We, this generation of Christians, are some of the luckiest and unluckiest believers to live during Bible-Times.
And yes, do not doubt it; we ARE living in the Bible-Times known as: the Latter Days which takes place at the end of the Time of the Gentiles also known as the Church Age.
I say the unluckiest because we will be required to endure to the end of the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation, which is not as some mistakenly suppose, the Wrath of God.
Rather, the Tribulation Period is #TheCrucible by which God will separate #True-Christians from #Pseudo-Christians; separating the wheat from the tares or wheat from chaff before the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
By the way, I am not referring to the standard definition for Pseudo-Christians which promotes the idea of a person falsely calling them self a Christian. A Pseudo-Christian, leastwise the way I’ve defined it in, #ThisSideoftheWhirlwind is “a Christian” who has either taken the Mark of the Beast or bowed before the Beast or his “image” also known as the Abomination of Desolation. These individual former Christians, the foresworn, will not be gathered in the Rapture at Christ’s return.
And just for clarity, the image of the Beast is and will become the Abomination of Desolation as it stands in the holy place, the Temple, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This is a fulfillment of prophecy which will be taking place approximately thirty days before the Great Consummation begins.
Back to the unluckiest issues…
During the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation:
- We, the Tribulation Saints will witness the power of God’s holy people being overcome by the Beast (Daniel 7:25; Daniel 12:7; Revelation 11:7 and 13:7).
- True-Christians will be scattered throughout every wilderness or primitive area, forest, desert or plain to hide ourselves from the Beast and the secular forces and governments which will require Christians to receive the Mark of the Beast, be killed or imprisoned.
- True-Christians will not be able to remain in their homes or cities due to an inability to purchase food, pay bills, purchase gas for vehicles or make mortgage or rent payments.
- Children will be removed from Christian homes for any number of reasons because believers will not have access to financial resources.
- During the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation nearly two-thirds of all True-Christians will be martyred for Christ (Zachariah 13:7-9).
- Pseudo-Christians will have taken the Mark or bowed before the Beast (or government) and therefore lost their salvation.
- Remember, we will overcome the Beast and the secular world by blood of the Lamb and the word of “OUR” testimony. We will need to love our relationship with Jesus more than we love our own lives.
Now, we will also be the luckiest believers the world has ever known too. How you may ask?
Think about it this way… for the next million years or so the Tribulation Saints will be the only believers to live during one of the most infamous periods the world will ever know, the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation.
Our faithfulness and the love we demonstrate towards our Lord will be renown throughout the heavens as we stand trusting our Savior in (as Daniel 12:1 puts it) “…And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book.”
For the next trillion years we will be those individuals who:
“So he [the Beast] shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant [Christianity]. 31 And forces [the secular world] shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation. 32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant [those Christians who take The Mark or serve the Beast] he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God [True-Christians] shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. 33 And those of the people who understand [who have learned of the Great Consummation and prepared] shall instruct many; yet for many days [2½ years] they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering. 34 Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but many shall join with them by intrigue. 35 And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time. 36 “Then the king [the Beast] shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done.
Meaning it will happen or take place.
At any rate, we get to be those Christians who endure to the end. We are the believer who trust our God above all else!
Way difficult and cool. We get to be like the Disciples or Paul the Apostle or any of the Christians of old who had to truly stand for their faith, you know, in life or death.
I know, there’s a little negative concept to overcome (but hey!) that is what we are meant to do, overcome to the end, be faithful, trust the Lord with all we are worth. No more lukewarm Christianity.
Here is a little excerpt from This Side of the Whirlwind about those who need to overcome to the end:
To the Church in Ephesus: “To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7 KJV).
To the Church in Pergamos: “To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it” (Revelation 2:17 KJV).
To the Church in Thyatira: “… and he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations” (Revelation 2:26 KJV).
To the Church in Sardis: “He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Revelation 3:5 KJV).
To the Church in Philadelphia: “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name” (Revelation 3:12 KJV).
To the Church of the Laodiceans: “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Revelation 3:21 KJV).
Near the end of the book of Revelation, Revelation 21:7, this similar message is also conveyed: “He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God and he shall be my son.” What is the opposite response to each of these warnings? He who does not overcome will not eat from the tree of Life, but will have his name blotted out of the book of life and will not sit with the Father on His throne and will not become a son of God.
And let us not forget Revelation 12:11:
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Or, they loved their relationship with God more than they loved their own lives.
Okay, those are Words to live by.
If you have any comments or questions…