Tuesday, February 23, 2016

When the Door of Noah's Ark is Shut, Again

The Animals gather before the door is shut

The Bible is replete with the joys that are to come for the true believer. Jesus will one day return and His feet will descend to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem along with all of His saints. His purpose to setup His Millennial rule as the Messiah, prepare the wedding feast for all true believers, and to put an end to the evil and oppression we see so widespread in the world today. Jude put it this way:

Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." Jude 1:14-15 (NKJV)

But leading up to those days the Bible describes a time that most have, at least heard of, called the Tribulation Period—sometimes referred to as the 70th week of Daniel, Dan. 9:24-27, or the Time of Jacobs Trouble, Jer. 30:7, even encompassing the final 3 ½ years called the Great Tribulation Jesus spoke of in Mt. 24:21-22, For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.” It will be during this terrible time on earth, prior to the Second Advent of Jesus to the earth, that wickedness will reign and the majority of the worlds inhabitants will fall headlong for the false signs and lying wonders the Apostle Paul spoke of in 2 Thess. 2:1-12. Specifically, a section of the passage warns:

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJV)

That passage is why, as a true believer, I am so adamant about all mankind receiving Jesus now—not later!! In my lifetime I have personally witnessed to multitudes of people who say they are just not ready yet. They believe in God and in Jesus as truly existing but they are not ready to accept Him as Lord and Savior. Instead they continue to reject Him. One day they will no longer be able to accept Him because the strong delusion that God sends will not allow their self-hardened heart to believe. The door to Noah’s Ark, so to speak, will be shut. Gen. 7:16 says, So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.At that moment, while the rains began to pound the earth, and the volcanic eruptions, and fountains of the deep began to gush upward, it was too late to get into the Ark. Some will say, “It’s never too late to be saved.” That is true, as long as Christ has not taken His church to heaven yet, via the Rapture of 1 Cor. 15:51-52. For clarity’s sake I will quote the whole context, verse numbers included:

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed--
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
55 "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (NKJV)

Once the Bride of Christ is Raptured, the door will be shut on those who have continually said “No” to Jesus. Yes, there will be a multitude that is saved during the tribulation. They will have their robes washed white in the blood of the Lamb. But these are they who had never heard nor understood the gospel. Sadly, those who have, and have rejected Jesus prior to this time are not included. The door to heaven is shut on them and the delusion will control their lives. Only God can make the distinction. Concerning those saved during the Tribulation, the conversation in heaven is as follows:
Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?"
And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.
They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;
for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Revelation 7:13-17 (NKJV)

So my friend, I am appealing to you again; please listen to the Word’s of Jesus! He calls out to you and simply invites you to heaven, to partake of the future blessings of eternity. Today He is still calling and the door to the Ark is wide open. What hinders you from believing? Jesus died upon that cross as a substitute for your sin. He took upon Himself the punishment and judgment of your sin, 2 Cor. 5:21. He extends His nail-scarred hands asking you to take upon yourself His righteousness in exchange for your sin. The offer is incredible!! Who else can make that offer? Can the world save you? Can the world clothe you with a righteousness that satisfies the Father? …Of course not. All it can offer is oppression, rape, murder, lies, thefts, and unholy behavior, none of which will be in heaven.

Listen to His offer in Mt. 11:28-29

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

And again in Romans 10:8-10:

But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."

Forget what the world says in all of its empty philosophy and arguments. It is passing away. But Jesus, and His heaven, will be around forever!

God Bless

Bro. Mike


Anonymous said...

Awesome Message, Praying many will be led to read, if ok would love to forward it out?

Michael (Mike) Henderson said...

In case you did not get my email ...Shout it from the rooftops!!!!

God Bless!!