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A Millstone Milestone

As regular readers perhaps know, I ‘m convinced that all children below the age of accountability will go to be with Christ at the Rapture of the Church. My contention isn’t based upon my having a grandpa’s heart for children, and I can prove that I’m in very good company when it comes to that soft spot for little ones.

The very character of our Heavenly Father is at stake in the matter of all children below the age of accountability going to be with the Lord when He calls at the moment of Rapture. We see this magnificent character through God made manifest in the flesh, His Son, the second member of the Godhead. Consider what Jesus said:

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:3–6)

The words of the Creator of all that is, while in His earthly flesh, makes it clear beyond question of His love for those who are too young to be aware that they are born sinners and separated from God, thus need a Savior to reconcile them to their Creator.

These humble little ones have the very spirit of innocence God requires in order to inhabit Heaven. They’re in this state until they’re convicted by the Holy Spirit that they need that Savior and are capable of accepting or rejecting the offer of God’s grace through the salvation process.

Those who harm—offend—such innocent ones and keep them from coming to the Lord reserve for themselves the most severe of punishments, according to Jesus, Himself.

The “millstone” reference is an indicator of how those who prey on children, abuse them, or do anything to hinder them from learning about Jesus and His love for them are destined for the most hellish eternity imaginable.

My thoughts go to one well-known actor of past years—one of the most famous.

I remember his actress daughter, also one of Hollywood’s most famous, saying in an interview that her father mocked her when she was a small child for wanting to go to Sunday school with a neighbor family. He ridiculed her, saying that she was a fool for believing in all that Jesus stuff.

I do believe that woman is saved, but still totally confused, being still a Hollywood icon with no substantial Bible education by a Christ-centered body of believers.

What a punishment such a now-deceased father must be receiving, given the precious gift of a child, then to have “offended” that child in such a way.

We as a nation have now reached the point where Hollywood and all of culture are “offending” the children of America. And this, it seems, is an offense taking place worldwide as well.

We have, as a world generation, reached a “millstone milestone, if you’ll allow the attempt at alliteration in the commentary’s title.

A news excerpt makes my point:

The boom in LGBT content for children has continued, with yet another classic getting a Pride makeover.

According to Christianity Daily, the fairy tale Cinderella will be coming to Amazon Prime in September with a “LGBTQ sexless godmother,” played, unsurprisingly, by male homosexual Billy Porter. Porter told CBS that the new version will be “a classic fairy tale for a new generation.”

The BBC is also plugging a new children’s book called My Daddies, the story of a motherless little girl adopted by two men. This book was newsworthy not because there is any shortage of this sort of thing lately, but because it is “the first book of its kind to be written and illustrated by same-sex adoptive parents” and “the first picture book about two gay dads with both an LGBT author and illustrator.” (“Queer Is In, Christian Is Out—Boom In LGBT Content For Children,” RR News)

Daily we are barraged with the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah-like evil, like what is represented by the above. This is “offending” little ones at a level probably not seen since the time of Sodom and Gomorrah.

With the murders in their mother’s wombs—and even after birth—by the abortionists, and with the approval of governments, we have indeed reached a millstone milestone, in my view.

The Tribulation will see that millstone of condemnation placed around the necks of all who have participated in such treatment of children, as part of a deliberate turning of their backs on the God of Heaven.

Perhaps this evil will be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. Maybe the time of that millstone milestone has been reached as the stench of this world enters the nostrils of our God.

The Rapture of the Church and the removal of such little ones out of harm’s way might be very near indeed, as in Christ’s words as recorded in Luke 21:28.

And when you see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your head, for your redemption is drawing near.


  1. My reply isn’t “how long o Lord” , but Lord let your judgment come. We trust in You! Your timing is perfect. Our hope is in You! We may not understand all, but we will trust you until you come! Great article Mr. James, agree wholeheartedly!

  2. Mary Anne Rasmussen says:

    Jan, for sharing God’s truth so perfectly and with such Grace, may He bless you on this Earth as you look continually forward to the fulfillment of joy in Christ.

