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‘The Great Tribulation’ surely implies ‘Lesser Tribulations’. How strange, the majority of ‘end time preachers’ preach that ‘The Church’ will not participate in ‘The Great Tribulation’. Some say that in some churches only the children will be ‘raptured’ (‘Allow the little children come to Me, do not hinder them; for of such is the kingdom of God’). The parents will be left, they say, because of adhering to false doctrines.

    

The matter concerning these tribulations is ‘on the table’ because ‘the Bible tells me so’. Who has not been taught, “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.’ If it were true that Jesus loves little children and, it is true because the Bible tells one so, Mar 10:13-, “And they were bringing to Him little children, that He might touch them; but the disciples were rebuking those who brought them.

“But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, ‘Allow the little children come to Me, do not hinder them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’ And taking them in His arms, laying His hands on them, He blessed them.”

 

The truth is people have themselves baptized because they believe there is a resurrection of the dead, 1Co 15:12-, “If we preach that Christ was raised from death, how can some of you say that the dead will not be raised to life? If they won’t be raised to life, Christ, Himself, wasn’t raised to life. And if Christ wasn’t raised to life, our message is worthless, and so is your faith.

 

“If the dead won’t be raised to life, we have told lies about God by saying that He raised Christ to life, when He really did not. So if the dead won’t be raised to life, Christ wasn’t raised to life. Unless Christ was raised to life, your faith is useless, and you are still living in your sins. And those people who died after putting their faith in him are completely lost.

 

You are now ‘putting off’ the ‘old man’ (Rom 6:6) the man that was ‘in Adam’; coming out from the water, by faith, you will be ‘a new creation in Christ Jesus’, Eph 2:4-, “But the God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead to the transgressions (see Rom 6:1), He made us alive together with Christ… For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.”

“If our hope in Christ is good only for this life, we are worse off than anyone else. But Christ has been raised to life! And He makes us certain that others will also be raised to life (Mar 16:15-, “Then Jesus said to them, ‘So wherever you go in the world, tell everyone the Good News (of my resurrection). Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned”). Just as we will die because of Adam, we will be raised to life because of Christ. Adam brought death to all of us, and Christ will bring life to all of us.

 

“But we must each wait our turn. Christ was the first to be raised to life, and his people will be raised to life when He returns. Then after Christ has destroyed all powers and forces, the end will come, and He will give the kingdom to God the Father. Christ will rule until He puts all his enemies under his power. The last enemy that is to be overthrown is Death [:54, ‘So when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal should put on immortality, then will come to pass the word which was written: “Death was swallowed up in victory”’].

 

“When the Scriptures say that He (God the Father) will put everything under his (Jesus’) power, they don’t include the God. It was that God who put everything under the power of Christ. After everything is under the power of God’s Son, He will put Himself under the power of God, who put everything under his Son’s power. Then the God will mean everything to everyone.

 

“However, people are baptized because the dead will come back to life (Rom 6:3-, “For surely you know that when we were baptized into union with Christ Jesus, we were baptized into union with his death. By our baptism, then, we were buried with Him and shared his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new life. “For since we have become one with Him in dying as He did, in the same way we shall be one with Him by being raised to life as he was”). What will they do? If the dead can’t come back to life, why do people get baptized as if they can come back to life?

 

“Why are we constantly putting ourselves in danger and facing death every day? The pride that I have in you because of Christ Jesus our Lord is what makes me say this. What do you think I gained by fighting wild animals in Ephesus? If the dead are not raised to life, ‘Let’s eat and drink. Tomorrow we die.’ Don’t fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you.”

 

If Jesus loves little children and if only little children, as some teach will be ‘raptured’, why do they have their babies ‘baptized’? Jesus said that little children belong to the kingdom. Little children are in need of God’s blessing.

Little children do not remain little children for ever. Their ‘believing’ parents will tell them, hopefully, that all people are in need of a Saviour, Rom 5:18-, “So then, as the one sin condemned all people, in the same way the One righteous act sets all people free and gives them life.

