Shortly after writing the post on Losing Salvation by Deadly Unforgiveness , I had occasion to ponder more deeply some aspects of that writing . Guess who showed up ? Holy Spirit . Driving home from work on April 4th , I had a time with Him right in the car . Much as when pondering the three dreams that He gave me about losing salvation – also when driving ! – He again confirmed with His Presence when I thought in the right direction . And it could not have been more timely ! For this insight involves what can keep a saint on the ground at the rapture ! At the moment that you leave your earthly body, the condition of your heart is very important, for you have then sealed your testimony !
In the last post on unforgiveness, we looked at Matt 18 : 21 – 35 about the unforgiving servant . How God will not forgive that person . We reviewed several other scriptures to this effect . If I am unwilling to forgive , I make myself higher than God . It is putting God down . If I put Him down , that includes His Blood , too . Christ’s Blood is part of Him , right ? I then make His Blood less than the blood of a sinner . No thank you !!! I’ll stay away from Hebrews 10 : 26 – 31 !!!
Willful Unforgiveness at the Moment of the Rapture Makes One Unpresentable at Heaven’s Gate !
What if a christian refuses to repent of frank, overt, defiant unforgiveness , and is in that state when the rapture trumpet sounds ? God gives me to understand that this christian is then unpresentable at heaven’s gate . Remember that in the ancient middle east , Judges often sat at the city gates ! Check This Video at the 5:20 mark . It is talking about Psalm 24 , the rapture psalm .
I am given to understand that God , out of His severe mercy , or tough love , will leave that christian behind at the rapture . That’s right . Because if God raptured that christian up , then God would have to judge the unforgiveness right then and there . It is as though God were to say to that one : ” I’m going to do you a favor . I’m going to give you more time in mortal flesh to work out your unforgiveness problem . You really do NOT want to come up here like you are now .” It would result in that person being cast down to hell. One must remain … and arrive … in Christ at the translation ! So, it would be better for that person to be left on earth for the tribulation , find motivation to forgive , and ONLY THEN be eligible for God’s forgiveness in turn ! Even if he were hunted down and beheaded by Antichrists’ forces . At least his soul and spirit would be presentable at heaven’s gate ! God is SO unwilling that ANY should perish !
Perhaps some do not think that God would manifest such severe mercy ? Is there a place in the bible where precedent is given of God’s severe mercy ? Yes ! Here is 1 Cor 5 : 1 – 5 :
5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife! 2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
The Apostle Paul , in the authority of Christ , pronounces this judgment of God’s severe mercy upon this man who is falling back into the love of fleshly sin . Why issue this judgment ? Because this man is in danger of transgressing to the point of losing salvation as in 2 Peter 2 : 20 – 21 :
20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
One who is overcome like this , knowing Jesus , becomes worse off than the beginning ! Meaning that it is worse for him than when he was lost and did not know Jesus ! Why ? Because the average lost person is at least redeemable ! Not so the one who forsakes Jesus in his heart to return to worship of carnality , transgressing Hebrews 10 : 26 – 31 . Now irredeemable , profaning the Blood. Destroying the Blood for himself ; destroying his access to the Blood and its applicability to him . No longer in Christ . Lost again !
So , understand, Saints of God . The Lord does love you enough to leave you on earth at the rapture if you insist on maintaining defiant , willful , overt , frank, unforgiveness to that moment . Being left behind like that would NOT be losing salvation ; only a narrow avoidance of it . But who wants to go through that ! ? Forgive, forgive , forgive !