Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Thus says the Lord, “As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is benefit in it,’ So I will act on behalf of My servants In order not to destroy all of them.
For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
And His He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
“Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump.”
“It will come about in all the land,” Declares the Lord, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it.
For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city.
For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.
now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?
for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,
For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;
For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.