25 Aug Who Will Be Saved During the Tribulation?
Greetings Dr. Frazier,
I have had the privilege of hearing you speak on a couple of occasions now and was rewarded with observing many decisions for Christ after your presentations. I am seeking help with understanding a specific scripture related to tribulation salvations. I was in a Bible study with a respected teacher and he said that if a person had had the opportunity to hear the gospel in this period of grace and rejected it that they could not be saved during the tribulation. He used scripture from 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 specifically verses 10-12. Do you see this as an accurate conclusion from this text? If this is accurate, would this not be another warning to those who are putting off surrendering their lives to Christ? I appreciate any light that you could shed on this. From time to time, I find that there are things in scripture that I must get settled and this is one of them.
There is disagreement concerning this issue. The text in 2 Thess 2:11-12 is a little foggy. Here’s what I believe the Word teaches.
- Our lives are a vapor, here and then gone. No one knows when they will die. James 4:14
- Today is the day of salvation. Do not harden your heart. Hebrews 3:7-11
- When God calls you need to answer. There is nothing in scripture that indicates the Spirit draws a person more than once. Maybe He does but no guarantee. John 6:44 ( see Romans 1 -3 where God reveals himself to everyone first through creation, then conscious and finally thru Christ.)
Therefore I agree that when a person hears the gospel and rejects it, at some point the spirit no longer draws. When rapture occurs those who have heard but rejected are left and they will not choose Christ in the tribulation, while those who have never heard respond in great numbers. (Rev 7:9-11)
Hope this helps!
Have a Blessed Day!
Gary Frazier, Ph.D.