I have read an argument some mid and post tribulationists hold for:
36"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
Their argument is that the people who are taken are the wicked, not the church.
Spending time with the Lord this morning in His word, the refutation to that argument lept off the pages at me.
Immediately following Matt 24, Matt 25 is the parable of the ten virgins which clearly states that those who were not ready at the time the bridegroom shows up are the ones who are left. The virgins who were ready went into the wedding banquet with the Lord.
It's amazing that I never saw this before, even after reading through it so many times. Truly, we can only understand the Word of God with the illumination of the Holy Ghost.
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