Matt 24:30                                   Why Are So Many Condemned?                                    10/21/2013

·        The Sign of the Son of Man (Matt 24:29-31)

 

 

 

 

#1.       Why Such a Great Mourning? (Matt 24:30, 2Thes 1:7-9, John 17:3 Jer 17:5)

 

 

 

 

·        Idolatry (Rev 22:18-19, John 14:6, Rev 14:11)

 

 

 

 

#2.       Christadelphian Heretics (Mat 25:41, Deut 32:39, Jer 17:5)

 

 

 

 

·        Watch Out for Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing (Psalm 2:1-3, Eph 2:3, Mat 27:22, Luke 19:14)

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Many and the Few (Mat 7:13-14, Jam 2:19, Rev 20:11-15)

 

 

 

 

·        Before the Judgment Throne (Rev 20:11-15, Eph 2:1, John 14:6, Rom 3:10)

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Mat 24:29 (2X). Once more we want to explore one of the events on the Last Day. I am speaking about the two groups of people on the Last Day, the many and the few, the reprobate and the elect. Or we can also categorize them as Sin and Grace, for the reprobate are still contaminated with their unpaid sins, and the elect have been cleansed from their sins by the grace of God, for Christ has paid for everything that they owe.

·        The Sign of the Son of Man (Matt 24:29-31)

Of course it is expected that the elect of God are only a few, for only a remnant will be saved. This has been the norm throughout the centuries. Even among those who call themselves Christians there were the many and there were the few. For example, of the seven churches of Asia Minor there were only two churches who were faithful Christian churches; the other five were already in some state of apostacy, and ready to fall away. We need to see that this occurred routinely in the Christian churches. It is to be expected that on the Last Day the Lord will have to separate the faithful out of the churches where they are residing. And so, even though in the world the church was already in a minority, within the church there were the many who remained in the show-church, which means they remained unsaved, and then there were the few who were indeed saved. The many were condemned for remaining unbelievers, and the few who were truly saved by the grace of God, and they were saved because the Father drew them to the Lord Jesus. But why were there so many who remained unsaved? That is the question we want to explore today. Therefore the title of this sermon is: Why Are So Many Condemned? O Yes! Why are there so few who are saved? Why Are So Many condemned? Of course only God knows the answer to this question. But we can meditate about this question to our benefit, so that through their condemnation we will be warned not to go in that direction. We will be warned, because especially in these days there are so many who will choose to go their own way, rather than go in the ways of the Lord.

Let us consider the basics of salvation and condemnation. People sin voluntarily. Therefore those who will be condemned will be condemned for their own works. To remain unsaved is to reject the true Gospel that they are hearing, and that is a sin. Therefore those who commit this sin of unbelief do that of their own volition. On the other end, those who are saved are saved only by the grace of God through the cross of Christ. Therefore they are saved in spite of their own sins, which are instantly forgiven them, for Christ already paid for those sins on the cross.

To say it in another way: Those who are condemned are condemned by their own works; the works of man. And those who are saved are saved by the work of God through Christ on the cross; they receive it by grace, as a free gift, and subsequently God gives them faith. One group remains as the natural man, sinners in the state in which they were born; and the other group is born again and is converted from sinners into saints before they die. Salvation is always a gift of grace, and never a result from something that man is doing. Salvation is never a result from pleading with God to become saved. Salvation is the gift of God to those who are being saved. We read in Mat 24:29-31,

Mat 24:29, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  31  And He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

And so, immediately after the Final Tribulation Period the Lord Jesus shall return. And what is the sign of the Son of man? The sign is simply the appearance of the Lord returning to the earth. We have no idea in what form or shape He shall return, or what fireworks shall accompany Him; only that He will return with power and great glory in such a way that everyone on earth shall see Him, and He shall be accompanied by a very great sound of a trumpet. We do not know the mechanism by which the Lord shall make Himself visible to all sides of this round earth, but we simply must believe it.

“And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn.” Why shall all the tribes of the earth mourn? They shall mourn because they recognize that they have been passed over during the rapture, and they will be condemned to Hell. There shall be great weeping and wailing from ALL the tribes of the earth. But then, why are so many condemned? That is the title of this sermon: Why Are So Many Condemned? Of course, the saints will not fall under condemnation. The saints will remain faithful and will be raptured just before the Lord returns to the earth. The saints will rejoice at the second coming of the Lord. But the Lord Jesus also said that as the days of Noah were before the flood, and as the days of Lot were before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrha so, in like manner, shall also be the days before Christ returns the second time. In other words, when the Lord comes the fraction of people who will be saved will be very very small, like the days of Noah and like the days of Lot. And this leaves us with a big question: Why are so many condemned, and what are they condemned for?

