Pillar of Enoch Ministry
In the Gospel of Matthew, there are two lovely passages describing Yahshua’s astoundingly deep love for innocent young children. These passages have led many Christians and Messianics to believe that all children from the age of 12 and under will be taken in the Rapture, having not reached the Jewish age of maturity, which is 13. However, having been a mother and having experienced a young child’s tantrums and vile moods first hand, my gut reaction to this teaching is to reject it entirely.
Matthew 18:2-3 - “Then Jesus called a little child (i.e. paidion) to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.’”
Matthew 19:13-15 - “Then little children (i.e. paidion) were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children (i.e. paidion) come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’ And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.”
Matthew 2:8 - “And he sent them to
and said, ‘Go and search diligently for the young Child (i.e. paidion), and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.’” Bethlehem
Being a parent once myself, I remember that my child occasionally chose to disobey me, and to repeatedly do the reprehensible things that I told her not to do until she was punished for it in a way that she would not easily dismiss or forget. This was usually done by depriving her of some privilege for a time. God often disciplines us and gets our attention in the same way - by depriving us of the blessings and material things we want, and may even ask for in prayer - especially if they are not part of His will for us.
Importantly, we need to remember that the action of God's Grace, which is ONLY given to people who have faith in Yahshua as their Lord and Savior, does not end our moral responsibility for our actions. It also does not take away the immediate, worldly consequences of sin. All that it is and does is give us unmerited favor to repent in prayer, to ask for forgiveness, and know to that we are forgiven already when we repent and confess our sins to God. Best of all, Grace allows us to approach God's throne through Christ and ask Him to help us stop sinning, and to live a life that is pleasing to Him. But, again, this does not take away the consequences of our sins in this life. We still have to pay the price for our bad actions in this life, even if we are forgiven of them all in the next life.
Furthermore, if a person does not have faith in Christ - they are NOT under Grace at all, and cannot easily approach God's throne. In fact, their prayers will not be heard by God unless He sees that they are truly seeking Him and wish to know Him better. Furthermore, God still judges unsaved people and deprives them of blessings when they sin and do not repent - no matter at what age they are at.
In this regard, parents should be judging their children’s character and their works just as God does, especially any and all children with normal cognitive ability over the age of 3 that can walk unattended, and can understand the concept of yes and no enough to make decisions. The reason that we need to do this is based on the fact that the Bible says that ALL people will be judged, and all means all:
Romans 14:9-13 - “For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written:Lest anyone misconstrue what Paul was saying in the above Scripture about not judging our brothers and sisters in Christ, let me clarify. Paul was NOT asking believers to ignore infractions of the spiritual condition, or INTERNAL Moral Laws among believers such as the Ten Commandments, but about the laws pertaining to EXTERNAL things such as clean and unclean foods, and the ritual observances of the Law.
“As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”
So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”
Rather, Paul was pointing out that some brethren were too tied to the old ways and too weak in their new faith to partake in all food with thanksgiving, or to break with the Jewish traditions surrounding celebrating God's Feast Days, and those who were living in the liberty of Grace should not judge them for sticking to tradition, nor should those who liked sticking to tradition judge those who did not. But at the same time, he warned that all of us would one day have to give an account of our lives to God, and we should be mindful of trying to please God above all else.
Revelation 20:12-15- “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”