(Note: The original title of this post was: "Tribulation Martyrs: A
Second Chance After the Rapture?" I re-titled it because I commented on 2 Thess. Chapter 2 and focused on when the rejecters will believe the lie because
the text tells us when!)
There is nothing in Scripture that even suggests that a certain group
cannot be saved after the Rapture. Some will argue for 2 Thessalonians 2:6-11,
but it never says when the dividing point is, when the rejecters are too far
gone, when "they will believe the lie."
Scripture does say a certain kind of person
will definitely be deceived when "that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord
shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the
brightness of his coming."
We know that wicked is Antichrist because
scripture goes on to say, "Even him, whose coming is after the working of
Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders."
Antichrist will work, "with all
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish." Why will these
perish and be deceived by Antichrist? ""because they received not the
love of the truth, that they might be saved."
For this very reason (of not loving the
truth so that they might be saved) "God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie."
What exactly is the result of believing
this lie that God himself will delude people who have refused to be saved into
"That they all might be damned who
believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
This is a sober warning to anyone who
refused to accept the truth of the gospel and refused to love it (because they
had pleasure in unrighteousness) and so be saved.
By the time "that Wicked is
revealed" anyone who has heard the gospel but rejected the love of the
truth (and the Truth) because they loved their unrighteousness, will be damned.
They will not have Holy Ghost conviction, but rather God himself will send them
strong delusion so they would believe a lie in which the end result is that they
will be damned for believing it. See 2 Thess. 2:1-12
There will not be revival for those who
have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ by the time "that Wicked" is
revealed. There will be judgment in the form of a God-sent strong delusion.
Today is the day of salvation.
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