Some folks find it hard to believe that we are at the end of the age, both from the perspective of ancient civilizations AND the Word of God; the Holy Bible of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Admittedly when even I go out in public on a beautiful day, I wonder “could this really be it”?
There are INDEED signs in the sun, moon and stars just like Jesus said there would be. There is no question we are in “the season”. And the Bible clearly warns us that Jesus comes both “like a thief in the night” and “like a snare”. Both of these metaphors suggest powerfully that we will NOT KNOW when He is coming unless we are perpetually READY at all times. We must be living “each minute” as if the “rescue mission” (rapture of the bride) could happen at any time.
1 Thess 5:1-4
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
Notice that even here in the scripture above, this concept of “sudden destruction” comes upon THEM. Notice that this “sudden destruction” is something “THEY” shall not escape from. Why does Paul say “you have no need that I should write you”?
Paul is making a CLEAR distinction between “US” and “THEM”. Get it?
The “Rescue Mission” (rapture) is the Escape
“They” shall not escape … but WE SHALL.
1 Thess 5:4-9
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ
So Paul makes it perfectly clear that “God did not appoint us to wrath”. BUT simultaneously makes is JUST as clear that some people will NOT ESCAPE. This clearly means that those who “are not appointed to wrath” SHALL INDEED ESCAPE.
This is not “escapism” folks. This is FACT …. this is the WORD OF GOD.
“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Here you see the scripture warning us once more that “that Day” will come as a “snare” upon those who DWELL on the earth. That is an interesting choice of words, is it not? After all, this implies that those who are NOT affected by this ominous “Day”, will simply NOT be here on earth.
Really? Let’s see.
In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, we see the report cards of the Seven Churches. The ONLY church that is given a good report card is referred to as “The Church of Philadelphia”. Let’s see what Jesus says about this church.
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
So here again you see the SAME words used in the SAME to demonstrate clearly that this “test” or “tribulation” will be for the soul purpose of testing those who DWELL upon the earth!
This means that SOMEONE is NOT going to be “HERE ON EARTH”! Let’s see what Jesus said about the Church of Thyatira.
Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.
Okay so the Church of Philadelphia is delivered from the “hour of tribulation / trial” and the Church of Thyatira is CAST INTO the GREAT TRIBULATION. So there’s proof-positive that at least one church is being punished by sending them into the Great Tribulation. Indeed this is proof positive that the Church of Philadelphia, by contrast, is NOT going into the Great Tribulation because she is NOT ON THE EARTH.
Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Do you think the word “all” actually means “ALL”?
Does Everyone Get to Escape the Great Tribulation?
Absolutely NOT. Six of the Seven Churches in Revelation 2 and 3 are not going to escape the Great Tribulation. They are what Matthew 25 refers to as the “foolish virgins”. However SOME of those who go into the Great Tribulation do ultimately become “tribulation-saints” by giving their life for Jesus Christ as martyrs. BUT very very few of those who go into the Great Tribulation will survive long enough to even get the opportunity to die for Jesus.
The “wise virgins” (of Matthew 25), are the Church of Philadelphia. They are the Bride of Jesus Christ. They DO ESCAPE the Great Tribulation. But they only qualify if they are living HOLY LIVES …
King James Version (KJV)
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
(See the article “Being Holy” here)
They DO ESCAPE the horrors of the alien invasions, and the slaughter of mankind spoken of in 2 Esdras 15:28 and Isaiah 13 (just for starters).
e noise of a multitude in the mountains,
Like that of many people!
A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together!
The Lord of hosts musters
The army for battle.
5 They come from a far country,
From the end of heaven —
The Lord and His weapons of indignation,
To destroy the whole land.
6 Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand!
It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore all hands will be limp,
Every man’s heart will melt,
8 And they will be afraid.
Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them;
They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth;
They will be amazed at one another;
Their faces will be like flames.
Everyone who is found will be thrust through,
And everyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16 Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
And their wives ravished.
The LORD will unleash these horrible events upon the unrighteous of the earth AFTER the Church of Philadelphia is GONE!
You can also read Jeremiah 4, and Joe 2 and many other parts of the Bible to see that the Great Tribulation is going to be UTTERLY HORRIBLE. Planet X will ultimately be used by our Heavenly Father to utterly destroy the earth (ref. Isaiah 24, 2 Peter 3:10). It is the “Sign of the Son of Man” in Matthew 24:30. It is the Horrible Star in 2 Esdras 15:40, and it is the “destroyer of nations” in Jeremiah 4.
“Immediately after the [great] tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn
The Rewards are Great, the Penalty is High
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Summary in Jesus Name
Pray ALWAYS to be counted worthy to ESCAPE ALL these things and stand before the Son of Man - JESUS CHRIST.
The Great Tribulation includes Thermonuclear War (Ezekiel 38, 39, Rev 18, Jer 51) AND alien-invasions (Isaiah 13, Joel 2, Rev 9, 2 Esdras 15:28) that slaughter mankind on a scale of horror that Hollywood cannot hope to capture on the big screen.
Jesus Christ is coming for a “sin free” bride with no spot or wrinkle. Again see …
[...] that He might present her (the Bride) to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Please read the article entitled BEING HOLY.
1 John 3:7-8
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
This means you must REPENT every time you SIN. And you must STOP SINNING! You cannot tell God you are sorry and go back to the same behavior over and over again. TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
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