Therefore (for example) when we read say Luke 17:34-37, where the word “left” is used twice, most theorists claim that the word “left” is describing those sinners “left” behind during the so-called “Rapture to Heaven” polemic that has been used for the last 50 years or so by Premillennial Dispensationlists. If we are to trust the exact meaning of how a word was translated rather than how the word was interpreted by theorists we are more inclined to accept their theory that it is sinners who are left behind. However, if we trust how the word was in fact translated, there can be no doubt whatsoever that the word “left” in this specific word is describing a group of people who are to be “forgiven,” who need to be “left” alone, who are “allowed” to be free, “permit, release, paid for, accord, etc.
First of all, the reader needs to examine the original manuscript (see above or at least query a concordance to see what word is used in verses 34, 35 and 36) by a variety of authors. Tim LaHaye being the most well known chose to use the word “left” to describe the people who will not be caught up to Heaven in order to confirm they will be left behind to suffer God’s wrath. Instead of digging deeper into the word “left” to see that it more accurately describes the word to “forgive,” he and other theorists use these three verses (34, 35 and 36) to convey their claims that Christians will be taken to Heaven while unbelievers will be left behind. Another interesting aspect of the three usages of the word “left” in this group of scripture is that the word “behind” (after the word “left”, as LaHaye uses in his Left Behind books) cannot be found in the original manuscript. More convincingly is the fact that by virtue of what we read for an answer as to where these entities will be taken is obvious by what we read in verse 37:
“37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, ‘Where so ever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.’ ” Verse 37 most certainly does not sound like any location the Christian would like be taken to.
Most Christians believe the Bible teaches us in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 that Jesus will step out of His glorious abode in Heaven, and will secretly (unbeknown to anyone except Christians) and secretly scoop up all believers and take them to Heaven to avoid a seven-year period of great persecution by anti-Christian forces:
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
What the word “meet” is telling us is that those who are caught up to meet the Lord in the air is really a picture of a group of people who are caught up in the air to attend a meeting and will actually welcome the Lord Jesus Christ, and escort Him home to earth where He will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords for an eternity!
A beautiful example of this truth is found in Colossians 3:4 which states, “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” In Philippians 3:20, it explicitly tells us that although our citizenship is in heaven, the verse goes on to state that, we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body, (Philippians 3:20, 21, NIV).
Most dispensationalists believe that this particular verse is speaking solely about the (secret) Rapture and not the 2nd Advent of Christ, that they conjure up and insert in their imagination that 1 Thessalonians 4:17 speaks about a special Rapture to Heaven (and a subsequent return to earth 1000 years later), followed by Christ’s return with those that were supposedly raptured one thousand years earlier. But they don't provide scripture to back their contention.
This theory begs a more definitive explanation of what transpires during those 1000 years, and what role the church played during that long span of time that has no scripture verse to validate such a claim. Are the saints in Heaven for 1000 literal years, or do they shuttle back and forth to earth to help Christ administer His Millennial reign on earth. There is no scripture to support such folly, and no scripture that explains what is the purpose for a 1000 literal year period of time. In our book The End Times Passover, we provide explicit informations, facts and Bible details that explains this truth in great detail.
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