Q. I was reading a comment about Revelation 21-22 and really want to know who He is talking to.
Revelation, chapters 21 and 22 we see the warnings and the prophecies:
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and ever one who loves and practices falsehood.”
If the church is raptured who are those being addressed? Does this mean that people who have made a commitment to Christ but are still struggling with sin are to wash their robes (repent) or they will be left behind at the rapture?
I do not know that I will ever quit struggling with salvation issues until I see the Lord face to face.
A. Revelation 21-22 give us a picture of life in the Millennium. In chapter 21 the New Jerusalem, home of the Church, is in view. Only those who inhabit perfected bodies can enter it. That means that believers who come to faith after the rapture and survive the Great Tribulation to go into the Millennium in their natural states will be excluded, as will their offspring (Rev. 21:27). The ones mentioned in Rev. 21:8 are unbelievers who will be sent off the planet. They’re the goats of the sheep and goat judgment.
Rev. 22 begins with a glimpse of the new Holy City on Earth. Then verses 14-15 tell us that there will be both believers and unbelievers on Earth during this period. The unbelievers are offspring of the believers mentioned above who survive the Great Tribulation. These offspring will be required to accept or reject the Lord’s offer of pardon just like we did, and some of them will reject it. They will not be permitted to enter the Holy City on Earth, home of the Millennial Temple. See Isaiah 65:17-25 for more detail on life on Earth during the Millennium.