SALVATION AFTER THE RAPTURE  


 
SALVATION AFTER THE RAPTURE
 

THE PRINCIPLE

Joel 2:32
The invitation, “whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved” is stated in connection with the arrival of the day of the Lord and is valid throughout the entire period of judgment.
 
Salvation has always been the same. The basic message of the gospel (just as it has been since Adam’s fall, thus, the EVERLASTING gospel) is, “fear God and give Him glory.” This is expressed through total trust (faith) in the person and work of Jesus the Messiah/Savior. Those in the Old Testament were saved by faith in the COMING of the Savior and his work on the cross. NT people are saved by looking back to the historical reality of Messiah’s work on the cross.
 
After the rapture (prewrath), there will be many people left on the earth to go through the trumpet and bowl judgments. From among these, many will be saved - by total trust (faith) in God the Father and the person and work of Jesus the Messiah/Savior. Same way as we are. The fact that the rapture has taken place does not in any way affect HOW someone gets saved. It will be the same in the Kingdom age also. Those born to the believers who “begin” the kingdom, will have to be saved by faith in Christ. The difference will be the fact that He will be personally reigning on the earth - but that does not change the spiritual responsibility they all have to accept Him as savior.
 
Although the kingdom begins with ONLY believers, all who are born after that must become believers by faith in the Father and the Son.
Eventually, over the course of the 1000 year reign, the “seed” of spiritual truth will become watered down and there will be many - in fact, a vast majority - of the people who will REMAIN unbelievers as adults. Overt rebellion against God will be discouraged, but there can be no control over what is in a person’s soul. It is these who are organized by Satan when he is released at the end of the 1000 years, and they will OVERTLY rebel against God and attack Jerusalem (Revelation 20:7-9).
 
 EVIDENCE OF SALVATION IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION
 
1. At Rev. 9:4, the demon “locusts” hurt only those who do NOT have the seal, of God. That suggests that not only will every believer get the seal, but that there are in fact, people on the earth who are believers during the trumpet judgments. There are at least the 144k bond servants who are believers and are alive at this time.
 
2. The 144,000 are converted after the return of Jesus: Rev.7:1-8
     A. If they were saved before Jesus returns, they would go up at the
         rapture.
     B. They are mentioned after Rev. 6:12-15, which is when Jesus
         returns. All the 6th seal tells us is, “here He comes” and He is
         bringing wrath.
     C. At Rev. 7:1-3, the 144,000 are viewed as still UNSEALED
         and still needing to make a salvation decision for Messiah.
     D. And the wrath is actually held back until this special group does
         get saved.
     E. In addition, they are NOT sealed BEFORE the Day of the Lord
         judgments. Rev. 7:3 says, “do not harm . . . UNTIL we have sealed. . .”
 
3. After the rapture the everlasting gospel will be proclaimed to the whole world probably by the 144k bondservants. Rev. 14:6-7, “Reverence God, Give Him glory, worship.”
This constitutes faith in His plan of salvation, which is faith in Christ.
Obviously, if the gospel is being proclaimed, the purpose is to gain converts.
The only service that makes sense in context is evangelistic in nature, and as we will see later, there is much evangelistic activity occurring during this time of judgment.
 
4. It Appears that a large group of people in Jerusalem respond to this gospel message and “and the rest became terrified and glorified the God of heaven.” Revelation 11:13.
They became emphobos: terrified is the initial reaction, but they were then convicted based on gospel information they had heard and responded with acceptance and glorification of God.
This expression from “the rest” fulfills the requirements of the everlasting gospel mentioned at Rev. 14:7. It is through recognizing God in this manner that these people also trust in God’s Messiah, Jesus.
This group of people designated as “the rest” will not include people who have taken the mark of the beast. Thus we find in
Jerusalem at this time a large group of people who are unsaved resisters to beast worship, and yet have not been killed off by the beast. They have probably been living underground, barely surviving and are “shaken” out of hiding by this great earthquake. I think we see these resisters at Zechariah 12:5-8 as “the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”

5. At Revelation 11, we learn about the TWO witnesses who have a ministry centered in
Jerusalem, although having a worldwide impact, thanks to media technology. These TWO will testify for exactly 1260 days, from the midpoint of the week until its end, thus both before and after the Day of the Lord return of Jesus.
 
