It is inevitable that stumbling blocks would come, (Luke 17:1-2); moreover, we are also warned that false prophets and false doctrines will creep into the gatherings of Believers unnoticed, (Jude 1:3-4; 2 Peter 2). This latter-day deception, subtly brought in through the spirit of Antichrist (1 John 2:18-19), will be utterly refined, and will even be accompanied by great signs and wonders (Mat 24:24; 2 Thes 2:1-12; Rev 13:11-15). How then, shall we prepare ourselves for this hour?
‘My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is a ready writer. Thou art fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured out upon Thy lips; therefore God has blessed Thee forever. Such praises were addressed to Messiah in the revelation of His grace, mighty strength, and glorious splendour – a love song addressed to a King setting apart a beautiful Bride for Himself. And such is the song in my heart as I contemplate the VICTORY we have in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Why should we at all bother to take a stand regarding the doctrine on the Rapture? Does it really matter? Why do we not just accept the different opinions? There are those who choose to believe in a Pre- Mid- or Post Tribulation Rapture on the one hand; and a few others who call the brethren to be alert and ready for a time of great tribulation. Why then should be bother? Indeed, we should!
Revelation 7 is an interlude explaining God’s incentive to seal ALL HIS BOND-SERVANTS BEFORE the earth would be harmed by the execution of His foretold wrath. A symbolic 144,000 will be sealed from the 12 Tribes of Israel. According to Revelation 12, the woman, Israel, who gave birth to Messiah, will be severely persecuted by the dragon of old, and in a rage, he will pursue to annihilate her. Yet, she will be given help from the earth in order to flee into the wilderness where she will be protected and nourished for a period of three-and-a-half-years, the time of God’s wrath . . .
The fear of the LORD is embedded in our awe for His holiness, (Is 6:1-7). His purity and splendour cannot accommodate ungodliness, and thus His maintains a holy anger (wrath) against sin and impurity. The full measure of this anger (wrath) is contained in the cup of His wrath and is kept for Judgment Day, (Ps 75). The outpouring of the cup of God’s wrath is foreseen by the prophets as a distinct period of time, predestined for a generation at the end of this age . . .
Scripture is clear, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he had done, whether good or bad . . .
Tribulation in the form of trials, tests, and persecution is a central theme in the Scriptures. Not only was the most righteous Man, Messiah, persecuted unto the point of death, but the early church was ALSO a persecuted church. Even so, at the point of writing this blog, there are many faithful Believers in Messiah living under a death threat, especially in countries where it is illegal to follow and worship Jesus Christ . . .
Jesus then forewarned us, ‘If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you,’ (John 15:18); and, ‘A slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also,’ (John 15:20). . .
Not only is persecution on those who live godly lives increasing, but the battles are intensifying. Before we left Israel to continue the work of the Kingdom in the nations, the Lord warned us that we would witness “great darkness,” which would inevitably lead to more resistance. This word has indeed proved to be true, for we testify that lawlessness is increasing rapidly on a world-wide scale . . .
Those whose deeds are exposed will either come to the light to be healed or they will resist it, ‘For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as being wrought in God,’ . . .
We ought ‘to gird our minds for action and keep ourselves sober in spirit’ (1 Peter 1:13), so that we are not caught off guard when we are accused falsely, ostracized, or even rejected by people. ‘A disciple is not above his teacher, nor is a slave above his master’ (Mat 10:24), if Christ Jesus, our Teacher and Master, suffered for the sake of righteousness – so shall we! (1 Peter 4:1-2).