 

“And just as all people were made sinners as the result of the disobedience of one man, in the same way they will all be put right with God as the result of the obedience of the one Man. Law was introduced in order to increase wrongdoing; but where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more. So then, just as sin ruled by means of death, so also the God’s grace rules by means of righteousness, leading us to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

If those ‘little children’, after hearing the bad news, them being classed sinners, because of Adam’s wrongdoing but, after hearing the good news concerning Jesus’ obedience even unto death, on a cross, they believe the good news and say as did the Ethiopian eunuch, Act 8:36, “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

“And Philip said, “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.” And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.” Then ‘the prayer of blessing’ is answered. If they then ‘endure to the end they, the children, too, will be saved’.

 

Those who preach that ‘the church’ will not participate in the great tribulation are preaching half-truths. Moreover, there will not be any churches operating during the great tribulation, how can they? Neither will there be any pilots or train drivers who will be ‘raptured’ causing accidents. How can there be? They will have to accept the 666 and if they do, they won’t be raptured.

The truth of the matter is that the time of the rapture is still a long way off. A ‘severe’ tribulation still awaits the ‘true church’ (2Th 2:1-, “Now as to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our meeting with Him. It is our desire, my brothers, that you may not be moved in mind or troubled by a spirit, or by a word, or by a letter as from us, with the suggestion that the day of the Lord is even now come.

 

“Give no belief to false words: because there will first be a falling away from the faith [Rev 17:1-, “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came to me and said, Come, and I will show you how the famous prostitute is to be punished, that great city that is built near many rivers. The kings of the earth practiced sexual immorality with her, and the people of the world became drunk from drinking the wine of her immorality.’

 

“The Spirit took control of me, and the angel carried me to a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a red beast that had names insulting to God written all over it. The beast had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and covered with gold ornaments, precious stones, and pearls. In her hand, she held a gold cup full of obscene and filthy things, the result of her immorality.

 

“On her forehead was written a name that has a secret meaning: ‘Great Babylon, the mother of all prostitutes and perverts in the world.’ And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s people and the blood of those who were killed because they had been loyal to Jesus. When I saw her, I was completely amazed”], and the revelation of the man of sin, the son of destruction. Who puts himself against all authority, lifting himself up over all which is named God or is given worship; so that he takes his seat in the Temple of God, putting himself forward as God”).

 

Yes, it is true. This ‘so-called church’ [a World Church] will not participate in the great tribulation. The so-called church will be the cause of that ‘severe’ tribulation, second only to that of Antichrist and his false prophet’s, ‘great’ tribulation. He will introduce the ‘666’ number. Moreover, the true church and the Jews will be their targets.

 

The Jews, those who will be in Judea and whoso have read, will not participate in the great tribulation, Mat 24:6-, “And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not disturbed; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are the beginning of sorrows.

 

Then they will hand you over to tribulation and they will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations, on account of My name. Then, many will fall away, and they will betray one another, and they will hate one another. Then, many false prophets will be raised up, and they will deceive many. And because lawlessness will increase, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

 

“And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come (Rev 14:-8-,”…And another, a second angel followed, saying, ‘Babylon the great has fallen’. From the wine of the wrath of her fornication, she has made all the nations to drink.’

 

“Then another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the Beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, then he shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out undiluted in the cup of His wrath. And, they shall be tormented with fire and brimstone before the holy angels and before the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, those who worship the Beast and his image, and anyone who receives the mark of his name.’ Here is the endurance of the saints those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.’”

 

And, sure enough, then the rapture follows, :14-, “And I saw, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud, ‘Thrust in Your sickle and reap, because the time has come to reap, because the harvest of the earth has withered.’ So He that sat on the cloud swung His sickle onto the earth, and the earth was harvested.).

Therefore, when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee upon the mountains.”

