Heaven: For Christians Only?
A Close Look At the Relevant Scriptures
Gives Us the Bible’s Answer
What does the Bible really teach on this subject that is increasingly in the spotlight as beliefs of other major religions are being heard daily in the apparently interminable "war on terror" et al newscasts? What of the multitudes of Moslems, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Shintoists, etc.? And Agnostics and Atheists?
And what does all this have to do with the dictates of present-day control of the Cosmological and Biological Sciences now driven by Big Bang Evolutionism?
As most would agree, it is doubtful if the answers to those few questions could be fully explored in a thick book. Not being quite up to that labor, but feeling goosed to at least outline some of the main answers, let’s see what can be done in twelve pages:
Right off the bat, it is quite clear that all religions claim that their way and their way alone is the only way. So too with atheism and agnosticism. The Eastern Religions may seem less dogmatic on this point--pagan Hinduism especially--but when push comes to shove, they aren’t and it isn't. (Ex. The interminable strife between Moslems and Hindus, etc.)
Islam’s Koran is explicit that only devoted Moslems will go paradise, e.g., "The Inevitable": "Burn him in the fire of hell; for he did not believe in Allah...." p.61.... "The Story": "But these that repent and embrace the faith...may hope for salvation...." p.79.... "The Spider": "Those that accept the true faith...shall be admitted among the righteous." p.193. (The Koran - Translated by J.J. Dawood, Penguin Books, 1966 Revised Edition.)
Judaism’s Talmud is equally clear on this ultimate motivational point: "Sanhedrin 11:1": "All Israelites are righteous, and will inherit eternal life." "Erubin 21b": "Whosoever disobeys the Rabbi deserves death and will be punished in hell with boiling excrement." "Baba Bathra 10b": "The deeds of Israel are righteous, but the Gentiles are capable only of sin."
But what about Christendom’s Bible? Is it equally exclusivist; equally dogmatic in both Testaments on this subject about who qualifies for eternal life in paradise? The Biblical answer--contrary to most evangelical teaching--depends on circumstances. What does that mean? Let’s find out:
God’s Biblical Criteria for Entry into Heaven
While the Bible teaches that God’s Old Law with its Ten Commandments applied solely to the Twelve Tribes of Israel [See: 10 Commandments], Scripture makes it abundantly clear: a) That being under that Law in no way guaranteed admission to Heaven, and; b) That being a Gentile not under that Law did not prevent one from going to Heaven. These major doctrinal statements regarding Salvation are summarized in the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans:
For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law; and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are justified before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. (Rom. 2:11-16)
The salvation principles set forth here and confirmed repeatedly elsewhere are:
a) Being in a special group established by God (as with Old Testament Hebrews and New Testament Christians) does not assure that everyone who is nominally in those groups is Heaven-bound. That judgment is conditional, being based not on belonging to and hearing and knowing the rules of the special group, but on prayerfully and honestly doing what the rules say... the best one can with a clear conscience.
b) Not being in a special group established by God (as with all Gentiles in Old Testament times and all non-Christians in New Testament times) does not mean that one is excluded from going to Heaven. That judgment is also conditional, being based again on whether one does what the rules say because it is their "nature" to do them because they have them "written in their hearts". If that is the case, their conscience and thoughts will guide them in ways that enable God to infallibly judge and determine whether they belong in Heaven or not.
Thus, the Biblical principle establishing God’s criteria for going to Heaven is the same in the Christian era as it was under the Old Law. Indeed, as we shall see just ahead, that principle repeatedly tells us something that is either ignored or turned on its head in the message that emanates from the Christian world. That garbled and utterly misleading message is the same as we saw at the start, namely, that all the people in the world who have not accepted Jesus the Christ as their personal savior these past 2000 years cannot go to heaven. Wrong!
Historically, the Catholic Church has covered the issue this way: Those who belong to that organization will go to heaven--though they may have to get out of purgatory to do so--and those who aren’t Catholic are going to hell...of an eternal Dantean torture chamber description [See: Hell: It's Not What You Think It Is]. (Separated Brethren" is the now the preferred label for Protestants.) Conservative Protestants have a very similar doctrine--with greater stress on the "Born Again" admonition of John 3:3.7--and without the purgatory interlude. Liberals in both camps pretty much pay little or no attention to Bible stuff and hope that something...maybe reincarnation, is in the cards.
