What Happens to ‘Lukewarm Believers’ Who Did not Get Into the Rapture?
Let’s begin with the sin factor and why Christ Jesus laid down His life for sinners.
Matthew 12:31-32 “ Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. “
Barnes’ Commentary: […]That sin was the sin against the Holy Ghost. It consisted in charging Jesus with being in league with the devil, or accusing him with working his miracles, not by the spirit or power of God, but by the aid of the prince of the devils. It was therefore a direct insult, abuse, or evil speaking, against the Holy Ghost–the Spirit by which Jesus worked his miracles. That this was what he intended by this sin, at that time, is clear from Mr 3:30. […].
We do have the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. The reason we do not see healings by the laying on of hands today is the following Scripture:
Acts 8:18 “ And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money”
1 Corinthians 13:8 “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
It states in Scriptures that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit cease. Why? Because they are transferred from person to person by the laying on of hands. The transfer can only come from a person who has the original authentic gifts. Looking at history the Catholic Church kept the Gospel from the general public. They taught in Latin. Nobody could understand the Word of God. In the 11hundreds they created the Inquisition (tortured and murdered) to keep people from going after scholars who translated the Bible. In the 1500s Martin Luther and Calvin translated Bible into languages that people could understand.
That tells us that blaspheming the Holy Spirit being from the devil is not applicable today. People like Benny Hinn used these Scriptures to get people to believe that ‘his blowing on people’ to make them go down was from the Holy Spirit. That is the reason preachers of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit could not prove healings.
With that out of the way we can go to ‘Charity never faileth’ and God’s unconditional love in allowing His only begotten Son to go to the cross.
John 3:15-19 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
I can only use my case as an example. The infant baptism is performed by a ‘man of the cloth’ in the presence of parents and witnesses which is a dedication of the child to God.
The word ‘baptism’ does not appear in the Bible until the New Testament. Matthew 3:7 “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”
This means that the’ Baby Christenings’, on which people rely, are not baptisms. I was raised a Lutheran. At 14 years of age Lutherans as well as Catholics are confirmed. Children learn about the Catechism, our Lord’s Prayer and what it means etc. . If that is not part of the spiritual curriculum, people usually end up in church or get the information needed about being a spiritual as well as a physical being.
To be confirmed means: we confirm our faith in God. I seriously considered it and said yes although I knew little of the Gospel and what it meant. I asked one of my sisters years later. Her answer was a surprise to me. She did not take confirmation serious just went through the motions.
I my case I vowed to myself that I was going to take my decision serious and do what the Bible calls for. What I should have done is read the Bible. Satan is watching all this and sets his goals for believers in motion. My life went out of control from that point forward. I left home at age 16 and to make a long story short and did not come up for air for some forty years. Having no physical help, life became extremely difficult and attention was on physical survival, having a family and getting into higher education that college would provide. I took up astrology forbidden territory in those years in the U.S. as well as Germany to see if there was any hope for the future. Herrmetic teachings, very dangerous by the way, of ancient occultism followed by Metaphysics, philosophy, power of positive thinking, name it I read it looking for answers to improve my existence.
Nothing really worked for me except Ralph Waldo Emerson who taught that we must swim against stream and forget what the world is calling us to. In other words we must become independent of the world. In spite of that I crashed completely. Because of the occult teachings. Satan doesn’t let go easy. There was a price to pay. I got a dose of the spiritual action from the demonic realm which scared me literally out of my body.
There was no other help than God. I remembered the prayer I had learned during confirmation and prayed it over and over until a cloud came over body like a hand and sounds like rushing water. The 23 Psalm, I hadn’t heard of floated through my soul. God manifested Himself in the form of the Word floating into my spirit. I had what they call a death experience where one’s life is replayed with God’s intervention and contribution of what it was all about. My, what I considered charitable actions over the years, were all about “VANITY”. My many good deeds were motivated by “VANITY”.
I was being delivered.
Ephesians 4:14 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
Ephesians 4:17-23 “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”
Not only did I have an instant healing and assurance that I was sealed never to be attacked again by evil spirits, I was related to the fact that I would be used at some point for God’s purposes which came to fruition some 20 years later, long after I had given up on that promise.
Of course I wanted to shout from rooftops that God is real and went into a high that was equivalent to falling in love only much more magnified than that, for many weeks and months. I began painting my relationship with the Bible on canvas and one of my paintings was chosen at the Denver Art Museum out of 1400 submissions to everyone’s surprise. I witnessed with paintings for seven years in shopping malls with a group of artists.
Satan came knocking again. I sent the missionaries away but they kept coming. I asked them, why me? I let them into the house to listen to their witness. Being from Europe I had never heard of Mormonism and was impressed. My life took another turn into Satan’s territory for 20 years. I was waiting to be led into a church by God Himself to begin my spiritual walk with the Holy Spirit. Well, Satan was waiting to lure me again with this perfect coat. He knows us to a ‘T’. . The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the perfect coat Satan brought on. They use the KJV Bible as well as the Book of Mormon, neither of which I had read. It was easy to believe that the beautiful movies we saw in those years were sufficient to believe in Jesus Christ.