#1.       Why Such a Great Mourning? (Matt 24:30, 2Thes 1:7-9, John 17:3 Jer 17:5)

Will people immediately understand in which group they will be? O yes! The rapture will be all over the world, and those who have not been raptured will know that Judgment will be awaiting them. Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, 2Thes 1:7-9 (2X). Are people condemned because they have led a sinful life of fornicating, and stealing, and murdering, and all kinds of wicked deeds perpetrated on mankind? What does God say about this? What criterion does God use in rapturing some and condemning others? We read in 2Thes 1:7-9,

2Thes 1:7  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  8  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  9  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;  10  When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

And so, what does God say? God says that in flaming fire He will take vengeance on them that know not God. What about all the evil works that these people have done? Will God avenge those works also? Yes He will, but those evil works are simply the result of them not knowing God. They do not know God because they refused to believe when the Gospel was preached. Please turn to the Gospel according to John, John 17:3 (2X). Knowing God is an essential condition of becoming saved. Knowing who the true God is will prevent us from barking up the wrong tree. Knowing who Jesus Christ is leads us to understand that knowing Christ is an integral part of knowing God. We read about that here in John 17:3,

John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Again, we see that salvation is accompanied by knowing who Jesus Christ is, and knowing the true God who sent Him. Most people do not know Him, because they do not read the Bible where all this information is readily available. Is reading the Bible so important? The Bible is the Word of God, but Christ is also called the Word of God. Is the Bible God? No! But the words from God are a description of who God is and who Jesus Christ is. And thus, the Holy Spirit tells us who the Lord Jesus Christ really is when we read and study the Word of God. Someone figured out what the middle verse is in the Bible. We read in Jer 17:5, which is the middle verse of the Bible,

Jer 17:5, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” What is God saying in this verse? If someone goes to church regularly and hangs on to the words his preacher tells him without checking it out in the Bible, he is under a curse. It is the curse of believing the preacher who says he preaches from the Bible, and the person in the pew does not believe the God who wrote the Bible because he neglected to check out if the preacher is lying. We are obligated to check out the preacher to see if we have a faithful preacher. And if we do not do that we will be under the curse of condemnation, because we will never know who the true God is. Let me give an example of this. Do we all know what idolatry is?

·        Idolatry (Rev 22:18-19, John 14:6, Rev 14:11)

Idolatry is the sin of worshipping a false god, which is a man-made god, which came out of the mind of man. And thus, an idol can be an image of wood, or stone, or silver, or gold. But an idol can just as well be a false description of a god that came out of the mind of man. For example, all the people who drowned in the flood of Noah’s days were idolaters. And all the people who were destroyed by fire and brimstone after Lot escaped out of Sodom were also idolaters. God would not have destroyed them if they knew the true God, because God will not do this to His own children. Only those who are His own, His elect, will be instructed by God the Holy Spirit to worship the only true God, for the elect cannot be deceived. But everyone else will follow the desires of their evil heart, and it is guaranteed that they will be deceived. And so, in the period of time just before the end of time there will be many idolaters, and many will be drawn by their own imagination.

Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 22:18 (2X). The first example of idolatry is that many will be deceived by the Roman Catholic priests to believe the works gospels which are so prevalent in the Roman Catholic Church. And by believing the Roman Catholic doctrines people are condemned because they are worshipping an accursed idolatry. I did not invent this. Four hundred years ago the Reformers already came to this conclusion that it was an accursed idolatry, and it was written in the Heidelberg Catechism. A second example: Today many are deceived by the New Age gospels which say that there are many different ways which lead to the same god. That is a lie from Hell. If the Pope is giving this example, it is unwise to follow his lead, for the Lord Jesus said in John 14:6, “No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” It means there is only one way to God. All other ways are leading to Hell. A third example: Today many are deceived by the Charismatic Gospels which say that God is still speaking in an audible voice today, and is still giving messages in dreams, and in visions, and in angel visitations, and in unknown tongues and in the interpretation of tongues. All these are violations of God’s express commands not to do so as stated in Rev 22:18-19, which states that God is finished bringing Divine revelations to mankind. And these commands are accompanied by God’s promises that Hell is awaiting them who violate the commands of Rev 22:18-19.  We read in Rev 22:18-19,

Rev 22:18, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” What are the plagues that are written in this Book, the Bible? There are many, but the worst of those plagues is written in Rev 14:11, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever.”

