The Close of Probation
The close of probation refers to an event where all cases have been decided, and the outcome can no longer be changed.
In other words, God will judge you, and that's it. Your case will forever be decided.
From then onwards you will either become more just, or more unjust.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
- Revelation 22:11 (KJV)
Either God's Love is in your heart, or you will have a hardened heart (under satan's control).
Probation closes at the onset of the seventh trumpet. At that point no one is repenting anymore.
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
- Revelation 9:20-21 (KJV)
Because no one is repenting anymore God will then call for the destruction of the wicked (the seven plagues).
In addition to the close of probation right at the end, there's also an individual close of probation when we die. For example, my probation could close today if I were to get killed somehow. My case will then forever be decided.
It is also possible that God will close your case "on the spot" using some kind of test. If you fail the test your case will effectively be decided right there and then.
God will soon put such a test before the whole world.
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try [test] them that dwell upon the earth.
- Revelation 3:10 (KJV)
The Sabbath is essentially a test of loyalty.
If you keep the Sabbath (Seal of God), it is a sign that you worship God.
If you keep the Sunday (Mark of the beast), it is a sign that you worship satan.
There's no in-between. The Sabbath/Sunday test is like a wedge that forces people to choose who they worship.
Once everybody has decided, and probation closes, you will either become more just, or more unjust (polarization).
Judgment begins at the house of God
But what then does it mean that judgment must begin at the house of God?
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
- 1 Peter 4:17 (KJV)
The reason judgment begins with the house of God is because we will be persecuted first (as part of the mark of the beast persecution).
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
- Revelation 13:15 (KJV)
As the house of God we should know all these things, and we should have prepared for this event. I believe that God will judge us more harshly because of that.
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
- Matthew 25:1-13 (KJV)
Note that the door closes suddenly for those who never made an effort to know God, and were not prepared (even though God gave them every chance to be).
And while they [the foolish virgins] went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready [the wise virgins] went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
- Matthew 25:10 (KJV)
The destruction of the wicked will begin after the persecution of the house of God.
The Sunday Law
Some have suggested that the Sunday Law itself is the close of probation for the church, but I don't think that's true. Yes, the Sunday Law brings on the mark of the beast persecution, but I don't believe it's the Sunday Law itself that is the close of probation for the church.
The two events are closely related however, e.g. there can be no persecution without the Sunday Law having been legalized, etc.
So then, there are three ways for probabtion to close.
|General close of probation||Near the end|
|Individual close of probation||Death|
|"On the spot" close of probation||Test, instant judgment, the unpardonable sin, etc|
The truth is that judgment can come for us at any time, and it will catch a lot of people off guard.
And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
- Matthew 22:1-14 (KJV)
Don't think that you're safe because you go to church once a week.
God wants a loving relationship with you.