 

A full description of the above is Rev 12:1-, “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman having been clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. And being pregnant, she was crying out, being in labour and being in great pain to give birth (this symbolizes Israel, Joseph’s dream, and in particular, Mary giving birth to Jesus).

 

“And another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great, fiery dragon having seven heads and ten horns (Has reference to the Gen 1 creation where Lucifer was ‘ruler’. He, and a third of the angels ‘fell’ as is written, Isa 14:12-, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.’

 

“Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, ‘Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms, that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?’”) and seven crowns on his heads (has reference to the seven kingdoms who oppressed Israel). And his tail dragged a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that whenever she might give birth, he might devour her Child (this pictures Satan, Herod being his agent).

 

“And she gave birth to a Son, a male who would shepherd all the nations with an iron rod (has reference to the 1 000 years of peace where Christ will be the end ‘Ruler’ of this, the Gen 2, creation). And her Child was caught up to God and to His throne (depicts the Ascension).

“Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place having been prepared by God, so that they may nourish her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days (the fleeing to the mountains and being kept safe for the three and a half years, Dan 8:14 “He told me, ‘For 2,300 days. Then what is holy will be restored… The vision about the 2,300 evenings and mornings that was explained to you is true. Seal the vision, because it is about things that will happen in the distant future.'”).

 

“And there came to be war in heaven (John now pictures what will happen at the ‘beginning of the three and a half year period’. Antichrist had ‘signed the 7 year peace agreement, 1Th 5:3, “For when they shall say, ‘Peace and safety’, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.).

“Michael and his angels, waging war with the dragon; and the dragon made war, and his angels, and he did not prevail, nor was a place found for him any longer in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him (up until then the Accuser had access to God’s throne room, Job 1:6-,).

 

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, ‘Now God’s salvation has come! Now God has shown his power as King! Now his Messiah has shown his authority! For the one who stood before our God and accused believers day and night has been thrown out of heaven. They won the victory over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the truth which they proclaimed; and they were willing to give up their lives and die.

“And so be glad, you heavens, and all you that live there! But how terrible for the earth and the sea! For the Devil has come down to you, and he is filled with rage, because he knows that he has only a little time left.’ 

Land of Moab, here we come, protect us, Isa 16:2-, “For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon. Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; betray not him that wandereth.
“Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
” And in mercy shall the throne be established: and He shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.”

“Now when the dragon saw that he was cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. And the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly into the desert to her place, so that she might be nourished there for a time and times and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a river after the woman, so that he might cause her to be carried off by the river (Satan’s attempt to stop those fleeing to the mountains).

 

“But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon had cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went off to make war with the rest of her seed (the Christians, Gal 3:29, “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise), who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus.

 

Revelation Chapter 13 tells, “…And it was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, people, language, and nation. And all those who dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose name is not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If anyone has an ear, let him hear.”

 

Revelation chapter 14 is the fulfilment of 1Th 5:1-9-, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know accurately that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

 

“For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ (Dan 9:27, “That ruler will have a firm agreement [apparent peace, the Temple will be rebuilt] with many people for seven years, and when half this time is past, he will put an end to sacrifices and offerings. The Awful Horror will be placed on the highest point of the Temple and will remain there until the one who put it there meets the end which God has prepared for him”) then sudden destruction comes upon them, just as labour pains upon the woman that is pregnant, and they shall by no means escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are neither of the night nor of darkness.

 

“Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those getting drunk, are drunk at night. But we, since we are of the day, let us be sober, putting on a breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

 

“For God did not appoint us to wrath (Rev 16:1-, “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.’ So the first went off and poured out his bowl on the earth. And a bad and malignant ulcer came upon the men having the mark of the beast, and those who worshipped his image…”), but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Mar 16:16, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved [from God’s wrath]) who died for us, in order that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”

 

Antichrist will be the ‘author’ of the Great Tribulation. It is ‘the apostasy’, the falling-away, that is ‘holding him back’. As a World Church has not been established, the Great Tribulation is still a long way off. My estimate is the rapture will be during the last half 2043; 2045 being the end of the 70th Jubilee [read]  Daniel’s Seventy Sevens.

