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Who are “the elect” referred to in Matthew 24:31?

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By: Dr. Renald Showers, Dr. David Breese; ©1996
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Who are “the elect” referred to in Matthew 24:31?

Dr. Renald Showers: The question here is this: “Who are the elect that he gathers with a great sound of a trumpet from the four winds of heaven? Are they the Church saints?” I’m convinced that they are not. Let me tell you why. For one thing, if you’re going to say these are Church saints, you’re overlooking some extensive revelation that’s given to us in the Old Testament. What kind of revelation? There are passages in the Old Testament where God calls the whole nation of Israel “His chosen,” literally “His Elect.”
Then there are prophetic promise passages in the Old Testament to the effect that in the end times He would gather together His chosen ones, His elect, particularly the believing remnant of Israel from all corners of the earth, gather them together even from the four winds, gather them together again so that they could go into the Millennial Kingdom with the Messiah whenever He reigns.

Let me read to you a fascinating promise that God delivered to Israel through the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 27:12-13: “O ye children of Israel, and it shall come to pass in that day that the great trumpet shall be blown and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria and the outcasts in the land of Egypt and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount of Jerusalem.” God here was promising toward the end times if you read the whole context that He’s going to re-gather His scattered people of Israel from many different places around the world and He will do that in conjunction with the blowing of the great trumpet. Matthew 24:31: “He shall send his angels with the sound of a great trumpet and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds from one end of heaven to the other.”

In light of those Old Testament parallels, I’m convinced that the elect here in Matthew 24:31 are not Church saints but the people of Israel who have been scattered throughout the world, perhaps even more specifically the faithful remnant of Jews who have become believers in the Lord during the seven year Tribulation period and are still alive on the face of the earth at His glorious second coming back to the earth immediately after the Tribulation period. He will gather together this faithful remnant of Jews from all over the world back to the land of Israel with the sound of a great trumpet.

Now, there’s a second reason I’m convinced this is referring to the elect of Israel and not to the Church elect or Church saints. The whole context of Matthew 24 is a Jewish context, not a Church context. Jesus, as we saw in verse 15, speaking ahead of time to Jews of that future Tribulation period, said, “When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in your holy place.” Well, who had the holy place? The Gentiles? No, the people of Israel did. That’s a reference to a temple of God in Israel, “standing in your holy place, then let them which be in Judea [these are Jews living in their own land of Israel] flee unto the mountains. Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house,” etc., and then He says to them that they really ought to be concerned that their flight not be on the sabbath day, verse 20, “but pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day.” He’s talking here about Jews and how this will affect Jews. The whole context is a Jewish context. And so I take it that the elect here are Jewish people whom He will gather together through His holy angels from the four winds, really the idea is from all four directions, under the heavens here on planet Earth back to their homeland of Israel in conjunction with His second coming.

4. When Jesus comes in relation to the tribulation indicates two events

  • Rapture: Jesus comes to rescue Christians before the hour of trial
  • Second Coming: Jesus will come after the Tribulation to rule the world.

Dr. David Breese: Well, the Bible teaches that Christ is coming at the end of the age (that’s at the end of the Tribulation) “in power and great glory” and He’s coming with “ten thousands of His saints.” And that will be the great denouement of history whereby He establishes His Kingdom. But the Scripture then teaches that preceding that glorious return of Christ there will be a seven-year period called “The Tribulation,” but it’s about the Tribulation the Scripture says to Christians: “…because you have kept the word of my patience, I will keep you from that hour of trial [temptation, tribulation] that will come upon the whole world to try them that dwell on the earth.” Therefore, we see in Scripture that the Bible says that Christ will come for His saints before the beginning of the Tribulation and take all believing Christians up to be with Him in Heaven. Spoken of in 1 Thessalonians 4, “The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, the voice of the archangel, the trump of God: the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thess. 4:16-17].

