One of the saddest things to me about the Rapture coming so quickly – I’ll give it 50/50 chances at a minimum to occur in May, another 25% in June, based on nothing but my own reading and research, plus that of other eschatologists I trust – is the huge number of people I know and love who won’t be saved. My oldest son, unless he’s done something wise without my knowing. My ex-wife and her current husband. So many of my students where I teach. So many of the people I’ve met along my journey through life who speak so callously of God’s existence, as I once did.
He’s not a figment, my friends. I don’t know what I can do to convince you at this stage, but the God of the Bible is real and Judgment is coming. The only train out of town heading in the right direction is leaving the station very soon, and there’s still room for you if you’ll admit that the passenger died for you, too.
But there’s also a large segment of people who think they’re going to Heaven, but will either be surprised to still be here when Christ picks the rest of us up on that Day of the Lord, or will believe the Anti-Christ’s lie about the fate of all of the true Believers on that day. Many of them go to my church, and I’ll bet many go to yours, too.
Who am I talking about?
Christ laid out a pretty extensive list of reasons, and so did the remainder of the writers of Scripture. Between the bunch of Them, they’ve created a set of easily recognizable reasons why certain people might be the ones who are locked out in the End, saying “Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in Your Name?”, and He will say, “Away with you, I never knew you!”
Let’s think about this a second. The current crop of “ear-scratching”, feel-good, “God is only Love” preachers are dedicated to keeping their flock happy, instead of healthy. They’re McDonald’s when they need to be doing some home cook’n! The amount of Scripture most of the preachers read in a sermon is less than what a typical Christian should be reading on their own each day!
There’s a problem with the “God is only Love” theory, of course – it isn’t TRUE! Even a peremptory study of scripture – yes, even the NEW Testament! will demonstrate that – look at Acts 5, for example, where God strikes Ananias and his wife dead for simply lying to His representatives about selling land and contributing the proceeds!
It used to be said of the 1800s that there were “too many fire and brimstone preachers preaching the ‘fear of the Lord’ every sermon!” I don’t want to scare anyone, but some people could use a little ‘fear of the Lord’. After all, isn’t ‘fear of consequences’ the thing that keeps most people on the straight and narrow, both Biblically and in society? I think many preachers have watered down the gospel to the point that some people don’t take the consequences seriously. I think many people who claim to be Christian haven’t really read the Bible to know if they are doing right or not. I think many people have been told to rely on one verse, John 3:16, but there’s a lot more in the Bible than just one verse.
Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14) In other words, just because someone tells you that everything is just fine doesn’t make it true. There are many passages in the Bible where people thought they were going to heaven, but they were disappointed because they really didn’t know Jesus:
- Matthew 25:1-12, the parable of the ten wise and foolish virgins. [Five of them believed for a little while but when the time came, the Holy Spirit wasn’t really within them.]
- Matthew 25:24-30, the parable of the three servants and the talents of gold. [Two of the servants USED their “talents” to make more for the Master; one BURIED his talent and made an excuse for not doing anything with it]
- Matthew 25:41-46, the division of the sheep from the goats. [Those who showed no kindness to the less fortunate were cast away into Hell immediately!]
- Matthew 7:21-23, “False Prophets” who prophesy in Jesus’ name but are really ‘evildoers’. [“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”]
- Luke 6:46, where Jesus responds “Why do you call me ‘Lord Lord,’ and do not do as I say?” [If you spoke the right words to your parents but never followed their directions, would they think you were an obedient child?]
- Luke 14:17-20; 24, the tale of the Great Banquet at the end of time. [Those who valued their earthly possessions more than Heaven failed to show up for Jesus’ banquet, and so He cast about for the poor and even the gentiles in search for those who would come to Him. Valuing possessions over your Heavenly destiny is going to be one of the most common problems for those who fail to go with Him.]
- Luke 13:23-28, where Christ tells us to “enter (Heaven) through the narrow gate. [And that the VAST majority will fail to even FIND the right way to Heaven. Like, for example, following an imaginary God that forgives everything no matter whether you follow his rules or not?…]
- James 2:14-17, Faith is not sufficient in words alone. If you have true Christian belief, it changes you, and that change will be evidenced in your behavior! [See also Ephesians 2:8-10 for more exact details.]
- Revelation 3:1-4 The Church at Sardis. [People who have ‘deeds’ and a ‘reputation’ for being alive but are really ‘dead’ and ‘won’t wake up’]
- Revelation 3:14-19 The Church of Laodicea. [People who have ‘deeds and wealth’ but are ‘lukewarm’ and need to ‘repent’]
If everyone would read the New Testament and take it to heart, most of them would develop some ‘fear of the Lord’, which would be a good thing. Over-confidence breeds complacency and that’s a bad thing. Everyone should serve the Lord in their own way until Jesus returns because there’s no resting on your laurels until the Job is done. (Luke 17: 7-10) The best way to know God’s will is to read the Bible and ‘transform your mind away from worldly things’. (Romans 12:2) The ENTIRE Bible is useful for your learning and profitable for your soul! “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2nd Timothy 3:16-17)
If you claim to be a Christian, BE A CHRISTIAN! Read your Bible, pray and spend time with Jesus Christ every day and as much as you can!!
Your time is running out!