Some Flesh Saved
In what is known as the Olivet Prophecy in Matthew chapter 24, there is a more than rather interesting verse: “And (G2532) except those days should (G2856) be (G1510) shorten (G2856), there should (G302) no flesh (G4561) be saved (G4982): but (G1161) for (G1123) the elect’s (G1588) sake those day shall (G2856) be (G1510) shorten (G2856).” (Matt. 24:22)
*G2532 – καί – and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words Derivation: apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; KJV Usage: and, also, both, but, even, for, if, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yet.
*G2856 – κολοβόω – to dock, i.e. (figuratively) abridge
Derivation: from a derivative of the base of G2849; KJV Usage: shorten.
>G2849 – κολάζω- properly, to curtail, i.e. (figuratively) to chastise (or reserve for infliction) Derivation: from κόλος (dwarf); KJV Usage: punish.
*G302 – ἄν – Derivation: a primary particle, denoting a supposition, wish, possibility or uncertainty. KJV Usage: (what-, where-, wither-, who-)soever. Usually unexpressed except by the subjunctive or potential mood. Also contracted for G1437.
>G1437 – ἐάν – a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty.
>>G1487 – εἰ – if, whether, that, etc. Derivation: a primary particle of conditionality; KJV Usage: forasmuch as, if, that, (al-)though, whether.
*G4561 – σάρξ – flesh (as stripped of the skin), i.e. (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), or (specially), a human being (as such)
Derivation: probably from the base of G4563; KJV Usage: carnal(-ly, + -ly minded), flesh(-ly).
*G4982 – σώζω – to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literally or figuratively) Derivation: from a primary σῶς (contraction for obsolete σάος, “safe”); KJV Usage: heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.
*G1161 – δέ – but, and, etc. Derivation: a primary particle (adversative or continuative); KJV Usage: also, and, but, moreover, now (often unexpressed in English).
*G1123 – διά – through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional) Derivation: a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; KJV Usage: after, always, among, at, to avoid, because of (that), briefly, by, for (cause) … fore, from, in, by occasion of, of, by reason of, for sake, that, thereby, therefore, X though, through(-out), to, wherefore, with (-in).
*G1588 – ἐκλεκτός – select; by implication, favorite. Derivation: from G1586; KJV Usage: chosen, elect.
>>G1537 – ἐκ – or ἐξ literal or figurative; direct or remote
Derivation: a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause); KJV Usage: after, among, X are, at, betwixt(-yond), by (the means of), exceedingly, (+ abundantly above), for(- th), from (among, forth, up), + grudgingly, + heartily, X heavenly, X hereby, + very highly, in, …ly, (because, by reason) of, off (from), on, out among (from, of), over, since, X thenceforth, through, X unto, X vehemently, with(-out).
>>G3004 – λέγω – properly, to “lay” forth, i.e. (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean
Derivation: a primary verb; KJV Usage: ask, bid, boast, call, describe, give out, name, put forth, say(-ing, on), shew, speak, tell, utter.
Note: The verb “be” is used three times in Matt. 24:22 and is from:
G1510 – εἰμί – I exist (used only when emphatic) Derivation: the first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; KJV Usage: am, have been, X it is I, was.
The verb “be” was placed in between the definition of G2856 in translation. According to the definitions of the Greek terms used, the phrase could read “…except those days become abridged…” to maintain the sequence of Greek terms, however, the translation is accurate. Also, the Strong’s index does not have a number for sake and it was added by translation, probably because of the reasoning aspect of G1123. The phrase could better read “…but for the elect, those days…”It’s interpretation is another matter.
It is for the saints (the elect – plural, not possessive (’s)) that some flesh (people) are to be saved (preserved). Who would there be to rule and reign over it there weren’t? (Rev. 20:4-6) Who is this group of flesh (human beings) that is to be ruled over by Jesus Christ as King of King and His government administered by His saints? The third that is brought through the fire (punished). (Zechariah 13:7-9) What is the fire that the third which is not cut off and dies brought through? The seventh seal’s last (seventh) trumpet’s last seven plagues. (Rev.11:14-15, 15 & 16) The second third that are cut off and dies occurs during the sixth trumpet. (Rev. 9:13-21) The first third of the two thirds to be cut off and die is during the time of the first seal through the seventh’s seal’s fifth trumpet.
Note that people don’t die during the fifth trumpet. (Rev.9:1-12) They want to, but they can’t! (verses 5 & 6) Also, note that death is not in the seven last plagues. (Rev. 16) Dead people can’t blasphemy God if they’re dead.
Have a restful sabbath.