Before the Day of Jehovah’s Anger

//Before the Day of Jehovah’s Anger

QUESTION: We have been taught that only those baptized will be saved, using the example of the Jews all being “baptized through the Red Sea” (1 Cor 10:2). And the example of Noah, at 1 Pet 3:21 “Baptism, which corresponds to this, is also now saving you (not by the removing of the filth of the flesh, but by the request to God for a good conscience), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Interestingly, I have to take note that these two examples were spiritual baptisms, happening through their faith & obedience. As in those days, I can see many people coming in during the plagues, in the final hour, before the door is closed, just as a vast mixed company joined the Jews in Egypt. So wondering, will these also need to be physically baptized to be saved? Or will they too experience a spiritual baptism, through faith & obedience, as did those examples of old?

ANSWER: The door to salvation is closed prior to the pouring out of the last plagues. That is why the 14th chapter of Revelation depicts the total number of the 144,000 standing upon Mount Zion, at which point the angel announces: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of judgment by him has arrived, so worship the One who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and the springs of water.”

“The hour of judgment” results in the separation of mankind into two distinct camps. That is symbolized at Revelation 14:15: “Another angel emerged from the temple sanctuary, calling with a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud: ‘Put your sickle in and reap, because the hour has come to reap, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.’ And the one seated on the cloud thrust his sickle into the earth, and the earth was reaped.”

“The earth” in this instance represents those who are called the “great crowd,” who are going to inherit the earth. It is then —after the earth has been reaped —that the seven plagues are poured out upon the doomed. Will they repent? Sadly, no. For example, here is what takes place with the pouring out of the fourth bowl or wrath: “The fourth one poured out his bowl on the sun, and to the sun it was granted to scorch the people with fire. And the people were scorched by the great heat, but they blasphemed the name of God, who has the authority over these plagues, and they did not repent and give glory to him.”

Again, same with the fifth bowl: “The fifth one poured out his bowl on the throne of the wild beast. And its kingdom became darkened, and they began to gnaw their tongues because of their pain, but they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their ulcers, and they did not repent of their works.”

The ninth chapter of Revelation also confirms that there will be no mass repentance during the judgment. Revelation 9:20-21 states: “But the rest of the people who were not killed by these plagues did not repent of the works of their hands; they did not stop worshipping the demons and the idols of gold and silver and copper and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders nor of their spiritistic practices nor of their sexual immorality nor of their thefts.”

This is why Jehovah exhorts us to seek him now, before that awful day. Here is what is stated in Zephaniah: “Gather together, yes, gather yourselves, O nation that feels no shame. Before the decree takes effect, before the day passes by like chaff, before the burning anger of Jehovah comes upon you, before the day of Jehovah’s anger comes upon you, seek Jehovah, all you meek ones of the earth, who observe his righteous decrees. Seek righteousness, seek meekness. Probably you will be concealed on the day of Jehovah’s anger.”

With the above in focus, let’s refine the question to this: is it possible that some of those meek persons of the earth who will be harvested for life will be unbaptized when the hour of judgment arrives? And the answer to that is yes, since, obviously there will be many children and teens among those who will inherit the earth. And let’s leave open the possibility that there will be many others too who are presently seeking Jehovah, but who for whatever reason have not gotten to the point of baptism. Their going through the tribulation will be baptism in fire. 

2016-12-08T15:10:11+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Mailbag|11 Comments
  • Song of Hannah

    Wow, what a breakfast! Thank you so much Robert!!!

    “Baptised by fire” – I haden’t ever thought of that! But now, it makes all these scriptures that come to mind that much clear!

    Matt 3:11 “I, for my part, baptize YOU with water because of YOUR repentance; but the one coming after me is stronger than I am, whose sandals I am not fit to take off. That one will baptize YOU people with holy spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing shovel is in his hand, and he will completely clean up his threshing floor, and will gather his wheat into the storehouse, but the chaff he will burn up with fire that cannot be put out.”

    Luke 3:16 John gave the answer, saying to all: “I, for my part, baptize YOU with water; but the one stronger than I am is coming, the lace of whose sandals I am not fit to untie. He will baptize YOU people with holy spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing shovel is in his hand to clean up his threshing floor completely and to gather the wheat into his storehouse, but the chaff he will burn up with fire that cannot be put out.”

    1 Cor 3:13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the day will show it up, because it will be revealed by means of fire; and the fire itself will prove what sort of work each one’s is. 14 If anyone’s work that he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward; 15 if anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved; yet, if so, [it will be] as through fire.

  • Joel Sherrod

    Very interesting Comment this morning Robert. What do you think of this: the same way the “vast mixed company” that joined the DEDICATED nation of Israel was themselves considered “baptized” because of their ‘attaching’ themselves to these already god-approved people and COMING OUT of Egypt as a unified, congregated throng . . .could the analogy be deduced that those who ‘attach’ themselves to the already “righteous” great crowd and too COME OUT of the great Tribulation, that by mere virtue of their being together in recognition of the true God, could this in itself be viewed as a “baptism”? A baptism of heart, so to speak; not a physical dunking under water, but an INNER request to God for a clean Conscience. Would not Jehovah accept them as well, and let them survive together with those who are literally and physically baptized. What do you think? (Please forgive the excessive wordiness).

  • Joyce Haze

    Wow, what an enlightening article. A question asked many times over, of course realizing Jehovah never would leave any loose ends. All Jehovah’s words come to us perfectly timed, just another blessing!!! Allowing us but another day to do what is right in His eyes! Isaiah 55:6’7. His loving kindness continues to be extended but for how long!!! His word allows us to continually learn of his love, His wonderful invitation to search him out. Matthew 7:7-11, Romans 10:11-13. We all at times think “why does Jehovah put up with us and all our serious flaws” which has always been a horrible road block that I have allowed in my own life, always asking why? Although if we strive and fully love him with our whole heart, he is so lovingly offering us in the end to shed all the sinfulness and truly become his children. The opportunity to live Under his conditions and glorify Him, and serve him, in a perfect paradise is completely beyond my tiny comprehension. The article titled “who will rescue me from this death” so helped me to understand

    • Bobby 6343

      Where can I find the article “who will rescue me from this death?” It intrigues me.

  • Joyce Haze

    I was to long winded, was cut off! Last thought is the benefit of many, my family members as well, as to it is to late to jump on the bandwagon so to speak. This thought could lead to the Day of Jehovah’s great anger and then of course it will be to late! We must get on the stick before that day comes upon us. We’ve got to shed this worlds anchor, put all things secondary to Jehovah’s love and the hope he lays before us!!!

  • muldoon55 .

    If I may inject a point that I feel bears stating.
    I believe that while babtism is an important expression of ones inward dedicating to God, there is an even more important qualifier as to how one gains Gods approval during the tribulation.
    JWs have always taught that being in Gods spiritual ark or organization at the outset of tribulation was the key for survival. Well that is beneficial to be sure however if we recall from Revelation that at some point during the despotic reign of the eighth king , an image will be constructed that the whole earth will be forced to worship under pain of death for not doing so.
    If one complies with this directive note the out come for such person according to the revelation account ” their name will be removed from the Lambs book of life”. Not bowing down to this image will be a key factor for ones name being in the lambs book of life.

  • what an uplifting article it gives me that much more understanding upon matters of baptism and the great crowd.

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