Created Monday, Apr. 15, 2002

Being Vigilant and Awake!
and not being found sleeping


Sub-headings:

Jesus' Return Surprises Many
False Teaching Lulls One to Sleep
Are You Prepared?
Will Many Be Saved?

A Reversal of Status for Many
The Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah
Revelation Becomes a Revelation
What About Armageddon?


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Jesus' Return Surprises Many

It may sound remarkable to some that most people would be nearly clueless about the coming of the son of man, Jesus, and the destruction that is to occur at that time which Jesus cuts short on account of his people. Perhaps even more bewildering is that many Christians would be completely unaware and unprepared for this 2nd coming of Christ and the impending day of judgment commonly referred to by many as Armageddon.

But if one examines the scriptures closely, I believe one will agree that many so called Christians do not have a clue. They have been misled by the deceptive teachings of the devil and his followers. That is why they will not be ready and anticipating the coming arrival of the son of God and the destruction that coincides with it. Perhaps you have read the article on The Great Apostasy. If you have not, you might want to. But we know there was to be a great falling away from the true teachings of Christ and his Apostles quite soon after their deaths. That would leave us to our own ability to discern the truth from God's word, the Bible.

But many would trade in good sound thinking for something to tickle their ears as well as a few other places, too, perhaps. These are the ones who will be caught sleeping, so to speak and will not be able to respond properly in the great tribulation. Lets proceed with the scriptures now.

Jesus had many things to say concerning this, just in chapter 24 alone.

Matthew 24: 10 And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.

24: 23 Then if any one says to you, 'Lo, here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

24: 37 As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

24: 43 But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 25: 1 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

25:6 But at midnight there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7 Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9 But the wise replied, 'Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.'

25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' 12 But he replied, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.' 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.


False Teaching Lulls One to Sleep
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Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. 18 A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.

7:21 "Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'

This previous scripture is interesting because of how it shows that many, I repeat, many, would imagine themselves to be faithful servants of Jesus and doing great things for him in his name. But Jesus says he has no idea who they are. Their works were obviously corrupt or in error, and tainted with wickedness deep down.

(RSV) 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.

I kind of like the way Green's Literal Translation puts it:

(GLT) 2 Timothy 4:3 For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own lusts, they will heap up to themselves teachers tickling the ear; 4 and they will turn away the ear from the truth and will be turned aside to myths.

Luke 12:35 "Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour."
41 Peter said, "Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?"

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.
45 But if that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master's will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating.
48 But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.

1 Thessalonians 5:1 But as to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When people say, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, is not slow but let us keep awake and be sober.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! 13 But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Revelation 3:3 Remember then what you received and heard; keep that, and repent. If you will not awake, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is the one watching and keeping his garments, that he does not walk naked, and they may see his shame.


Are You Prepared?
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From all these many scriptures, we can see that Jesus' return is going to catch most people by surprise. They will not see it coming. Not that is was so hard to see but it is as if they were asleep or lured into a false sense of security due to Jesus seemingly taking so long that many will think it will be quite a while longer yet. The warnings about the last days and what they will be like are clear and numerous in the scriptures. Despite that, many are caught off guard like the foolish virgins awaiting the bridegroom. We don't want to be so careless.

And when one considered the many warnings of false prophets, we must assume that this was going to be a grave danger to the faithful that would ensnare more than a few Christians. Jesus and the Apostles warn of how his return would prove to be as that of a thief in the night, catching the household off guard as thieves usually do.

Given this state of deep sleep and unconsciousness that would have many in its grips, we ought to be concerned that we are not also asleep. If Christianity was due to be corrupted by figurative weeds, we ought to be concerned about what the truth really is. We ought to seriously question what has been handed down to us and whether it really is supported in the scriptures. While we still have time, though maybe not much time, we ought to be like the wise virgins waiting for the bridegroom and make good preparations well ahead of time, studying the Bible very earnestly, diligently, be at it all the time so that when the time of testing and sifting arrives along with the son of man, Jesus, we may be able to withstand the heresies and trials of fire that await us.

If we wait too long and put if off, thinking it is some time away, we might end up unprepared to withstand the test and will lose out on life, everlasting life, and a damn good one at that. We need to look into these things urgently and zealously. This is not something we want to ignore.

Also of grave concern are these:

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.

Knowing that these have gone forth it the world and are all around us, we need to pay more than the usual are that we don't have a counterfeit religion just as we would not want counterfeit money or gold. Those who are not awake could likely get sucked up into the deceptions sent forth by evil lying "spirits" of ill will and intentions. And I believe this has happened on a large scale to those who claim to be Christians. So I hope you will carefully consider the many articles on this site. They have lots to say about how far off the track Christianity has gotten. That is why I used to call this site Bitter Truth. I don't expect it will be good news for many who have unwittingly been led off by the devil and made his prey. Of course, they could escape if they wanted but if they do not believe they are wrong or in danger, then what is there to escape from? They think everything is fine. It is not fine. Be concerned, be very concerned!

