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Luke 11:5-13  
Does this mean that salvation is possible during the spiritual 5 months from May 21, 2011  to The End?  
By Brother Mike (10-19-11; 20 minutes) 


There are those who say salvation without exception has ended ever since May 21
while there are some others saying that salvation is still possible right on up until the very last day when the Lord raptures His people and destroys this world. Due to the multitude of scripture, which would seem to say that salvation has now ended, I believe and have been proclaiming salvation to have ended as May 21, 2011 . Nevertheless, there is a passage that has been brought to my attention multiple times, so I would like to take a closer look at this passage, and show why it need not be teaching that salvation is still possible during these last 5 months. The parable is taken from Luke, Chapter 11 where we read, 

5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity [persistence] he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 

Let me first of all say, there appears to be good reason to think that this passage relates to the last spiritual (not literal) 5 months. This can be realized in that we are told that it is a time after which the door has been shut. We read of this in verse 7 when a friend goes to a friend - who, in this parable, we can easily deduce is a symbol of Jesus Christ Himself - and he goes to this friend who is the Lord at midnight to request 3 loaves of bread in order that he has bread to put before his friend who apparently came from a journey, but when he goes to the Lord in order to request for some bread for this purpose, the Lord says, 

Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

That the door is shut immediately appears to point to May 21
when the door of salvation was actually shut to the world forever according to the biblical calendar. The door refers to Christ Himself as we read in John 10,

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. 

So when the Lord in this parable says, the door is shut, it is the same as saying, there is no longer any possibility for salvation. And, coupled with the fact that the door has been shut, the Lord is said to be in bed with his children as well. This is a metaphor which expresses the very close spiritual union or relationship that the Lord's children - all God's people - have with one another and their Lord. It also teaches that God's people with their Lord are all now metaphorically resting in bed together because salvation has ended on May 21
- the door has been shut - and the Lord's and His people's work of sending the saving gospel into the world has ended. That they are resting in bed is because their spiritual work toward the world has ended, and it is time to rest in the salvation that the Lord provided for all His children on or before May 21
. Of course, we are also told that it is midnight, which is obviously and normally a time for rest in a literal sense, but, in a spiritual sense, that it was midnight means it is a time of darkness or judgment. We see this, for instance, in that the final judgment just prior to being delivered from Egypt took place at midnight as recorded in Exodus 12, 

29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. 

There are other accounts in scripture as well which teach of midnight being a time of judgment or darkness; I will mention just a couple. For instance, in Job 34 we read, 

20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand. 

And again in Psalms 119,

62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments

The point I want to make is simply that the term midnight carries with it the meaning of a time of judgment and darkness, so when we are told in this parable that it was midnight, we are being told that it is a time of judgment and darkness, and this certainly fits perfectly to the spiritual 5 month period, for this period is just that: a period of spiritual judgment and wrath upon the entire world. So, it seems apparent to me that this parable can be referring to the period of time we are now in, namely the spiritual 5 months because this is both a time in which the door has now been shut ever since May 21, and it is also a time at midnight, being the period of darkness and judgment in which we now find ourselves. 

But does this mean that salvation is still possible during the spiritual 5 months? I mean we have an example of a person here who during the 5 months persistently seeks the Lord for some bread in order to set before his friend who came from a journey, and the Lord grants Him as much as he needs even though the door of salvation had already been shut. So doesn't this mean that salvation is still possible during this last spiritual 5 months? After all, if he asked for bread of which he could place before his friend, and with much persistence he was granted this bread, doesn't that mean he became saved? Absolutely not! For, he was not asking for bread for himself, but for another. This means he must have already been saved; otherwise, why would he have wanted the bread of the Lord in order to place before someone else; this is something only one of God's people would want to do. So we must conclude that in asking for bread, this person was not asking for salvation. 

