Hello folks, I pray for all reading this post, that God blesses you and protects you from evil. Amen
The bible can be confusing if you just read a passage and try to make sense of it without first reading the rest of the bible. Some of bible scripture must be compared to scripture found in other places in the bible to make sense. It also helps to study the times and culture of Israel during the times of Christ. Also study the Jewish wedding feasts. They correlate to God’s plan for the church, including the rapture.
For instance in Matthew chapter 24, the Olivet Discourse. When Jesus tells his disciples what the signs of his coming will be. Jesus speaks of what the world will be like during his “second coming”, but also of the “rapture” of the church. Two different events. This is where most Christians are thrown off. This is why it is so vitally important to study all scripture, compare scripture, study with partners and learn from biblical scholars. Ask the Lord to guide you and show you the truth.
Jesus disciples came to him and asked him that question after he told them that he would leave them and return. Jesus gives them signs to watch for leading to the end. I believe this to be the end of the age, which is now the current church age. Jesus goes on to tell his disciples that the day and hour is not known.
He is speaking of the rapture of the church. He gives an example (Matthew 24:40-41) of two men in the field, one taken one left, two women grinding, one taken and one left. He goes on to speak of his coming like a thief in the night (Matthew 24:42-44). This must be the rapture, we will not know when he is coming. It will be as the days of Noah, it will also be at the coming of the Son of Man. I also take this to mean that wickedness will abound, as well as the people will be living their lives as normal, not watching or listening to the signs around them.
The second coming of Christ is a different time. When he returns to earth, we all will know. There will be signs (Luke 21).