Preaching that salvation is by grace and that it is a gift from God that one can’t earn by works is a wonderful Biblical Truth (Eph. 2:8, 9). Amen, hallelujah, right on! and praise the Lord! But--contrary to the way that this message is all too frequently taught and received--this truth is far from the whole Bible-certified Salvation package! It is a Truth that the Bible makes very plain takes effect only when a person who desires to be a Christian realizes that the very next verse puts an altogether different spin on the much maligned "works" concept:
"For we are His [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" [the good works]. (v.10)
Couple that with the teaching that to become a Christian one is admonished to: "...be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..." (Rom. 12:2) This renewing, of course, begins to change how one acts and talks, and thinks in all areas of life. "...if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." (II Cor.5:17)
In at least three very real ways, the call upon Christians that is made in the New Testament of Jesus Christ is very similar to the call made upon the Hebrews in the Old Testament. Notice: 1) In the respective Covenants of the Bible, both Jews and Christians are designated by God to be spiritually set apart from the rest of the world (I John 2:15-17). 2) Both had their spiritual boundaries set by a Written Word supernaturally inspired by God (II Tim. 3:16, 17). 3) Both would suffer various kinds of persecution for their "religion". (The minimum estimate for Christian martyrs in the 20th century alone is 25,000,000.)
In those three ways, one could speak of a Judeo-Christian Heritage with some truthfulness. But not beyond those ways! The New Covenant ended the Old Covenant (II Cor. 3:3-16; Gal: 3:24, 25; 4:21-31). As far as the Jews are concerned, their role as "the chosen people", and all that went with that role, ended at the cross. Since then there is "neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, etc." (Gal; 3:28) in God’s Plan for mankind. Rather, God says: "whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely” (Rev. 22:17).
As we’ve seen, the wonderful news about the Grace of God does not replace "works ordained by God for the repentant sinner" (Eph. 2:8-10). That Grace from God supplies whatever is needed to do the works one is ordained to do. That’s why the New Testament makes it so clear that "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20). If the "old man with his deeds has not been put off" (Col. 3:9), if there is no evidence of a renewed mind, no progression out of sinful practices and distancing one’s self from the anti-God ways of the world, and no kingdom-related work being produced, has God’s grace still placed that person’s name in the eternal "book of life" (Rev. 20:12) because a preacher or a church has declared it so? Is the mandatory "Born Again" admonition a certified reality in a life that continues to embrace the "world that is at enmity with God" (James 4:4)? Or, does the following verse of Scripture tell us who God says is "Born Again" and who isn’t?:
"If you know that He [Jesus] is righteous, you know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him" (I John 2:29).
"...we labor that...we might be accepted of Him." (II Cor. 5:9)
Well?? Of course, "Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Matt.7:1) is a warning to all of us to leave Judgment up to God for He alone knows every heart. But that’s the point! Saved people falter and sin (whether OT Davids or NT Peters). And certainly multitudes who weren’t under the Old Law and aren’t under the New Covenant and have known little or nothing of salvation through Jesus still qualify for eternal life on the New Earth. Either that or a host of Scriptures like those above lie to us. Here are a few more to consider:
-John 5:28, 29- Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, And shall come forth; They that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
***Note: those that "have done good" and are declared to be heaven bound are in a resurrection that is separate and distinct from the one wherein dead Christians alone are first raised in the "Rapture" along with their living fellow Christians (I Thess. 4:15-17). These others in Jn. 5:28,29are heaven bound because they "have done good", not because they were part of a separate and distinct group of Christians.
Rev. 20:12, 13- And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
***Note again that all these are the ones in John 5:28, 29 who are judged good or bad according to their works and cannot be the same as those true Christians who are obviously already judged "good" when they are resurrected in the Rapture (which, not incidentally, can only occur on the last day of this earth’s history [See: The Rapture: The Question is WHEN])
I Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work....
