Paul associates the coming of Christ with "our gathering together to him":

[2Th 2:1-2 NASB] 1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

Is he alluding to this?

LXX Psalm 46:10 The rulers of the people are gathered with the God of Abraham, for God’s mighty ones of the earth are magnified exceedingly.

Brannan, R., Penner, K. M., Loken, I., Aubrey, M., & Hoogendyk, I. (Eds.). (2012). The Lexham English Septuagint (Ps 46:10). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

If so, is Paul expecting Christ to only come for the apostles?

  • This is Psalm 46:10 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Could you put the proper scripture reference in there please? Dec 27 '18 at 8:00
  • The numbering is different in the Septuagint. That is the correct address.
    – Ruminator
    Dec 27 '18 at 11:40
  • So very kind of you, perhaps you could tell us which verse that it corresponds to in English or Hebrew, since I do not speak Greek. It looks similar to Psalm 47:9 except it is a bit different. Dec 27 '18 at 22:33
  • If you are new to the LXX (Septuagint) you are in for a treat. I like to say that discovering the importance of the LXX is a game changer. I don't want to mislead you with incomplete info in this forum so for now I'll point you to this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Septuagint
    – Ruminator
    Dec 27 '18 at 22:40
  • It is actually rather complicated and I don't know the answer.
    – Ruminator
    Dec 27 '18 at 22:46

This whole chapter is speaking of AFTER God has destroyed the nations and gathered all of His people back to Him and is reigning over the Gentiles,as per Psalm 47.

You could take it as an event during His return, I see it as after he has already destroyed His enemies.

It would be quite ludicrous to think that He is only returning for His Apostles. The LXX has a bad rendering of this verse through and through and is faulty. It says in Hebrew:

"The princes of the people were gathered people of the God of Abraham, because to God the shields of the land are very exalted."

Here it speaks of the princes, as well as the people, not exclusively of the princes. I have never heard anyone allude to Paul expecting Christ to only come for the apostles. Isaiah 11:11 tells us that He is coming for the remnant. Zechariah 14 tells us that He is fighting against the armies that come against Jerusalem.

Isaiah 27:12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.

*I Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

That tells us of him bringing the dead in Christ.

I Thessalonians 4:17 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.

That verse is for the rest of us that are alive. Those 2 verses encompass all of the believers that He is coming for.

So in conclusion, no, He is not coming for just the Apostles.

  • Thanks. This is probably a thin ice question to begin with but your comments were helpful. +1
    – Ruminator
    May 21 '20 at 17:00

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