1. Upon one occasion, what question was asked Christ?
“Then said one unto Him, Lord, are there few that be saved?” Luke 13:23.
2. What answer did Christ give to this question?
“And He said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able,” verses 23, 24.
3. Which road leads to the eternal city, the narrow or the broad one?
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,” Matthew 7:14.
4. Will the majority be traveling this narrow way?
“Few there be that find it,” verse 14.
5. To where does the broad road lead, and will there be a great number traveling it?
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at,” verse 13.
6. How does Christ speak of the days of Noah in connection with His coming?
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be,” Matthew 24:37.
7. What conditions existed in the days of Noah?
“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,” Genesis 6:5.
8. Seeing the condition as it was, what did God purpose to do?
“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,” Genesis 6:7.
9. How many people were landed safely over the flood?
“And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood,” Genesis 7:7.
NOTE: This made a total of eight that were saved over the flood. Although Noah was a preacher of righteousness for one hundred and twenty years, he was unable to make the people see the coming destruction, which would take them all away unless they would turn to God. Christ likens His second coming to the days of Noah, and believing His words to be true, we cannot expect the majority to turn from their wicked ways.
10. How many were saved out of the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah?
“And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city,” Genesis 19:15.
NOTE: This time, there were only four started safely on their way to the place of safety.
11. After these people had left the city, and because of Lot’s wife looking behind her, what did she become?
“But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt,” verse 26.
12. Does not Christ admonish us to remember Lot’s wife? “Remember Lot’s wife,” Luke 17:32.
13. Since we have found that only a very few people were saved upon these two occasions, and these things were written for our admonition, what promise does Christ make to the few?
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom,” Luke12:32.
14. For what reason has the promise been made to the few?
“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations,” Deuteronomy 7:9.
15. What does Christ say concerning the same thing?
“Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven,” Matthew 7:21.
16. Will there be many pleading for admittance into the kingdom?
“Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out demons? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?” verse 22.
17. How will they be answered?
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity,” verse 23.
Almost I hear the shout of God,
His bugle soon to sound;
Almost I see the disrupt sod
Show opened graves around.
Almost I feel the quickening thrill,
Which shouting saints attend;
When that instant change of likeness will _
Give rapture without end.
Almost the sinner’s grief I see
O’er hopes forever past
I hear their doom, “Depart from me.”
Their wail and woe at last.