  3. Such a great article! I have devoted my life to being a Sunday school teacher. My aunt Elizabeth was still teaching a Jr Sunday school class at age 78, to God be the glory!

  4. Melanie Grider says:

    Personally, I am still not 100% convicted that Children of Non-Believing Parents will be taken in the Rapture. I understand, they are not at an age of accountability and I understand as much as my finite mind and heart can process how much God loves mankind and the little ones, but I also think about how the children were not spared during the flood in the days of Noah, nor were the children spared during the days of Lot in Sodom. I pray they are removed, but I still feel their is not enough written in scripture to say 100% they will be.

  5. Sandra Zollman says:

    I hope that you are right about the children but I’m not convinced. I pray daily for the rapture. I am so tired of this world that I don’t recognize anymore. We are living in a sewer.

  6. Ed Wood says:

    Bottom line is that God always does what’s best, so we can rest assured that applies to children as well. It might also apply to anyone who is mentally incapable of making a positive decision for Jesus or who has never heard of him (unlikely, but still possible, I suppose) even in our technologically interconnected world.

    Now, then, Melanie Grider made a very good and valid point. Except for Noah’s family, the rest of humanity perished, age notwithstanding. No doubt children died in Sodom and Gomorrah when God destroyed those evil cities. King Herod also was guilty of infanticide in his effort to kill the future King of Israel, Jesus. I am sure all those innocents who physically died across the ages are now alive forever in heaven with God.

    Now we do have two prominent Rapture-like events in the Bible: Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11), but there has never been a wholesale Rapture. As such, I believe the one soon to come will be a unique event and I do think this will include believers, anyone not accountable due to age or mental handicap, or someone who was in total ignorance of Jesus.

    Therefore, based on this premise, I think that children will certainly be taken this time.

  7. David Kitts says:

    Just out of curiosity, where in the Bible is the clear doctrine of of “the age of accountability”? I’m not trying to be contrary; and I’m not looking for the exact phrase. But I do want to understand where Scripture declares it and where it is applied… Thank you.

    • Ed Wood says:

      I commend you in looking for an answer for this legitimate question. You are being a Berean! (Acts 17:10-11)

      In my view, this is a topic not directly spelled out, but there is evidence that it is true. Consider this:

      Luke {12:47-48} And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not [himself,] neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes]. But he that knew not, and did commit things
      worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes.] For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.:

      And, of course we have this:

      Mark {10:13-16} And they brought young children to him, that he
      should touch them: and [his] disciples rebuked those that
      brought [them. ] But when Jesus saw [it,] he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little
      child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put [his] hands upon them, and blessed them.

      In the first, I believe that we see that greater knowledge brings on greater responsibility. In the second, even though children are not sinless (after the fall, no one except Jesus ever was) the Lord welcomed them and said we must be like them to enter his Kingdom.

      If we combine the ideas we get from each passage, it seems to me that the concept of an age, and even the degree, of accountability can safely be inferred based on one’s intellectual ability to operate on the information available at the time.

      We also see how Jesus welcomed children to come to him without having to pass any kind of “litmus test” while he was on Earth. I think it is not a stretch to conclude this kind of acceptance continues still and will do so when the Rapture occurs.

      By the way, the validity of the Rapture itself is also an inferred one, since that word does not directly appear in Scripture, yet many people accept it based on all the Bible evidence which supports it.

      Hope this helps!

    • Terry James says:

      Here is an article I wrote that deals with your question at length. Hope this helps. Terry


  8. Alma says:

    Do you think children will be children in heaven? I’m curious as to little children that can’t fend for themselves, I wonder if we’ll continue to raise our little ones and will we still be family units?

  9. Terry James says:

    The Bible, so far as I know, doesn’t address this. I certainly won’t weigh in on it too deeply. But some I’ve heard believe children will be raised in Heaven until they reach the optimum age for Heavenly Beings. I could go again into what I saw while somewhere in the Heavenly Sphere when I died clinically those 3 times on Good Friday of April 22, 2011. But I will only say briefly the following.

    Suffice it to say that that optimum age appeared to be in the mid-20s (gaged on earthly appearance).

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