Romans 13:11 Also this, knowing the time, that it is now the hour for you to be aroused from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed.


Will Many Be Saved?
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But given Jesus' many warnings about being asleep and the state of his followers, we have to wonder, will many be saved? Jesus had an interesting rhetorical question to pose.

(RSV) Luke 18:7 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

Jesus assured us that God's vindication and salvation will be speedy. Still, he wonders if he will find the faith on the earth. Why does he ask? Is he in doubt? It would seem to me that he does not expect to find that much faith on earth when he returns. I hope I am wrong. But an examination of the facts available may indicate otherwise. Here are several more examples of how his words are translated.

(GLT) But the Son of man coming then, will He find faith on the earth?

(BBE) But when the Son of man comes, will there be any faith on earth?

(KJV) Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Consider Jesus' words here from the sermon on the mount.

Matthew 7:13 Go in through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are the ones who go through it. 14 For narrow is the gate, and constricted is the way that leads away into life, and few are the ones who find it.

According to Jesus, only a few are finding the narrow gate of life. How few is not certain. But evidently, in this next account in Luke, someone hears of what Jesus had earlier said and asks him about it.

Luke 13:22 And He went through by cities and villages, teaching and making progress toward Jerusalem. 23 And one said to Him, Lord, are the ones being saved few? But He said to them, 24 Labor to enter in through the narrow gate, for I say to you that many will seek to enter in and will not have strength.

Jesus here kind of narrows it even more. Originally he said that few were finding it. Here he goes further and says that many will seek to enter and not have the strength, determination, or will to enter. So now it is only a few of the few who ar actually able to find it and enter and walk the narrow road. That doesn't sound promising, if you ask me.


A Reversal of Status for Many
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Mark 9:35 And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

I quote this scripture to make it more clear what last and first seems to indicate. Admittedly, there are several types of last and first, especially in Luke. But the most prominent and common idea of first and last has to do with prominence and status. Prominent high status being first and lack of those meaning last. Jesus was indicating the attitude you needed to have to fulfill the requirements correctly.

This is made clearer in Matthew's account of when Jesus had spoke of this. John and his brother James had got their mother to ask Jesus to let them sit as his left and right hands next to him in the kingdom of God. Obviously, they wanted the prominence and status of being his two top men.

(GLT) Matthew 20: 24 And hearing, the ten were indignant about the two brothers. 25 But having called them, Jesus said, You know that the rulers of the nations exercise lordship over them, and the great ones exercise authority over them. 26 But it will not be so among you. But whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your servant; 28 Even as the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Jesus even washed their feet once to demonstrate how they were to be to each other and to those who they would shepherd over.

Luke 13:25 From the time the Master of the house shall have risen up, and He shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. And answering, He will say to you, I do not know you. From where are you? 26 Then you will begin to say, We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets. 27 And He will say, I tell you I do not know you, from where you are. "Stand back from Me all workers of unrighteousness!" [Psa. 6:8] 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of the teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrust outside. 29 And they will come from east and west, and from north and south, and will recline in the kingdom of God. 30 And, behold, there are last ones who will be first, and there are first ones who will be last.

Jesus first tells that many who think they will be saved and think they have served their master (Jesus) well. But Jesus does not know them at all and calls them unrighteous, has nothing to do with them, and they are thrust outside. And even of those who are saved and in the kingdom of God, many of a high rank or status in the former life, now have a lesser standing in the kingdom of God, evidently not performing as well as they should have and not having the same degree of ability as some who were not as prominent and fortunate back in the previous world.

Matthew 19:28 Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. 30 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.

Some will fare better than others.

Mark 10:28 Peter began to say to him, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you." 29 Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many that are first will be last, and the last first."

All the gospel writers make it clear that just because you were a big deal on this side does not mean you will continue to be a big deal in God's kingdom. God is not as easily impressed as men are. Men see the outward appearance but God sees the heart even as God said to Samuel:

1 Samuel 16:7 And Jehovah said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance, nor to the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For man does not see what He sees. For man looks for the eyes, but Jehovah looks for the heart.

Matthew 7:21 "Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.' [Psa. 6:8].

Again, these people thought they were doing a great job, but they were deceiving themselves and maybe even others, but not Jesus. He saw through their wickedly motivated deeds. The point we want to understand here is that many, Jesus says, not just a few, will come to him claiming great works and deeds. But Jesus will not see it that way. And others will think great things of themselves and find out they were not so great and receive a lesser judgment than some of their lower status brothers. So we should not be fooled at the many who go around claiming to serve Jesus and do great things for him. They are liars and corrupt in the heart.

