[In case it slipped the mind of the reader, Sunday is September 11. It has only been twenty-one years since the attacks in NYC. Remember all of the pledges to “NEVER FORGET“? Did the reader forget?]
“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
[After publishing the article last week–Living With the Tribulation of the End Times–several responses were provoked. This piece is partially an answer to some of those responses.]
The believer is PROMISED ‘much tribulation’–particularly during the end times.
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
The believer is ALSO promised, in addition to TRIBULATION, PERSECUTION.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Even as the believer is ALSO promised incredible PEACE to combat the tribulation and persecution, the tribulation (feeling of ‘no escape’) is difficult to ignore.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
The pagan, the heathen, the UNbeliever may wonder how tribulation and peace co-exist in one person.
This is a VERY legitimate topic.
This is one believer’s answer.
The feeling of “there is NO escape to what is coming” is a CONSTANT companion. The feeling is there from the time the believer wakes up (most mornings) to the time that the believer retires for the day.
At any rate, the feeling of “no escape” lingers whenever the thought of tribulation or what is coming (It is sure to happen!) crosses the believer’s mind.
IF the believer was NOT a believer in God, God’s Word and the promises of God, then this COULD be imagined as a BLACK CLOUD following the believer around as he conducts his life.
HOWEVER, since the believer ALSO has a promised “peace which passeth all understanding,” the CONSTANT result of “NO escape” is NOT anxiety and fear and worry. With the promised PEACE, the believer acknowledges the feeling of “NO escape” and basically, SHRUGS HIS SHOULDERS.
In other words, the feelings of tribulation ARE present, BUT the believer believes there are other, more important considerations in play.
AND, why should the believer worry?
The believer KNOWS that God is in control of EVERYTHING–as He has been from the beginning of His creation.
And this enables the believer to go about his daily business cheerfully–instead of constantly wringing his hands and crying.
The amazing peace of God neutralizes the feelings one might naturally expect from tribulation–at least this is so in the run-up to the last days.
And that is one man’s way of living with the feelings of “NO escape” which characterize tribulation.
DOES the reader live with a feeling of constant worry about what the future will bring?
WHAT does the reader do to cope?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“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.”
MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report
A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 9-11, 2022.]
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- The Nature of Spiritual Deception
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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