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When Will the Door of Salvation Close?

Over the last few days, we have been looking at the Parable of the Ten Virgins. We saw that the Lord warned that there would be no second chances for salvation and that the five foolish virgins who were not ready when the Bridegroom came were shut out. Today, we jump to another passage in the Scriptures where Jesus warned of the same thing:

23Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them, 24"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' 26"Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' 27"But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!' 28"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out (Luke 13:23-28, emphasis mine).

The Lord clearly warns there will be no second chances after He comes for His people. The Scripture says the door of salvation will be closed to the unbelieving (v. 25) and that when that time comes, there will be much regret and weeping and gnashing of teeth, a phrase that indicates pain. Theologians call Christ’s coming for His people the Rapture or the snatching away of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:17). When God’s people are caught up, the wrath of God will begin to be poured out on those who have willfully rejected God’s free offer of a pardon. I don’t see anything in this passage to indicate even the slightest hope that they will find the door open again if one were to come later.

Once the door shuts, there will be no opportunity to gain entrance into the Kingdom of God. It is as if God's drawbridge of grace lifts, and those who are left must face the wrath of God and be eternally outside of God’s Kingdom. This hard truth is painful because we all have friends and relatives who may be left outside that door when it closes. It will not matter what kind of good life you have led on earth, nor if you went to church, took communion ("ate and drank with you," v. 26). When Christ comes for His people, the deciding factor will be, do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ?

21Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23).

When will this rapture of the saints occur? Jesus said that the gathering together of the elect (those who have relationship and faith in Him) would take place, Immediately after the distress (KJV Tribulation) of those days…at that time…he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Matthew 24:29-31). I believe the world will soon enter that dark time before Christ comes.

Only those who have a relationship with Jesus can enter through the door. If you are unsure where you will be on that day, God wants you to be confident and prepared. He wants us to know that we will be with Him when the door is shut or when we die (1 John 5:13). If you are unsure about these things, click the following link and read the study, How Do I Become a Christian? Cry out to Him today. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13). Keith Thomas.

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If you'd like to study this topic more in-depth, there are 23 studies in the Book of Revelation and ten in The End Times.


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