Rev 22:19  “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” What is the penalty for taking away from the words of the Book of this Prophecy, the Bible? God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life. But only those whose names are in the Book of Life shall inherit eternal life with Christ in the New Heaven and the New Earth. Everyone else goes to a place of eternal torment, Hell. These three examples are sufficient to accuse 99.9% of the church population in these United States that they are committing idolatry. Indeed it is that bad. But wait, it will get worse. These days the number of false prophets is greatly increased, and the false gospels they bring are absolutely heresies. Now I am referring to the Christadelphian Heretics.

#2.       Christadelphian Heretics (Mat 25:41, Deut 32:39, 1Sam 2:6, Jer 17:5)

Is that not a nice name for a heretical society? The name of Christ is in there, and their name reminds us of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Christadelphians consider themselves “Brethren in Christ.” And so, what are they all about? Have you ever met a man who says he believes in the doctrines of sovereign grace and predestination? At first glance they are absolutely on the right track, and they must be Biblically trustworthy. But a little later we notice that they are denying the existence of a personal Devil, and denying the fall of Satan, and denying the existence of demons. When you search the internet you will quickly find their Home page. And here is a little something more of what they believe, and here we find what they really believe from their own mouth. It reads:

“We are a network of Christian believers world-wide who through careful study of the Bible have come to conclusions that separate us from mainstream Christianity. We believe in salvation by grace; eternal life on earth in the kingdom of God, to be established by the Lord Jesus Christ at His return; in the Lord Jesus as God’s Son, but not “God the Son,” or a pre-existent Jesus as taught in the common doctrine of the Trinity, which we reject; in taking full responsibility for our sins, and not blaming any personal Satan figure, of whom we find nothing of in the Bible; the Bible being the inspired word of God we find no evidence there nor elsewhere for the existence of an immortal soul, Hell as a place of fire and torment, and so on, (rather we believe that Hell refers simply to the grave); and we urge people to do as the Bible says and be baptized by full immersion in water. You can read more about us in the “about us” section.” This is just a small section of what you read in their website.

So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth: “The Lord Jesus is not God, there is no Trinity, your soul is not immortal, and have no fear for there is no place called Hell; Satan is not a fallen angel, there are no demons, there is no such person who tempts man, and there is no one who accuses saints before God.” If you have your defense ready and you quote some verses from the Bible to the Christadelphian, he would at once say: “But actually the original Greek text says this and this, and in the Hebrew it actually means that blah blah blah.” Let us be clear on this: God did not write the English Bible for the Greek scholar, but for the common ploughman, the coal-heaver, and the peasant. God wrote it for simple people. What we must learn from this is that we must never let heretics deceive us by saying “The original says something else.”

The Christadelphian heretics even deny that there was some sort of conflict between the angels, for the Devil and his demons are just disease and mental illness. But consider this: The Lord Jesus said that Hell was a real place prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matt 25:41). And consider this also: If the Devil never actually fell, but was as some suppose created as an evil being, then you are charging God of unrighteousness for creating an evil being and then punishing him in Hell for the evil he commits! You may use the sovereignty of God to give Him the glory of your salvation, but you may not abuse the sovereignty of God by blaming Him for unrighteousness He commits. This is not the God of the Christian. The God of the Christian is a righteous Judge in all His actions. The God of the Christian says “I kill and I make alive” (Deut 32:39, 1Sam 2:6), and thereby He is a righteous Judge and has determined that Judgment Day has come for all the Canaanites, and they shall bear their penalties. And so, we may not apply our human reasoning to the character of Almighty God, for He is in the heavens and we are on earth. And as the heavens are high above the earth so are His ways above our ways. And so we see that Christadelphians depart from orthodox Christian teaching in numerous ways, and herein is the warning we must take to heart. They deny the Trinity, they deny the deity of Jesus Christ, and they deny the personality of the Holy Spirit. How did that come about? They tried to reinvent the wheel. They tried to reinvent their entire theology. But that is a big job which no one can do very well. The warning is that we should not try to reinvent the wheel. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have tried it and failed, the Seventh Day Adventists have tried it and failed, the Mormons have tried it and failed, the Gnostics have tried it and failed, other cults have tried it and failed, and they all failed because they tried to change the Bible. But there is an infinite amount of information in this ocean of words, and so by the providence of God these wicked people have forgotten to change a few words here and there, with the result that in faithful searches of the Bible people have uncovered what the cults have forgotten to change, and so they are unmasked as perpetrators of false gospels. They tried to parade like sheep, but they are unmasked as wolves in sheep’s clothing. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that we study the Bible for our own protection. All the more we discover the truth of the middle verse in the Bible, which says in Jer 17:5,

Jer 17:5, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” I am stating this warning in this sermon because WE, in this church, have come in contact with Christadelphians. I will not name any names. Most of you have not noticed it, but I have, and it is a great danger in this 21st century where every man has grabbed for himself the liberty to do and to believe what is right in his own eyes.

