GOD is "not willing that that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3: 9,NKJV). Still, He leaves it up to each individual to make that decision for himself or herself. Whichever he or she decides, of course, does not take GOD by surprise. He knew before the foundation of the world when each person would be born and then born again. During the turmoil of the Tribulation period, two kinds of decisions will be made. First, a "vast crowd, too great to count" (Revelation 7: 9), will believe the truth of GOD as preached by the 144,000 witnesses and the two special witnesses who will have special miraculous powers. Obviously, GOD will go to great lengths during that period to get the truth to all of those willing to receive it.
As it is in our da, the majority who live through the Tribulation will reject that truth because they find pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2: 12). It is for the same reason that many people reject the truth of the gospel today. Loving their indulgences in some particular sin, they are unwilling to give up that pleasure and receive JESUS. Thus, their indulgences damn their soul for eternity. These will accept the lies of the Antichrist who will take the mark on the back of the right hand and place it on their forehead. Most of these will refuse to hear the preaching of the 144,000 servants of GOD and the two supernatural witnesses of the Tribulation ( Revelation 7 and 11). They will choose Antichrist over Christ. They will not reverse that decision, once made. GOD will then send them a delusion to continue believing Satan's lies.
How wonderful that such is not the case today. Many receive the LORD. But the best thing is that those who did not receive Him can still change their minds. This is why the Bible calls every day "the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6: 2) - or as we might phrase it, a " day of decision."
Yes, the gospel shall be preached to all before our Lord returns. We have very little left before Jesus comes back and we must now be sharing Christ with others. We need to pray for them to be brought into the kingdom, and investing our time for them is so crucial now. We must not love our lives at the expanse of not giving our lives for others. The best place to be now is to be in the closure and dedicate ourselves to serve our living God.
Thanks Deline, such a profound truth. The end time is now, looking forward to the second coming!
Awesome message for the hour... Very true!!!!!!