Last week I wrote about a Biblical prophecy regarding the coming 7-year judgment on the earth that we know as the Tribulation.  Early in that time period, Christians will be persecuted, and this persecution will give them an opportunity to testify what Jesus Christ has done for them.  They are told NOT to plan, prepare, or script what they are going to say, but rather to let the Holy Spirit fill their mouths with words and wisdom that cannot be contradicted or “resisted”.

At that point I left off, leaving open the question of what it means that the testimony of the Spirit of God will not be resisted, and suggested that you, Gentle Reader, do some research or come to my class on Sunday.  For those who couldn’t make it, here were my conclusions.

I read the Bible literally.  If His words cannot be resisted, then they can’t be resisted.  Everyone who hears His testimony will believe in the person and power of God.

HOWEVER–That does not mean that they will all gladly accept the message.  According to Rev. 6:15-17 and 9:20-21, many will flee from God and would rather die than repent.  They believe the Word (just like the demons do in James 2:19) but they would rather tremble and seek death than seek mercy and peace with the Savior.  Why would they stubbornly do that rather than receive salvation, peace, and a home in glory for eternity?

The answer to that question is two-fold.  Many of those who do believe and gladly receive the Gospel will die for their faith (Mark 13:12; Luke 21:16; Rev. 7:9-17; and Rev. 14:1-13).  Now, to the true Christian today, we say we would rather die in righteousness than live in wickedness–but if you haven’t noticed, a lot of us who name the name of Jesus are living in wickedness even without the threat of death upon us.  But I can imagine that some in that day, out of the evil and fear in their hearts, will reject salvation rather than risk martyrdom.

The other reason why many will believe in the judgment of God but refuse His deliverance is found in 2 Thess. 2:1-12.  The apostle Paul, under the inspiration of that same Holy Spirit, taught that, at some point during this 7-year period, God will send confusion to the minds of those who have rejected Him up to that point, so that they will believe “the lie” and be eternally condemned.  In other words, according to vv. 11-12, God will no longer allow some the choice of salvation.  They have had their chances; His Word has been clear and believable; and still they have rejected Him as Savior and Lord.  Their time is up.

Would a loving God do that?  A loving God would give them chances–perhaps many chances–to be saved.  And He has.

Would a holy God allowed open rebellion in His Heaven?  A holy God might allow it on earth for a time–but that time will come to a sudden and final end.  And woe unto those who delay receiving Him!

Gentle Reader, while this is a cautionary teaching about the future, it holds a principle for us today.  If God is calling you, believe AND receive Him.  Today is the day of salvation.  Drawn by the Holy Spirit, call out to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, and pour your heart and life at His feet.  Don’t worry about getting the words right; just speak from the heart–no teleprompters allowed.

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