We recently received the following excellent question from one of our regulars. See my response below the question.
Thought you might find this interesting.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Zechariah 14 and Prophetic Symbolism…by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D., Director, NiceneCouncil.com.
I would also like to ask a question and hope you’ll have just a few minutes to respond.I read most of your articles and want to make sure I am under standing you correctly.
Do you equate “gathering” “re-gathering ” as the same as resurrection? Or are they two different events? In a discussion with a avid opponent of covenant Eschatology he is saying they are resurrected then gathered.
PaulT “The resurrection happens at the consummation when the dead in Christ get raised back to life. However good progress, nevertheless John I must point out gather means to assembly just like a hen “gathers” with her chicks and this is a key point you are missing. “
“Resurrect means to bring back to life a dead person, you do understand the difference. If you don’t understand the difference just think about what distinguishes Good Friday from Easter. And yes, John the “gathering” that is foretold in Matthew 24 is a different “gathering” than will occur with the saints who have been resurrected from the dead. Just like the “gathering” that goes on every Sunday when the saints “gather” to worship is a different event than either of the two aforementioned.”
Here is my response:
Don K. Preston