Friday, July 22, 2016
Saints, whether you know it or not, the time rapidly approaches when Christians will be hated by all people in this world. That’s not my promise, but it’s the promise of Jesus Christ. And no, you will not be raptured pre-tribulation, so don’t think that way. Now is the time to prepare yourself for the coming hatred in the tribulation. Surely, it is even at the doors! Are you ready?
The imminent spiritual danger and offense of the pre-trib rapture lie will soon begin taking its toll on the organized church. Here’s how: Jesus warned three times that it is those who endure to the end who will be saved. But pre-trib believers are taught that they do not need to endure to the end, thus sanctioning widespread unbelief of Jesus’ end-time teachings. Woe unto false teachers!
Not only has the church been taught to reject the truth of enduring to the end, but it’s been anesthetized to the end-time context of the promise that, “you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matt. 10:22 and Mark 13:13). And a third time, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13).
Jesus was very serious about this which the gospels record three times, just as Jesus taught three times about the resurrection of the righteous dead, that, “I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54). But the church denies that too, teaching that Jesus raises the righteous dead in the rapture seven years before the last day. Again, I say, woe unto all those false teachers!
The church made God’s end-time Word of no effect, setting itself up for the great falling away! But God said, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7). The church has sown unbelief of Jesus’ Words, thus mocking God, and thus it will reap the falling away, the seeds of unbelief which it has sown since about 1830.
Consider the end-time context of Jesus promise, that, “you will be hated by all for My name’s sake”. Do you grasp that? Do you realize that nations of this world are now bringing to fruition Jesus’ end-time warning? Note these six headlines that will soon become much worse.
(Christiannews.net) 7/7/2016, “Street Preachers Arrested in UK in Front of Cheering Crowd”. Charisma News, 7/8/2016, “7,000 Churches Fasting, Praying Over Terrifying New Persecution Law”. “The Christian Post”, 7/15/2016, “Thousands Fasting After Russian President Putin Signs Law Banning Evangelism Outside of Churches”. (Christiantoday.com), 7/15/2016, “China: Christian children forbidden from attending church; parents threatened”. “The Christian Post”, 7/15/2016, “China’s Persecuted Churches Forced to Hand Over Donations to Communist Regime”. World Net Daily, 7/7/2016, “Russia puts lid on Christians sharing faith”.
That’s but a mild glimpse of the persecution to come, and if you don’t think these headlines will apply to America soon, you deceive yourself as do those who believe the pre-trib rapture. I know the church has promised you a pre-trib rapture, but you’ve been lied to; Jesus promised to gather His elect saints, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), but very few believe Him.
Neither you nor I have ever been hated “by all”, yet that’s what’s just ahead. Now is the time to decide in sincere faith to Christ how we will live when it occurs. Christians are now losing their jobs for righteousness sake. Some, seeking employment learn they’ve been rejected solely due to their faith in Jesus Christ. Saints, are you awake to this? Do not compromise your faith in Christ!
The day has come when Christians are now being called out and mocked for their faith, because the world considers us the obstacle to their utopian dreams. The time will come when Christians will not be given opportunity anywhere. The One World system is against us. Thus God warned, “and the same horn [Antichrist] was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them” (Dan. 7:21), and this end-time truth is repeated at Revelation 13:7. But have you prepared?
Antichrist, will, by a One World law, established by a One World Court, dictate that Christians be scourged, rejected, banned and removed from society. The situation will be dire and appear hopeless, “but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Dan. 11:32); but dear Christians, note the prerequisite, “the people who know their God”!
The pre-trib rapture doctrine does NOT accord to the God of the Bible, because it’s not found in the Bible; it’s a lie by men! Therefore, because many Christians disbelieve what God said about His return, they do not know the God of the Bible and will thus repeat what ancient Israel did on the cusp of her Canaan inheritance: become offended, angry, hostile to God, and will perish.
We cannot imagine what it will be like to, “be hated by all for My name’s sake”, but that day is coming. But those who believe the pre-trib rapture don’t believe God, thinking they’ll watch the tribulation from the grandstands in heaven. That’s arrogance against the Lord Jesus who taught the end-times. God can and will forgive sin, but He will not forgive unbelief.
