The Lost Sheep parable says that if even one is missing, they will be sought out and found at all costs. Absolutely no one will be left behind. All of Creator's lost sheep will eventually make it home.
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them." So he told them this parable: "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. ....... Luke 15:1-7
Every human being who ever lived on this planet is related. We are all brothers and sisters. We are all one family. If even one member of our family is lost, that person will be searched for until found (spiritually speaking). Since everyone you meet on a day to day basis is your brother or sister, you must love them regardless of who they are or what they do. Loving them does not mean that you must accept what they do or who they are, it means that you love them in spite of what they do. We are all lost sheep, some are just more lost than others. We must live by example and not preach to each other about what is right and what is wrong. People learn right from wrong by watching us. Sending out a loving energy to everyone you meet is the only way we will all get home.
Jesus tells us in Luke 17:22-37 that when the Son of Man returns one will be taken and the other left. Contrary to what most people seem to believe, this is not the end of life on earth. The book of Revelation speaks to us of the events that will happen in the End Times; earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and all manner of horrible natural disasters. It is called Armageddon, and billions of people will die, but again, this is not the end of life on earth. It is simply a new beginning.
The Bible also tells us that the meek shall inherit the earth (no end mentioned here), and it also says that the righteous will walk on the ashes of the wicked (again, no end). It also refers to the fact that the righteous will live here on earth for a thousand years in peace. Obviously, the righteous will continue to live and learn and grow closer to our Creator. It is not an end.
Armageddon will wipe out most of the human race; we will kill ourselves through greed and corruption. This same thing has happened in the past. Jesus said, "Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too will it be in the days of the Son of Man" (Luke 17:26). He went on to mention when Lot left with his family, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and Sodom was destroyed.
Those times when mankind was almost wiped out, life still went on after that. This time will be the same, life will go on after Armageddon. It is simply a transition from this world to the next world.
Even though all those billions of people will be killed, it will not be their last chance to get to heaven. Creator will find another way for these lost sheep to learn how to love each other. To us, this universe is infinite. Creator has all of it to use for whatever purpose He so chooses (including helping those "lost sheep" find their way home). Earth is not the only inhabitable planet in the universe. Eventually, everyone gets to go home.
by Dale L Gustafson
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