Q. I have recently been studying Revelation in preparing to teach a teen Sunday school class, and thus far what I have gleaned from your answers that I still have a question about from what I have read in the Word is the following:
I understand that the Scripture says that all of Israel that survives the Trib. will be saved thanks to the preaching of the sealed 144,000, but is there Biblical proof that gentiles will be saved after the Rapture of the church? If it is true that the Holy Spirit will be removed from the earth at the Rapture, how could more Gentiles be saved? And where does the Bible say that Gentiles will be saved?
A. Let’s clarify a few things to make sure we’re on the same page. When the Bible says that all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26), it doesn’t necessarily mean every Jewish person. More likely it means that there will be representatives from every tribe in the new Kingdom.
Indications that Gentiles will be saved after the Rapture can be found in the Sheep and Goat judgment, which is specifically a judgment of Gentiles immediately following the 2nd Coming (Matt. 25:31-46). Some are welcomed into the Kingdom, which means they’re saved, while others are banished from the planet, which means they’re not.
After the rapture, the Holy Spirit will no longer be needed as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance, since we will have received it. At that time, the Holy Spirit will revert to a ministry more like His role in the Old Testament, being in the world but not sealed within believers, and no longer restraining the power of evil. Otherwise no one, Jew or Gentile, could be saved after the Rapture.