Today is September 5, 2018

Verse of the Day — 1 Samuel 15:29

. . . the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s plan never needs revision.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

It is very comforting to know that there is nothing capricious about God. The plans that He ordained before the foundation of the world are still in effect today, and everything is on schedule according to His timetable. In Jeremiah 1:12, God told the prophet Jeremiah, I am watching over My word to perform it.

This truth should be seen in the stability of a Christian’s life. God cannot break His promises, and nothing can thwart his will, so when we are “in Him,” we are completely safe no matter how fast things are changing around us.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change . . . —Psalm 46:2

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast . . . —Hebrews 6:19

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. —Hebrews 13:8


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

The Left Behind book series teaches that, even though you reject Jesus before the Rapture, you may have another opportunity to trust Him after the Rapture. What do you see in scripture?


ANSWER:

There are definitely people who get saved after the Rapture in the first half of the Tribulation.

. . . I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the Word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; . . . And there was given to each of them a white robe; —Revelation 6:9, 11

These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and from where have they come? . . . and he said to me, “these are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” —Revelation 7:13-14

But there is a bigger question. Is it possible for someone who has heard but not trusted the Gospel prior to the Rapture to still have the option to trust Jesus after the Rapture/during the Tribulation?

There are some who argue that the strong “delusion” in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 is referring to people in this situation. But using that line of thinking, their salvation would be dependent on something they did, their works, which is not scriptural (Ephesians 2:8-9). The contention is that would be giving them a “second chance” at salvation.

We would argue most Christians heard the Gospel several times before answering the conviction from the Holy Spirit.

For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false —2 Thessalonians 2:11

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. —Ephesians 2:8-9

God WILL harden some hearts, at His choosing, for His purposes, during the Tribulation, so that they might believe what is false (2 Thessalonians 2:11). But not every heart who missed the Rapture will be in that group.

Also keep in mind that THE greatest evangelistic period on earth will be in the first half of the horrific 7 year Tribulation.

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,

“Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying,

“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” —Revelation 7:9-17

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