Q. Thanks for taking the time to read my question. I think I read somewhere on your website that babies unborn and children under the age of accountability would be raptured. But Luke 21:23 says: How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. What is your take on this verse?
A. This declaration appears in all three accounts of the Olivet discourse. In both Matthew 24:19 and Mark 13:17 it’s a warning to Jews in Judea (Israel) at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. We know this because the sign the Lord gives them is the Abomination of Desolation, when the anti-Christ stands in the Temple proclaiming himself to be God. This will take place several years after the Rapture of the Church.
But in Luke 21:23 the sign the Lord gave was armies surrounding Jerusalem. This means He was speaking about the 1st Century destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. The verses that follow confirm that the timing is nearly 2000 years before the rapture.
Both events concern a terrible time for pregnant and nursing Jewish women in Israel, Matthew and Mark at the outset of the Great Tribulation and Luke during the time of Jerusalem’s destruction by the Romans. But neither of them involves the Church at the time of the Rapture.