Three plus years ago I posted a video teaching titled “Take A Lamb” that is a study about you and your household being saved. In Joshua chapter 2 there is the story of Rahab who hid the two spies being saved along with her family and from the book of Acts chapter 10 we have the story of Cornelius and his entire household being saved and the story of the jailer from Acts chapter 16 being saved along with his household. There is an aspect to these “you and your household” stories that I had not noticed until today that I now want to share with you.
These stories of the households of Rahab, Cornelius and the jailer were those who were gathered into their house. This is an important spiritual point; the folks who were saved were gathered into the house. Let’s consider the story of Lot from Genesis chapter 19; the messengers of YHVH are strongly encouraging Lot to go gather up his family that they may be brought out of the coming destruction; (Genesis 19:13) “For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.” But Lot’s sons-in-law would not come into his house; they thought he was jesting with them. As a result they perished in the destruction of the cities of the plain when YHVH rained down fire and brimstone.
In direct contrast to the story of Lot we have the story of Rahab from Joshua 2:18-19, Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household. Then if anyone goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be guiltless. But if a hand is laid on anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head.
Joshua 6:22-23, But to the two men who had spied out the land, Joshua said, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring out from there the woman and all who belong to her, as you swore to her.” So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel.
Joshua 6:25a, But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive.
All those that gathered with Rahab in her house were saved.
From Revelation chapter 18 we read the story of an angel coming down from heaven proclaiming the fall of Babylon, that great city that made the nations drunk with the wine of her fornications. Verse 4, “Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; (5) for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”
In order for us and our household to be saved we MUST come out of the world and its systems. WHY?
So this will not be the end result for either us or our households…Rev 14:9-11, And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
From Exodus 12:3-4 we read that the Israelites were to gather in their homes with their households to observe the Passover, “Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb.”
As long as they obeyed the instruction of YHVH they would be safe from the coming destruction. Exodus 12:22-23, “Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you.”
From these stories in scripture it does not appear to be sufficient to just pray a covering for our families to be saved, but that they must make a conscious decision to come into the household and be saved. Lot’s sons-in-law thought he was jesting with them so they did not enter into his house and consequently were destroyed in the cataclysmic destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Whereas Rahab’s relatives gathered in her house and were saved out of the catastrophic destruction of Jericho. Lot’s sons-in-law did not believe his report of impending destruction, but Rahab’s did believe her; one was lost and the other saved.
Do our loved ones have to believe like us and what we believe? Personally, I do not think this is a pre-requisite to being saved from the fall of Babylon as described in Revelation. What is required from those we hold near and dear to our hearts is that they enter into our “house of faith” so that they might be shielded by the blood of the Passover lamb that we have applied to the doorposts and lintel of our spiritual house. It will always be their decision to accept or reject the salvation freely offered by our Savior, Yashua, we cannot do that for them; we just give them a place of reprieve to receive if they so chose. (More on this in another post.)
Just like when Israel left Egypt and many who were not of the nation of Israel (Ex 12:38) left with them to escape the devastation so it will be in the days soon coming. Zechariah 8:23, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of an Jew [Israelite], saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'”
Continue to pray for your loved ones; continue to remain in relationship with your loved ones; for who knows, but that they might, at the last moment, heed your words and come into your house and be saved.