Q. I have often heard Christian teachers and preachers who seem to be very knowledgeable about scripture refer to the elect in various scripture passages as Christians and then sometimes as Jewish believers. Since starting to study prophecy years ago, I have always believed that the elect referred to the Jewish believers such as in Matthew 24:22 where the distress during the Great Tribulation was to be cut short for the sake of the elect. Prophetically speaking, it can be confusing if the word elect refers to one group in some of scripture and a different group in another. Is there any place in scripture that the word elect refers to Christians?
A. I agree, it can be confusing. Both in Hebrew and Greek the word for elect means chosen and is used in a number of ways. It refers to the Messiah in Isaiah 42:1, Israel in Isaiah 45:4 and 2 others, the Church in Romans 8:33 and 8 others (not including repeats), angels in 1 Tim 5:21 and tribulation believers in Matt. 24:22. To make things even more confusing, in Mark 13:27 Old Testament saints and Tribulation believers are both included as the elect. If you read them carefully, you can tell what group is in view by the context of the passages in which the word is used.