 

Soon after Armageddon and Jesus’ descent on the Mt Olives, Rev 20:1- will be fulfilled, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the abyss and a heavy chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent—that is, the Devil, or Satan—and chained him up for a thousand years.

 

“The angel threw him into the abyss, locked it, and sealed it, so that he could not deceive the nations any more until the thousand years were over. After that he must be set loose for a little while.

 

“Then I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given the power to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been executed because they had proclaimed the truth that Jesus revealed and the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image, nor had they received the mark of the beast on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and ruled as kings with Christ for a thousand years.

 

“The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over. This is the first raising of the dead. Happy and greatly blessed are those who are included in this first raising of the dead. The second death has no power over them; they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they will rule with Him for a thousand years.”

 

And the eighth head is the Beast himself. The seven heads are only his agents. At the end of the 1 000 years of Peace Satan will be set loose; he will come to an sudden end.

Concerning the apostasy’s [‘severe’ tribulation], ‘holding back’ of Antichrist [great tribulation], who, in turn will be ‘holding back’ the true Church’s gathering together unto Him [the rapture] one need look no further than Rev 17:9-, “And here is the understanding that hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, upon which the woman sitteth: and they are seven kings [sovereignties or reigns].

 

“Five are fallen [the five kingdoms concerning the Jewish history], (Gen 12:1-, “And the Lord said to Abram: Go forth out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and out of thy father’s house, and come into the land which I shall show thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and magnify thy name, and thou shalt be blessed. I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee, and IN THEE shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed,” are Egypt, Ezekiel 29:1-30:26; Assyria and Nineveh, Nah 3:1-19; Babylon, Rev 18:2; Jeremiah 50:1-51:64; Medo-Persia, Dan 8:3-7, Dan 8:20-22; Dan 10:13 and, Dan 11:2; Greece, Dan 11:4.)

 

“One is (Rome was ‘the one’ existing in John’s days). ‘Kings’ is the Scripture phrase for kingdoms, because these kingdoms are generally represented in character by some one prominent head, as Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, Medo-Persia by Cyrus, Greece by Alexander etc.) and the other (Antichrist) has not as yet (he may have been born, by now; 2013), come: and when he is come, he must remain a short time (2038-2045?).

 

“And the beast which was (Satan is the Beast; he operates through ‘seven heads’. He once was Lucifer represented as such in {Isa 14:12-, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning [appointed Ruler of the Gen 1 creation]! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.’ Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit}) and is not (presently he is only ‘the fallen angel). The same also is the eighth (he, however, will again be a ‘ruler’ when released ‘from the bottomless pit, Rev 20:7-, “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog…), and is of the seven, and goeth into destruction.

 

“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom: but shall receive power as kings, one hour with the beast. These have one design. And their strength and power they shall deliver to the beast (Dan 7:-19-,“Then I wanted to know more about the fourth beast, which was not like any of the others—the terrifying beast which crushed its victims with its bronze claws and iron teeth and then trampled on them. And I wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and the horn that had come up afterward [Antichrist] and had made three of the horns fall. It had eyes and a mouth and was boasting proudly. It was more terrifying than any of the others.

 

“While I was looking, that horn made war on God’s people and conquered them [the Great Tribulation]. Then the One who had been living forever came and pronounced judgment in favour of the people of the Supreme God. The time had arrived for God’s people to receive royal power.

 

“This is the explanation I was given, ‘The fourth beast is a fourth empire [Roman Empire] that will be on the earth and will be different from all other empires. It will crush the whole earth and trample it down. The ten horns are ten kings who will rule that empire. Then another king [Antichrist, the seventh head, will appear]; he will be very different from the earlier ones and will overthrow three kings.

 

“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws. And God’s people will be under his power for three and a half years. Then the heavenly court will sit in judgment, take away his power, and destroy him completely [Jesus’ descent on Mt Olive].

