by Jerry Vines

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Will There Be a Second Chance? (1 of 4)
Series: Left! Unbelievers and the Return of Christ
Jerry Vines
II Thessalonians 2; Matthew 24:40-42

Turn in your Bible to Matthew 24. I'm going to read verses 40 and 41. Please stand in honor and reverence of the reading of God's Word. I began a series which I have entitled ''Taken.'' I talked about the return of Christ as it relates to the believers, those of us who are saved, those of us who will be taken when Jesus comes. I'm going to do four messages now around the theme of ''Left,'' the return of Christ as it relates to unbelievers. I'm taking the series idea and theme from these two verses given to us by our Lord.

Look at Matthew 24:40-41. Jesus said, ''Then shall two be 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.''
While you are being seated with your Bible in your hand, let me point out to you that you have a division of humanity given to us in these verses. When the Lord comes there will be those who will be taken and there will be those who will be left. The first word, taken, is a word of affection; it is a tender word. It is a word of love. It is the same word that is used in the New Testament for a groom taking his bride. It is the word that Jesus used when He said in John 14, ''And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.'' It is the same word. It is a positive word presenting us the picture of Jesus coming for believers, those who are saved.

Now there is a second word that the Lord gives in those two verses, and it is the word ''left.'' This word has a negative connotation. It carries the idea of to be left or to be abandoned or to be left destitute. It is what you call in the Greek language a perfect passive verb. It carries the idea of a fixed state of those who have been abandoned, those who have been left. That is ...

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