Christians are now labeled intolerant bigots, extremists and homophobic for their opposition to homosexual and transgender values. By executive action President Obama now forces the fiscal scourge and loss of business and income of Christians for not bending the knee to his sexually depraved and immoral values, all while he safeguards Islam’s Sharia law which maims and murders Muslims, Christians and non-Muslims who practice the same sexual immorality!
Our president has advanced lawlessness, infanticide, ethnic divide, racism and hatred: black against white, religion against religion, and a scourge against police authority. Jesus warned about all this, that, “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). But hatred for enemies flourishes in the church as patriotism replaced the commands of Jesus to love our enemies, “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:43–45).
Jesus said of the end-times, “Nation (ethnos) shall rise against nation (ethnos)” (Matt. 24:7). We are seeing a global scourge of one ethnic people against another. Violence, hatred and death and destruction encircle the globe and no nation is immune. But I ask you again, have you prepared to provide for your family in these calamitous times? Only a little time remains.
If you really believe the Jesus of the Bible, then you have acted and prepared. If you don’t believe Him, however, nobody can help you. Time yet remains for you to believe and make provisions, but I implore you, make every day count, because time is short. Remember, it was Jesus Christ who said, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). But if you’re one who believes the pre-trib rapture, then God’s Word is of no effect, Mark 7:13.
From Michael Snyder, “End of The American Dream”, 7/19/2016, “Governments To Christians: Don’t You Dare Speak Out Against The Sexual Sin In Society”. In states like NC, sports events and concerts are being cancelled by ungodly planners and musicians in support of our president’s executive action on transgender bathroom bills. From (Christiantoday.com) “Christian charity funding cut over opposition to homosexual relationships”. Hatred against Christians is rising.
And from Charisma News, 7/20/2016, “The Government Takeover of America Has Already Begun”. And from Alex Jones at Info Wars, 7/20/2016, “Preparing For War: Russian Citizens Stocking Up On Essential Supplies”. And from Dave Hodges at The Common Sense Show, “The Globalists Have Prepared to Enslave You – Have You Prepared to Survive”. Saints, the world is uniting against Christians and we must face it head on. And no, you will not be raptured pre-trib!
Jesus promised His followers that in the end-times, “you will be hated by all for My name’s sake” (Matt. 10:22 and Mark 13:13). The world has not quite reached that point and that’s why I said you yet have a little time to believe Jesus and prepare your family and others with whom you have influence. Now is the time to believe, teach and instruct in the truths of Jesus Christ.
Again, woe unto false teachers! Woe unto false shepherds who have taught people to believe the pre-trib rapture lie, causing countless millions to believe and trust that they’ll be raptured before the tribulation even begins. The pre-trib rapture doctrine and its promoters scorn Christ who taught us the truth of the end-times that we might endure to the end. Shame on them!
With the arrival of August 2016, which begins the fall harvest months, I believe, based upon fulfilled prophesies, that we will enter the season when Pope Francis constructs the Dan. 9:27 “covenant” with Israel. Israel is now 68 years old and flourishing, see Matt. 24:32–35; and God said, “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years” (Psa. 90:10). Accordingly, we are the last generation and will see the return of Jesus Christ.
If you are one of those who have ignorantly and blindly believed the pre-trib rapture, won’t you please love Jesus and His shed blood on Calvary enough to study His Word for yourself? Study the resurrections Jesus taught at John 5:28–29; study the first resurrection at Rev. 20:4–6; study the resurrection of the righteous at John 6:40, 44, 54; study the resurrection of the righteous at the last trumpet at 1 Cor. 15:51–52 and 1 Thess. 4:13–18 and Rev. 11:15–19; and study, “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him” at 2 Thess. 2:1–4.
Please repent of unbelief and turn in true faith to Jesus, making Him the truth in your life rather than traditions of men which make, “the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do” (Mark 7:13). Only truth in Jesus Christ will prepare you, to, “be hated by all for My name’s sake” (Matt. 10:22).
Marlin J. Yoder