Many teach that the coming of Christ in Mat. 24 to gather his elect is His descent to the earth to establish God’s Kingdom, rather than a descent to the sphere of the clouds to gather the elect and bring them to heaven.
…and they shall gather his elect from (out of Gr.1537) the four winds (the four corners of the earth, the earthy sphere) from (away from Gr.575) one end of the heavens (pl.no art) to (unto Gr.2193) the other.
When we turn to Mark 13:27 we shall get more insight into this passage.
The one end of the heavens in Matthew is explained in Mark as being the one end of the earth. The unto the other (end of the heavens) in Matthew is explained in Mark as, "the" Heaven, the abode of GOD, that the great multitude which came out of (Gr.1537) the tribulation where delivered unto (Rev.7:14; Mt.24:13,22,29-31).
After the day of the Lord’s judgments, the Lord will indeed return to establish his kingdom, but before this, the elect will be saved from the persecutions of the tribulation and delivered from the wrath of God that is to come upon the earth.
Is the Greek here saying that the elect will be gathered out of the earth (the four winds) away from one end of the heavens (the earthly sphere), unto (delivered unto) the other (the heaven, the abode of God), which is in accord with the three-tiered universe of (ANE) cosmology?