Police in Nigeria rescued the victims from a crammed dungeon in the Valentino Area of Ondo town, Ondo State.
A police spokesperson said they were instructed to stay in the church and expect the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The victims were kept in an underground cell with some believed to have been there for months while others have even left school to be in the church.
The raid at the Whole Bible Believers Church came after a mum reported her children missing as she thought they were at church.
Police say they are investigating suspected mass abduction while the pastor of the Pentecostal church, David Anifowoshe, and his deputy have been arrested.
Police press officer Funmilayo Odunlami said: “Preliminary investigation revealed that one Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa, an assistant pastor in the church, was the one who told the members that Rapture will take place in April, but later said it has been changed to September 2022 and told the young members to obey only their parents in the Lord.”
She added that police rescued in total 26 children, eight teenagers and 43 adults.
The Second Coming is a Christian belief in the return of Jesus Christ after his Biblical ascension to Heaven. Rapture is the idea that Christian believers will be taken to Heaven at the Second Coming.