𝑴𝒂𝒕𝒉. 24: 37 – But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 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,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and 𝒕𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒚;so shall also the coming of the Son of man 40 Then shall two be in the field; 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒏, and the other left.
Is this truly the Rapture?
Who was 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒏 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒚?
What does it mean to be taken away?
Do we really believe in what the Lord said?
Are we reading our meaning into what he said?
Is something wrong with our understanding of this page?
Look at it again;
𝑳𝒖𝒌𝒆.17: 27 (𝑲𝑱𝑽) – They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒂𝒍𝒍.
𝑳𝒖𝒌𝒆 17:27 (𝑻𝑬𝑽) – Everybody kept on eating and drinking, and men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat and the 𝒇𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒄𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒂𝒍𝒍.
𝑴𝒂𝒕𝒕 24:38 (𝑨𝒎𝒑𝒍) – For just as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, [men] marrying and [women] being given in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah went into the ark, 39 And they did not know or understand until the flood came and 𝒔𝒘𝒆𝒑𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒚 —so will be the coming of the Son of Man. [Gen 6:5-8; 7:6-24.]
40 At that time two men will be in the field; one 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒏 and one will be left.
𝑴𝒂𝒕𝒕 24:39 (𝑬𝑺𝑽) and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
𝑴𝒂𝒕𝒉.24:39 (𝑮𝑵𝑻) yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes.
𝑳𝒖𝒌𝒆 17:27 (𝑮𝑵𝑻) Everybody kept on eating and drinking, and men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat and the flood came and killed them all.
With this simple comparison, its evident that Jesus wasn’t talking about 𝐑𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 a people, but rather that those who never heed the warnings of Noah were killed by the flood and that is what is meant be taken away. 𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 (𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝) 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐨𝐮𝐬.
Apostle Peter alluding to the same scenario, said;
2 Pet.3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men”.
This was before AD 70. As 2nd Peter was written between AD 62-64. So here Peter was saying like what Mathew and Luke said, that 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒖𝒏𝒈𝒐𝒅𝒍𝒚 𝒎𝒆𝒏, 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒉 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 , 𝒋𝒖𝒅𝒈𝒆𝒅 𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝑺𝒐𝒍𝒅𝒊𝒆𝒓𝒔 who came to Jerusalem under General Titus.
Evidently we got something wrong, using Mathew 24 , with 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐧, 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 of the saints. That certainly wasn’t the mind of Christ in using the compassion of Noah to his coming.
𝐍𝐨𝐚𝐡 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 (𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐧) 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐭 𝐛𝐞.
– Dr. David O. Ogaga