I heard a minister some days ago talking about the Tribulation, and how what is written, that horrid time will drive the lukewarm into making a choice for eternity, and so many will die as a result. He talked about envisioning Jesus standing there, arms held out wide open, and a countless number going to Him, even to the point of death in this life. It is so hard to envision, that so many will come to Jesus in those days, and how in the Millennium, so many will go to their destruction when they come up against the encampment of the saints and of Christ Jesus. Perhaps the reception Jesus had among His chosen people throughout Israel, and how most of the Jewish race rejected Him, that will once again play itself out in the Millennium, except that in that time it will be the Gentile nations who try to go up against the Lord and Jerusalem, and be wiped out by fire brought down from Heaven.
It's agonizing sometimes to think of such hatred. Yet, in the midst of it all stand the redeemed of the Lord, who will then take them all up with Him, wipe out this universe, and create all things new. My tears of longing, when I think upon all this, speak of my heart wanting to be there right now, to experience all that the Lord has for us.
(I need to buy more tissues for those moments in my meditations.) Praise the Lord always, who alone is worthy of all our love, devotion and worship...
God bless you my brother. I can see from your words that you have a tender heart!
Now in all things, especially prophecy, there is a right and a wrong interpretation. The only thing that makes Prophecy true and right is TIME.
I may be wrong on this, but I do not think so. Consider 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12........
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
Take time to read the whole 2nd chapter. The CONTEXT of those Scriptures is that there has been a removal of the church in verse 2:1.
Then in verse #3 the "man of sin" who I believe is the A/c is then revealed.
So all that is left on the Earth is unbelievers who were no "gathered away" as seen in verse #1.
Then comes verse #10..........."in they that perish because they e=received not the love of the truth that they might be saved".
CONTEXT and the "antecedent" of the word "THEY demands that the THEY are the people left (unbelievers) who did not accept Christ and were not "Gathered Away".
Now notice verse #12..........That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
What that says to me is that there will be NO Lukewarm people. The only people then who will be saved during the Tribulation will be those who have not heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the THEY where the Revelation describes as "Tribulation Saints".
The 1st 144 k will be converted virgin, Jewish men. They will be the ones who evangelize the THEY which are the Tribulation Saints.
If 12 Apostles did what they did 2000 years ago, can you imagine what 144K will do ?????/