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.
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.
 

24:29 the tribulation. The great tribulation begins with the very temporary exaltation of the man of sin as the world’s humanistic god (Matthew 24:15; II Thessalonians 2:4). It ends with the permanent coming of the Son of man in such great glory that nothing else can be seen in the heavens; all else will be supernaturally darkened (as at the cross when He died) and only His magnificent glory can be seen over all the earth.

24:31 gather together his elect. Christ will return to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (Acts 1:10-12; Zechariah 14:4), and it is either there or somewhere else in Jerusalem that He will “sit upon the throne of His glory” to judge the living nations (Matthew 25:31-32). Even before that, however, all believers who have managed to escape the death squads of the Beast after refusing the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:16-17; 20:4) will be translated by angels to Christ’s presence, and those who had been martyred during that period will also be resurrected and “live” and reign with Him (Revelation 20:4).


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