But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
Why Do People Refuse to Come to Christ during the Tribulation?
Dr. Roger Barrier Preach It, Teach It 2021 23 Nov
As I study the Book of Revelation, I keep asking myself why more people don’t come to Christ during the Great Tribulation. I know that God often sends catastrophes in the hopes that these will cause men and women to turn to Christ. However, most will not come to Christ. Why not?
God keeps pleading with people to give their hearts to Jesus as their Lord and Savior. God’s will is that no one would perish in hell. He is patient and full of great grace right up to the Battle of Armageddon. At that point, it’s too late.
As a result of His broken heart for the lost, God provides several supernatural witnesses to ensure that His gospel message is proclaimed throughout the world before the end:
God raises up 144,000 Jewish evangelists sealed by Jesus for protection as they share the gospel of Christ throughout the world (Revelation 7:3, 8).
He produces two powerful witnesses who are resurrected to preach in the spirit and power of Moses and Elijah (Revelation 11:3).
He utilizes an angel shouting out the gospel while flying through the sky (Revelation 14:6-7).
He commissions the Tribulation saints—those who missed the Rapture or who surrendered their lives to Jesus during the Great Tribulation—to share the gospel in everyday settings (Revelation 15).
Finally, he sends a host of traumas in the hopes that these will move people to Jesus (Revelation 16).
Yet, again and again we hear the somber refrain: “They refused to repent.”
3 Passages from Revelation
Let’s take a look at three passages from Revelation that describe groups of people who ought to repent, but choose not to.
The first Revelation passage:
“Then the kings of the earth . . . and everyone else . . . hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their] wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” (Revelation 6:15-17).
Several things immediately catch my attention about this passage.
First, people are praying to rocks for help and deliverance. Instead of turning to Christ they turn to the rocks! How tragic!
Second, no matter how rich or poor, good or bad, significant or insignificant, God’s judgment is coming, and no one will survive it.
Third, when the day of judgment comes, people will try to hide from God. Adam and Eve tried to hide, but they failed because no one can hide from God. Fortunately, when we receive Christ as our Savior, we no longer need to hide.
Finally, consider how the gentle lamb becomes the agent of wrath! But they still don’t turn to him.
The second Revelation passage:
“The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders” (Revelation 9:20-21).
It is only natural to think that the remainder of humankind would take warning from this awful fate; but they will not and instead continue to worship their idols and demons. Our world will be saturated in nothing less than devil worship. Bound humans and bound demons will languish in evil for eternity.
The third Revelation passage:
“From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible” (Revelation 16:21).
You would think that all of these torments would cause people to turn their hearts to Jesus for help and relief, but they don’t!
Here are 4 reasons why they won’t turn to Christ:
1. Their spiritual capacity to receive Christ has been blown to smithereens.
Paul teaches, “The man without the spirit does not accept the things that come from God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Think about men and women as three-story buildings. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:23: “May you be sanctified in your spirit, soul, and body.” Imagine that the first story is our body. The second story is our soul, which is the residence of our mind, will, and emotions. Our soul is who we are. The third story is our spirit where God lives.
When Adam and Eve sinned, it was like a bomb exploded on the third floor of our human spirit. Sin blew to smithereens the spiritual capacity of man.
We are no longer spiritual people living on the basis of God’s kingdom. We are second-story people living on the basis of our own will and desires. Paul writes that “men without the spirit” have no understanding of spiritual things.
Our third floor is rebuilt when we surrender our lives to Christ as our Savior.
2. They don’t welcome spiritual things because it is “foolishness” to them.
Again, from Paul, “The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him” (1 Corinthians 2:15).
Stop and think about it; if you are a second-story person, your whole life is lived in the realm of this world, so just the concept of the God of the Universe becoming man is foolishness!
The Virgin Birth … that’s a fairy tale! The idea of God hanging on a tree, the concept that He died for all sins, past, present and future; that’s foolishness. The bodily resurrection of Christ; that’s foolishness!
Without that third story, without that spiritual capacity, the things of the spirit simply don’t make sense.
3. They cannot know the things of God because they are not spiritually discerned.
Paul continued, “He is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:15).
Since they have no working third story, they are not Christians. As such, they cannot understand the things of God.
A lost person can read and understand the words of the Bible. But he’ll never have an interaction with the truths of God, because his third story has been blasted out. He has a human spirit, but it’s not in relation to the Holy Spirit.
It’s only when the “man without a spirit” becomes a Christian the Holy Spirit can come in and rebuild the third story. And then we can only then begin to know the things of God.
Paul concludes, “For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. … Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God … that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.” (1 Corinthians 3:10-13).
4. Their eyes are so blind that they can’t see the light of the gospel.
As we share the gospel, we understand that we are in a spiritual battle which keeps many from coming to Christ.
Paul wrote about satanic deception: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
The book of Revelation pictures myriads upon myriads of demons that will be released from the pit of hell bringing absolute torture and deception to mankind during the last days. These demons will fan out in all directions to attack, torment, and deceive those people still alive during the Great Tribulation.
Why Don’t People Turn to Christ?
Why don’t they see His light?
The same reasons that people refuse to come to Christ during the Great Tribulation are the same reasons they won’t come to Him today.
People love sin more than they love God.
“This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:9).
Men and women love their sin. We live in an age of lawlessness. It’s true that “Every man does what is right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).
Jesus was in the world, and though the world was made by Him, the world did not recognize him …“He came to his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:10-11).
For 33 years Christ lived among men. He taught, loved, died, bore our sin—and the very hands that formed men from the dust of the earth were stilled as the Roman soldier picked up a hammer and drove nails through the Creator’s hands.
Sin breaks God’s heart. But let’s be clear. God doesn’t get frustrated. Jesus Christ was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. God knew how people would respond, and He sent Jesus anyway, because of His love for us.
He had a plan all along: “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
How Can We Lead People to Christ When So Many Refuse to See or Hear Him?
Over fifty years of ministry, I’ve discovered that people are much more likely to respond to the love of God than they are to the judgment of God.
While punishment, troubles and the threat of hell bring some to Christ, the vast majority who receive Christ come because someone’s love and compassion guided them to Christ.
Statistics are clear. Take any group of Christians, and approximately 20% will say that they came to Christ because they were afraid of going to hell, while about 80% come because someone loved them into the kingdom. Anytime we talk about the coming judgment, it must be mixed with a lot of love and compassion to have results.
We are in a titanic battle for the souls of men and women. We need to share the gospel today just as much as it will need to be shared during the Great Tribulation. Unfortunately, some respond to neither love nor judgment. They only harden their hearts against God. They won’t repent under any circumstance!
Once upon a time I had a request from a family to go to the hospital and share the gospel with their 78-year-old dying grandfather. They said, “We’ve been witnessing to him for 50 years and he has refused to become a Christian. We figure this is our last chance. Would you please go and share the gospel with him one more time? Please?”
“I know why you’re here,” he said. “They asked you to share the gospel with me one more time. Well, go ahead I’m listening.” So, I did.
After I finished, he said, “I really appreciate your coming, but I have rejected the gospel so many times that I don’t think that I could give my life to Jesus even if I wanted to.”
The haunting refrain that will sound forth repeatedly during the tribulation years is the same refrain that we so often hear today: “And they refused to repent.”
Well Madison, I hope this is helpful.
Dr. Roger Barrier retired as senior teaching pastor from Casas Church in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to being an author and sought-after conference speaker, Roger has mentored or taught thousands of pastors, missionaries, and Christian leaders worldwide. Casas Church, where Roger served throughout his 35-year career, is a megachurch known for a well-integrated, multi-generational ministry. The value of including new generations is deeply ingrained throughout Casas to help the church move strongly right through the twenty-first century and beyond. Dr. Barrier holds degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Golden Gate Seminary in Greek, religion, theology, and pastoral care. His popular book, Listening to the Voice of God, published by Bethany House, is in its second printing and is available in Thai and Portuguese. His latest work is, Got Guts? Get Godly! Pray the Prayer God Guarantees to Answer, from Xulon Press. Roger can be found blogging at Preach It, Teach It, the pastoral teaching site founded with his wife, Dr. Julie Barrier.
8 References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’ ‘8’ indicates that a new ‘era or epoch’ is arriving. Be it the rapture, the tribulation, the year of the Jews redemption or the year of the onset (2028) of the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ (2028-3028).
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth 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. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.