God had His reasons for allowing this to happen. I needed to be prepared for the future ministry I would be used in. Not only did I have to understand what cults are all about but I needed to be disciplined in many areas to be able to handle a ministry all myself without support, funding and etc.. Being a convert who do all the work and tithe, I got four church positions right from the start. They did not ask any question about one’s past. Church on Sunday, meetings during the week and tithe of 10% gross and then some, became a mandatory way of life. I found out later that Converts to the church are the ones who tithe. Only 25% of the membership tithe. Converts do all the work as well. They simply don’t know any better. The church was worth $30b debt free in 1992 when I came to the truth.
How did I finally come to the truth? I was listening to all the preachers on TV and radio for lack of Scripture study in Mormonism and was suddenly filled with the desire to know the Word of God straight from the Bible and began dedicating so many hours a day to the Bible for three years. It still wasn’t enough to overcome. God was now in complete control. The Holy Spirit witnesses the truth to our spirit to take over our lives. By now I was 62 years old and had to start from scratch. All I had learned previously had to be discarded. That is what many can’t submit to even if it means hell forever. Once condemned to hell it is for eternity.
I was led to a little book about Mormonism and what was wrong with it. Knowing, due to Bible study, the author of the book was correct, I had to choose between Satan and the Holy Spirit. I was a Temple Mormon and very entrenched into the system and liked the security of the membership and worship, it was not easy to abandon it. But I knew that it was now or never and a question of heaven or hell.
The Apostle Paul stated in 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. “
God related to Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
The reason I brought my experience into this conversation is the fact that Jesus wants us to confess our sins to one another so people can realize that sinners are saved by grace. If there ever was a sinner, it was me and God delivered me. He knows our hearts. According to Isaiah 55:11 if the Word is planted in a person, God will deliver that person, if they honestly wish to be delivered from eternal hell.
Back to the resurrection and what happens to people who are left behind after the Rapture.
The Bible addresses the final church which is now prevalent, as the Laodiceans.
Revelation 3:13-22 “ He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
The Bible can’t be any clearer. There is certainly still every chance in the world to make it to heaven.
Matthew 3:2 “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Barnes Commentary: Verse 2. Repent ye. Repentance implies sorrow for past offences, (2Co 7:10) a deep sense of sin as committed against God, (Ps 51:4) and a full purpose to turn from transgression and to lead the life Jesus taught from the Mount of Olives. […] and by seeing that our sins have been committed against Christ, and we were indeed the cause of his death, Zec 12:10; Lu22:61; 24:53. There are two words in the New Testament translated repentance– one of which denotes a change of mind, or a reformation of life; and the other, sorrow or regret that sin has been committed. ..
God can’t make it any simpler in the New Testament. The Ten Commandments were the reason for death. Jesus went to the cross in our behalf and fulfilled God’s requirement.
Matthew 22:36-39 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
There is not just one Resurrection in the Bible’s New Testament. Jesus Christ was the beginning of the First Resurrection which doesn’t end until Revelation 20:5,6 the end of the Tribulation.
Here is proof of that: Revelation 20:5-6 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
This Scripture states that the first resurrection is not over until the beginning of the thousand year Millennium. The two prophets who are killed by the Antichrist 3.5 years into the Tribulation are raptured as well.
The Bride of Christ is taken up in the pre-tribulation Rapture. Obviously the Bride of Christ would not be the lukewarm believers, the Laodiceans.
The left behind suddenly wake up and realize that the believers have disappeared.
Now what? They are going to be confronted with the Mark of the Beast 3.5 years from the Rapture. If people refuse to take the Mark in the right hand or forehead , they won’t be able to buy or sell.
In October 2015 the visible chip in the credit card will be implemented nationally. Cash is about to go away as well. Over 90% are transactions on credit cards already. Making the economy digital is getting rid of all the debt.
This verse is a short description of the 7 year Tribulation. Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
The sword points to beheadings by sword. As everybody knows President Obama is bringing Islam into the U.S. They require Sharia Law to be in effect which is based on the Old Testament, an eye for eye, in other words no forgiveness of sins. Sharia Law is already implemented in Canada and the U.S. in some states. The Qu’ran teaches that all infidels to Islam need to be killed. From what is seen in the Miiddle East, beheading Christians is the name of the game.
The Vatican has made many attempts to include Islam into the ecumenical movement. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope. The Jesuits teach that the different religions do not have to change. They can continue to practice their religions.
Revelation 20:4 “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. “
These are what are called Tribulation Saints.
According to Jamieson–Fausset-Brown Commentary:
Re 20:4, 5. they sat–the twelve apostles, and the saints in general. judgment was given unto there–(See on Cmt. on Da 7:22). The office of judging was given to them. Though in one sense having to stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, yet in another sense they “do not come into judgment (Greek), but have already passed from death unto life.”
The Holy Spirit will be removed with the Bride of Christ before the Antichrist can be revealed. Therefore it will be harder to understand what needs to happen for the lukewarm believers. I certainly would not risk missing the Rapture.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” The Day of the Lord is described as the Rapture, the 7 year Tribulation and the 1000 year Millennium, one day is 1000 years in the Lord’s time.
John 10:1 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”
To reassure you that it is not too late and that God welcomes sinners who repent:
Luke 23:33-42 “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”
Luke 23:43 “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” [Bold lettering was added by editor]
Shalom, Rita Williams – Cephas ‘blood bought’ Ministries