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THE ELECT IN THE BIBLE
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THE ELECT IN THE BIBLE
 

THE ELECT ...

Who are the elect?

How does one become part of the elect?

Why is it so important to the devil to deceive these elect?
 

Matthew 24:24
For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that,
IF it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.


Well, first, let's think about what the word 'elect' means, exactly. When you are elected, you are CHOSEN, so God's elect are God's chosen.

Let's take a look back through the Bible, and find out who some of God's elect were throughout history, who today's elect are, and what it means to be one of ... The Elect.
 

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First off, you have Adam and Eve. Wouldn't you say they were elected by God, being the first man and woman to inhabit the Earth ... The only two human beings to ever experience Eden (otherwise known as Paradise) on earth?

The devil deceived them merely with suggestion ... 

Remember what Jesus said …

Matthew 24:24
For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Let's educate ourselves a little bit about these false christs and false prophets that Jesus was talking about in the scripture above. It's easy to assume that He was talking about Antichrist and the False Prophet that you may have also read about it the book of Revelation:

Revelation 13:11-14
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the Earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon (the False Prophet). And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast. (Antichrist) before him, and causeth the Earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast (Antichrist), whose deadly wound was healed. And he (the False Prophet) doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from Heaven on the Earth in the sight of men, And DECEIVETH THEM THAT DWELL ON EARTH by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

But notice once again, that Jesus referred to false christ(S) and false prophet(S) in plural. He indeed may have included Antichrist and the False Prophet in His warning, but I'd like to focus on the false christ(S) and false prophet(S) that commingle with you each and every day of your life.

John talks about this in his first epistle:

1 John 2:18-22
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there MANY antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the TRUTH, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the TRUTH. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. I have not written unto you because ye know not the TRUTH, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the TRUTH.

John makes an important point. You have an unction, or in other words, an anointing from the Holy Spirit, so you stay alert and resist anything but the TRUTH ...

HOWEVER … The false christs and false prophets, who are inspired by Satan, are banking on you letting down your guard for just an instant, and they're always lurking about, just awaiting any weak moment you may have to get a foothold in you with a deceitful thought, idea, theory or any kind of evil or wickedness by any medium that will work. Beware. Don't let your guard down. Peter tells us:

1 Peter 5:8-9
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the Faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Learn the whole message in Peter's words. It's not only you that the devil is after. He's after your brothers and sisters (fellow Christians) too. So when you discover evil or wickedness being practiced by someone you know, isn't it your duty as a Christian to help them recognize the lie that they've bought into ... and who sold it to them?

Many times, we get caught up in emotions of anger, pride, defense, etc., and instead of understanding why other souls do what they do, we assume that we're the elect, and they must not be, because of their weakness. Doesn't that push them even further into the enemy's hands instead of reaching out a godly hand and assisting them back to the TRUTH?

You may think, Gee wiz, it just doesn't seem fair that the deceit of the adversaries will get even craftier as time goes on. Why can't it just be like in the olden days, when it seemed plain and clear as to who and what represented evil? To answer that, I'd like to remind you of what happened in Egypt when Moses showed the great signs and wonders of God to Pharaoh.

Exodus 7:10-11
And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.

 And that's not all ... These sorcerers also turned water into blood and brought frogs upon the land. One would think that such things could only be done with divine intervention ... especially in those days.

Friend, evil is never plain and clear ... At least not when it's trying to lure you. Evil is not going to stand up and say point blank: Hello, I'm evil, and I'm here to take over your soul. Nope, that rascal is gonna do everything in his power to hide his plot from you. He is gonna try and CON-vince you that whatever form of evil you accept ... it's cool ... you can even fit it into your Christian lifestyle. If it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 

So, who are these false Christs and false prophets, and how is one to recognize them? Paul talks about those 'magicians' of Moses' day that showed great signs and wonders and compares them with ... people who in our time seem like most of the people you encounter. It's very important that you're aware of this, because don't forget ... deceit is THE job of the adversary. 

How many times have you not understood something that was so blatantly obvious, and then all of a sudden, it becomes crystal clear and you can't believe you didn't understand it from the beginning? The deceit of the adversary works the same way. What is it that blinds us from it? Pride ... Fear ... Covetousness ... Stubbornness ... Worldly values ... etc., etc., etc., all these things deceive even the elect, if possible.

