Sunday, July 8, 2012

Chapter One
Question One - "One Taken - The Other Left" Behind
"One Shall Taken, and the Other Left," is the Benchmark Bible verse around which Pre-Trib is promoted. Almost every "Rapture" sermon includes the quote, "One Shall Be Taken, the Other Left." Rapture Book Authors added the word, "BEHIND" to the phrase, thus we hear, "One Taken - One Left Behind." Pre-Trib says Jesus will, "Rapture" His People (Church) before the Great Tribulation, but there is a problem here!

Big Problem
A simple reading of Matthew 24 immediately reveals that Jesus placed the event in which, "One shall be taken and the other left" after the Great tribulation. There's no possible way to place that event before the Tribulation. The results of our research so far is that from 1830 on, none of the Pre-Trib promoters have actually tried to claim that "one taken and on left" is a Pre-Trib Rapture Scripture. It is clear that Pre-Trib Ministers have wrestled with this fact. Again, as far back as we can research, Pre-Trib has always reversed the "taken and left" persons, claiming the "taken" are the bad people, and the "left" people are the good people.

Not a Rapture Text
Pre-Trib Ministers familiar with official Pre-Trib study Bibles and other official Pre-Trib books know absolutely, that the Bible verse, "One shall be taken and the other left, is not considered a, "Rapture" Scripture by Pre-Trib. Some un-trained Pre-Trib Ministers are not aware of this, and openly quote this as a proof text in their sermons. But Pre-Trib says, "One Taken - One Left," is a Second Coming Bible Verse, and will occur at the Second Coming. All Pre-Trib promoters teach that the Second Coming will occur 7 years after the event they call the Rapture.

"You Are WRONG! I KNOW You're WRONG!"
   Many average Pre-Trib Church members who have not studied Pre-Trib carefully become angry when hearing the above. Such persons need only to study the Footnotes of a Pre-Trib Bible or any books written by credible Pre-Trib Promoters. The following quote is from Dwight Pentecost. He is considered one of the highest Pre-Trib Authors. He was head of the Religion Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. He writes concerning the, "One Taken - One Left" Scripture passage:
  • This passage is in the Discourse in which the Lord outlines His program for Israel, who is already in the Tribulation period. The one taken is taken to judgment, and the one left is left for the Millennial Blessing" (Things to Come by Dwight Pentecost, pg.162).
Is this opposite from what is heard from most Pre-Trib Sermons? Dr. Pentecost and ALL Pre-Trib Professors say the "Taken" represents the lost folks and the, "Left" represents the saved folks.

Many Problems
Let's look at a few problems and inconsistencies that occur when we try to reverse the Taken and the Left.

If Pre-Trib is Correct - NOBODY  can be, "Left Behind"
According to Pre-Trib, when Jesus prophesied that He will, "Send His Angels(Matt.24:31)  at His Second Coming, He was prophesying that these Angels will gather up the wicked and take them to a Judgment Scene where Jesus will be setting up a Millennial Kingdom here on earth. Pre-Trib says this occurs in Old Jerusalem. But, according to Pre-Trib, there will be millions of good people all over the world who will have converted to Christians during the Tribulation. If the Angels, "take" the bad, unsaved, people to the place Jesus is setting up His Kingdom, what about those, saved converts? According to Pre-Trib, every living person on Earth, good and bad, will be gathered together at that time for a judgment in which He will separate the Sheep and Goats. Strange! If Pre-Trib is correct; if the Angels that Jesus,"sends to gather His Elect," will actually, "leave" the Elect and instead,"take" the unsaved; the bad people to a judgment in Old Jerusalem, why did Jesus state this as He did? If there is going to be some kind of judgment in Jerusalem at Christ's Second Coming,  those Angels must, "take" every person to Old Jerusalem, and there can be NONE Left Behind!  Did Jesus miss-speak? Of course we know He didn't!

Reality Check
Let's do a quick Reality Check. If Jesus told His Disciples He was going to, "send His Angels with a great sound of a trumpet, to gather together His Elect" (see Matt 24:30-31), then, on the very next night tell these same Disciples He will be going to, "His Father's House," to prepare a place for them, after which He will, "Come again and receive them unto Himself" (see J.14:1-2), shouldn't we accept what He said and leave it there? Could it be that Jesus will, "Take" His people, and, "Leave Behind" the un-saved who rejected Him? If we accept that this is what really will occur, all of Christ's Prophecies fit perfectly with no Un-Answerable Questions to Ponder. However, when we reverse a Scripture, a chain reaction begins, and then we will be forced to reverse more Scripture. Can any good thing come from this?

