|God shut the door.|
So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in. (Gen.7:16)
Jesus said “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (John 10:9).
During this New Year's celebration and beyond, people will be doing what people do, they will be getting together with family and friends, eating and drinking and having a good time. There may be a marriage proposal or two, babies will be born, people will die.
People all over this world will be counting down the last few seconds of the year 2011. Most of us will anticipate a future full of hope and promise as we welcome in 2012. My hope for the new year is that we will see all of God's promises fulfilled in our lives as we journey into a new day...as we declare Come Lord Jesus...My hope is that all my loved ones will find themselves placed safely in the arms of Jesus, or grasped tightly in his strong hand if they find themselves in over their heads. I hope for smooth sailing, but I know that storms will come. I know that Jesus will either calm those storms or calm His children as He comforts us within the midst of the storm. He will never leave us alone to battle it out if we stay within the safety of His ark.
It is not too late. There is still time. The storm is coming, it is on the horizon right now. Do not wait until the storm is in full swing, when it will be very difficult to enter into the Kingdom of God. There is a chance that you will not make it through the coming storm. All will be lost, your soul will be lost forever, without Jesus~without hope.
There is a day coming, and it will come upon you very suddenly, when you will look up and see the Son of God coming from Heaven with his saints.
There will also be other angels who will gather together all those who did not regard the God who created them, who did not care about the Son of God or His sacrifice for them. These were scoffers who ridiculed the Lord who paid for their ugly sins with His blood shed for them on the cross. These are they who upon hearing the Word of God telling them that He loved them so much that He gave His own Son Jesus (The Christ) to first teach and show them how they must live, and then finally to suffer and die in their place, to pay with His own blood the penalty for the sin of all mankind. They laughed or completely ignored and rejected the free gift of salvation; thinking it ridiculous or un-scientific, illogical, or just not necessary as they believed they were good enough on their own, by their own good works to earn their place in Heaven. There will be many who will deny their faith in Jesus so they can recieve the mark of the beast in order to recieve provision for their lives here on earth. ..That life will only be for another 3.5 to 7 years, depending upon when during the great tribulation the mark was established to replace all modes of currency, shorter if they succumb to any one of the judgements that will be poured out upon the earth...read The Book of Revelation for descriptions of these)...
So in essence, these people will be trading in their eternal life with their Creator in a New Heaven and New Earth, for a few miserable years upon this fractured and dying earth which will be thrown into a lake of fire that will burn and torment forever. Even Satan, the beast that you depended on for everything can not save you now, as he will suffer the same judgement....
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20)
The New Ark Awaits
The first ark was built out of wood by man following explicit instructions from God. The New Ark is built upon a foundation of solid rock;
1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2)
The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
“ Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”[b]
7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,[c]
“ The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone,”[d]
“ A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense.”[e]
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
Built to withstand the fires of Hell itself, this ark is given to man from God the Father in the form of Jesus His only begotten Son. This ark does not only ask that you enter into it, He asks to enter into you, to give you a new and eternal life, to change you into a new creation, a new being...
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
You will be called Sons and Daughters of God, grafted into the Royal family of God to live forever in a new Heaven and Earth.9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1Peter 2:9)
6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1)
When you enter into your eternal home you will receive a new body. There will be no more sorrow and weeping, no more sickness and pain...
|A New Heaven and Earth (Revelation 21)|
The Door is opened wide..Please come in.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -John 3:16
God made the plan of salvation so simple that a child can understand it. We are expected to present this salvation to others as God gave it to us, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (acts 16:31).
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. (1Peter 4)"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the SIMPLICITY that is in Christ." (2 Cor 11:3)
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:8)
*For more information about the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church please study:
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
In Luke 12:36, the Word states that when Christ returns, He will be returning from a wedding. In Revelation 19:7-8, we read about the marriage itself. The marriage supper takes place before the marriage. According to Jewish custom, the marriage contract, which often includes a dowry, is drawn up first. The contract parallels the act of faith we use when we trust Jesus to be our Savior. The dowry is His life, which was used to purchase us. When it's time for the wedding, the groom goes to the bride's house unannounced. She comes out to meet him, and then he takes her to his father's house. This precisely correlates with the events according to the pre-trib scenario. Jesus, the Groom, comes down from heaven and calls up the Church, His Bride. After meeting in the air, He and His Bride return to His Father's house, heaven. The marriage supper itself will take place there, while down here on earth the final events of the tribulation will be playing out. After the marriage supper of Jewish tradition, the bride and groom are presented to the world as man and wife. This corresponds to the time when Jesus returns to earth accompanied by an army "clothed in fine linen, white and clean" (Rev 19:14).
* all images are from Google
Have a Safe and Joyful New Year's celebration!