Endurance Ministries
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Enduring to the end!

Good News


God is true and faithful as He defines these things - not as we sometimes define them. He will not begin pouring out His global wrath until the gathering of His people from the earth occurs. Read Revelation 11:18 carefully. The elders' pronouncement, "Your wrath has come" follows (it does not precede) the final trumpet of Revelation 11:15! The second gathering (Revelation 14:17ff) of those who reject God and who will suffer the wrath of God in the bowls of wrath (and the eternal wrath of God in the lake of fire) follows the gathering of those in Jesus Christ (the first gathering of Revelation 14:14-16). Those who remain/survive (I Thes. 4:17) the onslaught of evil will be delivered by a rapture of glory! Let it be repeated due to its importance: Those surviving the great tribulation of the antichrist will not incur/receive the wrath of God but will be raptured into His glorious presence (I Thes. 4:17) before the wrath of God is delivered.

 
This is wonderful news! But, as you may have already thought, there’s more to it than this blessed hope in Jesus Christ. Before the day of deliverance at the final trumpet, Scripture teaches difficult days for God’s people prior to the Revelation 14:16 gathering. Read our Lord’s divine counsel (II Timothy 3:16,17) in Revelation 13 and 14. It’s during this time that we will see and experience both wonderful and horrific things. Good News? YES, because we know we are in the Victor’s care, no matter what may come (Luke 21:16-19 - read this in context). In addition to the marching orders to evangelize, many in the final generation will also have the following honor to bear:

"And when the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their witness. They called loudly to the Lord and said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge the people who belong to this world for what they have done to us? When will you avenge our blood against these people?' Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters - their fellow servants - had been martyred." (Revelation 6:9-11; NLT)

 
Some of us who are living today (who will remain faithful to our Lord Jesus) will be included in the list of fellow servants and brethren who will be martyred. Again, "Good News?" Yes: Romans 8:18! Believe it, our eternal destinies depend upon this perspective which will help, in part, see us through these most difficult days of human history (Matthew 24:15-22). It's during these days that we will need some help. Today is not too early to begin preparing, for we already see some signs that the day of our salvation is quickly approaching. Do not forget that Scripture teaches certain things must happen prior to His glorious return (Mt. 24:29-31; II Thes. 2:1-4). As these things unfold (though we do not know the day nor the hour), we have been counseled to be in the state of readiness (Mt. 24:32 - 25:46).  Are you ready?  Are you prepared?

 
What of PRESENT HELP? In this challenging context, are there helps available that encourage us through these valleys of darkness? YES! God is raising up many ministries of present help.