Unfortunately, there are many propagating the false
narrative that people are going to get a second chance to enter God's kingdom basing it on the following two scriptures, 1 Timothy 2:3-4 and
John 6:44. The subject of whether some are called out from the rest of the world
at this time to be
part of the first resurrection, and that others are not called at this time,
only leads to a lack of a sense of commitment,
and that is why it is important that we take a close look at what the Bible has
to says on
2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should
perish (does not want any to perish, does not say they will not), but that all should come to repentance."
Are We being Called Separate from the World?
Job 21:30 "That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction?
they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath"
Job 31:2-3 "For what portion of God is there from above? and what
inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is not destruction to the wicked?
and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?"
Matthew 3:10 "And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."
Matthew 5:6 "Blessed
are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness [Anyone who wants to
know the truth, and live by it.]: for
they shall be filled."
Matthew 5:20 "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asks receives;
and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened." [Pretty
clear that one has to want to know the truth, and then seek it.]
Matthew 9:13 "for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to
repentance." [Calling ALL sinners!]
Matthew 11:28-29 "Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and
lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls." [Come to me, all,
now not at another time.]
Matthew 13:10-11 "And the
disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He
answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries
of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." [When speaking of
mysteries, he is talking to them on a personal level, telling them things that
they do not need to know to make it into the kingdom, but what he would like them to know
on a personal level. The disciples are his friends.]
Matthew 13:13-15 "therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing
see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is
fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and
shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: For this
people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their
eyes they [It does not say that the Lord closed their eyes, but that they got
tired of hearing the truth, they did not want to know!] have closed; lest at any time [at anytime they could
have known the truth.] they should see with their eyes, and hear with their
ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I
should heal them."
Matthew 18:3-4 "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of
heaven [You have to be converted in your heart, and follow as a child would.]. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 20:16 "...for many are called, but few chosen." [it
doesn't say only a few are called, many are called, few are chosen because only
a few want to know the truth.]
Matthew 22:1-14 "And Jesus answered and spoke unto them again
by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, which made
a marriage for his son, ... Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as
you will find, invite to the marriage. So those servants went out into the
highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good: and
the wedding was furnished with guests..." [The calling is to preach to
everyone you both evil and righteous to repent NOW!]
Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” [Notice
that God's people consist of a small flock of individuals.]
1 Peter 4:17-18 "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
John 3:14-21 "...That whosoever believes in him should not
perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not
condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already [Though God
would like all to be saved, those that refuse to believe in the Lord are
condemned to perish, unless the believe in him. To believe is to also follow in
what he has said.], because he has not
believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the
condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather
than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates
the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he
that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that
they are wrought in God."
John 6:44-47 "No man can come to me, except the Father which
has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in
the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has
heard, and has learned of the Father, comes unto me. Verily, verily, I say unto
you, He that believes on me has everlasting life." [it is clear that anyone
who hears, learns, and believes the word, the gospel of Christ makes a choice, at
that point they are, or are not, drawn to God based on their own choice.]
Romans 10:13-17 "for whosoever shall call upon the name of
the Lord shall be saved. how then shall they call on him in whom they have not
believed [heard of]? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have
not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they
preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of
them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! [Preachers
are for a reason, to call sinners to repent, if we where called special by God
there would be no need for preachers.] But they have not all obeyed the
gospel. For Esaias says, Lord, who has believed our report? So then faith comes
by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, have they not heard? Yes
verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of
the world." [All the KNOWN world at that time had heard, the scripture
has been fulfilled.]
2 Esdras also known as 4 Ezra 7:3-14 "I said, "Speak, my lord." And
he said to me, "There is a sea set in a wide expanse so that it is broad
and vast, but it has an entrance set in a narrow place, so that it is like a
river. If any one, then, wishes to reach the sea, to look at it or to
navigate it, how can he come to the broad part unless he passes through the
narrow part? Another example: There is a city built and set on a plain,
and it is full of all good things; but the entrance to it is narrow and
set in a precipitous place, so that there is fire on the right hand and deep
water on the left; and there is only one path lying between them, that is,
between the fire and the water, so that only one man can walk upon that
path. If now that city is given to a man for an inheritance, how will the
heir receive his inheritance unless he passes through the danger set before
him?" I said, "He cannot, lord." And he said to me,
"So also is Israel's portion. For I made the world for their sake, and when
Adam transgressed my statutes, what had been made was judged. And so the
entrances of this world were made narrow and sorrowful and toilsome; they are
few and evil, full of dangers and involved in great hardships. But the entrances
of the greater world are broad and safe, and really yield the fruit of
immortality. Therefore unless the living pass through the difficult and vain
experiences, they can never receive those things that have been reserved for
2 Esdras also known as 4 Ezra8:1-3 "He answered me and said,
"The Most High made this world for the sake of many, but the world to come
for the sake of few. But I tell you a parable, Ezra. Just as, when you ask the
earth, it will tell you that it provides very much clay from which earthenware
is made, but only a little dust from which gold comes; so is the course of the
present world. Many have been created, but few shall be saved."