These two are uniquely protected from physical harm until the end of their ministry. The nature of their ministry is confrontational. It is a ministry of judgment, condemning and afflicting those who oppose them. Yet the content of their message will still be (indeed, must be) the everlasting gospel.
Proving the identification of these two witnesses is not pertinent to this study, but my research concludes them to be Moses and Elijah.
See Topic: The Two Witnesses
 
With that in view, the activities associated with them finds correlation with what Moses and Elijah did and with what is prophesied that Elijah will do.
Thus, we find an afflicting, judgment type ministry and one that specifically appeals to national Israel to return to true Messiah worship, thus proclaiming the everlasting gospel.
Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.
“And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to {their} children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.”
 
Concerning this, Jesus said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things;” (Matt. 17:11).
Restore all things here, refers to Israel’s restoration to spiritual union with God. Just as Paul writes, “and thus, all Israel will be saved,” (Rom. 11:26).
This is done in three stages:
First, the arrival in the clouds of the sky with power and great glory, which will initiate the DOL judgments as a precursor to Israel’s deliverance.
Second, through the many Jewish converts during the Day of the Lord events, beginning with the 144,000, but including many more.
According to Ezekiel 34:15-24, these are designated as the “lean” sheep.
At Isaiah 59:20, it says, “And a Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” declares the LORD.
Paul who quotes Isaiah (Rom. 11:26), writes, “thus, all Israel will be saved.”

This means that there will come a time when everyone alive on the earth in the nation of Israel will be saved. This happens after Armageddon and after the separation of the bad sheep from the good sheep so that the kingdom begins with only believers.
The Lord comes back to Zion when He descends physically to the earth to deliver those who have already accepted Him. This is when He comes to rescue them from the armies that are surrounding Jerusalem and filling up Palestine.
Then, stage three, is after Armageddon and takes the next 45 days (Dan. 12:12) to complete. During this time, according to Ezekiel 34:15-24, Yahweh/Messiah will separate the fat and strong sheep from the lean. That is, He will separate the unbeliever from the believer, and the believers will then constitute the “saved” nation of Israel to go alive into Messiah’s kingdom.
How do they get saved during the Day of the Lord activities?
People are saved through the proclamation of the everlasting gospel, by the 144,000 (worldwide) and by the TWO witnesses in the Palestinian area.
It is after this that the Northern alliance of nations will invade Jerusalem, having been pushing against the kingdom of the beast throughout the world, for several months. And then after this, Messiah will come down to the Mount of Olives to rescue the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the clans of Judah (Zech. 12:7).
Jesus said to the NATION - “you will not see Me again UNTIL you say, “’Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
Ie, they will recognize Jesus as the Messiah FIRST and “turn from transgression” (Isaiah 59:20), and THEN Jesus descends to the earth and presents himself to the NATION.
I suggest that this refers to the nation as a whole which will be rescued by his physical descent to the earth during the Armageddon campaign, and not to individuals who see his arrival in the clouds, along with “every eye shall see.”
 
6. Rev. 20:7-9
All Christians are raptured at the Day of the Lord return of Jesus.
The only ones left on the earth are unbelievers.
BUT - from these, many will get saved.
The beast will still be reigning and trying to implement his agenda of beast worship and persecuting God’s people. However, his activity will be greatly restrained because of the trumpet judgments.
Even so, out from among these believers, many will be martyred,
beheaded by the beast.
   
