The Foreshadowing of Today’s Message
God has a message for the world. The history of Israel from Moses to Christ was a foreshadowing of the opportunity people would have one day for either grace or damnation.
God offered Israel numerous opportunities to walk in His grace and receive His salvation. Unfortunately for Israel, time and again they returned to the arm of the flesh rather than to trusting their God. Oddly enough God intended Israel to take this path all along so the message could pass beyond the nation of Israel and on to the gentile nations around the globe. Thank You, Lord; otherwise, I would not have been able to receive the message of salvation.
Eventually, God finished sending this message through His Prophets and started sending it through His Son, Jesus in the Fullness of Time. Jesus delivered His message of salvation in accordance with Daniel 9:24 during the first three and a half years of His ministry and that message continues on to this very day.
The Latter Days began at about the same time as the Jew’s return to the lands of Israel, May 15th 1948.
Near the end of the Latter Days, when the Great Consummation is taking place, Jesus will return to fulfill the second half of the covenant of Jesus Christ.
The New Testament represents the first half of a conditional covenant. Conditional meaning: if you accomplish your part of the agreement in accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, then God will fulfill His part of the agreement by imparting salvation through the first half of the Covenant Jesus fulfilled during His ministry.
In chapter one of This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse text lays out a portion of the message as found in Matthew 22. Today, the majority of the world has rejected the message the prophets and God’s Son delivered. As is God’s way, God gives all people freedom to choose (Matthew 21:33–46). It is what we do with those choices that make the difference in our lives. As with the vinedressers in Matthew 21, humanity has the freedom to reject the agreement and deny God His rightful bounty; nevertheless, there are consequences for that rejection and denial of what is rightfully God’s.
Americans can reject paying their taxes; nonetheless, in similar fashion all comers will suffer severe consequences. People cheat on their taxes all the time, even knowing there will eventually be penalties. Most adults seem to know this principle even if many ignore the consequences. Nearly everyone should realize God’s message was not solely delivered through God’s Word. The history and sciences of this world are bursting forth with the message God exists. Regardless of these facts, the majority of the world recognizes the truth with many if not most rejecting God’s truths entirely. You can lie to everyone except God.
It is time to be prepared. We need to set our Christian priorities and firmly keep them.
The message for our day, this day, is slightly different than the message as it was between the time of Christ and just a few years ago. Why you may ask? “Because!” We are the Latter Days generation!
Until recently, losing one’s salvation has not been that much of a problem. Everyone still has to work out his or her salvation with fear and trembling, but losing your salvation today, during these Latter Days and the Time of the End could be a real problem.
In order to live successfully through the Latter Days, one must walk in faith to the ultimate end, death. Living to the very end means living through the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation, and that will be no easy task. This End-Times generation will have a much greater challenge than those Christians who went before us of late. If you remain faithful until the end, you have nothing to worry about. Just hang in there no matter what! If you compromise by taking the Mark of the Beast, which is coming soon, or worshipping the Beast or image of the Beast, you will be eternally bound for hell (Revelation 14:9-11). Obviously, the choice is yours and will remain so until the Great Consummation begins. However, be aware your choices can affect those around you, those whom you love and influence.
The message for the Latter Days generation is chiefly the same as before, with this one exception: Christians living through the Great Consummation must hold on to everything that is Jesus and believe—really believe!
We of the Latter Days generation will be going through the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation as though we are in a fiery crucible. With this in mind, we must reach deep within ourselves and endure to the end. We cannot give in or give up!
- We must overcome the difficulties and keep our names firmly written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
- Even though the prize is just around the corner, it will be an uphill battle during the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation.
- Pay special attention to the following verses: Revelation 2:7, 2:10, 2:17, 3:5, 3:11–12, and 3:21. In other words: He who overcomes to the end shall be saved.
- Each of the previously listed verses in the above bulleted outline reflects an idea contingent upon maintaining your salvation until Christ comes or you die. It might at first sound like salvation through works, but what is being said could not be further from that statement.
Pay attention to Jesus’s Words. Jesus declared the saints must endure to the end at least seven times in Revelation chapters 1 through 3. Jesus repeated the message in order to validate a very important message. (For more information on this subject, see chapter 14, “The Great Tribulation Versus The Wrath of God.”) The Tribulation Period IS NOT God’s wrath; rather, it is a separation period designed to separate True-Christians from Pseudo-Christians.
