Luke 17:34-35, The Fate of the Raptured

I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.

//This is a popular verse among futurists who believe in the rapture. The Gospel of Matthew adds a third verse (sometimes appearing in Luke as well), telling how two people shall be in the field; one taken and the other left.

The idea, of course, is that one of the two is raptured, the other is not. But why do we think this? Where do we get the idea that the one taken is being raptured?

Moving on to the next verse in Luke, we read this:

“Where, Lord?” they asked. He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.” –Luke 17:37

I understand the attraction to believing in a rapture. I just don’t see how this passage supports the idea. After Jesus tells the disciples that some will be taken, they ask him where? Where will these people be taken? He answers that they should look for the vultures, because that’s where the dead bodies will be found.

It sure sounds to me like the “taken” are killed. They become the dead bodies, and they don’t seem to be taken anywhere else. So here’s the question: Is this verse referring to a day when lots of people will be killed, or is it saying that when the good guys are raptured, they’ll leave behind dead bodies?


  1. Similarly, Jesus makes another reference to ‘One will be taken, one will be left behind’ in Matthew 24. In that case he ties the one taken away to those ‘taken away’ in Noah’s flood. I agree with you… I do not think one wants to be taken away when Jesus tells the story, but ‘left behind!’

  2. Bryan Bennett

    Is there an inference by Jesus that these two activities (grinding and lying in bed) one normally done during the day and the other at night that day and night occur at the same time in different parts of the world? If so, was this common knowledge at the time, or was Jesus professing unknown things.

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