A. The tribulation starts at the MIDPOINT of the week. There will be many
        difficulties for those who do not worship the beast (seals 2-4), and specifically
        many will be killed for their faith (5th seal).
    B. After the tribulation at an unknown day and hour, the rapture will occur,
        and all believers will be removed from the earth.
        Mat. 24:29-31; Rev. 6:12-17; 7:9ff. This is the 6th seal.
    C. Then come the trumpet and bowl judgments of the 7th seal and 7th trumpet,
         Rev. 8-9; 15-16.
    D. Then the battle of Armageddon.
    E. AFTER THAT, before the kingdom starts, another group is raised up
        (Rev. 20:4). These are those who were martyred between the rapture
         and Armageddon.
         1. The ones who were raptured are mentioned at the first of v. 4, “I saw
             thrones and they sat upon them.” This is the body of Christ in heaven.
           2. THEN those who were martyred at the hands of the beast ONLY are
             raised up, “
AND
I saw,” and they join with the others to reign upon the
             earth together with Christ.
         3. These can ONLY be people who became believers after the rapture.
 
EVIDENCE OF SALVATION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
1. Jerusalem will become filled with believers before Armageddon.
    Zechariah 12:5-8
“A strong support for us are the inhabitants of
Jerusalem through Yahweh of the armies, their God.”
2. When does Jerusalem become filled with believers?
Probably right after the TWO witnesses ascend to God and the earthquake destroys 1/10 of the city and kills 7,000 people (Rev. 11:13).
“And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; and seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

3. Isaiah 59:18-20
Many Jews will believe BEFORE Jesus descends to the mount of Olives.
“And a redeemer will come to
Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob.”
 
4. Many citizens of Egypt will become believers before the battle of Armageddon.
Isaiah 19:17, "The
land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the purpose of the Lord of hosts which He is purposing against them."
 
Because Egypt will move against the king of the West into Palestine, "Judah will become a terror to Egypt." Not because Judah does anything at this time, but because "Judah" or rather the attack against Judah is what causes terror to Egypt through the counter attack from the King of the W.
In other words, it is BECAUSE they messed with
Judah, that they reap judgment as God allows the king of the West to defeat them.
 
But this terror upon Egypt will actually become a source of blessing.
Isaiah 19:22, God's judgment on
Egypt will be both striking and healing.
When
Egypt receives this crushing blow from the king of the west (the beast), it will elicit in the inhabitants of Egypt a response of trust toward God. The people as a whole will call out to God and God will deliver them.
The invitation of Joel 2:32 applies to everyone during the Day of the Lord.
"Whoever will call upon the name of Yahweh will be saved."

Thus, after the beast moves on to the other countries, eventually arriving in
Megiddo, he will be destroyed there by Jesus. Egypt, as well as other countries will thus be delivered from the oppression of the beast.
After the dust settles, the surviving peoples of the world will be evaluated (Mat. 25:32-46).
The sheep (believers) will be divided from the goats (unbelievers),  and judged accordingly.
The believers will go into Messiah's earthly kingdom (Zech.
14:16).
The unbelievers will go into Hades to await the last judgment.
Egypt will have a large population of believers to go alive into the kingdom.
 
Isaiah 19:18, "In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction."
Again, "in that day" refers to the time period of the day of the Lord. This time the focus is after the battles have all been resolved and the kingdom has started.
The reference to "the city of destruction" is probably the idea that
ONE OF THE FIVE will be designated as an historical "reminder" or memoriam of all that happened during the day of the Lord judgments. This is suggested by verses 19-20. The "pillar" will be a sign and a "witness" BECAUSE, "they will cry to Yahweh because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them."
 
Isaiah 19:19-20, "In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them."
 