***Note: Here again it appears that works determine how one is judged. This once more distinguishes between; a) The Rapture/resurrection of Christians who are clearly already judged heaven bound and in which resurrection no bad people are involved; and: b) the resurrection of multitudes of the dead (both BC and AD) who did not know Christ-- some bad and some good... Scripture plainly states that the ones in group (b) that God judges good are heaven bound because their works have shown God that they have the kind of heart that would have loved Christ and HIS teachings, and that--if they had really known those teachings--they would have followed Him gladly, just as honest Christians have done when they heard and understood...
-Matthew 7:21, 22, 23- Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name have done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
(Note: It is Works that reflect "the will of the Father" which count at Judgment time.)
Of course, there are a goodly number of passages in the New Testament of Jesus Christ that are said to teach unequivocally that the only way to heaven during the Christian era is to be a "born again" Christian. Here are some Scriptures that are used to support that teaching (in red) and some (in blue) that explain the meaning in a way that harmonizes and completes the teaching:
"Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3, 7)
"If ye know that He [Jesus] is righteous, ye know that everyone that doeth righteousness is born of Him. (I John 2:29; See also: I Jn. 4:7; Acts 10:35; etc.)
"Neither is there salvation in any other [than Jesus]: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
"...Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him." (Acts 10:34, 35) Hundreds of millions have fit this criteria who never knew Jesus. But He knows them, they are "accepted", He is their Savior. These are those "who have done good and are resurrected to life" (John 5:28, 29).
"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (I John 5:12)
There is no contradiction. Righteous Christians can know they have eternal life (v.13). Multitudes who have not known Jesus so as to make Him their savior will, nevertheless, be among "those that have done good and are raised to life" (Jn. 5:28,29--separately from raptured Christians; I Thess. 4:13:18). These are those who "had the Son" anyway because their lives--as recorded by the Holy Spirit--"show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another; In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." (Rom 2:15, 16)
All other like passages--John 3:16, 36; 5:24; 6:47; 10:9; 11:25, 26; Heb. 7:25; etc., are precepts that must be connected to other precepts in order to get God’s complete Truth on this matter of eternal Salvation...or any other matter, as is made plain in Isaiah (28:9, 10). The few forgoing illustrations of this procedure are sufficient to answer all objections. But there are others that should quiet any naysayers on this hugely important doctrinal correction. Connect these precepts:
A) "The Father judges no man, but hath committed all judgment to the Son..." (John 5:22, 27)
B) Jesus has judged those dead and alive (Christians only) in the Rapture of I Thess. 4:13-18 before He resurrects the dead ones and then raises the live ones to meet together with Him in the air. These are already judged and eternally saved (v.17).
C) Right after that (the last day of this earth’s history), Jesus resurrects those in John 5:28, 29 according to "the good...or the evil" they have done, not according to whether they were His followers or not. We see Christ’s Judgment on this multitude is consummated in Rev. 20:11-13 where He sits on a "great white throne" and two sets of books containing the Holy Spirit’s records of everybody in this multitude are opened and they are judged "according to their works" (vs. 12,13). Remember: When Jesus gave the parable in which He was the only door to the sheep fold (John 10:7-15), He did not stop there, but said: "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd " (v.16). Jesus the Shepherd will then "present the one fold to the Father...with exceeding joy."(Jude v.24)
The Scriptural bottom line: Those who had the opportunity to know of Christ when He walked on earth or from His New Covenant Word--and have chosen to follow Him in word and deed--are those who are the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham and are distinguished and honored as such: "If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:29). These are resurrected and raptured when Jesus "comes quickly" on the last day before this earth is totally destroyed and has--with the heavens--"fled away; and there was found no place found for them" (Rev 20:11). He says. "...my reward is with me, to give to every man according to his works" (Rev. 22:12). All in this assembly are special and will be rewarded, but some more than others "according to their works".
So: A) Jesus is the judge and Savior of all the dead before and since He walked in Judea. This includes all who didn’t know Him but whose works have told God what He needs to know. These are those who constitute "...a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, who stood [in John’s "hereafter" vision"] before the [great white] throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands: And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb...."(Rev. 7:9,10). B) Jesus is also the judge and Savior of those who did know Him through His walk or His Word and are raptured and honored for their faithfulness and works in His kingdom.
