And concerning Israel, Isaiah the prophet cried out, “Though the people of Israel are as numerous as the sand of the seashore, only a remnant will be saved.” – Romans 9:27 NLT
Paul spoke of God’s selection as his chosen people. He also mentioned that if it were possible that he could have spent eternity in hell in order that all Israel would be saved that he would have done so. However, he noted that the prophet Isaiah said by word of God that only a remnant of Israel would be saved.
There’s been a teaching going around for decades and maybe longer that there’s going to be a huge end time revival where scores of people will come to repentance and become a member of God’s family.
Well this is not true. Let’s look at a few points of scripture. Jesus said that in the last days the love of MANY would grow cold, they’d turn on each other, and they’d leave the faith. He also mentioned that people who ENDURE to the END would be SAVED! (Matt 24:12-13)
Paul wrote that before Jesus returns and gathers us to himself there will be a massive apostasy, or better known as the great falling away! (2 The 2:3) He also told us, “Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)
So we can see that even among those who’ve declared their allegiance to God there will be many people who lose hope and faith in God because they were deceived for a host of reasons. Chief among those is the false pretrib rapture. How ar people going to be prepared for the coming persecution that won’t be God’s wrath but the antichrist! When they start to realize they’ve been “left behind” when in fact they weren’t but have to go through he’ll on earth, they’ll lose faith, turn from God, stand in line to get the beast’s mark to get food and live only to consign themselves to eternity on hell!
Once a person takes that mark, there’s no second chance to repent! They’re doomed to hell! Those who reject Messiah will receive a strong mental delusion that will sear their minds. 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.
(2 Thessalonians 2:10-12)
With all of the carnage and death listed in Revelation where massive percentages of the world is killed and end up in hell, where do these teachers of lies draw their conclusion of an end time revival??? They go to Revelation 6:9, When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony.
They wrongfully assume that these people are all tribulation saints saved by God after a pretrib rapture, when in fact it’s any and all Saints who are here on earth during those perilous tines that as Jesus said if were not cut short, no one would survive! People always talk about living for Jesus but what dying for him?
Are you among the faithful remnant who will endure to the end? Remember Jesus told us that when we are weak that he is strong! His grace is sufficient for us even in the most trying of times! Revelation tells us that it’s the callesd, chosen, and faithful few who spend eternity with him.
Father, thank you for loving me, calling me to you, choosing me, and saving me. Glory be to your name! Your will be done! Amen.