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- How Can Flesh Be Saved If We Are Taken Up?
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How Can Flesh Be Saved If We Are Taken Up?
Name: Bill B.
Question: Matthew 24;22 reads and except those days should be shortened; there should be no flesh saved; but for elects sake those days shall be shortened. Yet 1Thess. 4;17. reads 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. How can flesh be saved when we are all taken up?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Bill.
Good job using reasoning and common sense as you study the Word. Matthew 24 speaks of the Tribulation and of course the Elect are the Saints who are the 144,000 of Revelation 7.
The key for us is to ensure we understand the whole fourth chapter of 1 Thessalonians. If we do not understand the subject of the chapter, we are going to have a difficult time determining the context of verse 17. I would encourage you to begin your reading with verse one and think it through as you read.
I am going to pick it up with verse 13.
1 Thessalonians 4:13
13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”
We are simply talking about those who are “asleep” in Jesus Christ. This is symbology that simply means those who have passed on before us. ‘To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord,’ (2 Corinthians 5:8).
1 Thessalonians 4:14
14 “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.”
The flesh body of Jesus Christ died on the Cross and He “rose again“. Just as Christ has risen, those who have passed on before us have also risen “and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it,” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
1 Thessalonians 4:15
15 “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.”
What is the subject again?
It concerns those who have passed on before us. They have died in the flesh and their spirit has returned to our Heavenly Father.
So those of us who are alive at the Return of Christ which occurs after the Tribulation of Satan cannot “prevent” (Strong’s word: G5348) which means, “precede” those who are “asleep“, those who have passed on before us.
They are already with Christ. We cannot be with Christ before His Return if we are still in the flesh. Remember what 1 Corinthians 15:52 tells us, “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.”
“The last trump“. At the sound of the seventh Trumpet, all who “are alive and remain” on earth will be changed instantaneously into their true body which is our spiritual body that never gets sick, old or dies, (1 Corinthians 15:35-55).
1 Thessalonians 4:16
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:”
These two verses align with one another. The Seventh Trumpet is the Trump of God.
1 Thessalonians 4:17
17 “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.”
Now we can understand verse 17.
We who are alive at the Return of Jesus Christ, which occurs after the Tribulation of Satan will meet our Lord and Savior and those who have passed on before us.
If you would like a deeper understanding of verse 17, I would encourage you to read our Bible study titled, “The False Hope of the Rapture“.
The important thing to remember is we are not going anywhere. Jesus Christ is coming to earth where the Millenial Reign will take place, (Zechariah 14:1-4, Revelation 20:6).
At the Last Trumpet, the Seventh Trumpet our flesh bodies are changed into our true spiritual bodies.
“Except those days should be shortened; there should be no flesh saved” is symbology in a sense.
What days are being discussed in Matthew 24?
The Tribulation of Satan.
Christ was simply telling us, if the timeline of the Tribulation was not shortened, no flesh would be saved. Meaning, Satan would have been able to deceive all of the people of the earth including the 144,000. Since that time was shortened, flesh, meaning the souls not deceived will be saved and even take part in the First Resurrection, (Revelation 20:5-6).
“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished,” (Revelation 20:5). The rest of the spiritually dead people, meaning those throughout time who failed to follow our Father. They do not take part in the “First Resurrection“. That is what the Millenial Reign is all about.
Those who overcome, those who take part in the First Ressurection will “be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years,” (Revelation 20:6). It will be a time of teaching and everyone who never had the opportunity to hear about our Father will finally have that opportunity to make up their mind who they will follow, God or Satan. You can read more about this in Revelation 20.
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