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Our Top 5 Reasons Why Matthew 24 Cannot Be Talking About The Rapture Of The Church

In the 24th chapter of Matthew, the apostles come together to ask Jesus about His return, which we know to be the Day of the Lord, and the end of the world. Jesus, as it turns out, has plenty to say on this subject and uses no parables.




Jesus starts the chapter off by saying that the Temple will be torn down to the ground and destroyed. And then rebuilt again.

In the 24th chapter of Matthew, the apostles come together to ask Jesus about His return, which we know to be the Day of the Lord, and the end of the world. Jesus, as it turns out, has plenty to say on this subject and uses no parables. He tells them plainly what will happen in the time of the end.

“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?Matthew 24:3 (KJV)

Many Christians, who love to apply the entire New Testament to the Church alone, read this chapter and try to make this about the Rapture of the Church. But that will not work, Matthew 24 is not about the Church which didn’t even exist on the day that they asked Jesus these questions.

Matthew 23 ends with Jesus talking about His Second Coming, and Matthew 24 continues this exact same theme so we have harmony with the context. In our earlier article on the Rapture of the Church, we explained the difference between the Rapture and the Revelation. If you have not yet read that article, please do so before proceeding with this teaching on Matthew 24.

“For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Matthew 23:39 (KJV)

Jesus has something very important for the apostles to understand, and He begins to speak prophetically. He is giving a prophecy, not of the time in which they were living (though you can draw some parallels), but of a time far into the future. The time of Jacob’s Trouble that Jeremiah spoke about:

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)

Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, as in the nation of Israel. Jacob’s trouble has no application to the Church which would be formed later in Acts 2. Jacob’s trouble is about the Jewish people and the nation of Israel as they go through the time that Jesus Himself refers to as “great tribulation” that would have no equal in human history. Worse than the Russian pogroms, worse than the slaughter in South Africa, even worse than Hitler’s Holocaust in Nazi Germany. So with that, let’s look at our top reasons why Matthew 24 is not talking about the Rapture of the Church.

#1: The time period that Jesus talks about is not the dispensation of the Age of Grace of the Church.

All through Matthew 24 are scriptural time clues that we, as Bible believers, need to be aware of. In Matthew 24:13, Jesus says that whoever are the people who are alive and going through this time period, they are saved by a combination of faith and works. There is no Christian in our dispensation of the Age of Grace that needs to “endure until the end” to be saved. We are saved according to Ephesians 2:8,9, and kept saved according to Ephesians 1:13,14. There is nothing in Paul’s teachings that tell us to “endure” for salvation. Paul taught and preached the doctrine of Eternal Security. But, obviously, the people living in the time of Matthew 24 are not saved that way. Hence, this will be our number one reason why Matthew 24 is not talking about the Church and it’s soon-coming Rapture.

  • “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13 (KJV) – Tribulation Age
  • “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 (KJV) – Church Age
  • “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13,14 (KJV) – Church Age

#2: The rebuilt Jewish Temple has no practical significance for the Church

Jesus starts the chapter off by saying that the Temple will be torn down to the ground and destroyed. This happened in AD 70. But interestingly, just a few verses later, He says that it’s back up and running again, and people are worshipping there. Not only that, Jesus says to “go and read the Prophet Daniel”, specifically Daniel 9:27, to see who else shows up at the rebuilt Temple in the end times. It’s the Devil himself! But guess what? Christians don’t have or need a “temple” because we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. That’s the temple God has for Christians. So Matthew 24: 15 is our second reason why Jesus cannot be talking about the Church age.

  • “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” Matthew 24:15 (KJV) – Tribulation Age
  • “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV) – Church Age

#3: The Christian Church is not able to carry out the command to flee into the mountains

Right about the same time Jesus shows the apostles about the Abomination of Desolation, He then says that the believers living in this future time period will be instructed to “flee into the mountains” and get out of Judea, which is to say Israel. Just like in our previous reason, this one also has no practical application for any Christian in the Age of Grace. First of all, only a minute fraction of born again Christians live in Israel, rendering this command meaningless to us. But it is still a command, and as such must be carried out. But by whom? Well, how about by all the Jews which has been brought back to Israel during the false 7 Year Peace Treaty engineered by the Antichrist? Now in this context, we have perfect harmony. If all the Jews in the world were regathered as the Bible says they will be in the end times, then they will all be there in Judea and able to carry out this command. This is the only way this verse has any doctrinal meaning. The people living in this time period are told to flee, Christians are told to “wait” for His Son from Heaven who gets us out before the Wrath comes. Huge Difference. Where do the Jews flee to? Why, they flee to the red rock city of Selah, Petra!

  • “Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” Matthew 24:16 (KJV) – Tribulation Age
  • “And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” Jeremiah 29:14 (KJV)  – Tribulation Age
  • “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:19 (KJV) – Church Age

#4: The Christian Church does not have a sabbath day, we have the Lord of the Sabbath Himself

Moving on down in the chapter, we arrive at Matthew 24: 20, where another huge time clue awaits us. With the previously-mentioned fleeing still in the context, Jesus then says to pray that when you turn to run, that it’s not on the Sabbath day, which is the last day of the week, Saturday. Again, Christians were never given the command to worship on the Jewish Sabbath day, because we have the Sabbath Himself, Jesus Christ. Not just the “shadow” which is represented on the sabbath. Paul says we can worship on any day we choose, but like the Apostles in Acts 20:7, we usually come together on a Sunday, the first day of the week, for obvious reasons.

