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Who are the saints with Jesus?

Submitted: 2/22/2008
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Question: 1 Thessalonians 3:13 says, 'To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.' Who are these saints with the Lord Jesus when he comes from heaven?

Answer: In this passage we would say that these saints are the holy angels. The word 'saints' (Greek hagios) means holy ones, which can be used with reference to Spirit-filled believers or to heavenly angels. We believe this reference is to the angels because the very same sentence speaks of human saints who will be standing before Jesus and the one who come with Him once He comes. If they stand before Him, then they are different from the ones who come with Him. We know that angels will be coming with Jesus because Matthew 24:30-31 says, 'They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds.' And 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says, 'For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.' And 2 Thessalonians 1:7 says, 'When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels.'