One must wonder how many hundreds of millions of people everywhere have been confused and turned-off to the Gospel of Jesus Christ because of the terribly cruel and contra-Scriptural doctrine which says that Salvation through Jesus has only been open to those who were privileged to have heard Him or met Him through reading and the preaching of His Word and were "officially" Born Again. When anyone reflects even briefly on the "great multitude which no man could number" who never even heard of Jesus...or scarcely heard of Him, people whose good works and thoughts and Jesus-like tendencies nevertheless cause God to extend His great grace to them and declare them fit for eternal heaven, only then can one appreciate how great that grace is, and how urgent the correction of this misguided doctrine really is (I Tim.1b; I Cor. 11:13-15).
"WWJD?" (What would Jesus Do?) can still be seen occasionally on t-shirts and bracelets, etc. It was a good idea somebody started. Apply the question only to those Scriptures which seem to teach that no one but followers of Jesus can have eternal life on the promised heavenly New Earth.... Such a teaching fails to compare other Scriptures that teach that Jesus is also the Savior of uncountable millions who never had a chance or reason to become His Born Again followers but whose works have shown God they would have done so if they had known.... Failure to teach those other precepts has established the doctrine that no one except overtly Born Again Christians can have any hope of eternal life on the paradisiacal New Earth that the Bible promises. WWJD with that loveless doctrine?!
He would clear it up, that’s what! And not only that one! He has a long list of other false doctrines that are scheduled for exposure and clarification during the fall of Babylon so that they will appeal to honest hearts worldwide without respect of persons or be rejected by those whose real god is Satan! These false doctrines which terribly misrepresent the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are the product of Satan’s doctrine-twisting specialists (I Tim. 4:1) who have been allowed by God the Father and Jesus the King of Kings to make "proof texts" out of a precept or two and ignore what is really being taught by the other relevant precepts which are necessary to complete the true teaching from God on a given subject.
Is there a scripturally mandated time frame for the exposure of this pattern of deception which confuses, weakens, and even wrecks the Biblical message about a loving God with a loving Plan, a Plan which grants eternal life to those whose works have told God they have His heart for Truth even if they never heard of Jesus??
Yes. The time frame is plainly stated in Rev. 18:4: "...Come out of her [Babylon, v.2], MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
Everybody--good and bad--lives in a world system which is ruled by the "god of this world" (II Cor. 4:4; Matt: 4:8, 9), i.e., Satan. His kingdom--built entirely on deception-- is called "Babylon" ("confusion"). At a specified point in time, as just seen, God issues a direct order for His People to "come out of Babylon". That says, does it not, that what constitutes Babylon has been plainly identified and labeled "Satan’s realm" in order that people everywhere can know for certain whether they want to stay in that realm or get out of it??
Now, three things become obvious with this command by God to His People:
1) His Truths which expose the lies and cause Babylon to Fall have just been made clear to everyone in the world (Rev. 14:6,7: 17:14), and each person’s spiritual antenna is equipped to tell them whether to heed the command or not (II Thess. 2:10). Rev. 14:8 tells us that Babylon has fallen and Rev. 18:2 tells us that those who love the lies have made their choice not to "come out". These become overt Satan worshippers and blasphemers of God (Rev. 13:2b, 4, 5).
2) The time frame for this God-directed unmasking of Satan as the author of all the deception-based confusion upholding his Babylonish empire is described as beginning "one hour" after a World Government is seated (Rev. 17:12-14) and lasting "one hour...one day" (Rev. 18:8,10,17,19). (As explained elsewhere, these time frames are readily calculable from related Scriptures to be in the 2-3 month range.)
3) The thing that causes Babylon’s Fall some 2-3 months after a One World Government is seated is--once again--plainly stated and is called a "war". Note that very shortly (one hour") after the Satan-empowered man called "The Beast"--and his like-minded world rulers--get ready to roll (Rev. 17:12,13), this "war" that totally brings Babylon down (also in "one hour, one day":Rev. 18:8,10,17,19), is won by the Lamb of God:
"These [The Beast and Co.] shall make war with Jesus the Lamb of God [the World Gov’t’s #1 agenda] and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful (Rev. 17:14).
