Monday, April 4, 2011

The Door is About to Shut

The Door is About to Shut

Age of Grace

We are living in what Bible Scholars refer to as the dispensation or age of grace, which is a time when people can freely come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  The dispensation began with the resurrection of Jesus Christ and will end at the start of the Tribulation.  

Paul the apostle called it the time of the Gentiles meaning that Salvation was no longer just held out to the Nation of Israel but to all Nations.    Prior to the birth of Christ, there was a different dispensation known as the age of the law and the  primary people that God targeted for Salvation were the Jews.  Once Jesus died and resurrected the Age of Grace began and the Gentiles were let into the fold.   It is like being in a giant open warehouse  with all peoples and languages, and filled with products and crafts, which symbolize the variety of people and nations.  At the end of the warehouse a giant door  into the age from which everyone can move about freely, beyond  the door is the narrow way that Jesus speaks of that few find and it leads  to life ever lasting.

The giant door is about to shut and the moment it shuts, the Age of Grace comes to a close and ends. From that moment forward those left on earth will find themselves trapped in a new dispensation, the time of the end and they will be living during the 7 year Tribulation period.   Yes, they will be trapped because  this is a time that the Scripture tells us is given over to the Antichrist. 

During the Tribulation God gives the believers into Satan's hand for him to make war with and defeat, that’s right defeat.   We are told that many will be beheaded for  the name of Jesus. It is during this period of martyrdom that we read the often quoted Revelation 12:11: For they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto death.  The times will be extremely difficult and especially for believers.

The signs of Jesus are all around us, we are nearing the end of this dispensation and the giant door of this age is about to shut and when it does the Age of Grace will come to an end and the age  the end of days will be ushered in will all of its horrors and difficulties.  Those left behind will be no different than those left in a locked house of horrors, but the house of horrors will be this planet.

While in Bayshore, Long Island I had the experience of getting off a wrong exit and driving into Brentwood’s abandoned Pilgrim Psychiatric Center , which would stop anyone dead in their tracks because of the creepiness, darkness and horror that emanates from every inch of the building.  In its day it was the largest psychiatric hospital in the world called Pilgrim Psychiatric Center and no doubt the grounds are home to a demonic stronghold  whose force is so great that you can feel it the moment you enter the grounds.  This went above and beyond those childhood scary places, this place is real and even in photos on the internet its creepiness and darkness filters through as if the very design of  the building was designed by the Devil himself. 

The warehouse that I spoke of, once the door shuts, the world becomes the Devil’s grounds and I would imagine that the Seat of the Antichrist, his government headquarters will have the same feel only stronger than Pilgrim Psychiatric Center.  The final dispensation will be an era of darkness, spookiness and creepiness while all of the predicted disasters and wars occur.  Thus, the time to turn to the Lord is now so that you will not be left behind in the dark era that is coming called the Tribulation.

The end of the age of Grace is likened to a door about to shut, a big door and once it is closed it cannot be reopened.  

Bible prophecy presents frightening truths to the reader, but its message is not entirely one of doom and gloom. Believers in Jesus Christ will not go through the Tribulation. God will take them out of the world in the Rapture just before it begins. 

God provides a way out. His way offers refuge and eternal life.

            God’s gift of eternal life with Christ is simple to obtain, but few will take it. All men are sinners. Sin is anything that we say or do that does not bring glory to God. God is righteous, and the slightest sin within us makes us unrighteous in His sight. There is nothing in and of ourselves that we can do to obtain the favor of God. Isaiah 64:6 states: “And all our righteousness are like filthy rags.” God will not even accept one into heaven for his good works. Salvation is by faith alone. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works lest anyone should boast.

            But Romans 10:13 promises, “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” God promises eternal life to anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as his personal savior.

John 5:24 states: “Most assuredly, I say to you, He who hears My word, and believes in him who sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment; but has passed from death into life.”

  If you want to be sure that you are saved and that heaven will be your home, pray this simple sinner’s prayer and mean it with all of your heart: “Oh God, be merciful to me as a sinner, I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and trust Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me.”

He that believes in the Son has everlasting life: and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him. (John 3:36)

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