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It is life and death. Every person will go through the valley of decisions; and it turns out to be their own choice, when

One is taken, and the other left.

 

Luke 17:36 - “Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”

This is Jesus warning for those living at the end of time, when He is coming back. Two persons from the same family, or on the same job, will be separated forever: one will be taken, the other left.

The same warning is recorded in the book of Mattew: “ 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.” Matt. 24:40,41.

In another words, one will be saved, and the other left to perish. Why? Consider the parable of the marriage of the king’s son, Mattew 22:2-14. “Friend, how camest thou in hitter not having a wedding garment?” Verse 12. The parable represents the kingdom of God and the preaching of the gospel to invite all who hear to be saved in Christ kingdom. To attend the wedding, the most important thing is “the wedding garment,” that the king himself is providing for each guest. In the parable, the unfortunate guest didn’t pay attention to the rules established by the king, and came with his best attire, of his own fabrication; but, that was an indication of his spirit of disobedience and rejection to the benevolence of the king, who provided free to everyone a matchless and perfect garment to honor the wedding of his son.

Like that guest, most of us are wretched, miserable and naked, Rev. 3:17, and the True Witness said: “I counsel thee to buy of me ... white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear...” Rev. 3:18. The wedding garment, the white raiment, must be on, must be covering “the one shall be taken;” otherwise, as the pretentious guest, he will become “the other left.”

The following two verses give a clearer view of the nature of the Christian garment: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Gal. 3:27. “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ...” Rom. 13:14. They “that shall be taken” are copying in their lives the example and character of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us mention only two of the main characteristics of Jesus: love and obedience.

Love. - Supreme love; He gave His life to rescue the human family and the earth.

Obedience.- “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Phil. 2:8. He said: “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” John 15:10. As an example to us, Jesus kept God’s law during his life on earth. Exo. 20:3-17. If it weren’t true, when He was coming to his last days, He could not say: “for the prince of this world (Satan) cometh, and hath nothing in me.” John 14:30. Because of His victory over sin and death, He offers the power of his righteousness to anyone coming to Him. Jesus imparts the power of his righteousness to “the one that is taken.” “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their minds, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” Hebrew 8:10.

Here, a sinner is completely transformed into an obedient child of God. Through the power of God’s abundant grace and love, a response of loving obedience is awaken in him who now understand the blessing of being a Christlike servant. This is the one who is taken.

Consider also Mattew 25:31-46. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory ... And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats ... the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom ... For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” Matt. 25:31-36. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethern, ye have done it unto me.” Matt. 25:40.

Take the Bible and read what happen to the selfish goats on the left, who didn’t pay attention to those in need around them. “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, ... “ Matt. 25:41. The one left didn’t have any trace of the character of Jesus developed in his life, and was not fit to enter the kingdom of God.

After finding out, by these verses, who will be taken and who will be left, let us find out when this separation is going to take place:

A -- At the end. The signs of the time of the end are in Mattew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13. Jesus mixed together the signs for the destruction of Jerusalem with the signs of the end. Most of the signs have been with us for a long time; the difference at the end is the increased frequency and intensity of the calamities and disasters. There is one sign that is taking place right now: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness into all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matt. 24:14.

B -- At the time of the Judgment in heaven. Never before the message of the Three Angels in Revelation 14:6-12 has been preached with such intensity as within the last 200 years; and it is proclaiming that the hour of his judgment is come. Rev. 14:7. Daniel is describing the beginning of the judgment: “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened ... I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.” Daniel 7:9-13

As illustrated by the religious services of the Jews, and the day of atonement, which were a shadow of what is happening in the Heavenly Sanctuary, we can see, by faith, as Jesus, the Lamb of God, is officiating as the High Priest, to offer by grace, the merits of the blood of his saving sacrifice to each penitent sinner. The Advocate stands in defense of those coming to Him; their names are sealed for salvation in the Book of Life; their sins are blotted out and now they appear before God covered by Christ righteousness. Read the book to the Hebrews, mainly chapters 8,9,10. What can we say? They have the wedding garment; they are selected to be taken. When a name is come to judgment in heaven, and the record of deeds, words, and thoughts is opened for all to see, Christ, the Lamb of God, is the only hope. Thank Jesus, how great Thou art! This is the moment, at the Judgment, when really “the one shall be taken, and the other left.”

The advice is: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matt. 24:42. Neither a person knows the last day of the judgment. Therefore, it is necessary to watch for the signs of the end, as these events come one after the other:

1. -- Increased frequency and intensity of disasters and troubles, as a woman birthpains.

2. -- An agitated religious controversy over the claims of God’s law, mainly over the Sabbath rest and how or when to worship the Lord. Rev. 13:11-18.

3. -- The antichrist appears making people believe he is the Christ. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Cor. 11:14.

At some point in time, the whole human population come to a final decision; they have made their choice. The ones who know the Lord, choose to obey the Lord. The ones who don’t know the Lord, they don’t know, and just follow the antichrist and go to their own perdition.

When all decisions are made, the Judgment concludes, Christ stands up and pronounces the final verdict: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Rev. 22:11. At this moment, humanity has reached the point of no return, the saved are sealed to be taken and the lost are left out; they chose to trust the powers on earth, which give no life, nor save anyone. On the day of the Lord, they don’t have power to withstand the brightness of the Second Coming of Christ, and fall lifeless to the ground to feed the birds of prey. Luke 17:37, Rev. 19:17-21.

In heaven, Christ receives the kingdom: “And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:14.

On earth, the seven last plagues of Revelation 16 begin to fall down upon the left out: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Daniel 12:1.

At the end of the plagues, earth history closes with the Second Coming of Christ: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war ... And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.” Rev. 19:11-16.

The earth is in total commotion, mountains are splashing on the sea, and the glory of the appearing ignites the very elements in nature. The ground is shaken with the sound of the trumpet and the shout of the Lord to raise the dead from their graves. You hear the crying of the lost, asking the rocks to cover them; and you hear the shouts of victory over death from those coming out of the grave. All this makes the Second Coming the most visible, the most noisy, the most dramatic and climactic event on earth. 2 Peter 3:10; 1 Thess. 4:14-17; Rev. 6:14-17.

Jesus said: “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Rev.22;12. The one taken receives the gift of eternal life, and rejoicing, he goes with Christ to heaven for a thousand years. The one left receives what he chose: death, and in tears perishes. But for now, the door of salvation is still open, and the choice is yours.

A word for the last days...
... even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance. On the Edge of Time. p. 72.

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