"Taken" = Terrified - "Left Behind" = Happy
Paintings about the Second Coming show the people, "taken" up into the clouds ecstatic with joy. We suggest these paintings are correct, and those, "Elect" will be joyous beyond anything they've ever experienced. However, if Pre-Trib is correct, these people should be Terrified because they're being gathered to be Judged and then cast into Hell!! Contrary to Pre-Trib's version, Jesus said, "And then [after the Tribulation] shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall all of the tribes of the earth morn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory! And He shall send His Angels with a great sound of a great trumpet, and they shall GATHER together His ELECT from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (Matt 24:30-31)! Continuing His description of what will happen when He comes, Jesus said, "Then (when He sends His Angels to gather His Elect) shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left" (Vss.40-41). The next night, at His Last Supper, Jesus told His Disciples what would happen when these Angels gathered His Elect. "In My Father's House are many mansions...I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also" (Jn.14:2-3). Can we read this and conclude that the, "Taken" are bad people being taken somewhere?  Could it be that Pre-Trib's favorite Bible Verse, "One Shall be Taken, the Other Left," is actually a Scripture denying a Pre-Tribulation Rapture?

A Skunk in the Jury Box
The Reader might ask, "If Pre-Trib Ministers don't believe the 'Taken' are taken to Heaven, why do they quote it as a Rapture Bible Verse?" Lawyers call this tactic,"A Skunk in a Jury Box." They make a false statement, knowing the opposing Lawyer will "Object," and the Judge will instruct the Jury not to consider the false statement, but the Lawyer knows the statement is stuck in the Jury's mind and will affect their decision.

This difficult question has caused many Pre-Trib Ministers to look closer at Pre-Trib. All Bible Book Stores sell dozens of books written by former Pre-Trib Ministers who have carefully studied and concluded that the Bible doesn't teach a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.

 Solving the Problems
We can resolve this by examining all Bible verses about end-times. "One Taken, and One Left" is a quote from Jesus while describing His Second Coming. Just before telling His Disciples about, "One Taken, and one Left," Jesus said, "Immediately AFTER the Tribulation of those days."  In Matthew 24 and 25, Jesus gave a brief sketch of His Second Coming. About 65 years later, John was an old man exiled on the Isle of Patmos and Jesus appeared to him and gave him more details that made the Matthew account better understood. John's account in Revelation reveals that when Jesus spoke to the Disciples in the Matthew account, the "Olivette Discourse," He was explaining events that actually extended all the way through what we now call the "Millennium." John refers to this as "The thousand years."

"Gathering All Nations" is Not a Second Coming Event
When we take into consideration the Revelation account Jesus gave John on Patmos, and combine this with what Jesus told His Disciples, we'll clearly see that when Jesus, "Gathers the Nations and Separates them as Sheep and Goats"  (Mt.25:31-32), this event CANNOT be at the Second Coming of Jesus. To make all of Christ's descriptions fit without changing His words, the "Gathering of the Nations" must occur at the end of the Millennium. This "Gathering of Nations" is actually the "Great White Throne Judgment" when all of the wicked from Creation till the Second Coming are resurrected and face Judgment. A careful examination of John's Revelation makes this absolutely clear. We can see this by looking at another Prophecy from Jesus that illustrates exactly how we must take ALL Scripture into account:

Resurrection of the Good and the Evil
When Jesus described the Resurrection, it sounded like a single event. He said, "Marvel not at this; for the HOUR is coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice! And they shall come forth! They that have done good unto the resurrection of life! And they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation"  (Jn.5:28-29)! Sounds like only one Resurrection, doesn't it? But, many years later, when John was an old man on the Isle of Patmos, Jesus met with him and explained that there'd actually be two resurrections; one at the beginning of the thousand years for the Righteous, and one at the end for the lost wicked. When John saw this, he wrote that the Resurrected Righteous will, "Live and reign with Him (Jesus) for a thousand years! But the rest of the dead (the wicked) lived not again until the thousand years were finished! This (the Resurrection of the Righteous) is the First Resurrection "  (Rev.20:5)! Now if we go back and read the words of Jesus again, we can see that He did not make an absolute statement ruling out the possibility of 2 resurrections separated be a thousand years.  To claim there'll be only one resurrection is to ignore what Jesus told John on the Isle of Patmos. So it is with Christ's Sheep and Goat Prophecy/Parable in Matthew 25.

