THE ULTIMATE OPEN HEAVEN
There have been several open heavens since the beginning of this world, but there is an ultimate open heaven coming upon the whole world. This will serve as grand finale open heaven, Jesus Christ and His angelic armies will stream into the world. As open heaven brings blessing and judgment, so it will be at this ultimate open heaven. There will first be open heaven of rapture for the obedient children of God, and then another open heaven of second coming of Jesus Christ for judgment on the disobedient.
Revelation 19:11, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.”
Like the people in the time of Noah, many are scoffing and disbelieving this upcoming great event, so they have no reason to obey and prepare. Apostle Peter warned about such people:
“knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” 2 Peter 3:3-7
You will not have cause to obey God’s word and keep yourself pure if you do not believe that Jesus is coming soon to take His obedient children to a blessed heaven, and to judge the sinners and careless Christians into eternal damnation. You may also echo with the king’s officer in 2 Kings 7:19 that, “even if the Lord should open windows of heavens, could this happens?” How can it be possible that this beautiful world will be thrown into hell fire? How can God pour billions of people into hell fire? Unbelievable! This sounds like a joke. That was how it seemed like joke to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
When the angels of God instructed Lot to warn the Sodomites that God would soon open the windows of heaven and rain fire and brimstone on them, it was like a joke. “So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.” Genesis 19:14.
It was a matter of time, the joke became reality to them, but too late to repent. Genesis 19:24, 25, “Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens. 25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.”
On the other hand, many people who believe in the rapture and second coming of Jesus are carelessly unprepared, thinking it will not happen soon, and so they will be caught unprepared like the 5 foolish virgins.
You should not be another victim of unbelief for destruction, it is better to learn from the history and be wise. God has made Jesus Christ to be an atonement for the sins of the whole world.
Jesus is coming back again to justify His obedient saints and judge the disobedient sinners. For the obedient believers, the coming of Jesus will bring so much blessing that we “will not have room enough for it” But for the unbelievers and careless Christians, it will bring utter ruin and misery that will be so much unbearable. Matthew 13:42, 43 “And will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
If you are part of the unbelievers who reject Jesus as their Lord, you are in a dangerous team. And also if you are part of Christians who do not believe in holiness, without which no one will see God, if you think no need for restitution after salvation, if you think there is no need for total holiness and righteousness, then you are in serious danger; if you are part of the prosperity Christians who do not see purity of life as necessity for believer, if you are part of the Christians who believe in grace without holiness, who believe in claiming righteousness without living righteous, then you are part of the end time scoffers of holiness and godliness for God’s judgment.
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