Up to now, we have considered some of the reasons why those being saved are relatively few. Now lets look at past times and see how many were saved from judgments of God.


The Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah
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Genesis 7:7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

7:13 In this same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, went into the ark.

1 Peter 3:18 Because even Christ once suffered concerning sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God; indeed being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit; 19 in which also, going in to the spirits in prison, He then proclaimed 20 to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, an ark having been prepared in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.

2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare sinning angels, but delivered them to chains of darkness, thrust down into Tartarus, having been kept to judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah the eighth, a herald of righteousness, bringing a flood on a world of ungodly ones; 6 and covering the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with ashes, He condemned them with an overthrow, setting an example to men intending to live ungodly. 7 And He delivered righteous Lot, who had been oppressed by the behavior of the lawless in lustfulness. 8 For that righteous one living among them day after day, in seeing and in hearing, his righteous soul was tormented with their lawless deeds. 9 But the Lord knows to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to keep the unjust for a day of judgment, being punished.

Genesis 19:27 And Abraham started up early in the morning, going to the place where he had stood there before Jehovah. 28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain. And he saw. And, behold, the smoke of the country went up like the smoke of a furnace. 29 And it happened when God destroyed the cities of the plain, God remembered Abraham; and He sent Lot out from the overthrow when overturning the cities in which Lot lived. 30 And Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the mount. And his two daughters were with him. For he feared to live in Zoar. And he lived in a cave, he and his two daughters.

I have just showed you the two accounts the sub-heading referred to. Consider this. Noah and his family amounted to 8 people saved from the flood while everyone else perished. How many were alive on the face of the earth at the time of the flood? It could be in the many millions, anyway. To be conservative and make an easy number to divide, lets arbitrarily say there were 8 million alive at that time. That would be a ridiculously small number but it will prove a point. If I deliberately make the number quite small and say 8 million, that means that 1 out of 1 million survived the flood. It could easily be 1 out of many millions. But we will use a very conservative 1 million for this task.

Next consider that many thousands lived in and around Sodom and Gomorrah. Between the two cities and the surrounding region, there must have been at least 30,000 inhabitants and likely quite a bit more. Again, we'll take a low estimate to prove a point. If 3 people, Lot and his two daughters were saved, then that is 1 out of every 10,000 people. Well, things have improved at least a little bit. Jehovah made it clear to Abraham that He would not destroy Sodom if even 10 righteous men could be found in Sodom. But 10 were not to be found. Only Lot was found. So rather than preserve Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot was taken out of Sodom and Gomorrah and they were destroyed.

Genesis 18:32 Then he said, "Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there." He answered, "For the sake of ten I will not destroy it."

So we have estimates of 1 in 1 million and 1 in 10,000 for starters. Of course, it has to get better as those instances were unique in many ways and the world had not been sown with the seeds of the good news of the kingdom of God, whose seeds were sown by Jesus. Jesus' sheep, his followers, are called a little flock in the next scripture.

Luke 12:31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well. 32 "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


Revelation Becomes a Revelation
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Revelations offers us another time period to consider. In this one, it is after the thousand year reign is up and Satan is let loose to see who he might be able to mislead. And he is successful at misleading quite a few. I'll refresh you with this unique and solitary account in Revelation 20.

Revelation 20:1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while.

Here we are given a lot more detail about what is to take place when Jesus judges the earth and destroys the false prophet and the beast, and resurrects the dead in Christ.

Revelation 20:4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom judgment was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

These are clearly Jesus' brothers, all those who were martyred for his sake, and have been resurrected to rule with him in heaven and judge the world and being it back to perfection. You can find much more information about this in "God's Institution," "The Earthly Hope," "The Heavenly Flock." I will link to them at the end of this article under "Related Articles." Lets continue.

Revelation 20:5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years.

So we have all these people who Jesus and his brothers serve as kings and priests over for a thousand years without the influence of Satan and with the influence of Christ teaching them in all things pertaining to God and righteousness. What is the result after all this good stuff?

Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, that is, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they marched up over the broad earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Well, if we read the other 3 articles I mentioned, we know that many survive Armageddon who do not go to heaven. They live on the earth and were saved by the blood of the lamb, figuratively speaking of Jesus. But what is clear is that there are again nations on earth. It becomes filled again with people. We also know that Satan was bound during this time so that people, referred to as nations, would not be misled or deceived during this time.

