To all who receive Jesus and believe in his name, he gives the right to become children of God. Whoever believes in Jesus shall not perish, but will have eternal life. These are the promises of God which will be fulfilled in Jesus coming in the clouds with great power…
24 “But in those days, following that distress,
“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
Jesus shared with his followers that there would be a time of distress and tribulation which would be a sign of his imminent return. Jesus will come on the clouds with great power and glory. If this happens in our lifetimes, we will see his return.
At that moment, Jesus will send his angels to gather his elect from the four corners of the earth. We know from 1Thessalonians 4 that we will be caught up into the air with Jesus. The dead who are in Christ will rise first to join Jesus. In Mark 13, Jesus describes this future event in similar detail.
What will this mean for you and me? Well, the key words to note are ‘his elect.’ Jesus is coming back to rapture (catch up into the sky) those who are his chosen ones. The children of God will be caught up into the clouds.
This is the most exclusive and open group of people you could conceive of. John 1:12 reveals that, all who receive Jesus and believe in his name, he gives the right to become children of God. John 3:16 promises that whoever believes in Jesus shall not perish, but will have eternal life.
Anyone and everyone can be a child of God. Jesus lived and died and rose again to guarantee this truth for us. The elect are those people who believe in and follow the Lord Jesus. They desire to be with him as their Lord and Saviour and he will fulfill their desire.
The question is, are you one of the elect? Are you holding back, or are you stepping forward to place your trust and belief upon Jesus who died for you? He will return for you and gather you to himself. Put your trust in him today.