Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Be Prepared To Go Through, Like The Early Church

Matthew 24:6-13   And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you are not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7   For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in different places. 8   All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9   Then shall they deliver you up to be persecuted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated by all nations for my names sake. 10   And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11   And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12   And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold. 13   But he who shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

John 15:4-6   Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine; no more can you, unless you abide in me. 5   I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. 6   If a man does not abide in me, he is thrown away as a branch, and withers; and men gather them, and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

- Don't let anyone deceive you. The first apostles went through their own tribulations. The early Church went through their tribulation, and the church of the last days will go through the tribulation. Paul speaking to the Thessalonian Church tells them:

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4   Let no one deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, unless there comes a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4   Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17  15   For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall not precede those who are asleep. 16   For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17   Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

This clearly tells us that the early church expected to see the return of Christ in their lifetime. Also, clearly, in Matthew 24, those that are alive to see the return of Christ are those who go through the tribulation.

Paul comforts the Thessalonians by telling them not to worry, they had not missed the second return of Christ. He tells them/us, that we can know when this is about to happen, because we will see these things first! The early Church expected to have to go through the tribulation. No where in scripture do we see any type of "rapture" event until the very end of the events in Matthew 24, Revelation or Thessalonians. In Daniel 12, we see a special blessing on saints who make it through the tribulation:
Daniel 12:11-12   And from the time that the daily service shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12   Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty five days.

If we are not preparing ourselves spiritually to have to go through it, then I promise you, you may be one of the ones who fall away because of what we will have to endure! If you are not abiding in Christ until the very end, you will not be able to endure.

Rev 3:10   Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world to try those who dwell upon the earth.
BTW, the word "from- Greek word "ek" also means "through". "Keep- Greek word "tereo", means to watch and protect"is to protect. Given what the rest of the scriptures say regarding the end times and the saints of God, "through" would be the right interpretation of this word. REMEMBER: God did not take Noah out of the flood, but kept and protected him THROUGH it.