Some few are called for salvation now:

A clear statement by Christ Himself, that no man CAN come to Him unless drawn by the Father, is largely contradicted by the Christian community, as it differs from traditional teachings where they say THIS is the ONLY DAY of Salvation. Salvation IS for those being called now. That position is based on the verse which seems to state that there is one -and only one – day of Salvation. That anyone not responding NOW are doomed to Eternal Damnation. But the quote in the New Testament (2nd Cor. 6:2), seemingly to that effect, is quoted from Isaiah 49:8. That passage doesn’t contain “THE” Day of Salvation, it refers to “A” day of Salvation. Such a simple word can introduce us to a world of difference, that there IS no “Only Day” of Salvation. That will be addressed in greater detail as we progress. Those being called now are undergoing evaluative judgment in this lifetime, the rest will be similarly evaluated later.

[1st Peter 4:17] Judgment is now ongoing upon the Church of God (but not condemnation)
[Revelation 14:7] … evaluative Judgment is extended then to the rest of humanity.
[Matthew 20:16] Many are called but few are chosen (upon having inclination to respond)
[Revelation 17:14] … the successfully overcoming elect are ‘called, chosen and faithful’.
[Romans 2:4] … those called are ‘led’ to repentance … it isn’t entirely their own choice.
[John 11:17-26] He is the resurrection and the Life … believers are already entered into Life

Most are not called in this lifetime:

As should be apparent to all, the vast majority have little or no interest in seeking the True God and pursuing a real repentance experience. Those who ARE called, this is the day in which they must respond, but the majority, not being called presently, will have to await that “whosoever wills” period after the Second Coming. So, what of those who die before the Second Coming? Their day will come, but that’s explained under a later heading.

[Acts 28:27] For the heart of this people has grown dull … their eyes are closed … (even Israel)
[Matthew 13:15] Christ has deferred the majority to a later calling – even Jews
[Romans 11:8-10] God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see…
{Romans 11:7} … the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
[Mark 4:13-20] It is understood that not all seed sown will produce sons for the Kingdom.

Some are purposely blinded:

We are told, not only in John 6:44, but also in places like John 12:40 and Romans 11:7 that some are purposely blinded BY GOD so that they could not truly understand. These types of statements lead some denominations to conjure up a “predestination doctrine”, alleging that some are to be called, while the rest can never be accepted for salvation. Yet, we see of those who are blinded, that their blindness is temporary, that their day of salvation is delayed until a certain point. Regarding blinded Jews, Paul explains in Romans 11 that their blindness will be reversed, when the fullness of the Gentiles is come. (verses 12, 25 & 30-31). In verse 32 Paul explains the rationale for God having blinded them is: “…that He might have mercy upon all.” How is being blinded merciful? When we understand the TWO harvest periods, that becomes clearer.

[2nd Corinthians 4:4] … the god of this world has blinded the minds of non-believers …
[John 12:40] … He (God) has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, Lest they should see…
[Revelation 12:9] Satan also contributes continually to overall societal blindness.
[Romans 11:7] … Israel has not obtained what it seeks; … (some did); the rest were blinded.
[Romans 11:32] God has committed them all to blindness, that He might have mercy on all.
[2nd Corinthians 3:14-18] … the veil over their hearts not taken away … until later.
[Matthew 11:25] The Father has selected who He will allow to understand at this point.

There are two ‘harvest periods’:

What is not generally understood in the religious community is that there are two distinct phases in the Plan of Redemption. As is illustrated in the Biblical Holy Days, and as shown in John chapters 6 and 7, there is a small (spring related) harvest consisting of those called to Salvation in this age. There will be a greater harvest (fall related) in which a calling will be extended to all the world, ALL who have ever lived. In this latter harvest, salvation will be offered to those who survive the Great Tribulation and their descendants in the millennial age, and then those multiple billions who are resurrected after the 1000 year millennium will be provided an opportunity, which their prior lives didn’t offer them. This does not suggest that all will be successful in such a quest, but according to their faith. All who never were called in this lifetime will then have such opportunity to be included in the second harvest. Those who WERE called, and who spurned their calling will not arise with these, but will remain ‘asleep’ awaiting a just sentencing at the final resurrection.

[James 5:7] … early and latter rains’ produce … God will patiently wait for both those harvests
[Revelation 20:12] … the Bible will be opened to the great majority later
[Revelation 20:12] … the Book of Life will be re-opened for additional names to be added
[Revelation 22:17] … at the appropriate time, all will be invited to “come” (whosoever wills)
[Revelation 14:6-10] There will be a later time of True God-worship / false religion banned
[Revelation 20:5] … the rest of the dead lived not again until the 1000 years are finished.
[Mark 4:13-20] … there’s a good seed / failed seed situation. Not all will be successful.

Being called begins a Loving relationship with God and Brethren:

The Family of God is a love-based community. We are told that God is love, and that we are to reflect that love, not only toward Him, but toward one another. He loved us before we knew of His existence, gave Himself for us, and desires above all things that we share His Life and existence forever. The Church of God is that community of believers who share His Holy Spirit. That Church is not a building or an organization, but a fellowship of believers, who follow Him (Christ: the Word) where-ever He leads. That Church, called in this generation, will ultimately become Christ’s Bride, where those called later will come into the Family as children of Christ and His Bride. Bride-hood involves a special high calling, not available to those not called of the Father in this age.

[1st John 4:19] We love Him because He first loved us.
[Ephesians 2:4] … because of His great love with which He loved us
[John 13:1} . having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
[1st John 4:7] … love one another, for love is of God … he who loves is born of God
[John 14:15] .. If you love Me, keep My commandments.
[1st John 3:10-11] … he who doesn’t practice righteousness is not of God
[1st John 2:9] He who says he is in the light and hates his brother remains in darkness
[John 3:29] He who has the bride is the bridegroom (referring to Christ and the Church)
[John 13:34-35] Our love for God carries over to fellow brethren
[John 15:9-10] Our love toward Him reflects the Father’s love … involves commandments.
[Revelation 17:14] … those with Him are called and chosen and faithful

Satan will be bound during the second harvest period:

One distinct difference between the present age of man (the approximate 6000 years allotted for him to self-govern) and the age to come is the removal of Satan and his fallen angelic hosts (demons) from contact with and influence upon society.

Think what God’s Kingdom will be like without demonic influences working upon individuals and society. Satan will be restrained (imprisoned) for the 1000 year millennium, but will be released at the end of that age for an important purpose and for a brief time. After his defeat, and the deaths of those who live in the last millennial generation who side with Satan, he again will be removed from society, being exterminated in the Lake of Fire, never again to have any influence on the families of man or of God.

[Revelation 20:1-2] … angel imprisons Satan in bottomless pit … for one thousand years
[Revelation 20:7-9] Post-millennial release to assault the Camp of the Saints
[Revelation 20:10] Satan’s FINAL defeat will remove him from contact permanently.

This is an Excerpt from the book: The Message to God’s Called-Out Ones by the Christian Church of God Grand Junction Colorado. You can read the entire book at the link above.

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