This blog is designed to make you "think". Also to encourage,exhort,edify and "Warn" the saints of God as we see the day of The Lord on the horrizon.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ Part 6-The Tribulation Saints -video Transcript
It is recorded that all but one of the original disciples of Jesus Christ were killed for the Word of God and their testimony, and they loved not their unto death.
They, followed in the footsteps of their Master, who loved not His own life unto death, for you and for me.
“OH!”, but the church of today exclaims, "That's not for us, we are not going to have to go through the tribulation, we are not going to have to be put on the spot, we are not going to have to give our lives for the gospel and the word of our testimony. That's for all those Luke warmers who are left behind, because they weren't' wise enough, or worthy enough, to make it in the Rapture.”
I'm sorry but I find that is the lamest claim of all.
All of a sudden the luke warmers who do not have the Holy Spirit are going to have the strength and courage, the Pre-tribbers don't have, and are going to be willing to give their lives for Christ, that which the Rapture ready crowd plan on escaping.
The "Tribulation Saints", are no different than the disciples of Jesus Christ, or the Martyrs of old as recorded in "Foxe's Book of Martyrs", or the martyrs of today in different parts of the world, as witnessed by the daily news.
“The Tribulation Saints” are a part of the body of Christ today, who are alive at the time of the Great Tribulation, and will be worthy of the FIRST RESURRECTION, (known by many as the "Rapture").
It is written:
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar THE SOULS OF THEM THAT WERE SLAIN FOR THE WORD OF GOD, and for the TESTIMONY which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, HOW LONG, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and AVENGE OUR BLOOD on them that dwell on the earth?
And WHITE ROBES were given unto EVERY ONE OF THEM; and it was said unto them, that they should REST yet for a little season,
..... UNTIL their FELLOWSERVANTS also and their BRETHREN, that should be KILLED AS THEY WERE, should be FULFILLED.
So which group of saints are these under the altar?
Are they the "Tribulation Saints", or are their fellow servants and their brethren the "Tribulation Saints"?
These were questions that pierced my mind and soul, and kept me searching.
If they are the martyrs up until the time of the "pre-trib rapture", why are they told that they have to wait until their fellow servants and brethren, are martyred as they were?
To surmise that the saints who go through the tribulation and give their heads for Jesus are not worthy of "The Pre-Trib Rapture", is a ridiculously arrogant and scripturally ignorant statement.
It is written:
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that LOSETH HIS LIFE life FOR MY SAKE shall find it. Matthew 10:38-39
The early saints, knew their reward, they counted all loss to follow Jesus Christ, they yearned to be absent from their bodies because they knew they would then be present with Christ. They had their hearts set on Him, not on things of this earth. They knew they had a mission on this earth and did not entangle themselves with the things of this world. They loved not their lives unto death. They weren’t looking for their “Best life now!”
When taking a stand to say that the" tribulation saints", are just as much a part of "The body of Christ" as the church of today, and who will remain alive at the time of the Great Tribulation, one is often accused of having a martyrs complex. Or a works based faith. Which makes as much sense, as accusing the disciples of being suicidal, because they would rather be absent from their bodies, and be present with the Lord.
The early disciples were exhorted by Jesus Himself, and were prepared to love not their lives unto death. They knew that He had risen and was ALIVE, and had an IMMORTAL BODY, and that as He is, so would they be in the last day, at the RESURRECTION of their mortal bodies. This was their BLESSED HOPE .
Ad it is written:
If we SUFFER, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 2 Timothy 2:12
Now the sad thing in this day and hour is, that "suffering" is an alien concept to the organized, apostate, luke warm, church system. The idea that the pampered "church" should have to even entertain the thought of suffering for their faith, is scoffed at.
Besides that, they have been taught that they will be "Raptured" out before any Great Tribulation even begins, and only those who wouldn't accept Jesus when the church was here, are appointed to suffer through the Great Tribulation.
And well that's their bad luck, they should have listened, now they will have to suffer, and prove that they are as worthy as us, the "Pre-trib Raptured saints". Should this be the mind set of any born again Christian?
Remember the word that I said unto you, The SERVANT IS NOT GREATER than his LORD.
If they have PERSECUTED me, they will also PERSECUTE you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. John 15:20
It is written:
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer PERSECUTION.
2 Timothy 3:12
It was a given to the early church, that if they submitted themselves to Christ, and were committed "servants", they would surely suffer persecution, and in some cases even death.
As I child of God I knew that I was able to OVERCOME nothing without the power of the Holy Spirit in my life. Then I read this account of the tribulation saints and their reward.
It is written:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and JUDGMENT WAS GIVEN UNTO THEM: and I saw the SOULS OF THEM that were BEHEADED for the WITNESS OF JESUS, and for THE WORD OF GOD,
..and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; AND THEY lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the THOUSAND YEARS were finished. "THIS IS THE FIRST RESURRECTION".
BLESSED and HOLY is he that hath part in "THE FIRST RESURRECTION": on such the SECOND DEATH hath no power, but "THEY shall be PRIESTS OF GOD and of CHRIST, and shall REIGN WITH HIM A THOUSAND YEARS".
Revelation 20: 4-6
The "tribulation saints" are over comers, and full of the Holy Spirit, who enables them to stand, and therefore members of the body of Jesus Christ, they are a part of the church, and worthy of the "rapture" which will occur at His second coming!
As it is written:
He that hath an EAR, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that OVERCOMETH will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
He that hath an EAR, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
He that OVERCOMETH shall not be hurt of the SECOND DEATH.
And what is the SECOND DEATH?
These were other scriptures that pressed me to continue my study of this subject.
To be continued in Part 7