"Gathering includes the bringing together of God's people for a gathering of the Body and wider gatherings in regard to His coming again. In both, His people do not just meet, they are brought together by the Holy Spirit."
I Am Standing There
"Sing and rejoice, O my daughter, for lo I come.
I will dwell in the midst of you and you shall know I am the Lord."
"Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in their midst." (Not just within us, individually, but in our midst, collectively.)
Why are we being gathered?
"...with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him."
2 Thessalonians 2:1
"...to encourage one another, and all the more as we see the day drawing near..."
"...to set us apart, separate us, to manifest His holiness is in us..." (He sets us in moral contrast to all that surrounds us.)
Exodus 28:24, 26
"...to educate us (train us in righteousness) and nourish us for three years, that at the end of that time, we might stand before the King."
To Be Gathered -- a definition; we are gathered, we do not just meet.
"To be gathered is not to merely go ourselves, it is to be moved by the Holy Spirit. And we come, not on our own affairs, but having a single common concern for His. It is this that unites us into His name. And when we do so, then Jesus is in our midst, leading, revealing, enlightening."
"When you gather, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation of it. Let everything be edifying and for the good of all."
1 Corinthians 14:26
"Gather together and pray ...while there is still time -- before judgment begins and your opportunity is blown away like chaff; before the fierce anger of the Lord falls and the terrible day of His wrath begins. Beg Him to save you, all who are humble, all who have tried to obey.
Walk humbly and do what is right; perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you from His wrath in that day of doom."
"Gather My godly ones to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."
"Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has delivered from the hand of the adversary, and gathered from the lands: the east, the west, the north, the south."
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come to pray to Me and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found by you, declares the Lord and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile."
"And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect at His coming."
"They will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory and then He will send forth the angels and will gather together His elect..."
Mark 13:26, 27
"I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob, I will surely collect the remnant of Israel; I will bring them together as sheep in a fold, as a flock in the midst of their pasture."
"I will gather you together and bring you home again and give you a good name, a name of distinction among the peoples of the earth and they will praise you when I restore your fortune before your eyes."
"I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feast -- they came from you, O Zion; the reproach of the exile is a burden on them."
"...you will be gathered one by one..."
"Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to Him, that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called God, displaying himself as God."
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
"And now says the Lord, who formed Me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, in order that Israel might be gathered to Him. (For I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and My God is my strength),
He says, 'It is too light a thing that You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations so that My salvation may be to the end of the earth.'"
Isaiah 49:5, 6