 

“The power and greatness of all the kingdoms on earth will be given to the people of the Supreme God. Their royal power will never end, and all rulers on earth will serve and obey them [1 000 years of peace and what follows] This is the end of the account. I was so frightened that I turned pale, and I kept everything to myself). These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful (this will happen at Jesus’ return on ‘a white horse’).

 

“And he said to me, “The waters which thou sawest, where the harlot (the woman President of the World Church to come) sitteth, are peoples and nations and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest in the beast. These shall hate the harlot, shall make her desolate and naked, shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her with fire. For God hath given into their hearts to do that which pleaseth Him (Mat 13:36-, “When Jesus had left the crowd and gone indoors, his disciples came to Him and said, ‘Tell us what the parable about the weeds in the field means.’

 

“Jesus answered, ‘The man who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; the good seed is the people who belong to the Kingdom; the weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One; and the enemy who sowed the weeds is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvest workers are angels.

 

“’Just as the weeds are gathered up and burned in the fire, so the same thing will happen at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels to gather up out of his Kingdom all those who cause people to sin and all others who do evil things, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then God’s people will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Listen, then, if you have ears!’) that they give their kingdom to the beast, till the words of God be fulfilled.

“And the woman which thou sawest is the great city (the ‘headquarters’ of this ‘Apostate Church’ will, I suppose, be in the rebuilt Babylon, Zec 5:5-, “The angel who was speaking with me came forward. He said, ‘Look up, and see what’s coming.’ ‘What is it?’ I asked. ‘A basket is coming,’ he said. Then he added, ‘This is what the people’s sins look like all over the earth.’

 

“A lead cover on the basket was raised, and a woman was sitting in the basket. The angel said, ‘This is wickedness,’ and he pushed her back into the basket and forced the lead cover down on top of it. I looked up and saw two women coming forward with wind in their wings. They had wings like those of a stork. They carried the basket into the sky.

 

“I asked the angel who was speaking with me, ‘Where are they taking the basket?’ He answered me, ‘They are going to build a house for it in Shinar [Babylonia]. When the house is ready, they will set the basket there on a stand,’” and, Rev 18:1-, “After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

 

“And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, ‘Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and is become a habitation of demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hateful bird. For by the wine of the wrath of her fornication all the nations are fallen; and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth waxed rich by the power of her wantonness.’

 

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ‘Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues: for her sins have reached even unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

“Render unto her even as she rendered, and double unto her the double according to her works: in the cup, which she mingled, mingle unto her double. How much soever she glorified herself, and waxed wanton, so much give her of torment and mourning.

“For she saith in her heart, ‘I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall in no wise see mourning.’ Therefore in one day shall her plagues come, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judged her’”) which hath kingdom over the kings of the earth.”

 

The ‘apostasy’ is ‘alive and indeed flourishing’. It is written, 2Ti 4:1-, “I charge thee in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who shall judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom. Preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For, the time will come [and indeed it has come], when they will not endure the sound doctrine. But, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts. And will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables. But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.”

 

Jesus said, Mat 28:19-, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them to the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have enjoined you. And behold, I am with you all the days, until the completion of the age.”

 

Concerning the ‘observing of all things’ Paul writes and one should ever so often do a check of how many ‘items’ have ‘fallen by the wayside’, Col 3:1-, “You were raised from death with Christ (Col 2:8-, ‘Watch that there not be one robbing you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

 

“’And having been filled, you are in Him, who is the Head of all rule and authority, in whom also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made by hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, being buried with Him in baptism, in whom also you were raised through the faith of the working of God, raising Him from among the dead.

“And you, being dead to the deviations and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all the deviations, blotting out the handwriting in the ordinances against us, which was contrary to us, even He has taken it out of the midst, nailing it to the cross; having stripped the rulers and the authorities, He made a show of them in public, triumphing over them in it’).

