The Fall Feasts Of Israel A Bible Study by Jack Kelley The fall is arguably…
By Dennis Huebshman
Hebrews 6: 4-6, “For it is IMPOSSIBLE in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, (5) tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, (6) and then committed apostasy, to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again, and holding Him up to contempt.” (all emphasis and paraphrasing mine.)
Enlighten: give greater knowledge and understanding – make aware; give spiritual knowledge or insight. (Please note, there isn’t any mention of “acceptance” in this dictionary definition, but it is a beginning of it.)
Apostasy: the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief; an act of refusing to continue, follow, OBEY or recognize a religious faith; abandonment of a previous loyalty. (Again, something can be believed without truly and totally accepting it.)
To accept something is to have a belief in it and agree to ALL that is involved with it. Just believing in Jesus is not enough. James 2:19 says, “You believe that God is One; well and good. Even the demons believe and tremble with fear.” They know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are real, but don’t accept the authority of the Trinity. This will play out to completion at the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:11-15.
For someone who has put their faith, trust, Hope and acceptance in Jesus, it’s difficult to understand how others could possibly turn away from Him. Some would say they LOST their salvation. As given by Paul in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, (39) nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” That covers a lot of ground to say once we are TRULY in the Lord, nothing can take us away from Him.
Looking at Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seeds (Matthew 13:4-23), some seeds fell on the pathway and birds ate them; some on rocky ground where there was not enough soil for good roots; some among thorns and were choked and finally some on good soil where they grew and multiplied.
If someone hears the Word, but doesn’t understand it, and no one provides that understanding, satan moves in and takes away any part of their knowledge. These are the pathway seeds. These people could still be salvageable if given the proper Word, and having the rewards of it presented properly.
When someone hears the Word, and at first experiences a “euphoric high”, and initially believes in what they heard; then later things of the world pulls them away, this is the rocky ground. There were never any good roots formed An example of this today would be someone attending a revival-type meeting or a gospel rock concert, and they “feel” something emotional begin to form. They get all excited and go forward to “confess” but only on the surface, not from the heart. A couple days pass and they move on to something else that gives them another “high”. No firm roots ever took hold and satan will ensure they never will. Another example is the “feel-good” production put on by some religious services with “soul-stirring” music, yet very little true Word being presented. People feel “religious” without ever forming a “relationship” with our Savior. They don’t want to hear the Truth.
Some people hear the Word, but can’t imagine giving up this world’s pleasures and possessions, so the Word gets choked off before becoming a part of their lives. These are the thorns choking off the True Word, and again satan will make sure the thorns never get cut away.
The good soil seeds are in fertile ground with much nourishment and deep roots that take hold and can’t be destroyed. There may arise persecutions and conflicts on the surface, but the Word is planted deep; a true relationship with Jesus has been formed, and Romans 8:38-39 has taken place.
For the ones that heard the Word, and initially believed but turned away (Rocky Soil and Thorns) Hebrews 6:4-6 applies. After the Rapture, God will tend to them as given in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, “The arrival of the lawlessness one (anti-christ) will be by Satan’s working with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders, (10) and with every kind of evil deception directed against those who are perishing because they found no place in their hearts FOR THE TRUTH so as to be saved. (11) Consequently, God sends them a deluding influence, so that they will believe what is false. (12) And so, all of them who have not believed the TRUTH, but have delighted in evil will be condemned.” These people will be more than eager to accept the “mark” that will be mandatory to survive in the anti-christ’s world.
Matthew 12:31, “For this reason, I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” The Spirit is there, ready to indwell anyone who accepts Jesus as their Savior and to believe He died for our sins and was resurrected again. All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 3:9; Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13) However to deny Jesus is to deny the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and is blaspheming against the Holy Spirit and will not be forgiven.
For those seeds that fell on the pathway, because they did not, or could not get the chance to learn about Jesus, I believe they will be given an opportunity to repent and accept Him after the Rapture; but at a very high cost – probably martyrdom.
Revelation 14:6-11 tells about angels proclaiming an “eternal gospel” to every tribe, nation, language and people of the earth. It is giving another chance for those who have not purposely rejected Jesus to become enlightened, and to have an eternal home with Him. One angel specifically warns against accepting the “mark of the beast” as being unforgivable. These would be the “rocky ground” and “among thorns” people. They will be condemned to the Lake of Fire as given in Revelation 20:11-15.
With everything that’s taking place in the world today, we are definitely in the Matthew 24 and 2 Timothy 3 prophecy era of the Last Days. No, we don’t know the day or hour, but 2 Corinthians 15:51-52 tells about a “twinkling of an eye”. That’s way less than one second. It may not be today or tomorrow, but then again it very well could be. We need to be concerned about our eternal souls rather than just the here and now. Also, we’re not guaranteed we will live another day. Cemeteries are full of people who thought they had more time.
If this world and what it offers is more important than anything to you, then I am very sad for your future. At your last breath here, you will immediately see the results of that decision.
If your eternal destiny is important, as it is to me and my family, you can ease your mind immediately by accepting the Savior and His free offer of eternal salvation. (Joshua 24:15) You don’t have to wait to leave here as your eternity has already begun. Your relationship with Jesus will grow day by day, and you will actually look forward to His soon calling of His Church – all True Believers – Home.
It’s your decision to make. Plant yourself in the “good soil” of the Love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and you will harvest a marvelous forever!