Millenial (Thousand-Year) Reign of Christ

One Will Be Taken, And The Other Left

Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. ~ Matthew 24:40-41

I have always been taught that this is the rapture. However, read these verses again in the context of the verses that come right before them:

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and 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. ~ Matthew 24:37-39

Getting It All Wrong

Which people “knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and swept them all away”? It was the ungodly. After the flood, the ungodly were gone, and the Godly remained. However, the rapture supposedly takes all the Godly, and the ungodly remain. The rapture does the exact opposite of what the flood did, so why in the world are verses 40-41 taught as the rapture? It makes no sense. In verses 37-39 (above), no less an authority than Jesus himself gives us the lens (the flood judgment) through which we should read verses 40-41.

Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. ~ Matthew 24:40-41

Again, I have always been taught that “taken” here means “raptured.” But in light of the Flood context in which Jesus himself puts these verses, rapture makes no sense. These people are not taken in a rapture. They are taken in a judgment. The people taken are not the godly, but the ungodly. The people left are not the ungodly, but the Godly, just as with the Flood– JUST. AS. WITH. THE. FLOOD!

In fact, an entire Bible chapter is devoted to the identity of those taken, and those left. The chapter is Matthew 25, in which Matthew illustrates the judgment that will separate those taken (the ungodly) from those left (the Godly). Matthew illustrates this judgment three ways:

  1. The parable of the ten virgins
  2. The parable of the servants
  3. The Sheep and Goats judgment

The ungodly (who are taken out of the world) are the five foolish virgins; the wicked lazy servant; and the goats. The Godly (who are left in the world) are the five wise virgins; the good and faithful servants; and the sheep. Just as the man left in the field, and the woman left at the mill, are left on earth in human form, so it is with the Godly in the three illustrations of Matthew 25. None of the illustrations in Matthew 25 end with the Godly being given glorified bodies and raptured. They all end with an invitation for the Godly to join Jesus in the Kingdom he brought with him.

Living Christians are not raptured when Christ returns. They enter his Kingdom in human form. This is why Jesus taught us to pray “thy Kingdom come,” not “please rapture me.” The Godly will enter Christ’s Millenial Kingdom in human form, and be the King’s subjects. This is why the man is left in the field, and the woman is left at the mill.

The Dead In Christ

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16

I have always been taught that the “dead in Christ” includes all dead Christians. But does the Bible say this? Absolutely not.

Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus [Christian martyrs] and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they [Christian martyrs] lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. [Read that again. Only Christian martyrs rise from the dead at the 2nd Coming of Christ. Everyone else rises after the thousand-year reign of Christ.] ~ Revelation 20:4-5

“Dead in Christ” means dead for the cause of Christ. That is, martyrs. These resurrected Christian martyrs are instantaneously given glorified bodies, and instantaneously join Christ on the Day of the Lord, his 2nd Coming. They are his avenging army. 

Payback Time

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming… a large and mighty army comes [this is Christ and his army of raptured martyrs with glorified bodies]… At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves [“…for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:2]… The LORD thunders at the head of his army… ~ Joel 2:1-11

This unstoppable force of Christ and his avenging army, all in glorified bodies, will fight alongside the nations that God brings against the Antichrist. These nations come from parts of the earth not under the Antichrist’s control. In other words, these are non-Middle-Eastern countries (primarily the USA, but joined by others) with the capability to project military might to the Middle East to fight the Antichrist’s forces.

I am going to bring foreigners against you [“you” is the Antichrist], the most ruthless of nations [Which nation beat the hell out of Japan, Germany, and Italy at the same time and then dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan for an encore?]; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor. They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the seas [“in the heart” of the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, and the Sea of Galilee. This is Jerusalem, which the Antichrist will have claimed as the new headquarters for the Caliphate.]. ~ Ezekiel 28:7-8

This is reiterated by the prophet Daniel.

He [the Antichrist] will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain [Jerusalem]. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him. ~ Daniel 11:45.

When Christ starts his descent to earth in the 2nd Coming, he will rapture his martyrs. He will instantaneously outfit them with glorified bodies and instantaneously return with them to take vengeance. These warriors in glorified bodies will be joined by warriors in unglorified (human) bodies from several strong non-Middle-Eastern nations, including the USA.

Christ’s forces will crush the Antichrist’s forces. Then, Christ and his glorified martyrs will rule the world in the Millenial Kingdom.

They [Christian Martyrs] came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. ~ Revelation 20:4

In that reign, we will see what good government looks like. And if you don’t believe that glorified bodies can co-exist and interact with unglorified bodies, I refer you to the account of Jesus appearing (in his glorified body) to his disciples, and conversing with them, and having Thomas touch the wound in Jesus’ side.

Being Wanted Is Better Than Being Needed

Does Christ need help from humans? Of course not. He didn’t need David to throw the stone. He didn’t need Moses to raise his staff over the Red Sea. He didn’t need Esther to affect the King’s decision. He doesn’t need us to help. He wants us to help. When we do, he is able to bless us as he blessed America after World War II with the longest and largest period of prosperity that any nation has ever seen. Just imagine how blessed we will be after we help him in World War III.

The Bible is always proven true.

For a detailed treatment of the rapture regarding who stays, who goes, and when, read The “Dead in Christ,” And “After That” on

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