Lesson 14: Why Proclaim October 7th If Everyone’s Spiritual Condition Has Already Been Set?
9I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
10A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
In Lessons 6 & 7, we learned that the Bible shows that May 21, 2011 was the beginning of Judgment Day and that was the last day one could achieve salvation. We are now living in the time of judgment or the “Day of Judgment”, a time when all of God’s Elect have been saved but are still living upon the Earth along with all the unsaved who can no longer become saved. The Bible makes reference to such a time:
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
6And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Isaiah 55:6 infers that there will be a time when Christ cannot be found. If one cannot find Christ, one cannot be saved. In Rev 9:6, the “desire to die” refers to seeking death in Christ, which is a reference to seeking salvation because it is only through Christ’s sacrificial death that salvation became possible for those He chose to die for and save from before the foundation of the world.
Before May 21, 2011, the major task for the child of God was to spread the gospel in order that individuals that were elected to become saved from before the foundation of the world, might become saved by hearing the Word of God, The Holy Bible:
17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Well consider this. Christ makes it clear that, if we love Him, we are to feed His sheep:
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
18Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
We know that feeding God’s sheep refers to spreading the gospel. Spreading the gospel means proclaiming the truth of God’s Word, no matter how difficult that may be (more on that later). The Bible tells us that that message can change depending upon the time and season:
1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
7Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.
43For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
In Jeremiah 8:7, God is chastising those that claim to know Him for not knowing the season of judgment. This verse was spiritually fulfilled when Israel didn’t recognize that Christ was the Messiah and God was no longer in the temple when the veil of the temple was rent in twain (Matt 27:51 & Mark 15:38). Furthermore, the Jews of Israel didn’t understand that Christ came to initiate the Church Age which began on the Day of Pentecost in 33 AD when 3000 souls were saved (see Acts 2). The prophecy of Jeremiah 8:7 was fulfilled a second time when the Holy Spirit abandoned the churches on May 21, 1988 but those in the churches refused to believe God (didn’t recognize how the churches had become apostate, nor did they recognize that the Bible instructed them to flee the church). Luke 19:43-44, paints a similar picture: Israel in 33 A.D., represented by the temple, and the church in 1988, were destroyed spiritually to the point where no stone was left one upon another and the temple and the church were leveled to the ground. Salvation within the temple, and then later the church, was no longer possible.
So what is the true child of God supposed to do in this Day of Judgment? Feed sheep, we know, as established in John 21. At first, it may seem perplexing as to what God’s purpose would be in having us proclaim His Word at this time, since His Word is no longer able to save. At this time, it will be very difficult to tell the world that the universe will be destroyed on October 7th this year. However, to the true child of God, such an individual looks forward to that day because the child of God loves God and wants to be with the Lord. Paul describes this in Philippians 1:21-22:
21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
Surely, the true child of God is rejoicing at this time in knowing that he or she has becomed saved. Are we to sit back and relax and just wait for that day to come? Isn’t if cruel to tell the world of their impending doom? It may even be dangerous to do so. Here’s what the Bible says in regards to this topic:
1The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.
2Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.
1 John 4:17
17Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
In Jeremiah 50:1-2, “Babylon” is a spiritual term or figure for the world. So are Bel and Merodach. God couldn’t be more clear that we are to publish that the world has fallen. And God further states that, if we love Him, we will be bold in this Day of Judgment as 1 John 4:17 proclaims. Yet, I for one was still hesitant until just recently because I didn’t see the purpose of God in having us make this proclamation, and also thought it was cruel and thereby violates the law that we are to love our enemies (enemies = the unsaved):
27But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you
35But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
The Bible makes it clear just how important love is:
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:13
13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
So, yes, we are to love are enemies as ourselves. How much are we to love God in comparison to our enemies, our friends and family and ourselves? God answers that question:
27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
1 John 2:15
15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
So our love for others, the world and ourselves is to pale in comparison to our love for God.
Could part of God’s purpose in commanding us to proclaim that we are in the Day of Judgment be to test us? Will we follow His command, even if we don’t understand fully why God would have us do so? Wouldn’t that be the ultimate test of faith? Consider these verses:
8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
4These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
15If ye love me, keep my commandments.
As another example, look at the faith of Abraham, who didn’t understand why God would command him to sacrifice his only son Isaac, but was willing to do so to obey God (see Genesis 22).
As I said before, it may seem perplexing as to what God’s purpose would be in having us proclaim His Word at this time, since His Word is no longer able to save. At this time, it will be very difficult to tell the world that the universe will be destroyed on October 7th this year. Clearly, there is no hope of salvation for the unsaved at this time. But anyone who was alive before salvation ended on May 21, 2011 could have become saved outside of the church after 1988 and many of them may not know that they are saved. That is an important point because God has made it clear that his Elect will know when he is coming:
7Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
8The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
1 Thes 5:2-4
1But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The “sheep” can only be God’s Elect. Prior to May 21, 2011, the “lost sheep” would, of course, be a picture of those who were destined to become saved but hadn’t yet received the Holy Spirit, which occurred prior to the door being shut on May 21, 2011. But could this verse also be referring to lost sheep after May 21, 2011 that are throughout the world that had unknowingly received salvation by that date but are unaware of it or are uncertain whether they are saved now? We have already established that it is God’s purpose that his children will know the day and hour of his coming (see also Lesson 1 to refute “no man can know”). Said another way, God wants His children to know when He is coming to usher them into the new heaven and new earth. Therefore, it is the responsibility of those of us that understand our current spiritual situation to try to reach other believers, many of whom may not be aware of the October 7th date at all. Now look at Revelation 10:
8And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
The “little book” refers to progressive revelation and to the time that God opened up His Word during these last days to increase our spiritual knowledge, revealing to us the Biblical Timeline (including the understanding of the beginning and end of the Church Age, The Latter Rain and Judgment Day), the apostasy of the corporate church and the instructions to flee the church. The little book is “sweet as honey” to the true believers who recognize that they have become saved through Christ alone who has given them a new heart, who also look forward to being with Christ in Heaven forevermore very soon. The bitter aspect is that we must proclaim to the world that we are in the Day of Judgment as commanded by God which is a very grievous message for those that are not saved to hear, but we simply cannot know who is saved and who is not, so we must make a worldwide proclamation anyway in an attempt to reach God’s Elect, in an attempt to feed His sheep.
I wish to conclude that I believe there may be hope even for those that do not believe they are saved at this time. Consider the response of the Ninevites to hearing to prophecy of Jonah:
1And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 2Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. 4And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. 5So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: 8But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. 9Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? 10And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
Although salvation is no longer possible, and although the Bible makes it clear that this universe will be destroyed in order to usher in a new heaven and new earth, who knows if God will delay that judgment, even though the Bible has made it clear that this universe is scheduled for destruction on October 7, 2015? The Rapture should definitely occur on that date, but will God allow the annihilation of this universe to be delayed? There are many verses that talk about The Last Day as the day of The Rapture and the Day that all will be destroyed and the New Heaven and New Earth created, but we already have a Biblical precedent of the “Day of Salvation” being more than one literal day (spanned 1955 years of the Church Age), and the “Day of Judgment” is also more than one literal day (from May 21,2011 to October 7, 2015), could the “Last Day” be more than one literal day? I don’t profess to know the answer.
7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 27And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.