Salvation

ID #1011

After the 144,00 are sealed and the church is raptured in Revelation 7 is there any evidence that other people are saved?

According to Joel even after the Day of the Lord begins, God's purpose is to redeem people to love Him.

Joel 2:1 (NIV) Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand-- {2} a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come.

Joel 2:10 (NIV) Before them the earth shakes, the sky trembles, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. {11} The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it? {12} ´Even now,´ declares the LORD, ´return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.´  (emphasis added)

I believe God's heart is "not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Pet. 3:9) Furthermore, even in the judgments it is stated that God's desire is for mankind to repent...

Rev 9:20 (NIV) The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk. {21} Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Joel 2:32 and Acts 2:21 both state that on the Day of the Lord "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." It is important to note that although the Day of the Lord begins on a single day when the church is raptured, that day begins the Day of the Lord's wrath which will continue.  So, the Day of the Lord is the period beginning with the rapture and continuing thereafter.  So, I believe the "everyone who calls" applies throughout the judgments.

Isaiah prophesied...

Isaiah 14:1 (NIV) The LORD will have compassion on Jacob; once again he will choose Israel and will settle them in their own land. Aliens will join them and unite with the house of Jacob.  (emphasis added)

Zechariah 2:10-12 (NIV) "Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you," declares the LORD. {11} "Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. (emphasis added)

Therefore, I DO believe that there will be many saved after the Day of the Lord commences.  However, we are also told in 2 Thessalonians...

2 Thess 2:9 (NIV) The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, {10} and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. {11} For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie {12} and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (emphasis added)

So, although I believe many will be saved, I also believe it will be very difficult for a lost person to believe the truth.  I wouldn't want to take the chance!

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Last update: 2008-11-25 17:01
Author: Elbert Charpie
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