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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Fall Edition 2001

The Truth Of Matthew 24:40-41

    First, we note that the ones "taken" in Matthew 24:40-41 are taken out in the judgment, not taken up in some secret pretribulation Rapture of the Church, as Darbyism erroneously teaches.

    For clear evidence of this fact, please see Luke 17:33-37, where Jesus plainly states that the common lot of men will lose their lives (verse 33) in the judgment (verse 37).

    What Jesus means by the two metaphors in Matthew 24:40-41 and Luke 17:34-35 is that the judgment will materialize so suddenly and unexpectedly that, when it does strike, there will be no time left to maneuver an escape, as I Thessalonians 5:3 also says: "sudden destruction cometh upon them as upon a woman in travail, and they shall not escape."

    Friends, there is no secret pretribulation rapture of the church taught in Matthew 24:40-41! Be not deceived! Rather, be prepared to accept the fact of sudden and unexpected judgment at the in-breaking of the biblical end-time.

    If that thought should offend you, then consider the fact of free moral agency—revival can be precipitated NOW to avert the end-time judgment, IF God's people are willing to pay the price! Why should God be obligated to remove a generation of believers who will not pay the price for revival from the world in a secret pre-trib rapture, merely to save their flesh from suffering?--the whole conception, aside from being unscriptural, is amoral nonsense.

    Antinomians love the moral and social irresponsibility that the theory brings—it makes them feel so cozy, they go off to sleep!

    May God help the holiness people wake up and take charge of the world they live in for Christ and true Bible holiness! Dispensationalism has led millions to surrender the world to the Devil by default. The first step toward true revival, we believe, is is the ideological work of getting out of that entangling web of false doctrine.

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