THERE WILL BE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH”
When I initially read this verse of scripture in the Bible, my mind was plagued with the image of masses of condemned, sinners referred to in the bible as unsaved souls, floating in the fiery abyss of Hell’s lake of fire, burning, screaming and wailing in great agony, because of their refusal to accept Jesus Christ, sent by His Father Almighty God to be the ultimate sacrifice for the forgiveness of the sins of the entire human race. This mental image was one that initially predominated my thoughts intensely, due to the countess number of “Fire and Brimstone” messages that I had heard, spoken from the pulpits of many churches during my childhood. It was not until I was blessed to receive the precious gift of salvation, and began to be ministered to by Holy Spirit, that I realized that this verse of scripture was meant to serve as a warning, not only to those who are unsaved, but also to those who are saved.
Initially I was slightly taken by surprise by this revelation. I asked Holy Spirit, How it could be? I knew that according to scripture, all who received salvation were promised eternal life after their physical demise, so I couldn’t understand why there existed any possibility that there would be any form of weeping and gnashing of teeth among those who were saved.
Holy Spirit led me to the Book of Luke 13 to verses 23-30 and told me to read. He whispered to me, "Notice the red lettering, It is Jesus speaking". It read, "And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then one said to Him, Lord, are there few who are saved? And He said to them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open for us, and He will answer and say to you, I do not know you, where you are from, then you will begin to say, We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets. But He will say, I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last."
After reading those verses, Holy Spirit made me realize that this parable being spoken by Jesus Christ was actually being directed to saved Old and New Testament believers. The first words that Jesus spoke was a definitive statement of warning. He said “strive to enter into the narrow gate, for many will seek to enter, and will not be able to.” I observed from the scriptures that followed, that those who were not able to enter, were trying to justify why they should be allowed entry, based on their having had “communion” with Him (“we ate and drank in your presence”), and their having heard the teachings of the “Master”. I also noticed that the Master was so totally disgusted with them that He “rebuked” them, and referred to them as “workers of iniquity.” That statement was a strong indicator, that the Master had to a large degree, disassociated Himself from them. Before I could ask another question, Holy Spirit instructed me to read the verses several more times. No sooner had I completed the third or fourth reading, He sent me to Matthew 13:10-11 where Jesus was speaking to His disciples. They asked Him why He was speaking in parables to the crowds, and He replied, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them (the unbelievers) it has not been given."
SIDENOTE: I am personally understanding more and more daily, that Holy Spirit is truly The Helper”
and “The Spirit of Truth",who experiences great joy in opening the understanding of
Gods’ Word to anyone who will be sincere,persistent and diligent in their seeking to know God Our Father.
He insists that you keep an open mind as you read.” Anyway let’s continue……………
Holy Spirit revealed to me that Jesus Christ was actually the "The Master" being referred to in the parable, and that it was a foreshadow of the event that will take place in the future after Christ returns. I initially thought that the gate being referred to was the “Great Pearly Gate of Heaven”, that preachers have so often spoken about. But then it came to me, that there was mention made by Jesus of a “narrow gate” and then a “door”. I went back to the passage of scriptures again and saw that verse 28 made it very clear that those who were trying to enter the gate had received salvation because they had actually seen the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So I asked Holy Spirit what gate was being spoken about. He led me to the Book of Zechariah to chapter 14. Verse 9 read, “And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be The Lord is one, And His name one.” I still didn’t quite understand what He was saying to me. So I sat down and prayed for understanding and was led to the Book of Revelation 19 where an angel was speaking to Apostle John. As I began to read, verses 7-9 drew my attention. They read: Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!' " And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God." After reading this, Holy Spirit led me to Psalms 86. I began to read, but I could not understand how what I was reading related to what I was searching for. I continued reading and when I reached verse 9, revelation came. It read, “All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.” I recalled having previously read how Christ will return to earth after the 7 Year Tribulation Period. All of a sudden the meaning of the parable became clear.