·        Watch Out for Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing (Psalm 2:1-3, Eph 2:3, Mat 27:22, Luke 19:14)

Please turn turn your Bibles to the Prophecy of the Psalms, Psalm 2:1 (2X). Psalm number 2 is a very revealing psalm to us; it reveals to us the attitude of men all over the world. Psalm 2 tells us what is buried in the recesses of the hearts of man in their attitude toward God, especially the God of the Bible. Men may have good feelings toward Buddha, or Shinto, or Mohammed, but the God of the Bible is rejected by most men. Most men hate Him and His commandments. We read in Psalm 2:1-3,

Psalm 2:1, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,  3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”

And this does not only apply to the heathen out there, but it applies to everyone of mankind. For everyone of mankind is born as wicked as the heathen out there. God declared in Eph 2:3 that we ALL are born as the wicked out there, and we were by nature the children of wrath, even as others who never become saved. When the Lord Jesus Christ stood before Pontius Pilate as a helpless man, he asked the people that stood around him, “What shall I do then with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all say unto him, “Let Him be crucified.” (Mat 27:22) They were unanimous in their verdict. If you or I would be standing there we too would have cried out, “Let Him be crucified”, for that is the nature of man. In our depraved state we all would like to do away with God. It is Psalm 2:1-3 all over again. But the majority of people who live around me remain unsaved. And so, when someone teaches a theory which does away with God it will become a very popular doctrine. That is why the theory of evolution has become so popular, because it does away with sin and with our accountability before God, and with Judgment Day, and when you think it through it does away with God altogether.

Jacob Arminius, a professor at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands proposed the theory that wicked man can become saved by his own free-will, and almost instantly many Christians accepted it as truth. Why was that so? There is no doctrine more hated by unsaved mankind, even in the Christian churches, as the great, stupendous doctrine of the sovereignty of the infinite Jehovah. Men will allow God to be everywhere except on His throne. They will allow Him to be in His workshop to fashion worlds, and to make stars. They will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever moving ocean. But when God ascends His throne His creatures gnash their teeth in anger, and when we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in this matter, then it is that we are hissed at and reviled, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on His throne is not the God that they love. They shout, “We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14). But the God that they love is not the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible is a sovereign God. He is a different God, and any other god that we decide to serve is an idol, an impotent god which does not exist. A god who serves a free-will gospel is a different god than we serve in this church. And when we engage in idolatry we will be judged for it. That leads me again to the beginning of this sermon. Why are so many condemned on the Last Day? It is because they are idolaters. They worship other gods. And there will be many who are idolaters. Just think of the promises of the Lord Jesus, that as the days of Noah were, and just as the days of Lot were so, or in like manner, shall be the days of the coming of the Son of man: only 8 in the world or only 3 out of four cities will receive the mercy of God. What happened to all those who will be condemned? They were deceived by wolves in sheep’s clothing. Watch out that you will not be deceived, for we live near the end of time when many deceivers have gone into the world and are doing their level best to deceive many. And so, remember this when you meet someone who denies the sovereignty of God. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The Lord clearly proclaims in Rom 9:11-13, the principle of election, and how this should be applied. We read in Rom 9:11-13,

Rom 9:11 “(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)  12  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” And God said this a very long time before the children were born. In fact He said this before the foundation of the world. It is so clearly stated that we can come only to one conclusion: Our inheritance is eternal life, and eternal life is not earned or deserved; it is a gift from God, a free gift. On the other hand eternal damnation is earned or deserved. Eternal damnation is earned by the works of man, whereas eternal life is given to us because it is the work of God. It is given by the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross in AD 33. It is through His work that our eternal life is obtained and all our sins are forgiven. But the wolves in sheep’s clothing will try to convince us that both our salvation and our condemnation are results of the work of man. Watch out for works gospels of that sort. Lies die very hard. Works-gospels like these are popular among unsaved men.

#3.       The Many and the Few (Mat 7:13-14, Jam 2:19, Rev 20:11-15)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, chapter 20, Rev 20:11-15. As we approach Judgment Day it is clear to all that many will be condemned, and only a few are being saved. Now the question arises, “Was it always God’s plan to save only a few and let the rest run to their condemnation?” Was this always God’s plan? It all depends how you see God. If you see God as sovereign, so that nothing occurs unless it takes place according to God’s plan, then you see God correctly, as the Bible portrays Him to be. Indeed the Bible declares that it was always God’s plan to save only a remnant of mankind. We can see it in Mat 7:13-14 where the majority of the people want to be on the broad way which leads to Hell, and only a minority wants to be on the narrow way which leads to heaven. We can see it in the days on Noah when only 8 people out of the world of that day were saved. We can see it in the days of Lot when only 3 people out of four cities were saved. And the Lord Jesus promised that this was a picture of the end of time we are approaching today. In other words, only a remnant will be saved, but when we approach the end of time that remnant will become smaller and smaller. And when the last of the remnant will have been saved God will end it all, and Judgment Day will follow. And thus, for most of mankind that Last Day shall be a very terrifying ordeal. Why do preachers these days preach repeatedly, “Fear Not! You have nothing to fear, for Christ will protect you from all the evils of the Last Day for all those who believe in Christ.” Has it occurred to those preachers that they are preaching to 0.0001% of the world’s population? Has it occurred to those preachers that God says through James 2:19 that the Devils also believe in God?

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble”. You see, believing in God is not going to save you. You must believe God, or in other words, You must believe what God said. You must believe what God said is the truth, and if you are saved this is what you will believe and obey, because you love Him who said this. This really is salvation. But you see, on the Last Day many will have believed what other gods say through their false prophets, and in this way many have become idolaters, like the Christadelphian heretics. Could it be that some have first believed in the true faith and then they fell away and started to believe the lies? No, that is not possible, for the saints cannot be deceived, and we must not arrive at a doctrine where the saints can fall away. We must believe that the perseverance of the saints, or the preservation of the saints, is true all throughout the Bible. The only way to explain what we see is to recognize that those who apparently became saved and fell away were not really saved. Their faith was not a gift from God, but was conjured up by themselves just to have fire insurance. But it was not a faith that was a response from a genuine love for God, or a love for Christ for what He has done for us. Therefore let us be careful when we judge someone to have been saved by the faith that we see in that person. True salvation is only by grace, through faith, and that faith is not of ourselves it is the gift of God, for salvation is only by grace (Eph 2:8). And so, why are so many condemned? Let us consider the multitude before the Judgment Throne in Rev 20:11-15. Let us have pity with them while they are still alive. But they do not need a comforting message like, “Have no fear, for you are with Jesus.” While they were alive they needed a warning that many of them are barking up the wrong tree. They are idolaters and for this there is Hell to pay.

·        Before the Judgment Throne (Rev 20:11-15, Eph 2:1, John 14:6, Rom 3:23,10)

Rev 20:11, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  12  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.  13  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.  14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The dead are standing before God. These are not just people who have died, but everyone who has died unsaved. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Judge of the living and the dead. The saints have already been judged at the cross, and they have already been raptured up to be with Christ forever, and thus the saints are not present here before the Judgment Throne. The only ones standing here are those who have some unpaid sins. God’s sentence is that the wages of sin is death. What kind of death is that? Are these dead in their soul? And that is indeed so. According to Eph 2:1, those who were unsaved while their body was still alive were dead in trespasses and sins. And so, the dead standing here are the spiritually dead, those who are dead in their soul. And now that their body has also died they are grouped together with all the unsaved who have died with unpaid sins on their conscience. It means that all those people who have lived and died in a Christless universe before the first coming of Christ are also standing there to be judged. Why is that so? The Lord Jesus said in John 14:6, “No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” And that means “No Man!” Not one of mankind can come to the Father except through Jesus Christ and Him crucified, for only through Christ crucified can our sins be forgiven. And so, standing here before the Judgment Throne are some 15 billion people. What happens to them? Rev 20:12 says, “And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” But the works of unsaved men are all sinful, and thus they all will be cast into Hell, every last one of them. That is why there are so many who are condemned, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23) “There is NONE righteous, NO NOT ONE.” (Rom 3:10) Those whose unrighteousness has been washed away by Christ on the cross are exempt from condemnation because they have been judged already. And as we approach the end of time the fraction of those who have been saved becomes smaller and smaller, because the younger generation is not picking up the baton. And that is why there are so many to be judged, and that is why there are so few who have been judged already at the cross. Have pity, have very great pity with the multitude who are presently still unsaved for they do not know that they have been deceived. And while they are alive, bring the Gospel to them, for out of them will come the last one who must be saved before the Lord returns. God is waiting until the last of the elect has been saved, and then the Lord returns and puts an end to all of this.

AMEN.                  Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.