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WHO ARE THE ELECT
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THE ELECT IN THE BIBLE
WHO ARE THE ELECT
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THE ELECT IN THE BIBLE STUDY
WHO ARE THE ELECT RESEARCH
Let us begin, shall we? Who are the Elect and how does one become part of the Elect?
Why is it so important to the devil to deceive these Elect?
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 ...
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 ...
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:
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 christs and false prophets that surround you 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.
THE ELECT IN THE BIBLE WARNING
WHO ARE THE ELECT CHRISTIANS
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 ...
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
when Moses showed the great signs and wonders of God to
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' in Moses' day that showed
great signs and wonders and compares them with people in our time.
It's very important that you're aware of this, because don't
forget that deceit is the job of the adversary and you are the prey.
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 seeing through deception? Pride, Fear, Stubbornness, Worldly values, etc.
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.
THE ELECT IN THE BIBLE CONCERNS
WHO ARE THE ELECT TO BE WORRIED ABOUT
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 - Means loving someone when it is not "natural".
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. 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
Genesis 3:5 ...
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
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
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
THE ELECT IN THE BIBLE DANGERS
WHO ARE THE ELECT TO CAUTION
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
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:
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.
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?
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"
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.
THE ELECT IN THE BIBLE COUNTDOWN
WHO ARE THE ELECT CHOSEN OF THE LORD AND WHY
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
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 is the worst
case scenario of our comparison. The great news is ... The Bible reveals that there will be more.
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.
are definitely some of God's elect ... His Firstfruits. They
are 144,000 JEWISH MEN from the children of
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
There is also this scripture that says one third will be
brought through fire or tested and will be saved
|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:
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
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.
THE ELECT IN THE BIBLE HOPE
WHO ARE THE ELECT BLESSING
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
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
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
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
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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