Jesus suffered the insurmountable pain of being alienated from His Father Almighty God because of His willingness to bear the sin of the world. He obeyed to the point of death. Through crucifixion, He suffered the cruelest and most humiliating form of death, stripped totally naked hanging on the Cross of Calvary. He was spit on, cursed at, beat and scourged to the point of being disfigured beyond human comprehension. HE wants every human being on planet earth to know that His precious shed blood paid the price for their redemption, freeing them from the future wrath of God’s eternal damnation. All that is required of them is their sincere willingness to repent and confess Him as their personal Lord and Savior. He desires even more so, that those who are saved understand that the precious Gift of Salvation that Almighty God His Father has provided for them through His grace, not be taken lightly. They have all been forgiven of their original (inherited sin of Adam), their spirit has been regenerated and sealed by Holy Spirit until the day of redemption, and they have received God’s promise of eternal life. They must not make the severe mistake of thinking that God is a fool. Galatians 36:7 definitively states, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that will He also reap."
No one ever mentions the unparalleled pain that Almighty Father God must have suffered knowing the spiritual, mental and physical pain and anguish, that His Son Jesus Christ would have to endure to save us all. God knew that even after receiving Salvation, that no believer would not be able to accomplish on their own, the most challenging task that He has placed upon them. He has saved their spirits, and when Jesus returns for the resurrection of the church, he will save their bodies, but He has given all who are saved, the responsibility of daily renewing their minds by hearing and reading His powerful word, for the benefit of their souls . This will result in the sanctification of the soul (a lifelong process), that ultimately results in the salvation of their souls. Then all the parts of mans’ tripartite being will be transformed and glorified. Holy Spirit has been planted in the spirit of every saved soul to help, comfort and reveal God’s truth to them. Whether they use “Him”,or not, is totally up to them. None will have an excuse when they stand at the "Judgment Seat of Christ".
The Sovereign, Almighty Powerful, Supreme, Everlasting God, and His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, Redeemer and Captain of Salvation will know at the end of this age, who among those who have been redeemed, truly appreciate and acknowledge the unparalleled magnitude of what has been done on their behalf. All who are saved have been promised eternal life, so their expectations of going to heaven is not at risk, but Heaven is a long ways down the road. After Jesus raptures the church, referred to in scripture, as The Body of Christ, all will stand before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. He will determine the rewards or dispensational punishments that each will receive, based on what each has done since they have received salvation. Anyone in their right mind would be totally foolish to believe that Almighty God, and His Son Jesus Christ, who is "The Final Judge", is going to allow anyone who continues blatantly practicing, and committing sin outrightly after receiving salvation, to escape the consequences of their transgressions. To slip and sin occasionally is one thing, but to continue consciously making the decisions daily, to committ acts that they know are sinful is nothing less than total outright disrespect and arrogance. Many of these sinful, yet saved ones truly believe the lie that Satan has fed them. He tells them, “God chose you to be His Apostle, Bishop, Prophet, Minister, or Anointed Healer, etc., so you are special to Him". "You are more privileged than those others". "Surely HE will not judge you, the way HE does those others". And they believe it, not realizing the he is the master deceiver. Meanwhile, the newly saved baby saints become completely confused and the world looks at, frowns upon, ridicules and questions the supposed righteousness and holiness of all Christian believers. Because it is by God’s Grace that He has provided His son Jesus Christ as “The Way”, The Truth and The Life, to allow all sinners and believers, to escape His soon coming wrath, so much greater will be the punishment for all who take His grace and Jesus Christ for granted.
Jesus Christ is looking for "overcomers" who He can reward for their sincerity, fortitude and willingness to obey GOD the Father. He is looking for those who will to seek Him as their Lord and Savior first, above all other persons or things. He is looking for those believers who are diligently seeking righteousness, daily, who are reading, listening and doing His word. He is looking for those whose souls are being sanctified daily so that they can be glorified at the end. He is looking for those believers who are sharing the gospel and ministering salvation to lost unsaved souls. These are the ones who stand out from among the rest who received the precious gift of salvation and are doing nothing with it. These are the ones who were willing to sacrifice their lives and their souls to enter through the narrow gate. These are the ones who will reign and rule with Him as kings and rulers for 1000 years, experiencing a glimpse of Gods’ blessings, as it is written in 1 Corinthians 2:9 which says "EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. Those who have not proven themselves to be worthy of Christ’s fellowship in his Kingdom of Heavens on earth for 1000 years, will not be able to enter through the narrow gate. Where will they be? I do not know. All I can do is repeat the words of my precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”
“HE WHO HAVE EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR"