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When Will Christ Gather Together His Elect
The scriptures pertaining to Christ, who will gather together his elect, are absolutely essential doctrines for true Christians.
In essentials unity and in non essentials liberty must be recognized as a particularly disturbing statement. The reason why, is that according too many false teachers, the gathering unto Christ, happens to be one of the non essential teachings in the Word of God.
To suggest that it is not important to understand Christ’s own words, regarding the gathering together of the Elect, is a nonsensical notion that is beyond ludicrous.
It is not just the timing of Christ’s return that is essential to understand. The reason for His coming, as well as the identity of those He gathers, is of the utmost importance.
Rev 21:7-8 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Christ will gather together his elect after the tribulation, and unto them that look for him shall he appear a second time.
Matt 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
Christ will indeed gather together his Elect after the great tribulation, the duration of which is three and a half years. The article entitled, confirm the covenant with many for one week, will dispel the myth of a seven year tribulation.
The pre tribulation rapture is a man made heretical teaching that is not expressed or implied anywhere within the Word of God. It reflects the deceptive doctrines of men (Math 15:9). This is one of many beliefs adhered to by those who are led astray by the false teachers within the Christian church.
Matt 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his works (Matt 16:27). This is the promise spoken of, in which Christ shall gather together his elect at the second coming. A rapture before the tribulation would require a third advent of Christ, and therefore represents a deadly deceptive teaching.
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
2 Tim 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.
At the second coming, Christ shall gather together all of His Elect.
There are several crucial doctrines that Paul alludes to in this single verse:
- The promise revealed in the Lord’s prayer, will be revealed as Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years (Rev 20:4-6).
- Thy kingdom come, does not suggest that we are raptured or caught up to Heaven. Christ will gather together his elect at His coming, as it has been determined that the kingdom on earth will be given unto the saints of the most High (Dan 7:27).
- Christ returns to reward the Saints who love his appearing, and He also brings all of the saints with Him (1 Thess 3:13, Jude 1:14).
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
- All who are in Christ are sealed unto the day of Redemption. Those who are alive and remain towards the end of the great tribulation will know that their redemption draws near (Luke 21:28).
- Paul’s hope is that he too will receive the crown of righteousness, at the same time as all those that love Christ’s appearing do. To suggest that Jesus would gather together his elect and reward them with eternal life before the tribulation, while the apostle waits until the end of the tribulation for his is utterly absurd (1 Peter 5:4, Rev 2:10).
2 Tim 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.
When Christ appears a second time, He will gather together his elect to establish an earthly kingdom with them. If there is a pre tribulation rapture or gathering, these people would escape His judgment. All shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Rom 14:10).
The dead in Christ are the first ones to put on incorruption and immortality. The pre tribulation rapture theory represents the exact opposite of what Jesus taught. Christ descends from heaven with the Saints, they do not ascend up to Him (John 3:13, 1 Cor 15:42-53, 1 Thes 4:13-17).
1 Thess 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first
The following verses are in reference to the last trumpet. This is when Christ will gather together his Saints, to be raised up unto incorruptibility, at the end of the tribulation period.
Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.