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Matthew 25:10 KJV 1900
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Genesis 7:17 KJV 1900
And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
“And the door was shut”—.
“And the Lord shut him [Noah] in”—.


God is a God of love and patience. But His patience only goes so far. When God closed the door on Noah’s ark, no doubt the people prayed and cried, but it was too late.
The Bible says, “My [God] Spirit will not always strive [convict] with man”—.
Genesis 6:3 KJV 1900
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.
GEN. 66
Again we are told not to boast about tomorrow—.
Proverbs 27:1 KJV 1900
Boast not thyself of to morrow; For thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
And, those who reject God’s way shall suddenly be destroyed—.
Proverbs 29:1 KJV 1900
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, Shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
When God speaks, you should obey—He may not speak to you again!


Man’s only surety of God answering prayer is now!—. While you feel the Holy Spirit call you is the time to pray. Note the rich man’s prayer in hell—
1. Prayer of comfort.
Luke 16:24 KJV 1900
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
He asked that Lazarus dip his finger in the water and cool his tongue. Hell is a real place and people will be tormented there forever and ever.
2. Prayer of concern.
Luke 16:27–28 KJV 1900
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
He wanted to send a missionary to earth to warn his brothers that they would not come to hell. No time on earth for God, but now he wanted God to save his brothers.
3. Prayer of compassion.
Luke 16:30 KJV 1900
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
He not only asked, but pleaded that someone warn his brothers of the awful place called hell. People do pray in hell … but prayers in hell are not answered! Today, the door of prayer is opened, use it!


When God speaks, man should obey and heed His call—. Many people have lost their souls because they refused to listen to God!
Genesis 6:3 KJV 1900
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.
1. The Spirit calls to repentance.
Luke 13:3 KJV 1900
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Sorry enough to quit all sin and follow the Lord. Unless a person repents, they cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
2. The Spirit calls to rest.
Matthew 11:28–30 KJV 1900
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Rest for the body; the soul, and the mind. Notice the words of and
Isaiah 26:3 KJV 1900
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on thee: Because he trusteth in thee.
Philippians 4:7 KJV 1900
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
ISA. 26:3
3. The Spirit calls to receiving—.
John 1:12 KJV 1900
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Jesus came to His own people, but they did not receive Him. But those who received Him were made Sons of God.
The door of peace is open—Tomorrow it may be closed! Act now!


The door of pardon is open to all people. Yet, so many reject it, or wait till it is too late and are lost! Paul told us, “Behold now is the day of salvation”—. Today is your day.
2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV 1900
(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.)
1. Late and lost.
They did not prepare for the future and were lost. You need to be prepared at all times.
2. Loose and lost.
Matthew 24:37–42 KJV 1900
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Living anyway they pleased, but will be lost! Compare with . Those who rejected were lost. Only eight were saved out of an estimated 137 million people.
3. Licentious and lost—Lot’s wife.
She thought she could do what she wanted and still be saved. The door of pardon is still open, but some day it will be closed!
There are two things which bring these doors to a close. (1)Death. It is too late to open these doors after death. (2) Christ’s coming. When He comes you will either rise, or be left behind (). These doors are open today—tomorrow they may be closed!
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 KJV 1900
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Pentz, C. M. (1970). Evangelistic Sermon Outlines (pp. 19–21).
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