Among those who fill the earth after Armageddon are those who make it alive through the great tribulation, those righteous and faithful to God who are resurrected who were not destined for heaven for whatever the reason discussed elsewhere in a related article at the end of this one. And unjust ones who did not formerly have a chance to know God and become obedient to Him. Despite a thousand years living under God, many of these who constitute nations and are as numerous as the sands of the sea, join Satan in his rebellion and attack on the remaining ones who are faithful to God. The attackers are much more numerous than the camp of the saints is for they are able to completely surround the camp of the holy ones. But God sends fire down from heaven to destroy them before they can actually do anything to God's people.

Now I would have thought that given the excellent opportunity and having experienced a resurrection from the dead in many if not most cases, that most would have remained loyal to God. Of course, there will be those born in during the 1000 year reign who will never have known the wicked system that had preceded their times. But still I would have thought that with a much better opportunity, there would be a much better success rate than in previous instances. Of course, if 75% of the world attacks the other 25%, that would constitute a great number and the majority, too. It might be 3 to 1, it could be 10 or 20 to 1. But those on Satan's side will be much more than those who stay faithful to God.


What About Armageddon?
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Well, if we have such bad odds during the flood and Sodom and Gomorrah, and not even great odds at the end of the 1000 year reign, what sort of odds can we expect at Armageddon? Good question! Well, lets assume 1 in 10 after the thousand years, which seems like a possibility. And 1 in 10,000 for Sodom and Gomorrah is quite generous. And considering that the last days leading to Armageddon are not nearly as good as the days during the 1000 year reign, we can expect much worse results for Armageddon than after the 1000 year reign. Results more typical of Sodom and Gomorrah. If we assume results 10 times better than Sodom and Gomorrah, we have one in a thousand. Assuming 100 times worse than after the 1000 year reign, we still arrive at 1 in 1000. Interestingly, Solomon gave us a number that he came to off the top of his head or perhaps even under divine influence.

Ecclesiastes 7:27 Behold, this is what I found, says the Preacher, adding one thing to another to find the sum, 28 which my mind has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found.

Now let's take a world of 6 billion and divide by 1000. What do we get? 6 million! Even if we should multiply that by 10, we still only get 60 million. That is a far cry from 6 billion and still only 1 in 100, which is still only 1%. 1 in 1000 is 0.1%.

For those who live in the USA, lets us generously assume that half of that number of survivors exists in the USA alone. That could be way off, with more being outside of the USA, but lets assume for the sake of the result. The USA is said to be about 275 million as of year 2000. About half that number claim to be Christian. That is at least 135 million. If we allow 60 million to be saved, and 30 of those in the USA, then only 30 million of 135 million will b saved. That means that many who call on Jesus as he said they would, would not be saved as he also said. That is pretty scary. Over 105 million hypocrites. And if it is closer to the 1 in 1000 ratio giving us 6 million, then we have 3 million out of 135 million. That is astronomical. Even worse, it is a quite likely number, too. Whether the best case scenario of 30 million or worst case of 3 million, it does not leave us with a very rosy outlook.

We know that Israel was hand picked by God and guided and directed by Him and His prophets. Despite this, when He sent forth His son, Jesus, to witness to Israel, the majority rejected him, despite numerous works of no small accomplishment. He frequently brought the dead to life. How's that for impressive! And of those who rejected him and cried out for his crucifixion, none was more active in this regard than the religious leaders of the nation and time, well versed in the law, no less. Jesus himself mentioned that if the works that had taken place in Israel had occurred in some nations, they would have repented in large numbers. It is a warning to us.

We have seen Christianity around for 2000 years now. From Abraham to Jesus was nearly 2000 years. Despite lots of effort on God's part to cultivate people, the results are never very good. We should expect no different now than has always been the consistent result of the past. The harvest will be a slim one. Of course, slim with 6 billion people still means quite a few, a number difficult to count if he or she were counting them all standing together as we see in the vision of Revelations 7:9. Certainly 6 to 60 million would be impressive in itself but rather small if you compare it with how many did not make it.

Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!"

This added with a lot of other evidence in the Bible and on this site ought to make us give some serious consideration as to where we stand and if we are doing the right things to be saved and not left behind with the hypocrites, phonies, and cowards. It is not just enough to say you believe. Further, I believe I have amply demonstrated on this web site that much of what most Christians believe today is wrong and not based on the Bible. And if my numbers are right, since most claiming to be Christians will not pass the test coming upon us all, then it is likely that their beliefs and faith are not very good. They are apt to be wrong in a number of areas.

And it is also likely that they are apt to reject the true message of the gospel and of Christ, having fallen and been misled by the teachings inspired of demons and the devil. They did not bother to carefully search the scriptures and test the spirits that they relied on for guidance instead of the Bible.

Given that possibility, we should make a very serious effort to closely examine and evaluate what we believe and why and see if there is not some room and need for corrections and a change of course. I hope you will make the effort to do that. It could mean your life.


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