Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Who Are The Elect In Matthew 24?

Pre-trib teachers tells us that because Jesus is speaking to His disciples in Matthew 24 that He is speaking to physical Israel, not to the Church, and that Matthew 24 is not applicable to the Church. If this is true, how can we apply chapters 1-23 and 26-28 to us, the Church, when Jesus speaks to His disciples, but not apply this chapter to ourselves?

In Matthew 24 Jesus speaks of the elect experiencing the great tribulation.

Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short (Matt. 24:22).

Romans 11 shows a great distinction between physical Israel and the elect, and should give pre-tribbers an inkling of who's who.

What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect (the Church) have obtained it, and the rest were blinded (Rom. 11:7, NKJV).

If the elect are the Church in Romans 11, why wouldn't they also be the elect in Matthew 24?

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