Satan-inspired deceptive end time scenarios aside (I Tim. 4:1; I Cor. 11:13-15) [See: Christian Zionists, dandmotf, The Preterit View: Straining at a Gnat and Swallowing a Camel, Audio Sessions], when the Fall of Babylon is finished, and when the world’s populations are divided into Satan worshippers and those who get on God’s side (Rev. 13:4,7), the question of which Holy Book is from God will have been settled. Those who get on God’s side will either have relinquished the beliefs they once had which have been falsified and will have "received a love of the Truth" gladly (II Thess. 2:10), or they will half-heartedly get on that side for one reason or another. As promised, all on God’s side will be spared from the plagues that God will send on the Satan worshippers (Rev. 18:4). However, many of the half-hearted ones will cave in and join the Satan worshipping crowd when the Mark of the Beast vengeance which God allows for this weeding out purpose and the eternal lesson it provides comes during the 6th Trumpet time frame (Rev. 14:9-12).
The real point in these early scenes in the Last Act of God’s End Time Drama--(see book with Scriptural details [See: God's End Time Drama])--is that God forces the unmasking of all of Satan’s lies (II. Thess. 2:3: Gr. "falling away") and does so with His certified Truth by using truth-loving people referred to as "the called, chosen, and faithful" (Rev. 17:14).
Called by whom? Chosen by whom? Faithful to whom? Answer: The Lamb of God, i.e., Jesus the Christ is the "overcomer" in this "war". This war will prevent the annihilation of Biblical Christianity (the #1 priority of the One World Government), and this war will mark the beginning of the short time frame when the Gospel will literally go to every person in the world (Rev. 14:6,7; Rev. ch.18).
That point in time when the Fall of Babylon/Confusion is completed--and it is clear to all what is true and what is false about God--is the beginning of the end of this earth’s history. No more confusion stemming from a smorgasbord of religions and doctrines and "holy books". God will have made His supernaturally certified Word plain on the matter of what is Truth from Himself and what are lies from Satan. Those who love the Truth (along with a great number who fake it for a while: Rev. 14:9-11) will then know what is ahead (the 7 Trumpet plagues)... Those who cannot receive a love of the Truth, but rather, love lies (II Thess. 2:10) will openly worship Satan and his human surrogate, disdaining the promised plagues and believing that they can win over God (Rev. 13:4; 18:7).
Understandably, members of every non-Christian religion in the world will scoff at this scenario...which is nevertheless quite plain in The Revelation and elsewhere in the Bible. And, actually, not just other religions, but Christendom itself will be turned upside down when God forces the Fall of Confusion (II Thess.2:3) on the world. No Christian church will be spared from the exposure and destruction of the anti-Bible teachings it holds and promulgates... beginning with any and all compromises with evolutionism (Rom: 1:18-23; Rev. 14:6, 7) [See: House of God]. The Bible demands One Final Church, cleansed of its Doctrinal spots and wrinkles, of one mind, and ready and eager to be part of God’s Plans for Eternity, regardless of what must be endured in the short run just ahead. And that is precisely how all this will play out right on through the Trumpet Plagues of The Revelation and Satan’s "little season" (Rev. 20:3,7), on to the last day of this earth’s history (II Pet. 3:10-13; Rev.20:9,11).
The purpose of this paper (and those on the "Trinity" [See: Trinity-condensed, Trinity-Clarification]) is to dispel the lies about the Biblical God which paint Him as unfair in His Judgment of all non-Christians all over the world and in all religions... and even Atheists [See: Atheism]. It is hoped that the Scriptures presented in this essay and in those on the Trinity succeed in showing that the Biblical God is infinitely fair in His Judgment, being "no respecter of persons" at all. For those who have a heart for God's truth but have had little or no opportunity to experience much or any of it, He graciously judges their works which tell Him they had such a heart...or did not have it. With innumerable angels doing surveillance and the Holy Spirit recording, the Omniscient God gets it done, and nothing could be more fair and infallible than that.
At the same time, from those who have had much opportunity to seek and know God’s Truth, He expects more. "...unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required" (Luke 12:48). This was true of the Hebrew Tribes with their Law from Mt. Sinai; it is true of those who call themselves Christians with their New Testament of Jesus Christ. Who then will say that the same principle does not apply to many millions of honest hearted but deceived people before and after Jesus who never had such opportunities?
