When The Angels Shall Gather The Saints :: by Joseph Chambers

THE LORD IS COMING WITH TEN THOUSANDS OF HIS ANGELS TO RAPTURE THE SAINTS. ONE OF SATANS MOST IMPORTANT PLANS IS TO STOP THIS MARVELOUS “CATCHING AWAY” OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST. It’s thrilling to consider the innumerable host of these Holy Angels visiting every cemetery in the world to secure every awakened believer in joining the flight to the Heavenly City. They will snatch up every living saint also. When this occurs the unholy angels will still occupy the heavens. It will be an unreal war in the occupied realm of the heavens as this multitude of the Godly are escorted to the Father’s presence. Defeating these unclean spirits will not be our fight but the fight for God’s Angels.

Christ’s great body of saints are an awesome company. We live in a period of history when the church has become a disrespected idea. The only crowd of church people that gets attention are the compromised. Heaven’s view of us is totally contrary to the world’s view. Apostle Paul made this clear. “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:22-24) We are God’s elect and soon to reign as kings and governors. There is no greater company of people in God’s world than the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.

One of the greatest passages of Scripture on this exciting subject is found in the Book of Jude. The Spirit said, “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (Jude 14-15) The word “saints” in verse 14 was the word “Holy Ones” in the original Textus Receptus Greek. It means all of the Father’s “Holy Ones”, angels as well as saints. The saints will come to get their new bodies while the angels will come to escort and defend the total company of the dead and the living.

Apostle Paul spoke of “His mighty Angels” that will come with Christ on that glorious day. “Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” (II Thessalonians 1:6-10) I believe the Lord used the term “mighty angels” because of their great task and power which will be manifest.

Jesus Christ spoke of His coming and stated that it would be in the glory of the Father and of the angels and of His own glory. “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26) It’s very clear that the display of His Angels shall be magnificent. We shout about His first appearance when He was born but that was only a small display compared to the triumphant return to gather the Bride.

It’s impossible if you take the Bible literally, not to see the Lord coming twice, once to rapture the saints, and then to reign for a thousand years. In both instances He comes with a multitude of His Angels. The Rapture we have seen clearly in the scriptures already quoted, but the picture of His Second Coming to reign on earth is also powerful. After the tribulation, Mark describes His return to reign, “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.” (Mark 13:24-27) What marvelous glory! We all will be a part of this glory if we are raptured up before the hell on earth called the Great Tribulation.

The Angels of the Lord have many great tasks. They are ministers to the saints now but their future with Angels is beyond description. After we are escorted to the bridal chamber at the Rapture, the same Angels will proceed to clean up the heavens of Satan’s dominion. The Angels are wonderfully involved in the Seven Years of purifying this earth. The Angels will gather the Jews back to Israel after the time of Jacob’s Trouble. Jacob’s Trouble is the same period as the Great Tribulation to the world. The Host of Angels are clearly ready for their many tasks but none so important as gathering God’s chosen, both His Bride and His chosen nation.