FEEDBACK: WHAT WILL THE BELIEVERS BE DOING AFTER MAY 21, 2011?
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I have read some of your studies and my question is about May 21, 2011 vs. October 21, 2011 for the Rapture. You stated that May 21, 2011 is the end of salvation and the things happening on that date (God shutting the door, people seeking Christ but cannot find Him) are spiritual, and physically the world will continue as it is for 5 months. Then the rapture will be on the last day, October 21, 2011. So what are the true believers doing during those 5 months? They can't spread the Gospel, salvation will be over. It seems that the Bible would be useless to anyone between the dates May 21 to October 21.
What about God's command to occupy until He comes?
Thanks for your time,
Thank you for checking the website. You raise a good question concerning what the believers will be doing if the Rapture is not until October 21, 2011, yet the door of salvation is shut 5 months earlier on May 21, 2011. Since you are the third person to ask that question, I will update the When is the Rapture? study to respond to that question.
It is true that a big job that the believers have been given in this world is to bring the Gospel, especially in the New Testament era. However, that is not the only job God has given to the true believers. In everything they do, the true believers are to give glory to God by their obedience and trust in the Bible. As believers obey and trust the Bible, they are actually obeying and trusting God and giving glory to God. For example, we read in 1 Corinthians 10:31:
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
When salvation is possible, these actions of obedience and trust by the believers are also a witness that can be used by God to draw the unsaved to salvation. However, independent of salvation, these actions bring glory to God and demonstrate the wonders of God and His salvation program.
As the true believers continue to obey and trust God during those 5 months, as they have throughout history, they will be giving glory to God and fulfilling Gods purposes for them. They will be a demonstration of the grace and power of God who is able to transform miserable rebellious sinners into an obedient people full of good works.
You cited Luke 19:13:
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
A big part of to occupy is to bring the Gospel. However, that word is not limited to just bringing the Gospel. That exact Greek word translated occupy is only found in this verse, but a related noun is found in these 2 verses:
Luke 1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things <4229> which are most surely believed among us,
2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter <4229>.
In Luke 1:1 this word is translated things and refers to everything in the Gospel of Luke, which covers more than just bringing the Gospel. The book of Luke has much of Gods will for the true believers in many areas beyond just bringing the Gospel.
In 2 Corinthians 7:11 this word is translated matter and refers to a sin problem in the church of Corinth. A sin problem is a violation of the Bible in any area. In 2 Corinthians 7:11, this Greek word is pointing back to a matter contained in the Bible and is not limited to just bringing the Gospel.
We see 2 examples in which the noun version of this Greek word translated occupy found in Luke 19:13 means more than just the matter of bringing the Gospel, but includes whatever God has commanded the believers in the whole Bible.
The true believers occupy for God in that they trust and obey the Bible and thereby give glory to God and demonstrate many of His wonderful attributes.
So, I am not aware of any verses which say that the believers cannot be in the earth for a 5 month period in which there is no salvation. As the believers obey and trust the Bible at that time, or any time, they are bringing glory to God.
Also, the Bible is never useless to the true believer. The Bible is his daily provision as we read in many verses and in Job 23:12:
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
The Bible is always necessary for the true believer as his daily bread.
Lets consideration the illustration of a true believer on a deserted island where there is no one else. There is no one to whom he can witness.
Is this true believer of no use to the Lord?
This believer is of great use to the Lord. He can bring glory to God by his subjection and obedience to the Bible, even though there is no one else around to whom he can witness. However, God sees his actions and obedience. Also, the Bible is very necessary to him in His daily walk with the Lord even though there is no one to whom this person can witness from the Bible.
Thank you for asking.