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Who are the ‘elect’? April 20, 2010

Posted by Henry in Eschatology & End Times.
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There seems to be much confusion particularly amongst pre-tribulation rapturists concerning the identity of the “elect” in Matt 24:

 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

 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: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 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.

 Could the elect mentioned here be Israel as some ministers teach? Indeed in we know from the scriptures that Israel God’s elect:

 4 For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. (Isaiah 45:4)

 So clearly under the Old Covenant, at least, Israel was very much God’s elect. But under the New Covenant dispensation is it only Israel that constitutes God’s elect? According to the scriptures the answer to that is no. Here are some scriptures which defines God’s elect as pertaining to the New Covenant:

 1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; (Tit 1:1)

 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (Rom 11:7)

 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (Col 3:12)

 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2 Pet 1:10-11)

 We can now see from the above scriptures that the faith of God’s elect is the gospel of salvation which Paul was made an apostle of. We also see that we can only obtain this faith through the election of grace and we are called to put on the fruits of the spirit (mercy, kindness etc) as God’s elect and give due diligence in making our calling and election sure. It is clear then that the elect as pertaining to the New Covenant is the church, which includes a remnant of Israel but who are no longer regarded as Jews (see Rom 11). We should remember here that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek (Gal 3:28, Col 3:11). The elect which are mentioned in Matt 24 which Jesus will gather at His coming are therefore the church. There can be no doubt about this since the Old Covenant decays and vanishes away and under the New Covenant there is neither Jew nor Greek (or Gentiles).

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1. kingorliar - April 20, 2010

Awesome research, it always is uplifting to know that in the end GOD’s will is done and we get to be apart of it through HIS Grace.

2. paul bortolazzo - April 20, 2010

What about ministers denying Jesus is the Christ? I recently watched John Hagee announce his new revelation which he hopes will reshape Christian theology. [21. Hagee Heresy, T. 0:01-0:43] This pastor now believes Jesus did not come to the earth to be the Messiah. The Hebrew word for Messiah is Mashiach. In the Greek it is Cristos or Christ, the Anointed One. Jesus told the woman at the well He is the Messiah (John 4:25-26). Paul was compelled by the Holy Spirit to testify to the Jews Jesus is the Christ (Acts 18:5). Peter declared Jesus is the Christ to the House of Israel (Acts 2:36). Hagee asserts how can Israel be blamed for rejecting Jesus if He didn’t come to be the Messiah? This is why he teaches the Jewish people never rejected Jesus as their Messiah. Yet it was the unbelieving Jews that handed the Christ over to the Romans to be crucified.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as
many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:11-12)
There are many verses proving Jesus’ own people rejected Him as their Messiah. For those who believe in His name He gives the right to become children of God.
“Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.” (1 John 2:22)
Anyone denying Jesus is the Christ is a liar. Pastor Hagee has ministered for over fifty years. He has led many souls to Christ. He has counseled thousands of families in his marriage seminars. Yet, when he denied Jesus is the Christ he denied the Father and His Son. Such heresy is antichrist. It doesn’t matter how many years you have served the Lord; no can commit such sacrilege and still be saved!

3. paul bortolazzo - April 20, 2010

“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect…Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” (Rom. 8:33, 2 Tim. 2:10)

Elect means chosen out. The elect obtain salvation by believing in Christ Jesus (Mat. 24:21-22). In the New Testament, the elect are called the children of God (1 John 3:1), brethren (Heb. 3:12), sons of the light and day (1 Thes. 5:5), overcomers (Rev. 2:26), servants (Rev. 19:5), and saints (Rev. 14:12). Jude wrote to the saints.

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3)

During the Great Tribulation the saints earnestly contending for the faith will be hated by all nations (John 15:19).

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” (Mat. 24:9)

We are already witnessing a growing disgust worldwide for what Jesus and His apostles taught (John 17:14). Their hate will be so cruel during the Great Tribulation; the unrighteous will kill the saints having the testimony of Jesus (Rev. 12:10, 17; 13:15). Only Christians willing to suffer persecution for Jesus will overcome the Beast (Rev. 12:11).

4. wabd - April 20, 2010

Greetings Henry,

Excellent post, God be praised for this wisdom. I do have a question concerning the Church and Israel.

Under the new covenant there are NO distinctions between Jews or Gentiles believers (Eph 2:11-14), if the church is the bride of Christ, then who is God’s bride? (In the past Israel was commonly known as God’s bride).

Wes

5. Paul Bortolazzo - April 20, 2010

“…For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham…” (Rom. 9:6b-7)

In the first century there were Jews from the seed of Abraham who did not believe in Jesus (Acts 14:12). The Jews believing in the gospel represent the natural branches of the olive tree (Rom. 11:16-24). In other words, there has always been a believing remnant within the nation of Israel. Only those who believe are the children of promise (Acts 10:45).

“That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.” (Rom. 9:8)

There is no Jew and Gentile in the body of Christ. (Gal. 3:28). Everyone grafted into the olive tree of salvation (Christ) is saved.

“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal 3:29)

If you believe in Christ you are a rightful heir according to the promise. I have no problem with Christians calling themselves spiritual Israel. Praise God, we have received the Holy Spirit by faith and have become the spiritual seed of Abraham.

“That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Gal. 3:14)

The problem is some have taken a step further with devastating consequences. There are pastors teaching the rejection of the Messiah by Israel was permanent. They eagerly quote Jesus declaring the house of Israel desolate (Mat. 23:37-38). They believe Israel is no longer God’s covenant people. The result is many Christians are convinced the church has replaced Israel. The truth is, Gentiles have been spiritually grafted into the olive tree that was meant for the children of Abraham (Rom. 11:24). It is clear the spiritual blindness Israel is experiencing is not forever. (Mat. 23:39). Gabriel predicted the Messiah would return at the end of the 70th week for the salvation of Israel (Dan. 9:24). This is why Peter said Jesus will stay in heaven till the restoration of all things begins (Acts 3:20-21). Miraculously, the restoration of the kingdom of Israel will begin with the salvation of Israel.

6. Henry - April 21, 2010

kingorliar,

Thanks you for stopping by and for your comment. Indeed God’s will will always be done and His will is defined in His Word. Heaven and earth shall pass away but God’s word shall not. God bless!

7. Henry - April 21, 2010

Wabd,

Greetings.

You said:

“Under the new covenant there are NO distinctions between Jews or Gentiles believers (Eph 2:11-14), if the church is the bride of Christ, then who is God’s bride? (In the past Israel was commonly known as God’s bride).”

I have more or less adressed this issue under this post: https://spiritofdiscernment.wordpress.com/2010/04/03/do-the-jews-need-jesus-christ-for-salvation/

However in brief I will say yes Israel may have been described as God’s bride under the Old Covenant. But don’t forget that the New Covenant is a covenant made with Israel because the old decays and vanishes away. So therefore in Christ all is reconciled to God.

wabd - April 22, 2010

Thanks for the link Henry…. the scriptures you cited from Hebrews explained a lot. God’s blessings……..


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