Gathering of the Great Multitude: When Jesus sends His angels down to earth to assemble the believers, the so-called Great multitude, they will remain on earth and will be gathered on Mount Zion and Jerusalem. This large crowd should not be combined with the resurrection. They will not rise up in the spirit body but instead they keep their fleshly bodies. Many of them are last-minute converts. For saving one’s life it was enough to just call mercy with one word – Jesus or Jehovah.
Matthew’s account differs in a certain way from the description of the Thessaloniki letter: 1 The 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. – Matthew speaks of how the angels gather Christ’s own around the earth. Otherwise, for the resurrection: The Thessaloniki letter says that the living are being raptured to meet the Lord with resurrected dead, which Matthew does not mention in this regard. In addition, the difference to the events of the resurrection is that in the resurrection you change; you will have a new spirit body, while these assembled by the angels will remain in their existing physical bodies. Many interpret these verses of Matthew chapter 24 as belonging to the resurrection, but as a result of these differences, I interpret them as describing the great end-time salvation of those who have chosen the faith in the last moment of the God’s wrath. In any case, it is clear that the second coming of Jesus takes place after the days of tribulation. The rapture has taken place just before Jesus’ coming; Jesus’ own alive on earth together with the resurrected dead, are being raptured. Jesus and the saints come together to earth and establish the government of the kingdom of God and their government rules over the millennial kingdom for a thousand years.
According to the Bible’s testimony, I would see that the first resurrection and the rapture in the clouds will only occur very close to Jesus’ second coming. Those awaiting resurrection and rapture are in the midst of terrible events, but the seal of God protects them.