  • “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:” Matthew 24:20 (KJV) – Tribulation Age
  • “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” Colossians 2:16,17 (KJV) – Church Age
  • “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” Acts 20:7 (KJV) – Church Age

#5: The Christian Church is not God’s “elect”, that refers to Israel and the Jewish people

Our last reason why Matthew 24 cannot be talking about the Rapture of the Church is as equally compelling as the previous 4 reasons. Jesus in verse 22 says that time of Jacob’s Trouble – the Great Tribulation – is so grievous that if He didn’t come and “cut it short” then not even the “elect” would be saved. His return to cut it short is what the Bible calls the Day of the Lord, turn to Revelation 19:14 to see where  the Church is on that Day. God’s elect is not the Christian Church, according to the Bible the Jews and Israel are God’s elect. We started this teaching by talking about how many Christians just automatically broad-brush the entire New Testament with the “church stamp”.

  • “For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” Isaiah 45:4 (KJV)
  • “And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.” Isaiah 65:9 (KJV) – Tribulation Age

God wrote the Bible dispensationally, and that’s how we are to read, understand and apply it.

The whole Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us, from cover to cover. The overarching theme of which is the battle for the Kingdom, and the King for whom it has been prepared. Simply put, it’s all about Jesus Christ. to wit;

“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” Hebrews 10:7 (KJV)

God wrote the Bible dispensationally, and it must be read that way to to grasp it’s meaning. Many Christians are shocked when you tell them that Matthew, Mark and Luke were not written about or for the Christian Church from a doctrinal perspective. It was written to Jews waiting for a Kingdom on Earth, which was postponed, and to those who will be alive on Earth during the time of the Great Tribulation after the Rapture.

But that’s a lesson for another day, hope this helps!



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Penguin Swims 5,000 Miles Every Year To Visit Man Who Saved Its Life From Oil Slick

This incredible video shows the touching relationship between a penguin and the Brazilian man who rescued him from certain death. Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, from an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, discovered the tiny penguin languishing on rocks in 2011.




Pensioner Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, discovered dying penguin on beach

This incredible video shows the touching relationship between a penguin and the Brazilian man who rescued him from certain death. Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, from an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, discovered the tiny penguin languishing on rocks in 2011.

The helpless creature was starving and covered in oil but Mr de Souza took him in and nursed him back to health, naming the South American Magellanic penguin Dindim.

It took him a week just to clean the sticky black residue from the bird’s feathers. When Dindim was well again Mr de Souza released him back into the sea, never expecting to see his new friend again.

He was astonished when, just a few months later, the penguin returned to the island where he recognised Mr de Souza and returned home with him.

Now, Dindim spends eight months of the year with Mr de Souza and spends the rest of his time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile. The flightless bird is believed to swim around 5,000 miles every time he returns to Mr de Souza.

‘I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,’ Mr Pereira de Souza told Globo TV.

‘No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.’ Mr Pereira de Souza said he fed Dindim a daily diet of fish to improve his strength then took him back to the sea to let him go.

But he wouldn’t leave, he stayed with me for 11 months and then just after he changed his coat with new feathers he disappeared,’ recalled the retired builder. ‘Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years.

‘He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.’

Biologist Joao Paulo Krajewski, who interviewed Mr Pereira de Souza for Globo TV, said: ‘I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well.

‘When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.’  source

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Breathtaking Video Shows What It Would Look Like If You Could Actually Fly

This breathtaking footage of two wingsuit divers leaping from the top of a 4,600ft Chinese high mountain will blow you away.




Every kid’s dream becomes a reality

This breathtaking footage of two wingsuit divers leaping from the top of a 4,600ft high mountain will blow you away. Eager for the ultimate adrenalin rush, the daring duo decided to jump from the top of the Tianmen mountain in China, despite the extreme sport being banned at the risky location, the Daily Mail UK reported today.

Captured using a GoPro camera, the footage shows the pair soaring alongside a four mile long cable line – the longest in the world. Incredibly, Russian divers, Ratmir Nagimianov, 29, and Gleb Vorevodin, 35, managed to get a mere 32ft away from the cable carts, giving Chinese tourists an unlikely surprise. Reaching speeds of over 160mph, the wing-suiters were forced to make split second life or death decisions.

He said: ‘There is an aerial lift which you can take to get the top of the Tianmen mountain, we were aiming to fly as close the cable carts as possible. ‘Because of the high and speed of the initial jump, it was incredibly difficult to line up with the cable carts.


‘But on the second jump we got really close, I’d say we were about five metres away. ‘We found out that jumps from this area are banned two days before our trip but it was too late to cancel so we knew we just had to go and try, we were constantly worried that someone would stop us from jumping.

‘It was an incredible experience and even though it looks amazing on camera, it really doesn’t do it justice.’

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