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In Matthew 24:41, we read "Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left." Is this referring to the rapture?

A scripture has only one meaning, but several applications.

If you took this verse out of context and used it for the rapture it would fit, but it does not mean that. The coming of the Lord in Matthew 24 is to Israel to set up a kingdom. The rapture is not in view at all. You will note that He says, His coming would be like that of the days of Noah. Matthew 24:37. In Matthew 24:39 it says, "...the flood came, and TOOK them all away"

Noah was left on the earth to start anew. The others were taken away in judgment. So it will be in that day where one will be taken away in judgment and the other will remain on earth in that kingdom. (Matthew 13:40) tells us the same thing. The tares were to remain in the world until He comes. Then, they were first to be gathered and burned, while the wheat remains on earth.

The first stage of the second coming of Christ will see the church taken out, (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), then there will be a time of great trouble on earth. Sin and wickedness will be rampant. Matthew 24:12. Then the Lord will continue His journey to earth and the wicked will be taken away. The saved will be left to enter that glorious kingdom.

"Are you ready for His coming?" Only if you have repented of your sins and trusted Christ as you Saviour will you go to be with Him. The message of the Bible is; "...repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." Acts 20:21. Jesus said, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:3. He commands "...but now all men, everywhere to repent:. " Acts 17:30.

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