The Lord continues to amaze me with things I've read over and over again, but never "got it." There's an ongoing debate by those who deny the "escape from all" aka pre-trib rapture. Many say that when we see "one taken, the other left" both in Luke 17, and Matt 24, its not talking about the rapture. They argue that the wicked are taken and the righteous are left here on earth. These people have huge problems with that argument and the Lord dropped into my lap just now, the uppercut that provides the TKO to their argument.
Notice something with me here from Luke 17, what you are reading about here IS the escape from all:
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 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. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
Pay close attention here, this is absolute, 100% PROOF that this is the escape/rapture, and that its NOT the wicked who are "paralambano'd" taken here, its the righteous.
It the text we read above we see the Lord describing to us "one taken, one left." We are told specifically to "remember Lot's wife." HUGEEEEEEEE We are told if we are on the rooftop,don't go down to get our stuff, we are told if we are in the field not to turn back. Stay with me on this: We know for a 100% FACT that in the story of Lot, the righteous Lot and his family were the ones who were "taken" out of the city, the wicked remained. That's a fact. Here in Luke 17 we are told to remember Lot's wife, why? Because Lot's wife looked back when she was being taken out of the city. If the wicked were the ones being "taken" then why are WE told to remember Lot's wife? Lot's wife left and on the way out looked back. WE will be the ones TAKEN this time and we are warned not to look back. Why would the righteous be warned not to look back if they are'nt going anywhere?
This is irrefutable proof that the righteous are the ones taken here. Why would we be told not to look back, not to go back to the house or return from the field if we (the righteous) are'nt going anywhere? Consider the theory that we stay here while the wicked are taken to hereby be officially DEBUNKED. Remember Lot's wife, a warning to the righteous who ARE the ones taken, any argument to the contrary can hereby be considered insane.
Of course it does'nt stop there. In the same text we are given a second piece of the puzzle that confirms the same point. Those who claim we will be left here while the wicked are "taken" have no explanation for this:
Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
How do the "righteous are left behind" crowd make any sense of that at all to support their argument? That statement is NONSENSE to those who say the wicked are taken and we are left on earth. We who have completely debunked their argument have a stilletto to add to a rapier through the heart of their argument with the text above. We are told that where the body is, there will "those in flight/aeros" be. That "body" is a reference to a corpse, something that has been slain. The "we are left behind" argument has no explanation for that whatsoever. We have a great explanation for that dead body. In Rev 5 we have a SLAIN body and REDEEEMED MEN.
Rev 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
The apostles asked Jesus where the peope "taken" were going to go. Jesus answered that where this "slain body" is, that's where "those in flight/eagles/aetos " will be taken. We are told "those in flight/aeros" go where the body is...Those in flight? Yea, you know, like things IN THE AIR...1 Thessalonians 4:17 ... then we who are living, who are remaining over, together with them shall be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in air, and so always with the Lord we shall ... and that my friends puts us in heaven in Rev 5, just after we see a door in heaven open (Rev 4:1) and JUST BEFORE THE TRIBULATION STARTS in Rev 6.
The evidence is piling up, the arguments against the escape from all promised in Luke 21:36 are falling into the scrap heap faster than I can keep track of them. Remember Lot's wife is a warning to those who are leaving. YOU were given that warning, not the wicked.
Case closed, court is dismissed. grace and peace