[Part 2] Who Are The “Elect” Of Matthew 24:31?

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In Part 1, I left by giving you a parallel of the second coming of Jesus Christ with Matthew 24:30 and Revelation 19:11-21. If you notice in Revelation 19, there is no mention of angels being sent to rapture the saints to meet the Lord in the air. It says that when Jesus comes down, the saints (the army of heaven) will be with Him. Let us put Matthew 24:31 and Revelation 20:4 together without verses and read it as a whole.

“He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

Look how well those two verses fit together which makes it clear who the elects are. The saints that are gathered in Matthew 24:31, are the saints who got saved during the Great Tribulation. They are gathered so that they may also rule with Christ. We see this in 1 Corinthians 6:2 which says, “2 Or don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the trivial cases?”

I see three groups of Christians ruling with Christ Jesus at His second coming.

The first group is the one who comes with Jesus (the army of heaven Revelation 19:7-8, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:13).

The second group, are those who got their heads cut-off for Jesus and the Word of God. They died because they chose not to receive the mark of the beast (Revelation 20:4), for they rather die than betray their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The third group, are those who the angels of the Lord, will gather to present them to the returning King of kings and Lord of lords to serve Him, who is eternal, in the millennial kingdom. The Scripture doesn’t say if their bodies will be changed into a spiritual body like the rest of the believers that come down with Jesus.

We also see this in Daniel Chapter 7, where the saints will rule with Jesus Christ at His second coming. See below.

[Daniel 7:18] 18 “But the holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess it forever, yes, forever and ever.’

[Daniel 7:27] 27 “The kingdom, dominion, and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven will be given to the people, the holy ones of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will serve and obey him.’

We also see a foreshadowing of the rapture in Genesis Chapter 19. The LORD sent two angels to rescue Lot and his family before the wrath of God was poured out on the two cities, especially, the one they were living in. The angels told Lot that they couldn’t destroy the city until they were at a safe distance. See below.

[Genesis 19:22-25] 22 “Hurry up! Run to it, for I cannot do anything until you get there.” Therefore the name of the city is Zoar. 23 The sun had risen over the land when Lot reached Zoar. 24 Then out of the sky the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah burning sulfur from the LORD. 25 He demolished these cities, the entire plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and whatever grew on the ground.

Even Abraham knew that it wasn’t right for a righteous God to destroy the righteous with the wicked. This is their discourse.

[Genesis 18:23-25] 23 Abraham stepped forward and said, “Will you really sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 “What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away instead of sparing the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people who are in it? 25 “You could not possibly do such a thing: to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. You could not possibly do that! Won’t the Judge of the whole earth do what is just?”

[Genesis 18:32-33] 32 Then he said, “Let my lord not be angry, and I will speak one more time. Suppose ten are found there? ” He answered, “I will not destroy it on account of ten.” 33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he departed, and Abraham returned to his place.

We see that the Lord God, Jesus Christ, will not punish the Christians with the wicked in the Great Tribulation. But, He will rescue them before it starts.

I hope that in Part 1 and 2 of these posts, made it clear that those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ and in what He did for them on the cross may be encouraged with hope that they will be rescued to be with Jesus forever and ever. Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.

[Part 1] Who Are The “Elect” Of Matthew 24:31?

[Matthew 24:31] 31 “He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Matthew 24 verse 31 is referring to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Many Christians believe that this verse proves that the rapture happens after the Great Tribulation because it parallels 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 which says…

[1 Thessalonians 4:16-17] 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are still alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

The thing is that in 1 Thessalonians, it says that we are kept from the coming wrath of God. See below.

[1 Thessalonians 1:10] 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead ​– ​Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

[1 Thessalonians 5:9] 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ

The wrath of God is designed for the wicked. This is seen in Romans 1:18 which says, “18 For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth”

The wrath of God has a twofold purpose for the unbelievers. [1] To punish them for rejecting Jesus Christ as their Savior and for living in sin. [2] And to bring them to repentance so that they may obtain eternal life through faith in Jesus.

So, getting back to Matthew 24:31. Who are the “elect” mentioned there? We know that the Christians before the Great Tribulation are kept from God’s wrath. Who are the saints that are gathered after the Tribulation?

In Revelation 14:6, it says, “6 Then I saw another angel flying high overhead, with the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the earth ​– ​to every nation, tribe, language, and people.”

After the saints get taken from this world (before the Great Tribulation) to meet the Lord in the air, God’s angel will fly and go through the whole earth preaching the gospel of salvation, and many will get saved. This is seen in Revelation 7. See below.

[Revelation 7:9] 9 After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands.

[Revelation 7:13-14] 13 Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these people in white robes, and where did they come from? ” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” Then he told me: These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Even though there are no more Christians to preach the good news, God will send out His angel with the eternal gospel to give the inhabitants of the earth a chance for salvation (who have not yet received the mark of the beast).

The parallel of Matthew 24:30, the second coming of Christ, is Revelation 19:11-21, which is when Jesus comes to fight against the Antichrist, and the false prophet with their army. The Lord will wipe them out with a spoken word (a sword which comes from the mouth of Jesus Christ). After Jesus defeats the beast, He will rule the earth with His saints for a 1000 years, locking up the dragon (Satan) with a chain, and putting him into the bottomless pit until the 1000 years are over.

This will be the End of [Part 1]. Tomorrow I will post [Part 2]. I will finish by showing who are the saints (the elect) mentioned in Matthew 24. I don’t like making my posts too long.

I Hope that this post helps those who want to believe in a Pre-Trib Rapture, but had difficulty understanding Matthew 24:31. Don’t take my word, do your own study. Look at the verses used in this post and exam the Scriptures for yourself with the aid through prayer of the Holy Spirit. Don’t miss Part 2. It will make it even more clear.

Pre-Trib Simplified: Christians Will Not Go Through The Great Tribulation

The difference between the wrath of God and everyday trials and tribulation in the life of a believer.

[1 Thessalonians 1:10]
[10] and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

[1 Thessalonians 5:9]
[9] For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

[1 Thessalonians 3:2-4]
[2] We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, [3] so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. [4] In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.

The Scripture promises us two things regarding the Christian persecutions…

  1. We will not go through the wrath of God
  2. We will go through trials and persecutions

What is the wrath of God?

[Romans 1:18]
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The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness

Those going through the Great Tribulation

[Revelation 6:15-17]
[15] Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. [16] They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and
hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! [17] For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”

The things that those people will experience from the first six Seals, will be recognized as the wrath of God and of Christ coming upon them.

What is everyday trials and tribulations?

[James 1:2-4]
[2]
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, [3] because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. [4] Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Everyday trials for Christians is a great thing because it builds up the faith and makes us grow into the image of Jesus Christ. But, the Great Tribulation is for punishment (Romans 1:18) and to bring people into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (Revelation 7:9-14).

If you want to escape the coming wrath, repent of your sinful lifestyle, your misconception of who Jesus is, and believe that Jesus died for your sins, rose from the grave on the third day. If you ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, He will. Ask Jesus to give you the Holy Spirit and He will. Jesus is the only way to heaven.