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Will A Deathbed Repentance Be Received By God ? Yea or Nay
Behold, I come quickly
Recently, while reading the word of God, I was lead by the spirit to the 22nd chapter of the Book of Revelation. I began reading the verses, doing my very best to take in the meaning of the words. I began to imagine what being in the presence of the Lord and the holy angels must have been like for John. I began to wonder what it must have been like to see all that John was allowed to see from the very beginning of the book, up to this point, and to write all that was commanded of him.
As Christians, we believe and prepare ourselves for the Second-Coming of Christ. We take heed to his words, understanding that He will come quickly. Some scriptures remind us that no man knows the day or hour that the Son of Man will appear, that He will come suddenly, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
In verse 12, Jesus says again, " And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
Christ Gave His Life For The Church
As I Meditated on the words, I remembered the "Triumphal Entry" of Jesus into Jerusalem, knowing that He was on His way to be rejected of men, beaten, whipped, and crucified. Knowing that He was on His way to die for the sins of the world, while He knew no sin. Also knowing that those He had come to seek and to save, still did not believe, and were missing the opportunity for their redemption, forgiveness, and salvation. I remembered how Jesus had wept over Jerusalem, because they would not come unto Him. I remembered how He climbed down from the donkey He was riding, and made His way to the church, casting out the money-changers, and those who sold doves, and proclaiming that His House is a House of Prayer, even before He yielded His body to the Roman soldiers.
Then I reflected back to the beginning of Revelation, seeing Jesus in my spirit. Seeing Jesus, after His death, resurrection, and ascension, seated at the right hand of the Father in Glory. Still loving sinners so much, that before He would allow Himself to become comfortable in heaven, before He put on His crown, His Robe, and His slippers, He called for John to come up, and bring a pad and pen, to take a letter to the seven churches. Still wanting that none should perish, but repent, and receive eternal life. Still wanting those who were fearful and unbelieving, those who were idolaters, covetous, and adulterers, to turn from their wicked ways, and be saved.
I Was Arrested
I was arrested, when I again read the scriptures. Looking back at verse 11, it says, " He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still."
So, taking verse 11 into consideration, and realizing that when He returns, He is not coming for repentance, but with judgment, I pose this question: Will A Deathbed Repentance Be Received By God?
Let's be clear, there will be some who will remain until Jesus comes, but for the vast majority of us, our numbers will be called individually, and we will have to answer. Are we allowed to live like hell, refusing God, until we get a negative report from the doctor, and then decide we want to be saved? Can we call out to God in repentance, as the death angel enters our room, knowing that we have lived unjust and filthy lives?
Tell me how you see it..........