Just as Christ's statement, "The hour is coming when all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and come forth," is describing two events separated by a thousand years, the same is true concerning Christ's description of His Second Coming. "One Taken and One Left" happens at the beginning of the thousand years, at His Second Coming when He sends His Angels to, "Gather His Elect." However, in order to have no contradictions in the words of Jesus, the "Gathering of the Nations" can only happen at the end of the thousand years. The only way Jesus could "Gather all Nations" at His Second Coming, would be for Him to "Send His Angels to Gather EVERYONE." He could not instruct these Angels to, "Take one and leave one,"  if He is going to have EVERY Person on earth gathered before Him in Old Jerusalem!

Great White Throne Judgment
However, at the Great White Throne Judgment, ALL nations from ALL time will be gathered before Him. Every Human that has EVER lived on Earth will be there, and they will be separated! The Righteous, all of them from all time, will be inside New Jerusalem, and the lost wicked, all of them from all time, will be surrounding New Jerusalem. "When the Son of Man shall come in His GLORY, and all the holy Angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the THRONE (Great White Throne Judgment) of His Glory. And before Him shall be gathered ALL the Nations (not just the nations of a particular time; ALL nations from ALL time)." If we accept this as a Great White Throne Judgment Scene, all of the Questions that seem Un-Answerable about, "Taken and Left" and "Gathering all Nations," are answered. 

"The Day of the Lord"
 Pre-Trib Ministers teach that the, "Day of the Lord," in its entirety is the thousand years John wrote about in Revelation. Scripture clearly teaches that this is correct. This being so, many events must be viewed within this time frame, some in the beginning and some in the end. Christ's descriptions of the Second Coming must be viewed with this in mind. At the beginning of the Day of the Lord, when Jesus Comes at His Second Coming, He will, "Send His Angels to Gather His Elect." At the end of the Day of the Lord, at the Great White Throne Judgment, all Nations, EVERY Person who EVER lived, will appear before Jesus. Some will, "Inherit the Kingdom Prepared for them from the Foundation of the World" (Matt.25:34), which will be the brand new, "NEW EARTH" (Rev.21:1; 2Pet.3:13; Isa.66:22), which will be Paradise, but sadly some will hear Jesus say, "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels" (Matt.25:41)! These words, "Fire Prepared for the Devil and his angels," are critical in where to place this "Separation of Sheep and Goats."

"Depart from Me, ye Cursed"
John prophesied that immediately after the Great White Throne Judgment Scene, the "Devil" and "whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire" (see Rev.20:10-15). Thus when Jesus says to the lost wicked, "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels" (Matt.25:41), He's referring to what happens after the Great White Throne Judgment. 

 "Everlasting Fire Prepared for the Devil and His Angels?"
Peter tells us when and where this Fire occurs: "But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men" (2Pet.3:7). Peter even describes how in happens. "But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also, and the works that are in it, shall be burned up" (vs.10). If the Reader is a Pre-Trib believer that has not carefully studied this Passage from Peter, you may say, "There it is!! It says the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night!! That's Christ's Second Coming!! That's the fire Jesus throws the wicked into when He gathers the nations and separates them like Sheep and Goats!" Notice we said this would be the response of a Pre-Trib Believer that had not studied this carefully. Following is the Footnote from the Scofield Bible which is Pre-Trib's number one source of authority:  
  • "The expression 'in the which' refers to the close of the Day of the Lord at the end of the Millennium, when the destruction of the heavens and the earth ends the Day of the Lord" (Scofield footnote under 2Pet.3:10)
The Scofield Footnote is correct, so, what must we conclude about the "Taken and the Left?" And, where must we conclude the "Taken" are taken? When Jesus comes, He "sends His angels to Gather His Elect." These angels gather, "take," the Elect to, "meet Jesus in the air," and He takes them to "His Father's House" where He has "prepared a pace for them." The "Left" are the wicked who are destroyed by the "Brightness of Christ's Coming" (2Thess.2:8), and, "The slain of the Lord shall be at that Day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth. They shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor burried. They shall be dung upon the ground" (Jer.25:33).

"One Taken - One Left"
Pastor, before closing we need to do as the preachers and teachers tell us to do in order to know what the Bible really says about who is "Taken," and who is "Left." The preachers telling us that the "Taken" are the bad, and the "Left, are the good, say we need to look up the words, "Taken and Left" and we'll see the truth. Let's do it, but Pastor, when we're done, there will be no doubt that the "taken" are the good, and the "left" are the bad! Absolutely no doubt whatsoever!!

