Mike Plunkett (30 Jan 2022)
"Re: Garry B's Reading Suggestions For Me"


"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." John 10:16 

Dear Gary & Doves,

Thank you for your suggestions. I did reread John 10:16 as well as all of John 10. I still understand that John 10:16 refers to Judah & Israel. Israel is identified as God’s sheep.  "These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Matthew 10:5-6    


I also reread Matthew 24: 29 - 31

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 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.

There's nothing about the dead in Christ being resurrected. There is nothing about where the angels are gathering these people to? There is nothing about going to heaven in glorified bodies. I think the context favors the interpretation that these are the elect that survived the Tribulation and are being gathered into the earthly kingdom - the Millennium.

In your note to me you said that "Paul was first to reveal it to the Gentiles." Actually, Paul was the first to reveal it to both the Jews & the Gentiles. “…[Paul] is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel…” – Acts 9:15

Please see Justin's Johnson's excellent article "The Mystery of Christ to Jews Also." https://graceambassadors.com/midacts/the-mystery-of-christ-to-jews-also 

It is interesting to note that Paul wrote over half of the books (14 of 27) post-Malachi with Hebrews being a transitional book (Acts is also transitional): Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Philemon, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus and Hebrews (probably assisted by Luke).

All the Best,
Mike P.