A Time of Testing: The End Times

Testing

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
–2 Corinthians 12:10

The end times are a time of testing for believers.

But then, ALL times are times of testing for believers–as opposed to those who talk the talk, walk by sight and travel the broad path to destruction.

From Stranger in a Alien Land: The Christian is an Ambassador:

Yet, though all the inhabitants of that world be enemies of his new kingdom, the believer is not their enemy. His job as ambassador is to attempt to save as many as will consent to be saved.

To pluck the lost out of the fire.

“And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire”
–Jude 1:22-23

It matters not that the inhabitants of the world are deceived into believing any number of fables which contribute to their destruction.

It matters not that the inhabitants of the world are deceived about the Christian’s mission among them.

It matters not that the inhabitants of this world cling to the very things which cause them pain, suffering and torment.

What matters is that the Christian is charged to represent his King and save as many (though his success is very rare) as will be saved from the wrath to come.

One of the tests faced by believers will be from within their families. The Bible has been clear about what was coming.

“And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”
–Matthew 10:36

“and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.”
–Mark 13:12

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
–Matthew 24:12

BUT this time of testing provides ample opportunities to see the power of God and Jesus Christ at work in a wicked and lost world.

And make no mistake: it does work.

A REMINDER

It cannot be stressed enough: prayer, the gospel and the Word of God are a believer’s weapons, not the ordinary weapons of this world. (This includes such tools as lawsuits and rhetoric.) Ordinary weapons are ultimately useless. They may offer temporary relief–perhaps–but they will not solve any problems.

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”
–2Corinthians 10:4

MORE: SPIRITUAL WARFARE: The Explosive Power of the Believer’s Prayers

Such times demonstrate just how necessary the Biblical command “Pray without ceasing” is.

One difference between 10 years ago and now is the sheer level of anger, hatred and virulence directed against any who stand in the way of iniquity. The level of poisonous discourse seems at an all-time high.

However, the Christian is to bear up, look to support from God Almighty and know that, at some point, this time of testing will be complete and then: he may rest from his labors.

In the meantime, God will never forsake the believer.

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”
–1Peter 4:12-14

MORE: Persecution, Tribulation, Troubles, Trials: What the Bible says to Christians

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Is the reader ready for a time of testing?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
2 Corinthians 4:3

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 1, 2016.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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