by Jerry Vines

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Will People Be Saved during the Tribulation? (2 of 4)
Series: Left! Unbelievers and the Return of Christ
Jerry Vines
Matthew 24:40-42

In a previous series of messages on the return of Christ as it relates to the born-again believer, to those who are saved. In Matthew 24:40-41, you will find two words in my understanding of the return of the Lord. There is the word ''taken'' and there is the word ''left.'' Verse 40 says, ''Then shall be two in the field: the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.''

Now this evening we are going to look at the 14th verse of Matthew 24. The Lord Jesus said this: ''And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.'' It is important for us to understand that what we find in Matthew 24 does not given us events in chronological order. Rather the Lord deals with His return as it relates to a three-fold division of humanity. In I Corinthians 10:32 it talks about the Jew, the Gentile, and the church of God.

The first fourteen verses of this chapter have to do with the Gentile. Verses 15-36 have to do with the Jew, and then verses 37 to the end have to do with the church. I believe the word taken describes that event known as the rapture, when God calls again His own and they are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.

I think the word left has to do with those who are unsaved, the unbeliever, when Jesus Christ comes again. If you were here for the first message in this particular series, you may remember that I took the position that those who have had an opportunity, have received an adequate presentation of the gospel of Jesus in the church age, the age of grace, and have rejected Jesus Christ, will not have a second chance. In II Thessalonians 2:10-12, it talks about those who will reject the love of the truth that they might be saved, and then it says, God, it ...

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