Then two shall be in the field: one shall be taken, and one shall be left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill: one shall be taken, and one shall be left. Watch ye therefore, because ye know not what hour your Lord will come
Matthew 24:40-42(Douay-Rheims Challoner version)
Protestants often call this proof of the Rapture. But it's always seemed to me this verse is about God taking people away, calling them back to himself.
In otherwords these verses are talking about the sudden death (calling to heaven) of individuals at any given time. One will be taken (heart attack? Stroke?) And the person with them remaining in a state of grief(Asking "where did they go?" Per the other Gospels description of this prophercy, Just like any greaving relative who survives a loved one and asks to themselves "where are they?"). No one knows when they will "go to meet God". It could be today it could be in 50 years..... No one knows the day they will see Jesus coming to take them to paradise.... Their last day on earth...
A third possibility sticks up it's head from time to time. The Roman Army took slaves whenever they conquered. They would only take the young healthier members of the family and often would turn up the house and ransack it grabbing the "property" within moments. They would be shipped back to Rome and their family would never see nor hear from them again, ever. Once again the family would be greaving their loss and wondering what was happening to them. In this interpretation, "the day of the Lord" and the coming of the Lord is a day of judgement against Israel (for blasphemy against the Passover and killing the Messiah). Naturally this would be tied to the Siege of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple in 70AD("the day of the lord"?).
"One will be taken, the other left"? A prophercy of the return of Jews to a form of Slavery?
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Ideology: Australian Liberalism