Paul expands on this a little bit in 1 Corinthians 15 saying to the Corinthians, he says, “Behold, I show you a mystery: we will not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump: the trumpet shall sound, the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.” So we can assure every believer within the sound of this voice that there’s coming a moment when they will be caught up in their physical bodies into the presence of Jesus Christ so as to ever be with the Lord. Perhaps in short we might say that Christ is coming at the end of the Tribulation with His saints but before that He is coming for His saints. We will then be formed into that army that shall return with Him to the conquest of earth.

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Daniel Vaughn
Daniel Vaughn

But God does not look at the outward appearance as man does, God looks at the heart. So whoever trust and has been Saved in the name of Jesus and delivered through Christ our Lord is a Jew in his heart.

Child of the Most High
Child of the Most High
No one quoting & teaching from the FALSE APOSTLE PAUL is a child of God. Jesus warns specifically & repeatedly regarding child of the devil ‘masterbuilder’ of the lie you people of the world call Xianity. That’s why Paul the puke has let all the vile Xians know he’s a LIAR in 2 Corinthians 12:16 & THE ELECT (Revelation 2:2) know this as WE know who ALL PEOPLE ARE by watching their actions & listening to their words. “You shall know them by their fruit” understand? THE ELECT refuse to follow the voice of a stranger (FALSE APOSTLE PAUL &… Read more »
Patryxk
Patryxk

Could the prophecies of : Matthew 24:15 , Marc 13:14 , Thessalonians 2:3 becoming true with Trump setting up his home in the holy place (Matthew 24:15) of Jerusalem, the place where he shouldn’t be (Marc 13:14) ?

Jim
Jim
Rapture doctrine did not exist before John Darby invented it in 1830 AD. Before it “popped into John Darby’s head” no one had ever heard of a secret rapture doctrine. What is the doctrine of the secret rapture? Simply put, it is the teaching that Jesus Christ will return twice! First there will be a secret, unheralded return in which He will whisk all Christians, both living and dead, off to Heaven to be present there during the time that the Great Tribulation is taking place on earth. This secret coming supposedly could occur at any moment and will come… Read more »
Brenda
Brenda

He didn’t invent it he and others popularized it though

Thomas
Thomas

If you truly believe that, you haven’t done any research or homework. There are at least a dozen founding church fathers who wrote about the rapture, from the first century and on…dig, pray, do your homework!

Ken Hoover
Ken Hoover

The word Rapture comes from the Vulgate or Latin Bible. The word is “raptus” from which we get the term Rapture.

JOHN BAIRD
JOHN BAIRD

Although I don’t believe in a Rapture, the idea has been around since the ante-nicene times. As early as 100 A. D.

jjjjjjj
jjjjjjj

what Israel is He talking about the spiritual Israel, or the physical Israel? the one that loves Him! or the one that reject’s Him?

rod
rod

THE RAPTURE WAS INVENTED BY JOHN NELSON DARBY..DARBY TAUGHT THAT GOD HAD A LAW FOR THE JEWS,BUT ” GRACE” FOR THE CHURCH. NOWADAYS THIS IS TAUGHT WITHOUT QUESTION, AS IF IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF THE BIBLE.NOWHERE IN YOUR BIBLE WILL YOU FIND THE WORD “RAPTURE”. NOTHING IS TO BE ADDED OR TAKEN OUT OF THE BIBLE!!!JESUS CHRIST CLEARLY , DESCRIBES THE ORDER OF EVENTS PRECEDING HIS RETURN IN MATTHEW 24:3-33

Thomas
Thomas

It has always been around. You have not done your research. This “Darby invented the Rapture” stuff is laughable and only shows yiunhav failed to dig into history and scrpipture. Stop with the Darby crap!!

