“I have heard many people say that only new believers will enter into the Millennial kingdom, (people who “got saved” after the rapture during God’s wrath) and that all the wicked will die during the wrath of God. Scripturally, that is actually not accurate.”
We should always believe in having grace for people with wrong interpretations that are built on false premises man has deceived them with. This is another example here. This breakdown is focusing on the idea that there will be converts during the wrath of God. “Tribulation Saints” is the proper term pre-tribbers use to describe these people. In their words, these are people who “got saved” after the rapture, during the “Great Tribulation”. They would be right if they properly defined what the Great Tribulation is. The problem is that they equate “tribulation” to God’s Wrath. I am not going to spend any time getting into that. Please read my post, Terms and conditions, to greater understand the reason why tribulation does not equal God’s wrath. We know that during the great time of persecution, aka, The Great Tribulation, people will most likely be getting saved because Christians are being persecuted for their faith. BUT the wrath of God that follows the Great Tribulation is a different story. The rapture happens at the commencement of the Day of the Lord and immediately ushers in God’s wrath upon the earth. This is where things get interesting. We are told all throughout the wrath of God that the people will not repent of their sin. Repeatedly we see this. Starting in Rev 9:20-21, it says
but the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
In the second reiteration of God’s wrath, Rev. 16:9 says,
and men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give him glory.
Verse 11 says this,
they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores and did not repent of their deeds.
And finally, chapter 16, verse 21:
and great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail since that plague was exceedingly great.
Repetition of words or phrases in the Bible regularly implies emphasis. That is exactly what we see in Revelation concerning the people of the world during the Wrath of God.
Perhaps another indication of the world’s unrepentance is seen in chapter 20 of revelation, where we see Armageddon take place. The armies of the world line up behind the Antichrist and seek war with Jesus. This is blatant unrepentance at its finest, and it’s the theme we are constantly reminded of as we read through the events of God’s wrath.
In short, no, there will not be a division of Christians who develop during the wrath of God separate from those who were raptured. The world will not repent of their sin during this time. Those who are left of the nations are merely those who managed to survive by the grace of God. (Zech. 14) There is no Biblical indication that they survive because of a later than last-minute change of heart. It isn’t because they earn his favor by accepting him and end up turning to him. Those who survive merely get lucky.
We are one body of believers who will ALL be caught up into the sky together with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while the wicked suffer the Wrath of God upon the Earth. That is what God’s Word teaches.
Check out the original post, “The Millennial Kingdom”, if you haven’t already. God Bless!