I’m a grace to the nth believer, by which I can’t think of a single way that a truly born again, new creation believer can lose his or her salvation.
Okay, with that in mind, our Hebraic Roots teacher, Pastor Bruce Dowell of Shiloh Messianic Congregation, said something last night that shocked me. “Do you believe every Christian will be invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb? Now, I don’t mean that some believers will lose their salvation, but rather, I mean some may not make the cut to be a part of the Bride.”
I sat there thinking, “Wow! This goes against most evangelical teachings that I’ve heard.”
Pastor Dowell quoted the verses about the ten virgins who took their lamps out to meet the bridegroom –
Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. (Matthew 25:2-4)
The Greek word mōros is translated into our English word foolish in this verse, but it also may mean: “godless or showing lack of reverence or respect for God.”
The same Greek word mōros also appears in Matthew 7:26 –
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand”
Pastor Dowell then quoted Revelation 12:17 –
The dragon [Satan] was enraged with the woman [Israel] and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
What are the commandments of God? The Torah or the first five books of the Old Testament.
This morning as I studied and meditated on the marriage supper of the Lamb. I came across the following verses –
“Let us rejoice and be glad! Let us give Him glory! For the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb, and His bride has prepared herself — fine linen, bright and clean has been given to her to wear. (Fine linen means the righteous deeds of God’s people.) The angel said to me, “Write: ‘How blessed are those who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb!”‘ Then he added, “These are God’s very words.” (Revelation 19:7-9 Complete Jewish Bible)
We believers have the responsibility of preparing ourselves. You see, we determine the level of godliness we choose to walk in.
Then, he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy…For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:8, 14)
The Bible states there are Kingdom levels that believers choose to walk in by our obedience to God’s commandments or Torah. These levels range from the least to great and the greatest. Will the least be allowed to attend the marriage supper of the Lamb?
I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to take the chance of missing the marriage supper, but rather, I’m going to learn more about God’s Torah and our Hebrew roots.
(Continued in Part 11…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)