Matthew 25:14-30 "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man
travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto
them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to
another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took
his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the
same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two,
he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the
earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants
cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came
and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five
talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto
him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a
few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of
thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou
deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside
them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast
been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter
thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came
and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast
not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went
and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord
answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that
I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest
therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should
have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give
it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given,
and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even
that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness:
there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
In the above parable everyone is rewarded for the works of this life, and
those that do not have good works are cast away, it is clear that there is
Luke 19:12-27 "He said therefore, A certain nobleman
went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he
called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them,
Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him,
saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that
when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these
servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might
know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying,
Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good
servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority
over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five
pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another
came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a
napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that
thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto
him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest
that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I
did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my
coming I might have required mine own with usury? And he said unto them that
stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And
they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto
every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he
hath shall be taken away from him. But those mine enemies, which would not that
I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."
The above parable makes it even more clear that one is rewarded based on ones
works in life now! Those who did not want to live according to God's rule(s) are
dragged in front of the crowd and publicly executed, their chances are over to
enter the kingdom.
Concerning the judgment of those that have heard the truth.
Ezekiel 18:4 "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul
of the son is mine: the soul that sins, it shall die."
Ezekiel 18:20-27 "The soul that sins, it shall die. ...But if the
will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my
statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live,
he shall not die [at the second resurrection]. ... But when the righteous
turns away from his
righteousness, and commits iniquity, and doeth according to all the
abominations that the wicked man
doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall
not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his
sin that he hath sinned, in them he shall die. Again, when the
man turns away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth
that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive ".
Malachi 3:16 "Then they that feared the LORD spoke often to one
another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance
was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought
upon his name."
Malachi 4:1-3 "For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an
oven; and all the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly, shall be
stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD
of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch [totallydestroyed].
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise
with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as
calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under
the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says the
LORD of hosts."
Matthew 3:10-12 "And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees
[Gods people]: therefore every tree which does not bring forth
good fruit [Lived a Godly life.] is hewn down, and cast into the fire. ...Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor
earth], and gather his wheat [People living godly lives.] into the garner; but
he will burn up the chaff [People living ungodly lives.] with unquenchable fire."
Matthew 5:20 "For I say unto you, That except your
righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and
Pharisees, ye shall in no way enter into the kingdom of heaven."
[The religious cults of the time portrayed themselves holy in public, but in
private they where anything but holy.]
Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter you in at the strait gate: for
wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads
unto life, and few there be that find it." [Get that? Destruction! Not a
second chance. Only a few are going to escape destruction, the
Matthew 7:19-23 "Every tree [person]
that does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into
the fire [destroyed].
... Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but only he that doeth the will [follows
the word of God] of my
Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and
in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me,
you that work iniquity." [These
are those that follow a false Christianity.]
Matthew 12:36-37 "But I say unto you, That every idle
word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the
day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by thy words you shall be condemned."
Matthew13:49-50 "So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels
shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire:"
Luke 13:23-27 "...Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto
them, Strive to enter in at the
strait gate: for many, I say unto you, many will seek to enter in, and
shall not be able. When
once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door [judgment
day], and you begin to stand
without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us;
and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not who you are: Then shall you begin to say, We
have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our
streets [These people heard
the truth and did not act upon it.]. But he shall say, I tell you, I
know not who you are; ..".
Acts 10:34-35 "Then Peter said, Of a truth I perceive that God is
no respecter of persons [Not
calling only a select few into the kingdom.]: But in every nation he that fears him, and
works righteousness, is accepted [Living a righteous life is how
one is accepted into the kingdom] with him."
Concerning the judgment of those that have not heard the truth.
Matthew 13:18-23 "Hear you therefore the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of [God]
the kingdom, and does not understand it, then comes the wicked one, and
takes away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received
seed by the way side. [Those
that never heard the word of God or understood] But he that received the seed
into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and anon [straight
forward, true, sincere, straightway, immediately, forthwith]
with joy receives it;Yet he has no root in himself, but endures
for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the
word [obeying Gods word],
by and by he is offended [is embarrassed
keeping Gods word]. [Those that heard the word of
God and understood but caved in to persecution or peer pressure] He also that received seed
among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world,
and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word [Cares
more for the things of the world than pleasing God.],
and he becomes unfruitful. "[Those
that heard the word of God and understood but cared more for the
pleasures of the world]But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the
word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, ..."[Those that heard the word of
God and live according to it]
John 9:39-41 "And Jesus said, For judgment I
am come into this world, that they which see not [Mislead
concerning the truth.] might see;
and that they which see might be made blind [Know the truth yet
corrupt and twist it.]. And
some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and
said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus
said unto them, If ye were blind [did not know the truth], ye should have no sin: but now
ye say, We see
[But if you refuse to accept the truth when it is presented to you, your sin
remains, you will not be forgiven.]; therefore your sin remains."
