9. When will the Lord Jesus Christ return to gather His elect? Before or after the antichrist is revealed?



Jesus Christ will return to gather His elect after the antichrist is revealed. We deduce this from the following words that Paul wrote to the Thessalonians: “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a [the] falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-8).

I would like you to note these things: first, the apostle Paul calls the coming of the Lord and our gathering together to Him “that day” which is still to come; secondly, “that day” will come after the falling away occurs and the man of sin is revealed; thirdly, Paul says that the man of sin will be destroyed by the brightness of the coming of the Lord.

Therefore, in the light of the words of Paul, it is evident that the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the change of those who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, and consequently also their being gathered to the Lord (for their bodily ascent to heaven will immediately follow the resurrection of the dead and the change of the living), are all events that will occur after the antichrist is revealed.