I hear so many of God's people saying that they will be spared the Tribulation. The Christian Church believes that they will be raptured out before it starts and the Messianics and Hebrew Roots Movements believe they will be taken to the Wilderness and will be protected and provided for there. I used to believe that God would not allow His people to see death in the Tribulation.
Then I found this:
It was given a mouth speaking arrogant blasphemies; and it was given authority to act for forty-two months. So it opened its mouth in blasphemies against God to insult his name and his Sh’khinah, and those living in heaven; it was allowed to MAKE WAR ON GOD'S HOLY PEOPLE AND TO DEFEAT THEM; and it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. Everyone living on earth will worship it except those whose names are written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb slaughtered before the world was founded. Those who have ears, let them hear!
“If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he goes!
If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he is to be killed!”
This is when God’s holy people must persevere and trust!
Revelation 13: 5-10 CJB
When are we supposed to persevere and trust? When we are being led into captivity or being killed by the sword. We have no guarantee anywhere in the Bible that we will be spared physical death, Brethren. There will be those who survive the Tribulation (Matthew 24:22). We also know that there will be those who are on the Earth who will be sealed by YHVH (Revelation 7).
But what about this group?
One of the elders asked me, “These people dressed in white robes — who are they, and where are they from?” 14 “Sir,” I answered, “you know.” Then he told me, “These are the people who have come out of the Great Persecution. They have washed their robes and made them white with the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7: 13-14 CJB
The phrase “who have come out of the Great Persecution” means that these people were murdered for their faith and this Persecution results in standing before the Lamb and worshipping. We will not all be spared.
Do we study prophecy so that we can somehow figure out a way to spare our lives? Is it so that we can figure out everything that will happen so we know when to duck? Is it so that we can store up enough food and bullets to hide in our houses or in some community in rural America and wait until it’s over? Nothing we can do will alter what YHVH’s plan for each of us will be even if that plan is death for our Witness.
What does the Bible say is the point of Predictive Prophecy?
“Since everything is going to be destroyed like this, what kind of people should you be? You should lead holy and godly lives, as you wait for the Day of God and work to hasten its coming. That Day will bring on the destruction of the heavens by fire and the elements will melt from the heat; but we, following along with his promise, wait for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness will be at home. Therefore, dear friends, as you look for these things, do everything you can to be found by him without spot or defect and at peace.”
2 Peter 3: 11-14 CJB
The point of prophecy is so that we may live TODAY righteously and spread the Word of God to those who have ears to hear. Studying prophecy will not give you the edge over YHVH’s will for this planet nor will it allow you to outwit Satan. According to the Scriptures it is supposed to encourage (or scare you) to align yourself with YHVH’s Word.
The Messiah said,
“So don’t be anxious, asking, ‘What will we eat?,’ ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘How will we be clothed?’ For it is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Don’t worry about tomorrow — tomorrow will worry about itself! Today has enough trouble already!
Matthew 6: 31-34 CJB
So what can we do? King David answers this question for us.
King David experienced hardships and war. He records for us in Psalms 11:
For the leader. By David:
In YHVH, I find refuge.
So how can you say to me,
“Flee like a bird to the mountains!
See how the wicked are drawing their bows
and setting their arrows on the string,
to shoot from the shadows at honest men.
If the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
YHVH is in his holy temple.
YHVH, his throne is in heaven.
His eyes see and test humankind.
YHVH tests the righteous;
but he hates the wicked and the lover of violence.
He will rain hot coals down on the wicked,
fire, sulfur and scorching wind
will be what they get to drink.
For YHVH is righteous;
he loves righteousness;
the upright will see his face.
Psalm 11 CJB
David’s answer to the question of what can we do as YHVH’s righteous people is “YHVH is in His Holy Temple.” He answers the question with YHVH’s sovereignty and holiness. How dare we, as God’s people, preach Eternal Life and then flee like frightened birds to the mountains! YHVH is in control of EVERYTHING, including the events of the Tribulation. What’s more, the Messiah is the one who begins the process by opening the Seals! (Revelation 6:1) Why do we fear something that will result in our presence with Him in His Kingdom? Because we lack faith. In no other situation does this become more apparent than when we speak of being killed for the Messiah’s sake. Keep in mind that most of the Apostles were martyred. Are we better than them? Are we better than our Messiah, who was killed for our sakes? Then why do you think that we will be spared?
Death is not evil. Death is not something to be feared. I understand that most of us fear the pain associated with death, but will that pain make you turn from Him? Will that fear you feel make you turn? Will fear for your children make you turn from Him? YHVH’s righteousness through faith in the Messiah Yeshua and serving Him by His commandments is what will spare us the TRUE horror of the Tribulation; the Lake of Fire. We are warned over and over and over again in the Bible that we are to be righteous in His sight and we are to go about doing HIS will, not our own. When we scramble for supplies and make our entire lives about what is coming tomorrow, we have missed our duty that we were supposed to have performed today.
I conclude with the words of the Messiah with regard to the time after the Tribulation,
“When a woman is giving birth, she is in pain; because her time has come. But when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering out of joy that a child has come into the world. So you do indeed feel grief now, but I am going to see you again. Then your hearts will be full of joy, and no one will take your joy away from you.”
John 16: 21-22 CJB
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