Let's take a close look at something that Paul said. The final days will be perilous or dangerous. He wasn't talking about only physical danger ... He was talking about danger to our souls:

2 Timothy 3:1-5
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Now, most of these things are ... I hate to say it, but ... common in our generation. I'd like to explain a few of these things that may not be words of everyday vocabulary for most: Without natural affection - could mean unloving, but probably means homosexual. Incontinent - means no self control. Heady - means shrewd.

What about that last line? Having a form of godliness, but denying the POWER thereof: from such turn away. These are people who APPEAR to have powers, but don't believe in Jesus Christ. There are entire 'religions' that practice this. So from where does this “power” come from? These are the false christs and false prophets that Jesus warned us ... if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

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These new age beliefs seek to edify SELF and suggest that we can become as gods if we follow their doctrines. Sound familiar? It should … It is what Satan promised Eve in the Garden of Eden, if she would partake of the fruit.

Genesis 3:5 …  “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye SHALL BE AS GODS, knowing good and evil” ……. So we see these new age cults which promise we will be gods are no more than satan up to his same ole tricks.

Let's continue with what Paul was saying, because it's very interesting and many elect may be blinded by the deceit of these things:  

2 Timothy 3:6-7
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the TRUTH.

Beware being captivated by these people, practices, and deceits ... there's always something 'new and exciting' to seek out ... a WORLD full of new ideologies that will spark interest, but they will not find God in doing so.

2 Timothy 3:10-13
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Paul goes on to say, that just as he went through persecution for resisting those who opposed the Faith, we also, will be persecuted for our convictions. Let me repeat Verse 13 once again: But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived ……. Even the elect, if possible.

The adversary is no dummy. What a crafty trick to make the majority of the world adopt ungodly practices, by slowly introducing them and persisting with them until they're accepted as the standard. It is commonplace to sin openly and even deemed as heroic.

My dear friends ... As God's elect, isn't it your duty to be cautious about every little thing? Those who aren't will undoubtedly end up in the majority. If you haven't noticed yet ... the majority isn't God's elect. In fact, if you choose to follow the LORD wholly, you'll find that a democratic system has nothing to do with your Faith. The majority does NOT rule.

Let's stop right there for just a minute. Before we share the next selection of God's elect from the past, I'd like you to think about a few different things. All believers fall. It's the getting up that counts ... but there's more to getting up than just setting out once again to surrender to sin, fall, and then get up yet again ... there's a very important process of REPENTANCE that is vital to being a member of God's elect.

Never forget, our God is a loving God, Gracious and Merciful, and He wants all of us to make it ... to be successful in remaining steadfast in Faith and resist the devil, but make no mistake, He is a jealous God, and is NOT mocked. We've read about times when He said, "Enough." … Jesus admonished us too, for those who believe they can claim to be Faithful, but have their own plans at heart:

Matthew 7:21-23
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

What of Noah’s time period … God saved only 8 from the Great Flood. EIGHT souls were found worthy out of every soul in the whole world.

With that in mind, let's look at more of God's elect of the past. What about the children of Israel? They are historically known as God's 'chosen' people ... Let's look at the facts: When God brought the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and promised them the "Promised Land," the number of Israelites living at that time (not including the Levites) were 603,550. (Numbers 2:32-33)

Here's the interesting part ... how many of these (more than half a million people) ... were actually allowed by God to enter into the Promised Land? Only TWO!

Numbers 32:11-12
Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me: Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the LORD.

These are staggering numbers. That's about 4 out of a million people that GOD CHOSE … That CHOSE God. Let's do some math. It's always good to look at things from different points of view, so let's look at this from one extreme ... to the other. Let's start with the worst case scenario.

Keep in mind, this is only speculation. God is the final Judge in all matters, and as believers, I'm sure we all pray diligently that everyone CHOOSES to be saved, and that we are all allowed to enjoy eternal life in His presence and in the presence of the Lamb. But do NOT count on it cuz stats reveal a diff story.

