Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on July 6, 2012 at 9:15 PM|
A Brother asks… “People say that if a person in the Church Age rejects the Gospel and the Rapture happens they cannot get saved in the Tribulation. In the following article, http://ricksarticles.blogspot.com/2010/06/can-those-who-rejected-gospel-before.html, Brother Rick refutes that idea and says 2 Thessalonians 2:11 is talking about those in the first half of the Tribulation that rejected the truth they will be deceived in the second half and receive the mark. The question is 2 Thessalonians 2:11 isn’t talking about people in the church age that go on into Tribulation, right?”
Here is my answer... Yes and no.
Brother Rick’s article brings a Tribulation truth to the forefront that many Baptist’s haven’t considered because they are thinking about people being saved, NOW (II Corinthians 6:2), before it’s eternally too late (which is obviously a good thing). They’ve sought out verses like II Thessalonians 2:11-12—spiritualizing the text, using it not exactly in its context, to push or scare someone into salvation.
What Brother Rick said is probably closer to the context than the way you and I have heard it said over the years. BUT, I wouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater, too quickly.
If someone that wasn’t saved today was twenty-three, and the Rapture happened, tomorrow (if the next day wasn’t their birthday), they would still be twenty-three. What am I saying? There would only be seven years left till the Advent—the Second Coming of Christ. Now, if you subtract three and a half years, for the “peaceful” half of the Tribulation (Revelation 6:2) that person would only be twenty-six and a half years old until the Great Tribulation begins. Again, what am I saying?
After the Rapture there will be billions of people left behind. Well, if that’s the case, let’s say that our twenty-three year old friend was witnessed to BEFORE the Rapture occurred. And, let’s say he rejected Christ as his Saviour under church age doctrine (grace through faith, without the deeds of the law—Ephesians 2:8-9). That twenty-three year old still winds up in the first part of the Tribulation one day after the Rapture with all of his friends who never heard.
If your friend rejected Christ before the Rapture or before “that Wicked be revealed,”—don’t forget that Satan is working to send people to Hell in both dispensations after the cross—either way, our twenty-three year old (or our twenty-six and a half year old, at that point) was deceived and rejected the truth by believing a lie or strong delusion. (II Thessalonians 2:11) And, if he isn’t deceived at that point, he will still have to hold out unto the end (Matthew 10:22), keep the commandments (Revelation 14:12), reject the mark (Revelation 14:9-10), and most probably be killed (Revelation 14:13), in order to be saved.