“God’s divine purpose in creation”
Who will be the last man standing as the end of the age? It all depends who you ask. Everyone seems to think they will be included in the elite group escaping the horrors Jesus described the book of Revelation. However, God paints a very different picture.
A True Prophetic Picture
Jesus said ~ “Many1 who are first will be last, and the last first,” which means the truth will be extremely different from what the general consensus thinks. He goes on to draw the curtain back and give a prophetic peak into the future of throne-room of God in the great Day of Judgement at the end of the age. ~ “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7.22-23).
An honest overview of the New Testament describes two ‘churches’ or religious groups that will emerge at the end of the age, one very large and inclusive; the other very small and extraordinary. Both will be called Christian and will be associated with what is perceived to be the church. Jesus refers to the large inclusive religious organizations we see on the street corners as ‘the builders.’ These are those who have made a human institution (religion) out of falsifying the word of God. ~ “Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘The stone [Jesus] which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone” (Mark 12.10).
The Community Church
Sounds nice, doesn’t it. How about, ‘The Family Church?’ And who wouldn’t want all their family and community saved! The underlying message and objective of these religious organizations it to pump a false doctrine that all can be saved simply parking their car in the church parking lot once or twice a month, but this idea has nothing to with God or the Bible. The fact is… all ‘can’ be saved and all are welcome, but only those who to hear the complete, unadulterated message of Christ and do it will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Chosen Few
Jesus said ~ “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22.14). The ‘builders’ have rejected Christ, the word of God, and can only deceive those who are too lazy to read the Bible and too gullible to do what it says. Jesus’ message to the family is ~ “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter–in–law against her mother–in–law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household’ (Matthew 10.34-35).
Save Your Family
Most of these ‘builders,’ religious entrepreneurs, can be spotted miles away by any sincere seeker of God. God loves your family more than you do and wants every member of your saved, but it will not happen until you and each one of them do as Abraham did by taking up your cross. Abraham is portrayed in the Bible as an icon2 of a true father, because he understood that only through spiritual death (the cross) could his beloved son Isaac enter into spiritual life, so he was unafraid to use the sword of Christ,3 symbolizing life through death.4
All are called, all are welcome, and God wants all to be saved and none to be lost.5 Notwithstanding, ~ “Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it” (Matthew 7.14,15,13).
In 180-degree contrast to ‘the builders,’ Jesus said the only true Church is the one built “without6 hands,” which means no human work is permitted. There are no human builders who reject God because Christ is the head and CEO. This church does not have the look or feel of a human institution… it looks and feels like it is, a humble and happy family, the family of God. It is called ‘the body7 of Christ,’ and as Christ himself was very difficult to recognize, even by those of His own family, this church is only discerned by those to whom it has been given. ~ “For even His [Christ’s] brothers did not believe in Him” (John 7.5).
The Blood of the Lamb
The finalists form what scripture calls the ‘glorious8 church’ of the last days, which rises out of the ashes of the corrupted, human-made apostate9 church and overcomes all. The New Testament does not mention one ‘lone-ranger’ Christian who is not in communion and actively working according to the Spirit on God’s masterpiece, the Church. Jesus said spiritual life pertains exclusively10 to those who are in communion. The book of Revelation opens with 5 chapters completely dedicated to the Church of the glorious finalists, the final overcomers. All are called, all are welcome, and all are given the simple steps by which they came pertain to this extraordinary group in Revelation 12.11, which is communion (blood) and the confession of faith.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
1. Matthew 19.30
2. Romans 4.12
3. Genesis 22
4. Hebrews 2.14
5. 1Peter 3.9
6. Mark 14.58
7. 1Corinthians 12.27
8. Ephesians 5.27
9. 2Thessalonians 2.3
10. John 6.53
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