The Flood There is a phrase that Jesus used concerning the flood that says, "And (the lost) knew not until the flood came and took them all away" (Matt.24:39). Post-Trib and Pre-Trib promoters that want to promote the reversed version of the taken and left, use the word, "took," to prove that when Jesus said, "one shall be taken, the other left," He was saying the bad are, "taken." Ministers promoting this view assume that since "taken" and "took" are from the same word in English, the words must be the same in Greek. Actually the word "took" in Christ's illustration about the Flood and the word "taken" He used for the people He sends His Angels to "gather" are completely opposite words. The word "taken" is a positive word, and the word "took" is a negative word. Also, in the case of the Flood, who was really taken, and who was really left? Noah's Ark took the righteous to safety, and left the wicked out of the ark where they drowned. So, let's look at the words Jesus used for, "took," concerning the flood, and, "taken," concerning His Second Coming. "Taken," at Christ's coming is, "paralambano," in the original Greek, and means, "to receive," and is used elsewhere to indicate marriage. When Jesus said the flood, "took them all away" (Matt.24:39), the word is, "airo," and is in no way connecter to, "paralambano." The words are pretty much opposites.

Sodom and Gomorrah
We need no spend much time here. Angels literally, "took" the good people, taking them away from the city, and the angels absolutely, "left" the bad people. Just as when Jesus comes, the bad were destroyed exactly where they stood.

Greek - "Taken" - Paralambano
 Let's go to Strong's Concordance:
Strong's Concordance - Paralambano - "Taken" #3880 "To receive near, to associate with one's self (in any familiar or intimate relationship); by analysis; to assume an office; learn, receive, take (unto - with)"

Let's look at some other places, "paralambano," is used:
Second Coming - "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive (paralambano) you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also" (Jn.14:3).  "One shall be taken (paralambano) the other left" (Matt.24:40-41; Lk.17:34-36). We could probably stop here, but let's look at one more:
Joseph and Mary - The Angel said to Joseph, "Fear not to take (paralambano) unto thee Mary, thy wife" (Matt.1:20). "Then Joseph....did as the Angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took (paralambano) unto him his wife" (vs.24).
Greek - "Left" - Aphiemi
Strong's Concordance - Aphiemi - "Left" #863 "Forsake, lay aside, leave, (let alone)(let be) let have, omit, put (send) away, remit, suffer, yield up."Second Coming - "One shall be taken, the other LEFT (aphiemi)" (Matt.24:40-41; Lk.17:34-36).
Jesus - Jerusalem Jews - "Your house is LEFT (aphiemi) unto you desolate" (Matt.23:38).
Peter to Jesus - "Lo, we have LEFT (aphiemi) all, and followed Thee" (Mk.10:28).
Peter to Jesus - "Behold we have FORSAKEN (aphiemi) all, and followed thee" (Matt.19:27).
Disciples - "And when they had brought their ships to land, they FORSOOK (aphiemi) all, and followed Him" (Lk.5:11).


Conclusion
Let's read the Taken and Left Scriptures to close, and this time insert the words as they are shown us in Strong's: "And He shall send His Angels with a great sound of a great trumpet, and they shall GATHER together His ELECT from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (Matt 24:30-31)! Continuing, Jesus then gave a quick parable of a fig tree, then compared His coming to the Flood when the good people were taken into the Ark, and the bad people were left outside the Ark. Jesus then continued telling what happens when He sends His Angels to gather His Elect. "Then (when He sends His Angels to gather His Elect) shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken (paralambano) (received), and the other left (aphiemi)(forsaken). Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken (received), and the other left (forsaken)" (Vss.40-41).

So, we did as we were asked and looked up the words, and there is only one way to read the Scripture. Pastor, please take a little time to study this carefully and prayerfully from your Bible for yourself. The Powers of Darkness are poised to create mass deception throughout our entire Planet. It is ONLY through the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we'll be able stand when those, "4 Angels holding the 4 winds of strife" let go (See Rev.7:1)! Jesus said, "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all Truth...and He will show you things to come" (Jn.16:13). That's His promise, and He will do it!!

Thank You SO much, Dear Reader, for your time and interest. Please leave your comments and thoughts. Let's continue Praying for God's Spirit to help us prepare for Christ's Coming!! 
Your Brother in Christ
Walter C. Martin Jr.

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