Message Aired week of May 29 - June 4, 2011
“When God Shuts the Door”

       Greetings in the name of Jesus! Hi, I'm Pastor Don Guthrie and I want to thank you for joining me today as we
look into God’s Holy Word to learn how we can become more faithful followers of Christ, and a better witnesses to
the world.

       Pray with me. Lord, I come before you this day, in the name of Jesus. I ask that you anoint me with your Holy
Spirit and that you speak through me.Open our heart and ears to receive your word and to be touched by your
Spirit. AMEN

       I want to begin today by looking at an event that happened several thousand years ago. This event caused
great destruction in the world, and changed the appearance and make-up of the earth into what we know today.
The event we will be looking at was the flood which God sent upon the earth to destroy man because of their
wickedness. All man and beast were destroyed with the exception of Noah his three sons and their wives. Those
eight souls, along with two of every kind of air breathing creature upon the earth, and seven of all the clean beast,
were saved by riding out the flood in an Ark Noah and his sons built, at God’s command. I’m not going to take the
time to read the whole account, but I will read just enough to show you what happened, and lead me into my
message for today.

       The scriptures telling of the Flood comes from the book of Genesis chapter six and seven. I will begin my
reading at verse one of Chapter six.

Genesis 6:1-3
1.   And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters
were born unto them,
2.   That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them
wives of all which they
     
chose.
3.   And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh:
yet his days shall be an
     
hundred and twenty years.

       Then on to verse five through nine.

5.   And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
imagination of the thoughts of
    
his heart was only evil continually.
6.   And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his
heart.
7.   And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth;
both man, and beast,
     
and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8.   But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9.   These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations,
and Noah walked with
     
God.

       From the time God created the world, man began to multiply upon the face of the earth. Before the flood,
things were much different than it is today. The world was like a giant greenhouse, and everything grew larger, and
lived longer than it does today. The landscape was different, it never rained. Instead of rain, there was a midst
which watered the ground. The greatest problem on the earth was man. Maybe it was because he lived so long,
but nevertheless, he forgot about God and started living in sin. When God looked down upon the earth, he was not
pleased at what he saw. God determined in his heart to destroy everything he had made, all life, every air
breathing creature, but he found one man a man named Noah who was righteous and he determined to spare him.
Can you imagine, in all the earth there was but on God fearing man, one man who could be called righteous. To
give you a better perspective on this, some believe that the population of the earth then was possibly as great as it
is now, and in that population to have only one righteous man, is a fact that tells us a lot about the heart of man.  

       Because Noah was righteous, God determined to spare him, and re-populate the world from his seed. He told
Noah to build an Ark. He gave him plans to build it, and Noah went to work. About the same time, three sons were
born to Noah, and they grew up building the Ark and preparing for the salvation God had planned for them, their
family, and two of every type of animal that walked upon the earth.

       After 100 years of building the Ark, gathering food for themselves and the animals, and getting the animals
together, God told Noah to enter into the ark. He was going to send rain on the earth for the very first time. What
he sent was no simple rain storm, it was different than any rain that has fallen even to this day. Along with the rain,
the earth would open and water would spew out of it'd depths. As a result, the whole world would be covered and
all air breathing creatures would die, with the exception of those on the Ark with Noah.

       Chapter three and verse 22 says

22. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

       Noah was obedient to God and did all that God told him, as he prepared for his salvation from the coming
wrath of God.

       In Chapter seven verses one through three we find

1.   And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I
seen righteous before
     
me in this generation.
2.   Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of
beasts that is not clean
     
by two, the male and his female.
3.   Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the
face of all the earth.

        And Noah did all the God commanded him to do.

       Than in Genesis 7:13-16 we see


Genesis 7:13-16
13. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah,
and Noah's wife, and
     
the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
14. They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping
thing that creepeth
     
upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
15. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath
of life.
16. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him:
and the LORD shut
     
him in.

       Finally after spending 100 years building the Ark, planning and gathering all the things things they would need
to survive, they entered the Ark and God shut the door. I want to say that again, God shut the door. Noah did not
shut the door, his sons did not shut the door, the people on the outside did not the door, It was God Himself who
shut the door keeping Noah, his family and the animals inside where they would be safe, and leaving the people of
the earth on the outside to suffer. What this means was, what was done was done. The chance of salvation for
those outside of the Ark had ended. Those on the inside were under the protection of Almighty God and had been
guaranteed safety from the coming destruction.  God Had Shut the door.

       I want you to think of another door today, a door that I feel will is going to be shut very soon and only those
who are the true followers of Jesus will be allowed to enter. That door my friends, is the door to heaven.

       Jesus said in

John 10:9-11
9.   I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and
find pasture.
10. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they
might have life, and that
     
they might have it more abundantly.
11. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

And in John 14:6

John 14:6
6.   Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me.