 The suggestion of this comparison is merely to remind us all that we ought to consider our lifestyles a bit more cautiously, because we've seen the elect be deceived and were warned that it will continue to happen. Let's just think of these comparative projections as part of our arsenal of "things we learned from others' experiences" weaponry.

 Out of one billion people, if our generation, with it's ever weakening moral fiber, can be compared to the children of Israel as far as the number of people who have "wholly followed the LORD," only 4,000 would enter into the Promised Land.

Let's crunch these numbers a little bit more, shall we? The world population today is somewhere around 6 billion people. If those same percentages (of people who are wholly committed to following the Lord) apply to this generation, that would mean that only 24,000 (worldwide) would enter the Promised Land.

Want to hear something even more staggering? There are approximately three hundred million people in the United States in this day and age. That means 1,200 people from the United States would enter the Promised Land, IF those percentages applied today. People ... That's only 24 people per STATE!

WAIT NOW … REMEMBER ... THAT'S THE WORST CASE SCENARIO OF OUR COMPARISON. The GREAT news is … The Bible reveals that there will be more.

Revelation 14:1-5
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

 These are definitely some of God's elect ... His Firstfruits. They are 144,000 JEWISH MEN from the children of Israel, so looking at it from different perspectives, we've gone from 24,000 worldwide, to 144,000 from one single race ... and those are the pick of the crop, so to speak. In other words, the number of redeemed is more than this ... these are just the best of the best.

Here is an interesting concept. These 144,000 deemed as His “Firstfruits” could be the 10% that the Jewish people were to give to God as shared in the Bible. If that is true … That would be almost 1.5 million souls that were chosen and CHOSE HIM.

There is also this scripture that says one third will be brought through fire ... or tested ... and will be saved

Zechariah 13:8-9
|And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

 ……. But 1/3 of what number?

What about another point of view ... Jesus told a parable about some wise and foolish maidens ... five were wise, being prepared for the arrival of the bridegroom but five were foolish, being unprepared at His arrival. While the foolish went to prepare at the last minute, the door to the marriage was shut:

Matthew 25:11-12
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Could the analogy of this be that fifty percent of us will be elected? Again, these are just possible numbers but remember Jesus did say that many are called and few will be chosen … That is cuz few will CHOOSE HIM. Just a lil food for thought. This next one may just be the best case scenario:

Romans 11:25-33
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so ALL Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins (Psalms 14:7).

Continuing … As concerning the Gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained Mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your Mercy they also may obtain Mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have Mercy upon ALL.

Now this is the part we need to take ponder on … O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!

This point of view is that since we are all now God's chosen people since the dawning of the New Testament, (New Covenant by the shedding of the precious Blood of Jesus for our sins, we are all then "entitled" to Salvation, just as Paul described pertaining to the descendents of Israel. As Paul said, the imagination cannot fathom the things of God ... We cannot limit His wonders NOR His Mercy and Grace! But beware, as He is not mocked.

There is one thing to consider, however, if you dare to be "wise in your own conceits," or in other words, if you have confidence in your own ideas, and you know, or suspect that your lifestyle is not "wholly" committed to following the LORD, will there not be SOME price to pay?

Let's take a look at some cautions that we should be aware of concerning being the elect. Sometimes, being 'elect' makes people take matters into their own hands instead of relying on God's Word.

Would you think that being a king of Israel or Judah would put one in the category of being 'elect'? Have you ever read about the behavior of this group of elect Kings? Don't be fooled into thinking that if you're one of the elect, you're exempt from the trickery of the enemy. Quite contrarily ... you're even more valuable to the deceiver's cause. If the adversary can get someone who is respected among believers to change sides, how many will follow?

How many times does the devil use those in authority, who claim to be God fearing people, to promote small ideas that are not godly, yet in one way or another, will make them appear righteous to the world, to slowly coerce as many people as he can away from the moral values that God's Word teaches?

 Being overly cautious about the tiny details of one virtue, can't make up for the complete neglect of another duty. Are you WHOLLY committed to the LORD? Do you have a few redeeming qualities that you believe allow you to neglect other responsibilities of one who wholly follows the LORD? Are you one of God's elect?

If you want to be elected, you have to run the race, but the only vote you need to win Salvation, is God's vote ... And if you vote for Him, He'll vote for you.
 

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