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“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels” (Revelation 3:5 NKJV).

144000Think about the statement above, if there were no possibility of a Christians losing their salvation then the statement Jesus made here in Revelation would be moot. Jesus would be passing on a hollow threat.  Does that sound like the behavior of Christ, the Son of the Living God? No, of course not; leastwise, not the Savior I know.  Real power does not need to pass on empty threats.

In the verse above Jesus said, He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life…”

The antithesis of this statement is of course, he who does not overcome will not be clothed in white garments (which represents the righteousness the blood of the Lamb provides) and Jesus WILL blot out his name from the Book of Life, or at least potentially. The concept doesn’t sound very good to me. Let’s look at a few other related verses.

In Matthew 24:13 Jesus said, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Think antithesis?)

We find the following phrasing in Luke 21:19, “By your patience possess your souls.” This verse also sounds quite similar to the other statements does it not?steves-2006-camping-trip-125

Remember 2nd Corinthians 13:1 tells us that by the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every Word be established or confirmed.  When God wants to emphasis a thing He tends to repeat the quote or thought two or more times throughout His Word.

 

Therefore, the author of Mark, who was Mark himself, put it this way:

 “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Mark 13:13 NKJV)

Here then is the reason I bring these verses up; there are no less than eight similar verses to be found in the book of Revelation. These verses tell the Body of Christ to endure to the end or potentially lose your salvation.  The verses in Revelation are predominantly geared towards those who would one day live during the Tribulation Period of The Great Consummation.  For this and other reasons Revelation 12:11 puts it this way and further warns and encourages us:

“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.”blood-of-the-lamb

They overcame him… yeah! So there are or will be those who are able to overcome to the end.  The end of what some might ask; to the end of the days of vengeance or judgment, the end of the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation which this generation of Christians must endure before Jesus returns for the Body of Christ at the end of the Tribulation Period (Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days…).

Some might wonder what the big deal could be. What could be coming our way that would be so devastating? Well, I can tell you that the big deal will be The Mark of the Beast and the Beast himself.  The Beast and False Prophet will mandate:

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17 NKJV)

As businesses have already embraced the new EMV payment systems or similar types of processing technologies {And how could they not?} the global marketplace has drawn one step closer to implementing the actual Mark of the Beast. To the average man and woman on the street, bio-implants and microchip with NFC capabilities will simply just appear as another technological option for the common consumer;

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not much different than the beginning of the cellular phone innovation which began in 1973.

 

To the global markets however, including every mom-and-pop convenience store, the nearly obligatory and currently existing technologies simply represent the cost of doing business in a globally linked economy. Even though it should be obvious to Christians, it is doubtful the average secular consumer will recognize the Mark of the Beast for what it is or even care as The Mark is implanted under his or her skin. The Body of Christ, however, is responsible to fellow believers to help identify this tool of the Beast and recognize this End Times’ deceptions so we, the Body of Christ, might alert fellow Christians to the pending dangers of the technology.

Be advised, Satan’s purpose for the Mark of the Beast is to remove the seal of salvation from every Christian before the Body of Christ can be thoroughly warned.debil

Fortunately, what Satan purposes for ill – God designed for good: The Mark of the Beast is purposed to separate true-Christians from pseudo-Christians during the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation in preparation for the Second Coming of Christ. Only faithful believers will join the Lord in the skies, those who have endured to the end. Any Christian who has received the Mark of the Beast or bowed before the Beast or his image will be left on earth to experience the wrath of the Lamb! Tragically, many of those left behind will be former Christians; believers who foolishly took the Mark or bowed down and worshiped the Beast or his image[1] because they mistakenly thought feeding their families or living in their homes were more important than remaining faithful to their Savior and committed to their Lord.  It is important to remember this End Times saving principle:

  • The believer who endures to the end, refusing to bow before the Beast, receive his mark, or bow before his image will remain saved![2]
  • I say, “Better to remain faithful than sorry!”

Remember

“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” (Revelation 12:11 NKJV).

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Each of these elements and much more about the End Times are covered in detail in my book, “This Side of the Whirlwind.”   Until recently the Christian world (for the most part) did not know there was a second half to Christ’s Covenant, the Judgment portion.  Jesus lived and fulfilled the Blessings half of the Covenant during His ministry bringing salvation to anyone the world over who would accept Jesus’ propitiation or payment and placation for our sin.TSWW BK Cover

The Second Half of the Covenant of Jesus Christ will be fulfilled through the Great Consummation completing the Judgment half of Christ’s Covenant. These and many more details have been recently released by God for the time of The End even as the Prophets Daniel (Daniel 12:4-11) and John (Revelation 10:1-10) have written about.

May God bless you and yours as we all prepare for the coming Storm of all Storms.

And there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that time. (Daniel 12:1b NKJV)

“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:17 NKJV)

“For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.  (Luke 21:22 NKJV)

So how is all of this important?

The Storm is on its way!

Are you prepared YET?

[1] Revelation 14:9–12.

[2] Matthew 24:13, Revelation 3:5.

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