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We are in the book of Matthew, still, Matthew 24. Last week we covered the last half of the chapter, but I am going to go back and review because I feel like we need to do that. This talk is entitled, 'Who is Taken and Who is Left?,' based mostly on the latter part of the chapter. Peter heard Christ say: Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: Why would Peter say in Acts 2 that this is that? I've got a pretty good idea and my idea is that he knew what he was talking about. In Matthew 24, they had just asked: Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (Matthew 24:3b). At this time, they did not know what he was saying (He had not breathed on them). For Peter to stand up on the day of Pentecost and say this is what Joel was talking about, this is what Christ was talking about, he had to know what he was talking about. It was only after Christ opened their minds that they might understand the scriptures. Let's read it in Luke 24: Luke 24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And
said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: What he did there is what we are doing here! We are having our understanding opened to understand the scriptures. How was that accomplished in the apostles before the great and terrible day of the Lord? When was the tribulation? Peter says it was happening in his day. All of God's aspostles and disciples had been severely tried just before this event. They experienced the great tribulation. We will all have that experience. Now, getting into the title of our talk tonight: Matthew 24:36-39 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. I just sat here and told you all that these things are is, was and will be. How are we going to work this out? As long as you look on men and mountains and kings and dominions and all of those things as 'out there,' you won't work it out. When you do figure out that this book is within you, you won't have to figure it out. It is going to be clear as glass, just like that. The flood will come, not one stone will be left on another, and the evil will be taken away, out of your life. That's how you work it out. It is a parable about what is going on in your life and in my life. Mark 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. The flood represents the time when you go through 'the sun is turned into darkness, the moon turned into blood.' It comes and it kills everything because the blood coming up out of the River Nile was in the ponds and everywhere else. People died, animals died, it kills: turn them over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. Satan's job is to destroy us, God created the waster to destroy. Verse 39 is what we need to zero-in on: 'And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away.' Who was taken away? The evil people who would not listen to Noah's testimony when he was preaching to those spirits in the
prison of sin. Christ came to deliver the captives and call the prisoners out. That's what Noah was doing in his day and that's what Peter is talking about and Jude is talking about when they talk about preaching to spirits in prison in the days of Noah while the ark was preparing. There's nobody to be preached to in hell. Christ was dead, how could he preach to anybody. He said he hadn't ascended to heaven, so we know he wasn't in heaven. He wasn't with the thief in paradise, he wasn't with his Father in heaven, he was dead. That's how we get a savior, he died. If he didn't die, we would not have a savior. So it was the evil that was taken away. In the very next verse, we have the secret rapture, according to the Christian religion. Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. We've just been told was 'left' means and the church turns a blind eye to it, because that's the only eyes they've got, so don't hold it against them. They are doing us all a service by deceiving us so that we can come out of Babylon. Nonetheless, we need to know what we are coming out of and what we are coming out of is this total darkness that the world (church) is in. The world is the church. Matthew 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Why not two men? They say, well, that's because women were the only ones that did grinding back in those days. Yes, but, in scripture typology, women are the church. Matthew 24:42 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. That is true for all of us, we don't know at what hour our Lord comes. We have to live this so that like Peter, James, John and all the 12. They did not know that they were going to deny the Lord, but it came. He came to them and they weren't ready. He tore down their house, not one stone was left on another of this idea that 'I will go with you all the way and nothing will come between us.' It was all torn down. Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
We don't know when he comes, and our house is broken up, and not one stone is left upon another. Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. That has an application for what we have lived through and for now, for all of us. We lived through it because he came when we did not expect him. I can vouch for that. When I gave up on myself is when God gave me the ability to rule the flesh. I have a few verses in Jeremiah that I want to comment on in relation to 'in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.' Jeremiah 6:14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. He says that in Chapter 6:14, he says that in Jeremiah 8:11. Jeremiah 8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Anytime something is in the Bible, repeated word for word like that you can rest assured there is a good reason for it. It is a very important point. It is like Christ saying 'verily, verily.' Jeremiah 14:19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble! This is something that we experience. We must go through this before we know what the sun being turned into darkness and the moon into blood means. We've got to give that flesh up and it does not go without a fight. Matthew 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Why do you think we are being called? Why is there a first fruit? Why didn't God just save everybody at the same time? Because he wants to use this group of people that he is getting together in the end of each generation, in
the end of your life. He wants to use you to bring in the masses of humanity that he has determined, before the foundation of the world, would be used by his Christ, his first fruit. There is a first fruit and then there is a 'kind' of first fruit. We are what James calls a 'kind' of first fruits. We are in Christ. Why does he have a first fruit? To bring in the later fruits. Just like we were brought in Christ, we will bring in all others (Hebrews 11:36). You are Christ to this world. Matthew 24:46-47 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. If you want to be a ruler over all of his goods, if you want to do these things day by day, live the life of Christ, you have got to be willing to put Ezekial 2 into practice. Ezekial 2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. What did Christ say to his apostles? When he said go not in the way of the Gentiles, he meant don't go out trying to evangelize people who I am not dragging to me. That's what he meant, don't cast your pearls before swine. He meant those words. Ezekial 2:4-5 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. Are you afraid of being called a prophet? If you are, then you are not. Continuing in Matthew 24, Matthew 24:48-49 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; What does it mean? Do you know anybody going around hitting their fellow Christian and eating and drinking with the drunken? Eating and drinking with the drunken is agreeing with what is said by the false ministers who are drinking from that cup of fornication full of false doctrines in the hand of the
harlot. She has made the whole world to drink out of that cup. You and I have drunk out of it. We have fallen for the false doctrines, we have thought that the man of sin was "God" and that he would get his way in all things and that he would be the one that decided whether we would be saved or not. We have all fallen for that. The quicker you come out of Babylon the greater the rewards. Those guys that came in the last hour they got the big rewards, but it was because they were faithful to the end. It doesn't matter when you come out, can you endure to the end? 'But if that evil servant says in his heart, my lord delays his coming,' he doesn't believe in this 'is' thing that I am talking about all the time. The Lord came when he went up into the heavens. That was his coming, that's when he came to them. He's in our heavens. He's seated at the throne of God in heaven and God dwells on his throne and in his heaven and heaven is in his people. These are scriptures I am giving you. Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. Is the church today going around killing Christians? Yes! Christ said, you will compass heaven and sea to make one proselyte but you won't let him get into the kingdom. That's what he told the Pharisees and Scribes of his day. When you hinder someone from getting into the kingdom, you are killing that person. So, yes, the church is keeping God's people from getting into the kingdom because that's what they do. That's their calling. They are here to keep the masses deceived, thinking they have meat when they are on milk. The milk is what keeps you from maturing. You stay on milk, you are no better than a servant. The servant will not be made heir with the child of the free woman. Matthew 24:50-51 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. This 'gnashing of teeth' is a very interesting thing. You can see that there is a lot of pain in it. It is always in outer darkness. If you go back to the book of Revelation, you will see that darkness was on the kingdom of the beast. When that darkness was put on there, they gnawed their tongues for pain. It just so happens that this word 'darkness' in Matthew 6:23 is Strong's 1652. It is pronounced 'eleeinois,' from Strong's 1656 which is miserable, pitiable. They gnawed their tongues for pain because they were in misery, they were in darkness. There is nothing you can do about it when you are in darkness.
Revelation 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, They were pitiable, they were miserable. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. Matthew 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! God has nothing against babies and pregnant women. He has a lot against people who refuse to go beyond the milk. It should read 'woe to the sucklings in those days.' That's the end of Chapter 24.
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