So, given all that, the Christian Bible--as we’ve seen with the resurrection passages et al--makes it plain: a) That Judgment of everybody will be infinitely fair and "...many shall come from the East and West, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of Heaven" (Matt. 8:11); b) That Jesus will be their Savior when their names are found in the Book of Life even if He hadn’t been their savior before they died; c) This method of Judgment will rightfully and fairly be enforced after Babylon Falls and the Truth about God is known to everybody.
In short, it is a new ball game for every living person--Judgment-wise--after Babylon has been exposed and has Fallen. There has been no time in all of the history of this earth like the time coming just over the horizon...a time prophesied in detail over 1900 years ago!! During that brief Truth Blitzkrieg when the deceptions upholding Satan’s Empire are unmasked there will be a clear understanding by all people that a mandatory choice between worshipping God or worshipping the Pharisaic Satan [See: Sola Scriptura 4] has been set before them and they are free to decide which they will follow, come what may. The newly seated and unmasked World Government will openly embrace and promote Satan worship and blasphemy of God (Rev. 18:2; 13:4-6) and ultimately decree that Christians (13:7; 14:9-12) must convert or die (13:15-17). (All Scriptural details and explanations [See: God's End Time Drama].)
So, in conclusion, there are three circumstances that apply where the New Testament states that accepting Jesus as Savior is the only way to heaven:
1) Those who witnessed and understood His role in the first century are culpable.
2) Those who have heard and understood the New Testament Gospel since then are culpable.
3) Those after Babylon Falls have only the Scriptural options of getting on God’s side or Satan’s, and they will be culpable. (Truth lovers from all religions--except Pharisaic Judaism-- will convert and receive Christ as Savior by the end of Babylon’s Fall. Truth loving Jews--a spiritual remnant--will do the same at the very end of the 6th Trumpet Plague (KJV Rev.11:13) thus fulfilling God’s promises about the Jews (Romans 11:25-32.)
Face it: No Plan of God in any "holy book" of any religion even comes close to matching God’s Plan as set forth in the Bible! That Plan culminates in the revelation through Jesus that His Father--the Sovereign God of the universe--is a loving, just, and merciful God, who invites His Children to call Him "Daddy" and to share His only begotten Son’s inheritance (Gal. 3:29), and offers to "whosoever will" the way to eternal life (I Cor. 15:22) on a paradisiacal New Earth. Does Allah offer anything close to that? Mohammed? Buddha? The Brahma-Shiva-Vishnu Triumvirate? Yahweh without Jesus?? You know the answer. Aside from Judaism, even non-Christian religions and atheists acknowledge that Jesus was an unexcelled paragon of goodness. [See: Talmud]
Is it any surprise then that literally every conceivable deception would be brought to bear by ancient and contemporary Christ-hating Pharisees to destroy the Bible’s credibility and hence destroy Christianity? Is it not readily understandable that the Satan that God created "with no truth in him" (John 8:44) is doing the job he was created to do (Satan: What Makes Him Tick?) in order that he might be exposed and destroyed when the measure of evil that must serve as an eternal lesson is full? [See: Satan: What Makes Him Tick?, Hell: It's Not What You Think It Is]
Seeing that all the Bible tells would happen has happened, we can be assured that God is in full control and has set the stage for the completion of His Plan through His Son Jesus the Christ precisely as it is written, and we can be equally certain that nothing will stop that completion.
Accordingly, the doctrines treated herein--along with the others addressed on this web page [See: Bible Doctrines Purification Series]--will be resolved when the Biblically prophesied Fall of Babylon takes place just "one hour" after a Global Government is seated (Rev. 17:14). Nothing will stop that from happening or anything that follows it. The time for the "called, chosen, and faithful" of Christ Jesus and Father God to report for duty is upon all who desire above all things to serve the Lamb who will "overcome" (be victorious) in unmasking the lies upon which Satan’s Empire of Confusion/Babylon is built.
