At almost every prophecy conference, someone asks, “Will people be saved
after the Rapture? The answer to this question depends upon who the people are.
Those who didn’t hear the gospel before the Rapture will have the opportunity to
accept Christ. But it will be a different matter for those who heard the gospel
and didn’t accept Jesus as their Saviour.
Those Who Hear the Gospel for the First Time Will Have a
No one can doubt that multitudes will be saved after the Rapture. The Book
of Revelation clearly teaches that God will seal 144,000 children of Israel to
preach the gospel and a great multitude which no man can number from all
nations, kindreds, people and tongues will make it to heaven (Revelation 7:4-9).
It clearly teaches that God will call Two Witnesses to prophesy for 1260 days
during the Tribulation Period (Revelation 13:3-12) and an angel will fly through
the air preaching the everlasting gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and
people (Revelation 14:6). This is what Jesus meant when He said,
this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto
all nations; and then shall the end come”
(Matthew 24:14). Multitudes will hear the gospel for the first time and be
Those Who Have Rejected the Gospel Have
Reached the End of Their Rope
The Antichrist will come, “after the working of Satan with all power
and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in
them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they
might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie: That they ALL might be damned who believed
not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness”
(II Thessalonians 2:9-12). He will have the power of Satan. He will perform
false miracles. He will deceive many. The deceived will perish. Why?
Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be
These will be people who had the
great privilege of hearing the truth which is the gospel, but they rejected it.
A proper response to the gospel would have resulted in their salvation. But
their refusal to love and believe the Word of God and their desire to continue
in their sin or unrighteousness will trigger God’s divine retribution. Then,
God, not Satan, will send strong delusion upon them so that they will believe a
lie and it will be impossible for them to be saved. Most expositors believe this
lie will be rumors that the Antichrist is the Messiah. Because they have chosen
not to believe the truth that the Christ (Jesus) is the Messiah, God will cause
them to believe the untruth that the Antichrist is the Messiah.
OTHER KINDS OF DELUSION
It is difficult for some to
believe that God will send strong delusion upon anyone that will result in their
not being saved. Some try to weaken this by saying, “It only means that God will
“allow” strong delusion. Others try to
weaken it by saying, “God won’t do it right away. He will wait until the middle
of the Tribulation Period.
God Shut the Door of the Ark
“God saw that the wickedness of man was great
in the earth” (Genesis 6:5). He told Noah
to make an ark of gopher wood and Noah did according to all that God told Him to
do. After it was built and loaded, God said to Noah,
“Come thou and all thy house into the ark” (Genesis 7:1). This is
very similar to God saying, “Lazarus, come
forth” (John 11:43), to God telling John and the Two Witnesses to
“Come up hither” (Revelation 4:1;
11:12), and to the voice of the archangel that will call the Church into heaven
(I Thessalonians 4:16). So Noah went into the ark. And seven days later,
“the Lord shut him in” (Genesis
7:16). Shutting Noah in had the same effect as shutting the lost out. They could
have been saved, but they perished because they continued in their sin and
didn’t love and believe the Word of God that Noah preached for 120 years.
God Used Lying Spirits and False Prophets to
Deceive a King
King Ahab asked his false prophets if he should go to
war against Israel.
They told him that he would win the war. Then, Ahab consulted with a true
prophet named Micaiah, and after some humorous and sarcastic remarks, Micaiah
told Ahab a parable. Micaiah said a spirit appeared before the Lord and
volunteered to be a lying spirit in the mouths of Ahab’s false prophets to
persuade him to go to war. Micaiah told Ahab,
“The Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy
prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee” (I Kings
22:23). Ahab rejected the truth that would save him. He believed the lies of his
false prophets went to war and was killed.
God Hardened Pharaoh’s Heart
God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh,
“Thus saith the Lord God of
Israel, Let my people go” (Exodus 5:1).
Pharaoh’s response was to make the life of the Hebrew slaves even harder than it
already was. Later, God told Moses to go back to Pharaoh again. God told Moses
to “speak all that I command thee,”
and He said, “I will harden Pharaoh’s
heart” (Exodus 7:2-3). Moses went, but He (God)
hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he
hearkened not unto them: as the Lord had said” (Exodus 7:13). In response to
Pharaoh’s hardened heart, God sent the Ten Plagues.
God Blinded Part of the Jews
The angel Gabriel told Daniel exactly when the Messiah would appear
(Daniel 9:24-27). But the Jews ignored what the Word of God says about this.
When Jesus made His Triumphal Entry He said, “If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in
this thy day, the things which belong
unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For
the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about
thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And
shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they
shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the
time of thy visitation” (Luke 19:42-44).
He was saying Israel could have peace and be saved if they would have only
believed, but now many of the Jews will be blinded, multitudes will be killed
and Israel will be destroyed because of their unbelief. It’s a dangerous thing
to hear the Scriptures and not believe (John 9:39).
Jesus Spoke in Parables so Some Wouldn’t Understand
Jesus often used parables to teach great truths. His parables usually
enhanced people’s understanding, but there were times when what He was talking
about was not always clear. The Parable of the Sower is a well-known example.
After He told it, He went off to be by Himself:
“And when he was alone, they that were about
him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it
is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are
without, all these things are
done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing
they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be
converted, and their sins should
be forgiven them” (Mark 4:10-12).
He spoke in parables so those who were
indifferent or opposed to the Word of God wouldn’t understand. If a person wants
to reject or not believe the Word of God, that person can do it. God won’t force
it on anyone. It’s a fact that people can reach a point of no return with God.
Those who are not saved when they die have reached such a point. If they have
heard the Word of God when the Rapture occurs and they have not accepted Jesus
strong delusion will come upon them. They will not be converted. Their sins will
not be forgiven.
Five of the Virgins Were Shut Out
In the Parable of The Ten Virgins, all ten heard that the bridegroom was
coming and all ten went forth to meet Him. The wise took lamps and prepared for
His coming by taking extra oil (by getting saved and receiving the Holy Spirit).
The foolish took lamps, but they didn’t prepare (they may have professed Christ
because they had lamps, but they didn’t get saved because they took no oil which
means they had not received the Holy Spirit). When the Lord tarried, they all
went to sleep. But at midnight someone shouted,
“Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out
to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). The wise virgins that prepared by taking oil
(receiving the Holy Spirit) entered the kingdom. But the foolish virgins that
didn’t prepare went to look for oil and while they were gone the bridegroom came
and “the door was shut”
(Matthew 25:10). They said, “Lord, Lord
open to us. But He answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not”
(Matthew 25:11-12). They had heard that the bridegroom was coming and they
called Him Lord, but they didn’t prepare.
Don’t Take a Chance
Isaiah clearly said people should seek the Lord while He may be found.
Paul plainly said there have been times when God gave people up to a reprobate
mind. Jesus left no doubt that the way of salvation is narrow and the lukewarm
will be spewed out.
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found
them over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1:28).
the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it
thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth
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