I believe GOD planned the number of people who would be called unto salvation before time began. When this number be fulfilled, then shall come the resurrection of the righteous and just of the next event in God’s time table, namely, “The Rapture.” He knows His own and calls them as it has been in every century from the time of Adam and Eve and their children, and in the centuries of six millenniums, even unto our time in the 21st Century: almost two thousand since the time of the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.
And what of God’s calling? How many respond to the Holy Spirit? How many would want forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Him? Why is this wonderful gift from God to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ not overwhelming or engulfing the earth? Why is not the whole world seeking it? Has there ever been a century since the beginning of the Church when the whole world was Christian? The answer, sadly, is No!
The number of Christians in the world today, and most probably in centuries past, has never exceeded fifty percent!
Not in the first four centuries of the early Church.
Not in the 11th and 12th centuries at the time of the Crusades.
Not in the time of the Reformation and the founding of the New World.
Not in the time of the 1700’s to 1900…and today when millions and millions of Bibles are being printed in just about every language on earth, and reaching all the world!
And today, in the year of our Lord 2015, of all the world’s religions, Christianity does not reach yet 50%…
God alone knows the number of those who will come to Him…
There were two other crosses with Jesus on Calvary that day…of the two, one believed, the other did not…half…50%…at death, one went with Jesus to Paradise; the other, to hell.
Blessed be they who are called to the wedding supper of the Lord Jesus.