 

“So live for what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about what is up there, not what is here on earth. Your old self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. Yes, Christ is now your life, and when He comes again, you will share in his glory. So put everything evil out of your life: sexual sin, doing anything immoral, letting sinful thoughts control you, and wanting things that are wrong. And don’t keep wanting more and more for yourself, which is the same as worshiping a false god.

 

God will show his anger against those who don’t obey Him, because they do these evil things. You also did these things in the past, when you lived like them. But now put these things out of your life: anger, losing your temper, doing or saying things to hurt others, and saying shameful things. Don’t lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes—the person you once were and the bad things you did then. Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the one who made you. You are becoming more and more like Him.

 

“In this new life it doesn’t matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, circumcised or not. It doesn’t matter if you speak a different language or even if you are a Scythian. It doesn’t matter if you are a servant or free. Christ is all that matters, and He is in all of you. God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.

 

“Together with these things, the most important part of your new life is to love each other. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity. Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. It is for peace that you were chosen to be together in one body. And always be thankful. Let the teaching of Christ live inside you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Everything you say and everything you do should be done for Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.

 

“Wives, be willing to serve your husbands (1Co 11:3-, But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or who prophesies with his head covered, dishonours his head. But every woman who prays or who prophesies with her head uncovered, dishonours her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.’ And, 1Ti 2:8-, ‘So then I would have the men everywhere pray, lifting to God holy hands which are unstained with anger or strife.

 

“’And I would have the women dress becomingly, with modesty and self-control, not with plaited hair or gold or pearls or costly clothes, but—as befits women making a claim to godliness—with the ornament of good works. A woman should quietly learn from others with entire submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach, nor have authority over a man, but she must remain silent.

 

“’For Adam was formed first, and then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but his wife was thoroughly deceived, and so became involved in transgression. Yet a woman will be brought safely through childbirth if she and her husband continue to live in faith and love and growing holiness, with habitual self-restraint.’ And, 1Co 14:34-, ‘Let your women be silent in the assemblies, for it is not allowed to them to speak, but to be in subjection, as also the Law says.

 

“’But if they desire to learn anything, let them question their husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in an assembly. Or did the Word of God go out from you? Or did it reach only to you? If anyone thinks to be a prophet, or a spiritual one, let him recognize the things I write to you, that they are a command of the Lord. But if any be ignorant, let him be ignorant’). This is the right thing to do in following the Lord.

 

“Husbands, love your wives, and be gentle to them. Children, obey your parents in everything. This pleases the Lord. Fathers, don’t upset your children. If you are too hard to please, they might want to stop trying. Servants, obey your masters in everything. Obey all the time, even when they can’t see you. Don’t just pretend to work hard so that they will treat you well. No, you must serve your masters honestly, because you respect the Lord. In all the work you are given, do the best you can.

“Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master. Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, who will give you what He promised his people. Yes, you are serving Christ. He is your real Master.

 

“Remember that anyone who does wrong will be punished for that wrong. And the Lord treats everyone the same [one wonders how it came about that the following has become ‘un-punishable’, Rom 1:16 “I’m not ashamed of the Good News. It is God’s power to save everyone who believes, Jews first and Greeks as well. God’s approval is revealed in this Good News. This approval begins and ends with faith as Scripture says, ‘The person who has God’s approval will live by faith.

 

“’God’s anger is revealed from heaven against every ungodly and immoral thing people do as they try to suppress the truth by their immoral living… For this reason God gave them up to passions of dishonour; for even their females exchanged the natural use for that which is contrary to nature, and likewise also the males, having left the natural use of the female, were inflamed by their lust for one another, males with males, committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was fitting for their error.

 

“’And just as they did not approve to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind, to do the things which are not fitting; having been filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, greed, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness; they are whisperers, slanderers, hateful to God, insolent men, proud, braggarts, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful,’ and, 1Co 6:9-, ‘Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor covetous, nor thieves, nor drunkards, nor abusive people, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you! But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.’].

