Summary: This sermon, though not from Revelation, deals with the people who enter the 1,000 years of the millennium.

The Sheep Nations

Matthew 24:31-46

31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

33So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near--at the doors!

34Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

35Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

36"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

37But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

38For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

40Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.

42Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

44Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?

46Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.

Today’s passage is often misused by preachers and Bible teachers.

They say it refers to the rapture.

A careful look at the passage shows that’s wrong!

Misuse of this important passage leads to doctrinal errors

that affect the views concerning the end of this age.

A correct understanding of Matthew 24:31-46

gives us answers to some of the most interesting questions

as we approach the time of the Lord's Coming.

Some of the things that I will try to answer in this sermon are:

1. When does the judgment take place?

2. Who are the sheep and the goats?

3. What does the outcome of this judgment show us?

4. What comes after this event?

Look again at Matthew 24:31

And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

This passage does not describe the rapture of the church.

I does not describe the great White Throne Judgment.

It refers to the second coming of Jesus at the end of the tribulation.

The judgment of the sheep and goats takes place

at the end of the 7 years of tribulation.

It determines who will be alive on earth

and will be allowed to enter the 1,000 year millennium.

After the 7 years of tribulation end

Jesus will establish His 1,000 year reign in Jerusalem.

The sheep are the people who will repopulate the earth

during the 1,000 years of the millennium.

Remember that many people will be killed or die

during those 7 years of the tribulation.

Now turn in your Bible to Matthew chapter 25.

Look at Verse 32. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

It is important that we identify what is meant by “nations”.

The word “nations” is translated from the Greek word “ethnos”.

The word “ethnos” is used 164 times in the New Testament.

The word is translated to English as follows: "Gentiles" 93 times;

"nations" 64 times; "heathen" 5 times; and "people" 2 times.

The word "nations" is commonly used to describe the human race.

So Matthew 25:32 could have been translated to: "And before him shall be gathered all people of this world."

It is individual people, not whole nations, that are judged.

Now look at Matthew 25:33 and 34. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

The message is clear.

No one will inherit the kingdom and everlasting life

because he is an American, an Englishman, or an African.

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