Q. After reading the “Left Behind” series I became convinced that there was a second chance for all people to choose Christ and have salvation through Him after the Rapture of the church and during the Tribulation period. But after reading the parable of the Ten Virgins, it sounds like the door will be shut to everyone after the bridegroom comes and takes those who are ready into the wedding banquet.
Am I confusing two different subjects, or are there conflicting interpretations of the ability of Gentiles to be saved post-rapture during the Tribulation period?
A. Yes, you’re confusing two different subjects. People left behind after the Rapture will have one more opportunity to be saved, by accepting the Lord’s pardon during the Tribulation period (Daniel’s 70th Week). They won’t be part of the Church but can still attain eternal life. The only exception is that according to 2 Thes. 2:9-12 those who will have had the gospel presented to them before the rapture and firmly refused to accept it will not have another chance.
The parable of the 10 virgins isn’t about the time of the Rapture. It describes people who survive the Great Tribulation and are there at the 2nd Coming. The five with oil represent tribulation believers who have remained faithful to the end and will be saved (Matt. 24:13). They will be ushered live into the Kingdom to help re-populate the Earth. The five without oil are those who have not kept the faith. They will be cast into the outer darkness.