 

“Masters, give what is good and fair to your servants. Remember that you have a Master in heaven. Never stop praying. Be ready for anything by praying and being thankful. Also pray for us. Pray that God will give us an opportunity to tell people his message. I am in prison for doing this.

 

“But pray that we can continue to tell people the secret truth that God has made known about Christ. Pray that I will say what is necessary to make this truth clear to everyone. Be wise in the way you act with those who are not believers. Use your time in the best way you can. When you talk, you should always be kind and wise. Then you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should.”

 

The above is important. Moses warned the people before they entered the Promised Land with these words and they may also apply to ‘us’, Num 33:49-, “They camped by the Jordan River in the Jordan Valley in Moab. Their camp went from Beth Jeshimoth to Acacia Field. There, the LORD spoke to Moses and said, ‘Speak to the Israelites and tell them this: You will cross the Jordan River. You will go into the land of Canaan.

 

“’You will take the land from the people you find there. You must destroy all of their carved statues and idols. You must destroy all of their high places. You will take the land and you will settle there, because I am giving this land to you. It will belong to your family groups. Each of your family groups will get part of the land. You will throw lots to decide which family group gets each part of the country. Large family groups will get large parts of the land. Small family groups will get small parts of the land. The lots will show which family group gets which part of the land. Each tribe will get its part of the land.

 

“’You must force these other people to leave the country. If you let them stay in your country, they will bring many troubles to you. They will be like a needle in your eye and a thorn in your side. They will bring many troubles to the country where you will be living. If you do not drive them out, I will destroy you, as I planned to destroy them.”

Hence the above mentioned Col 3:4-, “Your real life is Christ and when He appears, then you too will appear with Him and share his glory! You must put to death, then, the earthly desires at work in you, such as sexual immorality, indecency, lust, evil passions, and greed…”

 

It would appear that the time of 2Th 2:7- is on the horizon, “The Mysterious Wickedness is already at work, but what is going to happen will not happen until the one who holds it back [the falling-away] is taken out of the way.

“Then the Wicked One will be revealed, but when the Lord Jesus comes, He will kill him with the breath from his mouth and destroy him with his dazzling presence. The Wicked One will come with the power of Satan and perform all kinds of false miracles and wonders, and use every kind of wicked deceit on those who will perish. They will perish because they did not welcome and love the truth so as to be saved.

 

“And so God sends the power of error to work in them so that they believe what is false. The result is that all who have not believed the truth, but have taken pleasure in sin, will be condemned. We must thank God at all times for you, brothers, you whom the Lord loves. For God chose you as the first to be saved by the Spirit’s power to make you his holy people and by your faith in the truth.

 

“God called you to this through the Good News we preached to you; he called you to possess your share of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold on to those truths which we taught you, both in our preaching and in our letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and in his grace gave us unfailing courage and a firm hope, encourage you and strengthen you to always do and say what is good.”

 

There is however this message given to the so-called ‘Apostate Church’, Rev 3:14-, “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write, ‘These things says the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God, ‘I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. Therefore, since you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth.

 

“’Because you say, “I am wealthy, and have become rich, and have need of nothing”—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from Me gold having been tried by fire, so that you may become rich; and white robes, so that you may be clothed, and the shame of your nakedness may not appear; and eye salve, so that you may anoint your eyes, in order that you may see.

 

“’As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. Be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and I am knocking. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him and I will dine with him, and he with Me. He that overcomes, I will grant to him to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

 

Moreover this urgent appeal of, Rev 18:1-, “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was lit up from his splendour. And he cried out with a strong voice, saying, ‘Babylon the great has fallen, and she has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every unclean spirit, and a cage for every unclean and detestable bird!

“’For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the wealth of her luxury.’

 

“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you participate in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. Because her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.’”

 

So, ‘Dare to be a ‘Daniel’! Dare to stand-alone!

Dare to have a purpose firm! And, dare to make it known!

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