Matthew 24:37-41

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Matthew 24:37
  • Matthew 24:38
  • Matthew 24:39
  • Matthew 24:40
  • Matthew 24:41

Jesus continues His answer to the first question, having answered the three questions asked by the disciples in reverse order: When will these things happen?

Jesus just said that those who read and understand the signs will know that Jesus is right at the door.  Like Noah knew judgment was at hand. But everyone else will be just like the days of Noah. In those days before the flood most people ignored the sign given by Noah. They just kept living life as though nothing would ever change, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage – activities people engage in when they have an optimistic view of the future. And this continued right up until the day that Noah entered the ark. 

As with Noah, the wicked will not understand or heed the signs.  In the time of Noah, the wicked did not understand until the flood came and took them all away. Jesus makes a parallel to what will occur at the end of the age, saying so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Jesus then adds that people will be taken in judgment. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Since Jesus just said the wicked in the day of Noah experiencing the flood that took them all away, it seems most reasonable to interpret here that it is the wicked that are being taken away. As with Noah, some are judged and some remain. Jesus does not add details on the mechanism that this will take place, or where the wicked will go. Jesus says something similar in His explanation of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. The Tares are harvested and put into the fire, leaving the wheat. Jesus ends this section with an admonition. This could involve a rapture, or special taking up of the wicked. It could also be intertwined with the large number of deaths that occur during the various judgements in Revelation.

Biblical Text

37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then there will 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.