Will people be ‘saved’ after the rapture?      I know from experience that multiple denominations preach about being ‘saved’ after the rapture (during tribulation) by not taking the ‘mark of the beast’.  Although that might be a good idea if you are faced with that dilemma, I don’t think it will get you into heaven.  I hate to be blunt like that but I think it’s wrong to give people false hope because it could make some people procrastinate if they think they have a second chance or safety net.  I think preachers get that concept from Revelation 20 but as I will show; when the whole Book of Revelation is considered, ‘being saved after the rapture’ is a widespread misconception.      In a nut shell, I think the ones mentioned in Revelation 20 are the 144,000 Jews who are ‘sealed’ by God, in Revelation 7, but left on earth until Revelation 14-15. I think it is obvious because the ones who come to life, below, become “priests of God and of Christ”.  Now, seriously, why would any group, who missed the rapture and entered on a second chance, become ‘priests’, unless it was the 144,000 Jews who become a ‘tribe of priests’ such as the Levites were in the Old Testament?  Revelation 20: 4-6 4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5(The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.      You can tell that verse 4 and 6 are talking about the same group because of the 1000-year reference.  Again, it does not make sense for second-chancers to become priests but it does make sense for the 144,000 Jews.  And when you look at the rest of Revelation, the 144,000 are the only ones being taken during tribulation (chapters 8-19).       Of course, Revelation 7 distinguishes between the Jews and Christians.  The Christians are immediately “standing before the Lamb” but the Jews are left on earth.  On top of that, only 144,000 Jews are “sealed” or selected by God to arrive in heaven at a later time (chapters 14-15), between the Trumpets and Bowls.  There is no other reference to people being “saved’ during Revelation, other than chapter 20, but as I said; I think that is talking about the 144,000 Jews. Revelation 7:2-9  (Two ‘different’ groups identified in Revelation) 2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 3 "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."  4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.  (5-8) From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000 … 9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.         Revelation 14:1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.  Revelation 14:3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000  who had been redeemed from the earth. Revelation 15:2-3 And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb:      As I said, there are no other groups being ‘saved’ in Revelation and the ones in chapter 20 are most likely the same as chapter 15.  In other words, Revelation 20 is just explaining the 1000-years and the fact that the ‘priests’ came out of the ‘tribulation’ by being victorious over the beast, which matches chapter 15, concerning the 144,000 Jews.       When you think about it, the second chance concept never made much sense anyway.  Salvation is a “gift” and entering heaven on a second chance by “refusing a certain mark” is more like “earning” a ticket to heaven.  As everyone knows, you can’t “earn” a gift because it would no longer be a gift. On the other hand, the 144,000 will have to “earn” theirs because they failed to believe in Jesus when they should have.  The rest of the Jews will be in the same boat with everyone else.  The only sure way to get to heaven is accept Jesus as your personal saviour before the rapture (or before you die).          I think preachers stop at verse 4 and give people a false sense of security. However, verse 6 must be considered too. The rest of those who die during tribulation must wait until the Great White Throne judgment (post-1000 years).   The “second death” is the “lake of fire” (vs.14).    Basically, this select group will reign as priests for a 1000 years and then not be thrown in the lake of fire.             Group 1:    You can tell that this group is left on earth  because the angels are about to harm the “land and sea”.     They are a remnant  from all the tribes of Israel  so that God’s promise to David will be preserved.   They are ‘spared’ below.             Group 2:    You can tell that this group is different because they are from all nations, people and languages.   They are the Christians  and are already in heaven.  (Palm branches signify arrival.)    Note:  Revelation 14 is more of an earthly perspective because they are on Mount Zion.    The rest of chapter 14 backtracks and tells ‘how’ they got there by being slaughtered outside the city (but only in God’s timing).   It is pretty clear that they are the only ones taken at this time.   On the other hand, Revelation 15  is a heavenly perspective (of the same group) and explains ‘when’  this is happening because the Bowls of God’s wrath are about to be unleashed. These verses explain ‘how’ and ‘when’ the 144,000 arrive in heaven. related page: “Salvation to Maturity” (a simple guide)
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