Most of you realize that I am looking forward to the Trumpet Call of the Lord Jesus, and being gathered to Him. (First Thessalonians 4:16-17) This is the blessed hope of the Church, and Christians have watched for it for centuries, even millennia. But there is also concern regarding the unsaved and the children. In a previous lesson, we have seen how the Lord is gracious and that there will be souls saved during the last days. Please click HERE.
Our Heavenly Father is righteous. The moral code of the Ten Commandments and other laws given to Moses is an example of His righteousness. The most high God, who is righteous, will not condemn innocent children.
The story of David and Bathsheba gives us information on the status of children who have died. The child conceived in this story was born, but was sickly. King David fasted and lay prostrate on the ground. He wept and prayed. He would not be comforted by his staff. This went on for seven days.
When David perceived the servants whispering, he realized that the child had died. He got up, washed, changed clothes and then ate. The servants wondered about this sudden transformation. The king replied that while there was hope that the Lord would be gracious to him, he fasted and prayed. But now that the child was dead, David must resume his life.
The king said, “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (Second Samuel 12:23) David knew that he would see his son again in Heaven. This child was only seven days old, and had not been circumcised or had any other “religious” ceremony performed. But he was with the Lord.
This is a wonderful picture from the Old Testament, but we have an even greater authority, our master, the Lord Jesus. Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) The many infants and children who succumbed to childhood diseases in centuries past are part of, and in, the kingdom of Heaven.
When the Lord Jesus calls us to Himself, Christians and innocent children will be “snatched up.” (Greek - harpazo) Compounding the question of the disappearance of so many people, can you imagine the distress of parents whose children have disappeared? Can you imagine a world without the moral restraint of Christians, or without children?
For this reason, we must continue to pray for the salvation of adults who are lost, who have rebelled against the Lord for whatever reason. Pray for a great world-wide revival! May there be many millions more souls gathered around the high and mighty Throne of God!