JOHN BAIRD
JOHN BAIRD

Some of the early church fathers taught a Rapture and also pseudo-Ephrium. We’re talking from after the Bible to around 400 A.D. Way before Darby.

rod
rod

remember that the tribes of judah and benjamin are the ONLY TRIBES that are jewish. There are 10 other tribes that are NON-JEWISH!!The false doctrine of the Rapture theory is letting you be decieved by SATAN!

joey
joey
The elect in Matthew 24:31 are the 144000. In order to get the esoteric knowledge you must be in the KJV Bible and convert the letters into numbers using simple English gematria A=1—Z=26. Matthew 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. 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. =… Read more »
Shirley Ford
Shirley Ford

Will professing christians who reject Jesus’ teachings and instructions “to be filled with The Holy Spirit and speak in tongues, and make fun of those who do – will they be caught up “raptured” or will they be like the five foolish virgins who did not prepare and be left behind?

Elisabeth Cortese
Elisabeth Cortese
I think the parable you are talking about is the parable of the 10 virgins. If you re-read the parable it talks about oil, and the lamps. You need to think on the word of God and read more. Doesn’t the Bible say “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” ? So naturally according to the Bible The “word” is the lamp that is spoken of in the parable of the virgins. What is oil??? Oil is a lubricant right? Or something that can create fire you need oil according to this parable… Read more »
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[…] a thousand-year rule from a holy city (the New Jerusalem). Those who come to believe in Christ (the elect) during the seventieth week of Daniel (including the 144,000 Jews) and survive will go on to […]

Brittany Dudley
Brittany Dudley
Have you read Revelations? The Jewish will be left behind, that was the old testament, they persecuted Jesus! The old law was done away with when Jesus Christ died. The Jews chose not to fallow him, the rapture is for the Jews, non believers, and Christian’s who either did not fallow the word or are left behind to keep preaching the gospel to save them. The great deceiver (Satan) will then send the Antichrist to deceive the Jews because they do not believe that Christ is alive. God’s chosen will be gone before those tribulations because they will have the… Read more »
Jose
Jose

Wow ! You believe that the 144,000 are Christian’s ? Talk about false prophets ! Have you looked in the mirror lately ?

Michael Ufferman
In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, the KJV says: “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: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” This is generally accepted as a “Rapture of the Church” verse. In addition, we talk about the Rapture occurring in a “twinkling of an eye” because 1 Corinthians 15:52,… Read more »
Brittany Dudley
Brittany Dudley
They are not from only Isreal, in revalations it states SAINTS from all 4 corner’s of the earth and ALL Nations!! The “Elect” are no longer God’s chosen people, they are Christian’s. The rapture is for the non believers, Christian’s who did not fallow the scripture right or have been left behind to continue the word of God, and for the Jews final chance for salvation! The Antichrist will come and the tribulations will begin, many Jews will fallow him because they do not believe Christ has came yet, and I know this because I knew one. Isreal is no… Read more »
Brittany Dudley
Brittany Dudley

Sorry I didn’t read that correct, I thought you were sticking up for him, please forgive my comment, you are exactly right and I ask for God’s forgiveness as well for not reading your whole comment, I didn’t see there was more to read. God bless you and thank you for pointing out he is wrong! Again I am very sorry!!

Mic
Mic

Welcome clarification on a much misunderstood term which has been used to challenge a lot of believers faith. It is important to understand who the elect are or we may find ourselves in error.

lilliane
lilliane

For once western theologians begin to get it right about the Rapture.To understand why Rapture must happen.Study the Jewish wedding and how a groom comes for his bride.The Elect are always Israel who will come out of the tribulation because today Jews dont believe Christ is the Messiah but will accept a fake one the 666.

Alejandro Yah
Alejandro Yah

Yahawah tells you in Psalms 45:4 who the elect are, and it definitely is not those imposter Zionists Jews who are running the land called Israel. The reason Yahushua was always in confrontation with the Pharisees was because they were not Judahites but Edomites from the seed of Esau, that’s why they call themselves Jewish, and not Israelites. My question to you is who are the real chosen people/elect first born of the Most High that scattered throughout the earth? The Bible says that Satan deceiveth the whole world.

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