       There is but one door and one way to enter heaven. That way and that door is Jesus. Only through Jesus
Christ can one have salvation and be saved. Only by entering through him, the door, can one enter into Glory. Only
by believing and following the way, can one have eternal life. There is no other way. There is no other door. Jesus
gave his life to make a way for you and me to have salvation. He gave his life to become the door to heaven, so
that we who follow him, could enter in.

       Like Noah who spent 100 years of his life preparing for and readying Himself and his family for the coming
flood, we must prepare ourselves and our family for that time when  God will close the door on our salvation. When
Noah entered into the Ark, God closed the door. When God sends Jesus to rapture the Church away and Jesus
takes his followers with Him to heaven, God will close the door to heaven. Those on the inside will be safe and
secure with Jesus. Those on the outside will experience the wrath of God, as he pours out his wrath on the world
and on those who remain.

       The place to be in on the inside of heaven when this time comes. I don’t begin to understand everything that is
going to take place, no-one does. I don’t even begin to understand the rapture like I would like understand it, but I
believe what the bible says, and like Noah, I'm going to prepare, and do everything in my power to be on the inside
when God closes the door for I do not want to experience the wrath of God.

       I don’t know everything that happened during the flood, but I do know it happened. When Noah emerged from
the Ark about a year after entering into it he found a different world than the one he remembered before the flood.
There were mountains where there were no mountains before. There were canyons where there had been flat
ground before, canyons for instance like the Grand Canyon. There were desserts, and valleys, seas and strange
rock formations. There were caves where the water had shot out of the ground to join the rain that was falling. And
the greenhouse conditions that was there before, was gone. From that time on Man would experience winter,
summer, spring and fall. Yes, a lot had changed, but he was still safe and it was God who had saved him.
       
       When we enter into heaven and the door is shut behind us, we too will experience much change. We will
receive a new body, one that is very different than the one we have now. It will be a body that will not hurt, age, or
wither. It will be a body that will never die, or ever be sad again. Those who were left on the outside will be
remember no more. All who made it will rejoice with us around the Throne of God. But the greatest thing about his
new life, we will be in the presence of Jesus for ever and ever, and we will never suffer no more.

       Those on the outside will be forced to endure the wrath of God. We find in the book of Revelation that the
reason for God pouring out his wrath on the earth is to get people to repent and call out to him. Maybe some do, I
certainly hope so, but it also says in Revelation that instead of calling out for repentance, they will curse God.
These people will eventually be thrown into hell, where they will suffer for ever, totally separated from God, with no
hope, and no salvation available to them.

       There are those today who say that God is too good and too loving to condemn anyone to hell. Well, I have to
admit, they are right. God does not condemn anyone to hell. Anyone who ends up condemned to Hell, is
responsible for their condemnation themselves. God did everything He could do so that we all could have eternal
life. He sent his only begotten son into this world to die so that all who believe in him would not perish but instead
would have eternal life. He made a way for all man to be saved through Jesus, who became the door to heaven.
But if one refuses to believe in Jesus, If they refuse to prepare, and if they refuses to turn their life over to Jesus,
the door will shut and they will be left on the outside, having condemned their selves to an eternity in hell.

       Then there are those who say there is no hell. Unfortunately, he moment these folks die, if they have not
repented of their sins, and asked Jesus into their heart, they will know know for sure that their is, but for them the
door will have been shut, and their hope will be gone.

2 Corinthians 6:2
2.   (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I
succoured thee: behold,
       
now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

       The free gift of salvation is available to everyone. That's why Jesus came into the world, yet, there are many
who are refusing the gift, and many who are throwing away their opportunity to enter heaven.

       Just recently I was visiting a gentleman in the hospital. The man had been very ill, and was slowly recovering
but was still very sick. I did not know the gentleman before going in to see him, but knowing the shape he was in I
asked him about his salvation.
He was not saved, and he knew it. When I talked to him about accepting Jesus and
seeking forgiveness for his sins, he told me something that just about floored me. He said and I quote, "I'm not
ready to do that yet, I have a lot of sinning I still want to do." I tried to explain how he might die before he had a
chance, or Jesus might come before he took the time to repent, but he continued to say he was not ready.

       It was obvious to me, that he was not ready, but not for the same reason he was stating. He was not ready to
meet Jesus, and he was not ready to turn from Satan to enter into the Ark of safety that Jesus was offering him. I
can only pray that he will come to the light and find salvation before it is too late.

       The question today is, are you ready? Have you accepted the free gift of salvation Jesus has for you? Do you
have your heart and eyes focused on the door to heaven, so when your time comes, you may enter in?

       Jesus is calling you today. He is calling out to you and asking you to come home to him. He desires that you
repent your sins, and ask him into your heart. Will you do that today? Will you turn your life over to Jesus and
become one of his followers? I pray that you do, for someday soon, either when we die, or when Jesus raptures the
church away, the Door to heaven will shut, and we will go to our eternity. There are but two, heaven or hell. There
is no in-between.  What you decide today, is where you will spend your eternity tomorrow.

       Choose wisely.
Don Guthrie
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