Luke 17:34-37 where is the one "taken" taken to?
Rev. Roger Best
look at the passage: "I tell you, on that night there will
be two men in one bed; one will be taken, and the other will be
left. There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will
be taken, the other will be left. [Two men will be in the field;
one will be taken and the other will be left."] And answering
they said to Him, "Where, Lord?" And He said to them,
"Where the body is, there also will the vultures be gathered."
is similar to the one in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:40-41)
where Jesus uses a similar example. Both passages occur in the context
of Christ teaching on his return to earth and the end of the age.
In the Olivet Discourse the disciples ask the question, "Tell
us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your
coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matt. 24:3). In Luke 17:20
the Pharisees asked the question as to when the kingdom of God would
come. Whereas His answers to the disciples' questions were often
right to the point, Jesus would frequently not answer the Pharisees
directly but rather give them something to ponder over in their
passages Jesus connects the idea of "one taken and another
left" with a sign. In Luke 17:24 and 37 the sign is more vague
and difficult for the Pharisees to understand because they didn't
ask about a sign. In Matthew 24:27 Jesus is directly answering the
disciples' query as to the sign of His coming (24:3): "For
just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the
west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be." A comparison
of these passages with Revelation 6:12-17 and Joel 2:31 show that
this sign appears at the end of the age when Christ comes for the
elect (the Rapture).
examination of the Greek words used in Matthew 24:40-41 and Luke
17:34-37 gives us additional information; a form of the Greek word
paralambano is used. This word is made up of two words: para,
which means "along side", and lambano, which means
"to take". The word is used a number of times in the New
Testament. For example, in Matthew 1:20 Joseph is told by an angel
of the Lord, "do not be afraid to take Mary as your
wife", and in John 14:3 where Jesus said to His disciples,
"I will come again and receive you to Myself."
It is plain to see that in these cases the word has the idea of
intimacy where one is "received along side of" or "to
it is also important to notice that in Matthew 24 and Luke 17 Jesus
uses the stories of Noah and Lot to illustrate the scenario of His
coming (Matt. 24:37-39 and Luke 17:26-29). Going back to Genesis
7 and 19 we find that both Noah and Lot were rescued by God out
of harm to a place of safety. Noah and his family found safety in
the ark before the devastation of the flood, and Lot was warned
by angels to get out of Sodom and Gomorrah before judgment came
upon the ungodly.
these factors in mind, it becomes clear that the "one taken"
in Luke 17:34-37 is taken to safety before the "Day of the
Lord" judgment is carried out on planet earth. The context
of the passage, the Greek word, and the Old Testament illustrations
all point to the fact that the one "that is taken" is
taken in the rapture while the one "that is left" is left
to experience the wrath of God.