Rapture Song by Larry Norman Holds Truth but is Misinterpreted — Matthew 24:40-42

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This passage, along with the parallel passage in Luke (Lu. 17:34-37), have been made popular in the early 1970’s by the song “I Wish We’d All Been Ready,” by Larry Norman. Unfortunately, while this song was meant to encourage people to be ready for the rapture, there is good evidence that these verses, as well as the entire chapter of Matthew 24, have to do with the second phase of His coming.  While the rapture will happen just as it is depicted here, that one will be taken to God in the rapture and the other left on earth; the context,  in Matthew 24:40-42, gives us strong evidence that the opposite is true; that is, the one taken is taken in judgement and the other is left on earth to go into the kingdom; for this is the way it follows with the context, as those in Noah’s day, outside of the ark, were also taken in the judgment of the flood (vv. 37-39).

 

Matthew 24:40-43

“Then there shall be two men in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. 41 “Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. 42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.

 

I wish We’d All Been Ready

by Larry Norman

 

Life was filled with guns and war,

And everyone got trampled on the floor,

I wish we’d all been ready

Children died, the days grew cold,

A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold,

I wish we’d all been ready,

There’s no time to change your mind,

The Son has come and you’ve been left behind.

 

A man and wife asleep in bed,

She hears a noise and turns her head, he’s gone,

I wish we’d all be ready,

Two men walking up a hill,

One disappears and one’s left standing still,

I wish we’d all been ready,

There’s no time to change your mind,

The Son has come and you’ve been left behind.

 

Life was filled with guns and war,

And everyone got trampled on the floor,

I wish we’d all been ready,

Children died, the days grew cold,

A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold,

I wish we’d all been ready,

There’s no time to change your mind,

How could you have been so blind,

The Father spoke, the demons dined,

The Son has come and you’ve been left behind.

 

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3 Responses to Rapture Song by Larry Norman Holds Truth but is Misinterpreted — Matthew 24:40-42

  1. JJSJ says:

    Good catch, Stephen — back in the AD1970s I often sang Larry Norman’s song, thinking of the Rapture. Yet my youth pastor clarifies to us that Matthew 24 was about the judgment at the end of the 7-year Tribulation, just before the Millennial kingdom of Christ began. Sad to say the eschatology of many Christian rock musicians was/is almost as bad as that of the average “evangelical” pastor (most of whom think they are doing “Kingdom work” nowadays).

  2. Levi says:

    In my opinion (just my opinion) it is related to Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, from ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER.
    This I believe the Lord is talking about gathering the people of Israel back into their land.
    Zechariah 2:6 Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the FOUR WINDS OF THE HEAVEN, saith the LORD.
    Isaiah 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH.
    Isaiah 27:12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered ONE BY ONE, O ye children of Israel.
    This is after 70 years of captivity:
    Jeremiah 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
    There are many other verses which talk about the gathering of Israel back into the their land.

    Finally, after the battle of Armageddon there will be a great slaughter in Israel. There will heaps of dead bodies and animals as well. The dispersed Judah will be gathered back into Israel at that time.

    Luke 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
    Luke 17:37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

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