New Defender's Study Bible Notes
24:37 days of Noe. In this passage (see also Luke 17:26-27), Jesus confirms the historicity of the universal Flood, as well as the record of Noah and the ark. Hebrews 11:7, and II Peter 2:5 and 3:6 likewise confirm it.
24:38 giving in marriage. “Giving in marriage” could also be understood as “getting out of marriage.” In any case the unconcern of the world just before it was to be destroyed by the Flood will be characteristic of the world just before the coming of the Son of man. Many other characteristics of Noah’s day (immorality, demon possession, widespread corruption and violence, universal rebellion against God and His will) are being repeated in our day.
24:39 so. The coming of the Son of man will be worldwide in extent and effect, as was the Flood, according to Christ.
24:40 one shall be taken. The long section beginning at Matthew 24:36 continually emphasizes watchfulness, and therefore imminence. In view of the context, the first event of His coming—that is, the sudden rapture of believers—is the theme here. The one taken is caught up to be with the Lord, while his fellow worker, an unbeliever, is to endure the tribulation. Anyone who sets a date for His coming, however, is bound to be wrong, “for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44; also note Matthew 24:50).
24:48 delayeth. It is dangerous to decide that Christ cannot return until certain signs have been fulfilled; such an attitude may lead to worldliness and spiritual lethargy. On the other hand, expectant and watchful readiness for His return is a great incentive to godly living and active witnessing.