But, if he was not asking for salvation himself, what was he asking for? Well, as the parable declares, he was asking for bread in order to place before his friend who came from a journey. In other words, he wanted to be able to feed his friend with spiritual bread from the Lord. Whether this is the bread that brings rebirth in Jesus Christ, or whether it is bread for the simple feeding of one who had already been born from above, we are not directly told. We know that both are viable possibilities in the Bible, but because this entire parable is clearly set in the time period of the spiritual 5 months when the door to salvation has already been shut, and during this time called midnight, God's people are no longer called to bring the gospel to the world, but to feed God's sheep with the good and right teachings of God's Word, the Bible - the bread - I think we can most reasonably conclude that the bread is for to feed all those who were either saved on or before May 21, 2011 with the good and right teachings of the Bible. The bread, then, is not for salvation, but for the building up and maturing of God's people, or as it is written in Ephesians 4, 

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. 

We can further see how this parable does not give any warrant to teaching that salvation is still possible during the spiritual 5 month period in that the person in front of whom the bread is to be placed is said to have come from a journey and as we shall see, this journey of which he came from helps us to understand just who this person is. We read, 

For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 

Actually, in the Greek this verse could be translated more literally as, " since in fact a friend of mine from of way ," or
"out of way" is come to me." The word here translated as "way" (hodou) is the same word used when Jesus said, "
I am the way, the truth, and the life: . . ," and the same word used when God's people in Acts are said to be of
"the way" such as in Acts 9, 

1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2
And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way [that is, the way of Christ], whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 

And again it is said in Acts 19: 

9 But when divers [that is, when various ones] were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way [that is, the way of Christ] before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. 

I could reveal many other passages as well in the Bible that use this same word "way" in the metaphorical sense of meaning the way of Christ and His teachings, and not a literal journey, but leave it to say that what we see in this parable is that the friend who is to have the bread set before him is said to have come "from of way," or "out of way," which we might translate even further to say "from the way," or "out of the way." This could very well mean that this person is actually already of the way of Christ, and so, he must already be saved because he actually came from, or out from already being of the way of Jesus Christ. Do you see how this can all fit together quite nicely? 

So what we see in this parable is not an example showing that salvation is still possible during the spiritual 5 months after the door has been shut, but rather a promise from God that if we persistently seek for that bread by which to feed our friends - the Lord's sheep - during this terrible time of spiritual judgment upon the world, He will open the door for us to receive and give through us that bread which is needed to nourish the people of God; not to save new people of God, but to nourish those who have already come from the way of Christ, who are already saved, that they each might be strengthened to endure the spiritual 5 month period, and come out the other end into glory through the sustenance given by the bread of the Word of God, the Bible. This is why we read in this parable that exactly 3 cakes of bread are requested. The number 3 symbolizes the purpose of God (see the number 3), so what the Lord is saying is that it is His purpose to hear our persistent prayers and give that bread which is needed to feed God's people during the spiritual 5 months as we read,

9 . . . Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 

Yes, we can be assured that as we diligently seek for wisdom in the Word of God during the spiritual 5 month period from May 21 to The End in which we now find ourselves, He will open the door; no, not to salvation, for that door has been shut forever ever since May 21 , but he will open up the door, Jesus Christ, the Word of God to our better understanding so that we can place this bread before our friends, the children of God, in order to encourage, strengthen, build up and edify them to the glory of God. 

The parable then ends like this, 

11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 

Notice that the analogy states, " if a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father." This further assures us of being on the right tract because it is a son of a father who is asking for the bread; it is not just any person, but it is a son, which points to it being a son as well, or an already saved individual, who is asking for the bread in this parable. Once again, we can see that it is not salvation being asked for in this parable, but it is spiritual bread for the feeding of someone who is already a saved child of God, a son. 

The idea is that if an earthy father is asked by his son for good nourishing bread, will he give him something that can harm him instead such as a serpent or a scorpion? Of course not, and the earthly father does this although he is a sinner! So how much more will our heavenly Father who is perfectly pure and good, unlike an earthly father, give to His children upon persistent request that spiritual food which is good and right during the spiritual 5 months. He will not feed them with a serpent or a scorpion, which is symbolic of the teachings of Satan, but He promises to feed His sons with the bread which is nourishing and good for life. Yes, " How much more shall heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"

This all lets us know that the
Lord promises to feed His sheep during the spiritual 5 months from May 21 until the end of the world.!
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