Untangle Confusion -1
When confusion tries to mess up your mind, you know God is not sending the confusion. To untangle the confusion you have to ask God to give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding just like Proverbs 2:6 KJV “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” tells us.
As I mentioned before, you always need to look at who is being spoken to and then look at what is the topic. As I mentioned before regarding Matthew 24, the church is never mentioned in that chapter. The first time the ” Church “ is mentioned in Matthew is Matthew 16:18.
Matthew 16:18 KJV “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Some denominations, because of this one verse, claim Peter is the founder of the church or Peter is the first church leader. None of that teaching is scriptural and here is why.
The complete context is – Matthew 16:13-19 KJV “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Notice verse 16 where Peter tells Jesus – Thou art the Christ ( Christ means Messiah ), the Son of the living God. So Peter is acknowledging Jesus is the Messiah. And Jesus responds, thou art Peter ( the name Peter means stone ). Did Jesus say stone? No. Jesus said rock . And what about this rock? Jesus said I will build (not built yet but will build) my church upon this rock and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The church is built on a rock not a stone and is the rock Peter? 1 Corinthians 10:4 KJV “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
The rock is Jesus Christ. Peter acknowledged that when he said, thou art the Christ, the Messiah. And even today, the church, made up of Jews and Gentiles who have believed and received the Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, stand on our Rock Jesus Christ.
Remember, the church is made up of both Jews and Gentile believers in Christ. When Jesus answered Peter in Matthew 16, the “church” did not exist yet. Jesus is a Jew who had come to the Jews. Jesus had to fulfill the law.
Matthew 24 never mentions the church, the bride of Christ. Matthew 24 does mention just before the great tribulation and the great tribulation.
Matthew 24:8 KJV “All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Matthew 24:21 KJV “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
And in verses 31 and 32 Jesus explains – Matthew 24:31-32 KJV “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:”
Two questions, what people are identified with the “fig tree” and who is the “elect“? The fig tree pictures Israel. One example of the fig tree being Israel is Luke 13:6-10 and notice verse 10, where was Jesus when he was speaking this? The synagogue. So who was Jesus speaking to? Jews in the synagogue.
Okay, who is “the elect”? Isaiah 45:4 KJV “For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.”
Israel is the elect, not the church.
The church is the church, the bride of Christ. And the church has nothing to do with Matthew 24. In Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonika Paul was writing “to the church” believers in Christ. And in 1 Thessalonians 4 he tells the church the Lord himself is coming in the clouds to meet believers (those who died in Christ and those alive at the time he comes) in the air. There is going to be a Great Meeting In The Air not on earth.
Paul also tells these believers 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 KJV “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
The great tribulation is a time of God pouring out wrath onto earth and the inhabitants thereof. But God seals 144,000 Jews, not Jehovah Witnesses, but Jews, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Friends, Matthew 24 is not for the church, the bride of Christ. The church is never told we have to “endure to the end for salvation as Matthew 24 says.
Matthew 24:13 KJV “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
The church is saved by grace through faith and that not of ourselves, it is a gift from God, not of works. The church is told to endure persecutions, tribulations (which means life’s distresses in the dictionary), endure hardness as a good soldier, endure sound doctrine, and just look up what Paul tells the church we are to endure in Paul’s letters to the churches. Not once does Paul ever tell the church we have to endure to be saved.
Matthew 24 Jesus was saying those people living during the time (the tribulation) he was describing in Matthew 24, have to endure for salvation, not the church.
I hope this helps you sort through scripture. Remember, always, always look at who is being spoken to. Until next time.