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)
Jesus personally made this statement!
Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. (Revelation 3:11–12 KJV)
Each of the previous scriptures supports the fact the Latter Days generation will be required to be steadfast and faithful until the end. During the Great Consummation, the Body of Christ will endure great tribulation.
Based on descriptions of the Tribulation Period during the Great Consummation, the saints of God will be strongly put to the test in order to separate the true Christians from the pseudo-Christians. I know I just wrote this point. Emphasis!
Revelation 1–3 informs the saints they must overcome all obstacles in order to maintain their salvation. Read the scriptures for yourself. Remember, “they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11).
They loved their walk with God more than their lives!
What are the words actually saying, and why are they being said? The above verse and many verses like it are saying that things are going to get extremely tough during the Great Consummation and you will need to hold on to Jesus.
- We must keep the faith!
- We must hold on and walk the walk!
- The book “This Side of the Whirlwind” will spell out many of the trials coming our way during the Tribulation Period.
- You and your family need to prepare for what is to come.
Daniel 11:31–35 tells us that many of the believers who must endure the Great Consummation will fall by the sword, by flame, and by captivity and spoil many days. These things will happen in order to try us, purge us, and make us white even to the time of the end, the end being the end of the Time of the Gentiles or the Great Consummation. We are the Bride of Christ who is making herself ready for the Bridegroom.
Such struggles represent the end of the age that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24:1–3. The Tribulation Period will span upward of two and a half years, during which time the Body of Christ will have to endure and be faithful.
But, notice this, God said in Daniel 11:34 that He would help us to endure these trials. Verse 34a says, “When they fall, they will receive a little help.” So, be strong in the Lord and in our faith for a little help is on the way from our God.
- A little help from God is a huge amount of help.
- Trust the Lord, for He can be trusted.
- If your mission in life is to serve God and His people rather than just yourself, then you are on the right path.
There is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself and your family; however, if you are selfishly only looking out for number one then it is likely you are going to be greatly challenged and disappointed. We are not of the world as they are of the world.
Every Christian is going to need another Christian soon.
If your mission in life is to serve God and His people, then you can expect God’s help and often. Remember, brothers and sisters in Christ, “we can do all things through Christ which strengthens [us] me” (Philippians 4:13).
Recognize that God is already preparing for all eventualities that might come our way. He knows what we can and cannot endure.
First Corinthians 10:13 tells us, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Sounds easy for God to say, right? We know God loves you and promises He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
When you are in the middle of God’s will for your life and in so deep you are in over your head, when you find yourself in that place and you think you cannot endure another moment longer, then cry out to your God and watch how He delivers you.
We can trust our God! He will not forsake us!
The key is to be in the middle of God’s will for your life. That is where true peace resides.
You may ask, “How can I know when I am in the middle of God’s will for my life?” That is both an easy and difficult question. It is easy when you are in the middle of God’s will for your life.
However, it is difficult for us to know when we refuse to acknowledge when we are living in sin.
The difficulty comes when we are currently out of God’s will and don’t acknowledge such.
Getting back to that place where we are at peace with ourselves and God can be difficult when we are not honest with ourselves (see chapter 5, subsection “A Sinner’s Prayer,” “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse”).
Yet when we are honest about our lives and we surround ourselves with other Christ-minded people, finding our way to that place in the center of God’s will is easiest.
- Don’t you know, we become like those people we most associate with.
- Associate with runners, and you will likely become a runner.
- Associate with musicians, and you will probably become a musician.
- Associate with, surround you life with Christians, and you will likely become and live like a Christian.
These are sound principles. Of course, you’ll still need to call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.
Until next time:
- Are you in the center of God’s will for your life?
- Is God’s Word your guidelines for Christian living?
- Do you call yourself a Christian but compromise at every turn?
- Do you make excuses for not spending time with the Lord, or working on your relationship with your God?
Are you learning survival skills, preparing survival supplies, mapping somewhere to go when the Mark of the Beast hits, becoming common place and mandatory with the Beast being outed?
We are in the Last Days of the Latter Days.
We are in the Time of the End.
We know this according to six Latter Days prophecies related to Israel becoming a nation again on the lands of their forefathers.
Here is just one of those six prophecies:
Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 8 but, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.
The anger of the LORD will not turn back