Can you explain the symbolism of Jesus pointing out the “two men” and the “two women” in Matt 24:40-41. I’m accepting that this takes place within us (like almost all scripture). Representing the Old Man, carnality, natural man, Adam, flesh and the new man, Christ, the body. Just trying to sort through His words, well “rightly divide” His words
Matthew 24:40-41 ~ YLT
Then two men shall be in the field, the one is received, and the one is left; two women shall be grinding in the mill, one is received, and one is left.
Why grinding in the mill? I see Matthew 13:38 says the field signifies the world and scripture relates a “woman” to the church – so just seeking a clearer view
Regarding the symbolism: The scriptures often take two men or women and compare them. Consider Ismael and Isaac, the son of the bond woman vs. the son of promise. We all want the old man to live, but God says NO!
(Gen 17:18 NKJV) And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”
(Gen 17:19 NKJV) Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.
Also consider Leah and Rachel. Jacob is deceived by Laban and given Leah, the older daughter first, despite Jacob desiring the younger Rachel.
(Gen 29:25 NKJV) So it came to pass in the morning, that behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why then have you deceived me?”
(Gen 29:26 NKJV) And Laban said, “It must not be done so in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
(Gen 29:27 NKJV) Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you will serve with me still another seven years.”
(Gen 29:28 NKJV) Then Jacob did so and fulfilled her week. So he gave him his daughter Rachel as wife also.
God deceives us and we have to be the firstborn old man before we can be the new man, the younger daughter.
We can go on and on with examples, Jacob and Esau, Cain and Abel, Saul and David, etc.
Ground meal was a part of the offerings prescribed in the Old Covenant.
(Num 15:18 NKJV) “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land to which I bring you,
(Num 15:19 NKJV) then it will be, when you eat of the bread of the land, that you shall offer up a heave offering to the LORD.
(Num 15:20 NKJV) You shall offer up a cake of the first of your ground meal as a heave offering; as a heave offering of the threshing floor, so shall you offer it up.
(Num 15:21 NKJV) Of the first of your ground meal you shall give to the LORD a heave offering throughout your generations.
There are many people in the Christian world that think they are serving God by laboring to grind up grain as an offering. They think they are casting out demons, feeding the poor, and spreading the gospel to the glory of God. However, they are serving another Jesus and do not know it.
(Mat 7:21 NKJV) “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
(Mat 7:22 NKJV) Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
(Mat 7:23 NKJV) And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Christ comes to just us and grinds us to powder as an offering to God.
(Luk 20:18 NKJV) Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
(Rom 12:1 NKJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
The grain must be ground to be acceptable to God. We are not acceptable until the old man is crushed and ground to powder.
The field is the world, and the world is where the seed is sown.
Mat 13:38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
(Jer 22:29 NKJV) O earth, earth, earth, Hear the word of the LORD!
We are the world, and the earth which contain both of these men or women. This also is the Church, because we are called out of the Church.
(Rev 18:4 NKJV) And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
Just as Noah and his family were taken into the ark, so we are taken into Christ and removed from the wicked in the world. Noah and his family are a type of the elect that are saved by Christ.
(Joh 15:19 NKJV) If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
The scriptures always have a positive and negative application for every symbol. So sometimes being taken is a symbol of judgment and refers to the old man being judged, and other times it is speaking of the elect being taken to rule and reign with Christ.
(Mar 13:27 NKJV) And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.
Lot was taken out of Sodom, just as we are taken out of the world and the Church.
I hope this is of some help to you,