Posted by Richard on February 24, 2009
An anonymous reader asks:
When Jesus comes down with his angels, and takes all the Christians and believers will other people still have a chance when they die?
First, I need to make a distinction between the event commonly called “the Rapture” and the event called “The Second Coming.” Some view those events as the same, however it would be redundant to rapture only the believers (1 Thes 4:17) and then immediately proceed to separate them in the final judgment (Rev 20:2). When the believers are raptured, they will be caught up with Christ mid-air, and that this is not his full return. Scripture tells us that believers in Jesus Christ will be kept from the time of great tribulation (Rev 3:20, 1 Thes 4:16-17). See a full discussion of the time between the Rapture and the Second Coming, at Tribulation.
The time of The Great Tribulation marks an unprecedented outpouring of God’s wrath on mankind. However, all is not yet lost. The Bible teaches us that during The Tribulation, new believers will be converted. 144,000 (12,000 From each tribe of Israel) Jewish believers will come out of the tribulation, as well as a great multitude of “Tribulation Saints” (Rev 7:4,9,14) saved during The Tribulation by the fruits of the Two Witnesses of The Tribulation (see Rev 11).
At the culmination of The Tribulation, the Antichrist will gather an army to march on Jerusalem (Rev 19:19), but they will be slain as Jesus descends (Rev 19:21) to judge mankind (Matthew 24:29-31).
The Final Judgment of mankind will happen when Jesus arrives again in all his glory, which is The Second Coming of Christ. (Matthew 25:31-46)
Mankind will be given many chances to accept the redemption offered through Jesus Christ. Definitely more than we deserve as sinners, and God has designed his perfect plan that it will be exactly what is necessary to save those that will believe.