, maybe 20 feet will do.  If it is car traffic at, say, 45 mph,
you probably want to put the sign back about 300 feet for a safe stop.
 
The world is hurtling headlong into the end of the 70th week of Daniel.
Will 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
is at hand!"?  Well, tell you what, as in the movie, "Back to the Future,"  God has written
a 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 bum!"
 
No, I'm sure to a moral certainty that Matthew 24:40-41 refers to the one and only Rapture,
that 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 14:33
 
In HaShem,
Mike C.
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Lewis Brackett (16 Feb 2011)
"Matthew 24 one taken one left"

There is more than one rapture, one taking away.
 
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 coming.
You see, only the righteous are allowed to enter the millennial kingdom.
 
Its all about context. Matthew is talking to the Jew in the tribulation period here. The verses preceding Matthew 24:40-41
talk about the 2nd coming followed by this next event.
 
Lewis  Brackett