Joe Callaway (30 March 2011)
"RE: Ola Ilori"

Hello Ola,
I felt compelled to reply to it...
In Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, which is commonly called the "Olivet Discourse" Jesus is addressing the Jewish people, the Church doesn't officially begin until Pentecost. Examples of this as follows: Matthew 24:15-23, Mark 13:9-19, Luke 21:12-24. In all 3 examples of the verses I've referenced, Jesus warns them to flee Judea, the Church is not located in just Judea, the Church is worldwide. Jesus is clearly warning the Jewish people to flee when they see the Abomination of Desolation, which signals Antichrist's terrible persecution of the Jewish people. Yes, many people who come to Jesus during this time shall be put to death. However, this period is known as the time of "Jacobs Trouble" God is dealing directly with Israel once again.
In Matthew 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Which many people equate with salvation, is in reality an error. The context of Matthew 24, is the 2nd coming of Christ, not salvation. So this "enduring to the end" is about those who survive and escape this coming persecution.
No Christian can or will be "Left Behind" we are all part of the Body of Christ. Ephesians 1:22-23 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Is Christ going to "partially" rapture His body? When a believer is saved, they are sealed till the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. A believer is also sanctified, glorified, justified, and a new creation. Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Romans 8:29-31 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Once a believer is saved, Jesus saves them to the uttermost. Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
When God looks upon the believer, he sees the perfect righteousness of His Son, Jesus. Romans 4:22-25
And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
It is the obedience of Jesus, that makes the believer righteous. It is His work that has saved the believer, our works are the result of being saved.
Romans 5:10 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.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
If a so-called believer has had no real change in his behavior since coming to Christ, his/her conversion is not real,  2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
The people who say "Lord Lord" in Matthew 7, are people who thought they were in Christ but in reality had "religion", not Christ. Look at their response: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
None of these people understood it is by HIS righteousness, and HIS work that they are saved, NOT their own works. If you're trusting in anything other than the perfect work of the Cross, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus, you shall end up in Hell.
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Jesus knows His sheep, he does not know this group of people, they were NEVER His sheep. Jesus cannot say "I never knew you" if He once knew you, that would make Jesus a liar.
So, in closing a true believer in Christ, shall not be left behind. They are sealed, sanctified, glorified, justified, a new creation, and part of His body. Thank you for your time.