The capstone of all the lies that Satan has established throughout all of history is modern cosmology’s Big Bang "Creation Scenario". In Part VI of the "Kabbala" series of essays the attempt of Kabbalist Scientists to reconcile the six day Creation of the Bible with the 15 billion year Big Bang "creation" model has been examined [See: Kabbala 6]. That examination makes quite clear what the real goal of this attempt is, viz., administering the coup d’ gras to Biblical Christianity. Such a coup God will not allow. Indeed, as can be seen in Kabbala Part VII [See: Kabbala 7], the foundation upon which the cornerstone of modern cosmology and all of modern man’s "knowledge" rests is also the Achilles Heel of that entire edifice of satanic deception, namely, the load-bearing lie that science has proven a rotating, orbiting Earth. This is contrary to both the Bible’s emphatic teaching that it is the sun, not the Earth, that moves [See: Sixty-seven References, Gram-Semant, Assumptions], and contrary as well to observable, repeatable, factual, science [See: Assumptions, Insep-Conc, Size-Structure Pt 6, Virtual Reality Fraud].
Given the universality of the lie of Copernican heliocentricity and the acceptance of today’s Kabbalist Origins Scenario built on that lie, its exposure will provide the opening cannonade of God’s Truth Blitzkrieg in the "war" (Rev. 17:14) that brings Babylon down.
And given the Scriptural declarations that God is no respecter of persons and has made eternal salvation possible for the dead with hearts for Truth even if they never knew of Jesus, non-Christians can look upon Biblical Christianity as Truth for them from a loving God. They don’t have to worry about whether all those who have died will be denied a chance for eternity in Heaven because they weren’t Christians. The Bible--as we’ve seen--says multitudes of their number will find their names in the Book of Life.
But just as surely, when the "war" against confusion about God’s Plan is over and Satan’s empire built on that confusion has been revealed, all will know that Jesus alone is Savior and will gladly acknowledge Him as such if they love God and His Plan. After Babylon has Fallen and all Truth is known, those who cannot receive a love of that Truth (II Thess. 2:10) will have three options: They can get on Satan’s side, blaspheme God, and believe they will win (Rev. 13:4) or: They can half-heartedly get on God’s side and then switch during the life or death ultimatum given during The Mark of the Beast period or--if they survive that-- they can show their true colors before the last day of this earth’s history (Mt.13:30, 39, 40; Luke 12:45.46) and be among those alive at that time who are not raptured on that day (I Thess. 4:13-18) but rather will be numbered among those who have "done evil" and are resurrected along with those who have "done good" in the general resurrection (John 5:28, 29)
"...the eyes of the LORD run to and fro THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them WHOSE HEART IS PERFECT TOWARD HIM" (II Chron. 16:9). In addition to all the Scriptural evidence we’ve covered which corroborates the broader Salvation Plan of God rather than what has traditionally been taught, add these: Prov. 5:2; 15:3; I Kings 8:39; Job 31:4; 34:21; Ps. 33:13,14; Jer. 16:17; Zech. 4:10; Heb. 4:13; I John 2:29; 4:7; Acts 10:35; etc.
And remember: This gracious plan is Scripture-mandated because of the multitudes who have had hearts for God but were neither under the Old Covenant (Rom. 2:11-15; etc.) because it was restricted to the Hebrew Tribes, nor under the New Covenant because they never knew of it or never understood it or it was anathema where they lived.
Let it be emphasized again, however, that when Satan’s Empire (II Cor. 4:4) reaches its prophesied climax of a short-lived Global Government (Rev. 17:12; Ch.13) built on massive deception about God and His Plan for mankind, those deceptions will quickly be exposed and certified to all the world for what they are (Rev.17:14) and who is their author (I Cor. 14:33). When the whole world then knows what the Truth is concerning the Origin of all that is exists (Gen. 1:1; Rev. 14:6, 7; 17:14) and understands the Kabbalist/Pharisaic use of "science falsely so called" (I Tim. 6:20) to destroy the Plan of God through Jesus as set forth in the Bible, then all mankind will know the Truth about God...which Truth each person will either love and receive or hate and refuse (II Thess. 2:10). At this point of Babylon’s Fall God says: "Come Out Of Her My People...” (Rev. 18:4)
This is all just as close as the formation of a One World Government, plus "one hour" (c. 2-3 months; Rev. 17:12)