The blessing on Egypt that is described here is BECAUSE they called out to Yahweh.
There will be many people of
Egypt who did not take the mark of the beast. These will turn to the Lord during the time of oppression and Jesus the Messiah will rescue them
There will be world-wide evangelism during the whole time period of the 70th week.
Isaiah 19:21a, "Thus the Lord will make Himself known to
Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day."
Apparently, and finally, the people of
Egypt (and Assyria) will be impacted by the message and accept it. I suggest that this "impact" will be made upon the people during the time from Christ's arrival in the clouds and His physical descent to the earth several months later. There will be many, many people who become believers after the rapture and during the day-of-the-Lord judgments.
There will be:
(1) The evangelistic message of the church up to the arrival of Jesus at the 6th seal of Revelation 6.
      Matthew 26:14;
10:23; Daniel 11:35; Isaiah 42:10-17; 52:6-7 (Romans 10:15).
(2) The visible and glorious appearance of Jesus in the clouds of the sky at the inception of the
DOL.
(3) The evangelistic message will continue with the 144,000 Jewish bond-servants. Rev. 14:1-7;
Isaiah 52:8-10; 24:14-16a; 40:9-11; 62:6-12
     A. Messengers within the city of Jerusalem: Isaiah 62:6-7
     B. Messengers outside the city: Isaiah 62:10-11
(4) The two witnesses of Revelation 11 will have their 3 1/2 year ministry.
(5) The judgments of the trumpets and bowls. Isaiah 5:10; 26:9
(6) The visible PHYSICAL descent of Jesus to the Earth at Revelation
19:11.
All of this will make an impact all throughout the world
 
Verse 21b,  They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it."
 
This will occur during the Messiah's kingdom and is summarized at Zechariah 14:16, "Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths."
The unbelievers will be removed from the believers during the sheep and Goat evaluation described by Jesus at Matthew 25:31-46.
Also the unbelieving Jews will be removed out from among the believing Jews in the separation described at Ezekiel 34:17-2.
 
 Isaiah 19:22 gives the summary of the judgment and the blessing.
"And the Lord will strike
Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them.
 
5. At Ezek. 34:11-31 - Israel begins to be regathered back to the land prior to the 70th week. After the Day of the Lord, many will be converted to Jesus. Then after Armageddon, the believers will be separated from the  believers will go alive into the kingdom to populate Palestine and partake of the “earthly” blessings under Messiah’s rule.
Ezekiel 20:33-44 with special focus on verses 37-38.
 “I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant;  and I will purge from you the rebels and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the land where they sojourn, but they will not enter the
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land of Israel. Thus you will know that I am the Lord.
This indicates clearly that there will be believers on the earth jut before the establishment of the kingdom and that the unbelievers will be removed from believers.
Chapter 37 reviews that gathering process and ends with the kingdom blessing at verses 22-28.
6. Zech. 14:16, there will be people from the nations of the world who become believers before the kingdom starts. These the survivors of the nations will begin the kingdom in “worship mode” because they are believers.
7. Isaiah 45:16, unbelievers will be removed from the earth.
This means that it is only believers who enter into the kingdom.
8. 59:19, there will be salvation during the time of  judgment.
9. Isaiah 60:21, There will be no unbelieving Jews who enter into the kingdom. It starts with only believing Jews and Gentiles.
 
THE SALVATION OF THE GENTILES
During the 1000 year reign of the Messiah, the universal aspects of God’s covenant with Abraham (“in you shall all the nations of the earth be blessed”), which include not only salvation (Gal. 3:8), but also “physical” blessings, will be fully realized.
1. The Gentiles who enter into the kingdom will be believers.
Is. 2:4;  18:1-7;  Jer.
3:17; 16:19-21; Zeph. 2:11; 3:9; Zech. 14:16-19
2. Mat. 25:31-46, the separation of the sheep and goats, recognizes the existence of RIGHTEOUS “sheep” on the earth after Armageddon and the removal of the unrighteous goats, when Jesus prepares to establish His physical reign.

3. Ezek. 38:23
“And I shall magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am Yahweh.”’
This indicates that everyone who goes alive into the millennium will be saved.

4. Zechariah 14:16, “the survivors of the nations” are believers who enter the kingdom and worship the Lord.
 
 

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