Left Behind and the Days of Noah

Today’s post is about one of those passages of Scripture that I just don’t understand. Maybe I’m just over thinking it, or maybe we’ve been misunderstanding it. Either way, it’s one of those passages that bothers me, and the best way to deal with those passages is to share them and let it bother you too.

Matthew 24:36-42 is the passage. It reads:

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 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. 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. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

The passage is clearly talking about the second coming of Christ. That’s not the part that bothers me. It’s the part about the days of Noah. Not the eating and drinking and giving in marriage part. It’s the part where we read the rapture into it. You see in the days of Noah, when the flood came, it was Noah and his family who were left and everyone else was taken away. And Scripture says that is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two people will be in the field and one will be taken and one left. And I’ve been taught that we want to be ready, that we don’t want to be left behind. After reading the story of Noah, I think I want to be the one left. I want to be the one here, the one ready for the New Heaven and New Earth.

Like I said, this passage is one that has bothered me for years. And I decided that the best thing to do was share it with you. You’re welcome.

Does this passage bother anyone else? How do you read it?



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3 responses to “Left Behind and the Days of Noah

  1. Jeff, I don’t know how to take either. I agree that I long for the new heaven and new earth. Do you think we can go jeeping on the new earth? I’m going believe… yes!

  2. Bradley

    Don’t think about it in terms of who is going which direction. In Noah’s day the unrighteous were punished by the wrath of God. Noah and his family were preserved. With the 2nd coming of the Son of Man the unrighteous will also be punished by the wrath of God and the righteous will be preserved. With the flood God had cleansed the earth by water and it was remade. On the day of the Lord God will melt away every impurity destroying the earth and atmospheric heavens by fire and the earth and atmospheric heavens will be remade. It is an echo of similar events from the past, except on a grander scale. You do not want to be here when God’s full wrath is executed on this world. You want to be caught up into the air with the Lord as Noah was caught up into the arc. As I undstand it we will descend upon the new earth with the Lord see 2 Peter3:4-14, Colosians 3:3,4, Revelation 21. Just know that if you repent of sin, believe and accept the Son of God Jesus/Yeshua your salvation is secured and your name inscribed in the Book of The Lamb. You will be exactly where you are supposed to be.

    I hope that helped! God bless you dearest brother/sister.

  3. anja

    Thanks for your blogpost. i have to do some mayor thinking on this. This chapter has always bothered me too. But you made it clear what the difficulty was, thanks