Romans 2:5-16 "But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasures
up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the
righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according
to his deeds: To them who by patient
continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality,
eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the
truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation
and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew
first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace,
to every man that works good, to the Jew first, and also to the
Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God. For
as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law:
and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For
not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the
law shall be justified. For when the
Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in
the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which
show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience
also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or
else excusing one another;) In the day when
God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my
[The human nature, or ones conscious, has right and wrong built in, and if
you have not heard the truth your judgment will be based on how you have
followed your conscious.]
1 Corinthians 5:9-13 "I wrote unto you in an epistle not to keep company with
fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this
world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for
then must your needs go out of the world [Yet it is ok if it is
in an effort to preach to them.]. But
now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is
called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a
railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to
eat [it is not ok to keep company with them if they already
know the truth]. For what have I to do to judge them also
that are without? do not you judge them that are within?" [As
Christians we are to judge those within the body beyond what is
actual open sin.] But
them that are without God judges. [God will judge those outside
the body of believers on judgment day based upon their deeds in
2 Corinthians 5:10 "
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
The judgment of the dead at the second resurrection?
Matthew 13:37-43 "He answered ..., He that sows the good
seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the
children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked
one [those that do not follow
the word of God]; The enemy
that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world;
and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered
and burned in the fire [destroyed]; so shall it be in the end of this world
[When the kingdom of God is finally established once and for all.].
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out
of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And
shall cast them into a furnace of fire [destroyed]:
Matthew13:47-50 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is
like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every
kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and
gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it
be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever
the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace
of fire [Destroyed for ever.]:
Mark 9:1 "... Verily I say unto you, That there be
some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death [Speaking of the final death at the
second resurrection.], till they
have seen the kingdom of God come with power."
Revelation 17:8 "The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the pit of the deep and goes to destruction. And those dwelling on the earth, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, shall marvel
[They don't just marvel, they follow after it] when they see the beast
[The beast is a false religious organization.] that was, and is not, and yet is.
Here is the mind having wisdom: "
Revelation 20:11-15 "And I saw a great white throne
[This is after
Christ has ruled for a 1000yrs, and is now handing over things to
the Father.], and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth
and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 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. 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. And death and
hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And
whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into
the lake of fire."
It appears from all the verses above, ALL have access to eternal life!
ALL are called to come out of this evil world NOW! ALL have a right to the first
resurrection! And those that have not heard the word will be judged based upon
how they have acted in their lives.
To claim a second chance philosophy based on a few misquoted scriptures when
there are far too many clear scriptures that refute the idea of a second chance
is to give license to sin.
So now lets examine the following two scriptures that have caused the confusion, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, and
John 6:44 in further detail.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God and our
Saviour; Who will2309 have all men to be saved, and to come into the knowledge of the truth." [The
proper translation would be that the Lord desires, or wishes that all men would be saved, not that they will be!]
2309 = Either the first or the second form may be used. In certain tenses θελέω theleō
thel-eh'-o (and ἐθέλέω etheleō
eth-el-eh'-o) are used, which are otherwise obsolete; apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G138; to determine
(as an active voice option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive voice acquiescence in objective
considerations), that is, choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication to
wish, that is, be inclined to (sometimes adverbially gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism to delight in: -
desire, be disposed (forward), intend, list, love, mean, please, have rather, (be) will
(have, -ling, -ling (ly)).
John 6:44 "No man can1410 come to me, except3362 the Father which hath sent me draw1670 him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
proper translation would most likely be, that no one is able to come to the
Father unless the Father helps him along, which he does with the help of the
1410. dunamai doo'-nam-ahee of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible:--be able, can (do, + -not), could, may, might, be possible, be of power.
3361. me may a primary particle of qualified negation (whereas 3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas 3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether:--any but (that), X forbear, + God forbid, + lack, lest, neither, never, no (X wise in), none, nor, (can-)not, nothing, that not, un(-taken), without.
Often used in compounds in substantially the same relations. See also
3362, 3363, 3364, 3372, 3373, 3375, 3378.
3362. ean me eh-an' may i.e. 1437 and 3361; if not, i.e. unless:--X before, but, except, if, no, (if, + whosoever) not.
1670. helkuo hel-koo'-o or helko hel'-ko; probably akin to 138; to drag (literally or figuratively):--draw. Compare 1667.
It ALL comes down to when a person hears the word, does he then accept and
believe the word and then act on that belief? There is no special few only being called to