My Unspeakable Grace
Shared by Patricia Backora, author of the book
Tough Love in Christ's Millennium
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Daniel 8:25; 9: 24-27; Luke 14:16-24; Acts 28:25-29, Romans 11:25
For nearly two thousand years I have extended My Hand of Mercy toward rebellious sinners of all nations, entreating them to come into My Ark of Salvation and be spared from the wrath to come. Many have come to Me and become part of My eternal family, but only a very small percentage of mankind have been willing to enter into Life Eternal. If sinners had been offered salvation on their own terms, they would have been far less reluctant to receive it, and would have had to spend eternity as sinners. But imagine what heaven would be like if I broadened My Narrow Way of Salvation. It wouldnít be heaven at all if people were free to bring their old sins with them when they came. It would become an even more tragic place than this earth; for it would cease to be My holy Paradise. It would be rendered unfit for those pilgrims who had suffered for the sake of the Truth, and looked forward in faith to a restful place free of the taint of sin.
But the vast majority of mankind are unwilling to part with their sin. Thatís why they hate Me so much. Others are apathetic toward Me, and see Me only as a convenient safety valve to ease the hour of death. I have been extremely merciful and patient toward fallen man for a very long time. So many people take a rain check on My invitation to eternal life. They think My merciful grace will always be there for them whenever they get in the mood to accept it.
Under the Old Covenant, only those Gentiles who had sacrifices offered for them according to the Law of Moses could share in the same salvation I offered Israel. These few converts, like the believing Jews, looked forward in faith to the coming of the one perfect Sacrifice Whose blood would make a final atonement for sin. Before their rejection of Christ as their Messiah, My primary concern was the welfare of the Nation of Israel.
I could not get My own nation to accept My invitation to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, though I offered it first to them. Yet I was determined that My Banquet Hall would not be lacking for wedding guests. Throughout this Church Age I have concentrated on gathering individuals, both Jews and Gentiles, into the Kingdom of God, to be spiritually united to My dear Son. But this Age of Grace is fast closing.
My Prophet Daniel was heartbroken over the apostasy and subsequent exile of his nation to a foreign land. He yearned for the rebuilding of Jerusalem and its Holy Temple. I gave him a revelation of 70 weeks of years (490 altogether), which I would devote to the outworking of the salvation of the Nation of Israel. This period spans the passage of time from when Artaxerxes the Persian ordered the rebuilding of the City of Jerusalem to the time the Messiah would come to restore the Kingdom of God to Israel. At the end of the 69th week the Messiah would be cut off (killed) for sins not His own. It was exactly 483 years from when Artaxerxes issued the decree to rebuild the Temple, to the day Christ died to make atonement for sin. After the true Lamb of God was sacrificed, Israelís prophetic time clock was stalled by the beginning of the Church Age. Once the Church is removed and the Antichrist brokers a false peace treaty between Israel and her adversaries, the clock will start ticking again, and the seven-year Tribulation will begin in earnest. This brief era is called Danielís Seventieth Week.
At that time, I shall deal directly with Israel again as a nation, that I might prepare her to receive her soon-coming King. Even then, salvation will be offered to Jew and Gentile alike. Those hold-outs who finally receive salvation during the Great Tribulation will do so at great risk to their lives. Many will lament that they are not in heaven with those who came to Christ during the Church Age, safely removed from the perils of earth.