Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 5, 2022

“I am about to be gathered to my people” – “And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 49:27 through Genesis 50:14.  This Scripture spans two chapters.  Here is a link to Genesis chapter 49 –     Here is a link to Genesis chapter 50 –

I quote only the following verses.

“Then he charged them and said to them, “I am about to be gathered to my people;  bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a burial site.  There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah— the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth.”  When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

Thus his sons did for him as he had charged them;  for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field for a burial site from Ephron the Hittite.  After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers, and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.”  Genesis 49:29-33 and Genesis 50:12-14. 


We too will be gathered to our people.  Our people are all the elect, and we will be brought to Heaven.

“And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”  Matthew 24:31.

And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.”  Mark 13:27.  

In the following parables by Jesus, we also read vivid figurative descriptions of the gathering, not only the gathering of the elect a/k/a righteous so that they may be brought to heaven, but the gathering of the non-elect a/k/a the wicked so that they may be brought to hell.    

The Parable of Tares among Wheat

“Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.  But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.  The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field?  How then does it have tares?’  And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’  The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’  But he *said, ‘No;  for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.  Allow both to grow together until the harvest;  and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up;  but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”  Matthew 13:24-30.

The Parable of A Dragnet

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind;  and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach;  and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.  So it will be at the end of the age;  the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will throw them into the furnace of fire;  in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Matthew 13:47-50.

The Parable of The Judgment

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.  All the nations will be gathered before Him;  and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;  and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”  Matthew 25:31-33.


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