You can no longer play by the rules. It’s time to disembark from the ship of fools, who despise wisdom and mock sin (Pr. 1:7, 14 :9) and return to their folly again and again. Church as usual is over. Christianity as common place and conventional is over. The status quo is now a woe. Faith and fire must be the norm. Away with godliness as a form. Those are the ingredients that will cause you to rise above the storm. Like the eagle who soars into rare air, so shall the glorious Bride arise beautiful and fair.
Welcome to the end of days. This pandemic is just the very beginning. Only the birth pangs of what is yet to come. Just as the plagues in Pharaoh’s day could not touch God’s covenant people, so this plague or any other, shall not touch the living Church of the Living God. Overcoming glory shall be upon God’s end time army who march willingly in the day of God’s power and who shall do great exploits in this final hour.
It is time for the the manifold wisdom of God to be on display to confound the evil principalities and powers who oppose God’s plans and stand in the way (Eph. 3:10). It is time to walk in the light of His Word as children of the day (1 Thes. 5:5). Even in the midnight hour there shall be mighty deliverances and conversions.
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed”. (Acts 16:25-26)
Just as the antichrist spirit represented in Pharaoh’s kingdom rose up in the days of Moses, so shall it be in this dispensation of the latter day Church. But his revealing is restrained (2 The. 2:6) for now by the “He” mentioned in verse 7 – Notice: “only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.” The “He” is the Holy Spirit who is present and most active in the Spirit-filled, on-fire Church of Jesus Christ. Once the Church is caught away or raptured , there will be nothing left to restrain the Man of sin, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped (v.4).
Overcoming glory will be upon the mighty church of the Living God in these end of days.
You see, the Spirit-filled, on-fire Church is the most savorous salt and brightest light on the earth. Once she is removed, all that remains will be the carnal compromising church, who was not prepared and who shall be left behind to experience the tribulation of Satan’s wrath, not God’s wrath as some have touted (Rev. 12:12). God’s wrath comes after the great tribulation (Rev. 6:16-17; Matt. 24:29), which, by the way, the tribulation saints will not suffer for there will be a post-tribulation harvest (Rev. 7:9-14)( 14:14-16). Notice also how the dragon (Satan) was enraged with the offspring or seed or the woman (Rev. 12:17). Actually, Revelation 12 is the greatest depiction of the catching away or rapture in the entire New Testament. Refer to these links for more insight: The Manchild Rapture -7 and The Manchild Rapture-8
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words (1 Thes. 4:17-18).
I know many books have been written that all saints will go through the entire tribulation period or at least some of it, and some even believe that the whole idea of a pre-tribulation rapture or catching away of the saints was, or is, an erroneous doctrine concocted some 125 years ago, but personally, I can’t see that.
The mystery of the pre-tribulation rapture or catching away of the saints that the apostle Paul penned by revelation were words that were to comfort us. Living in the evil day of the reign of the antichrist is not a comforting thought to even the strongest Christian.
There is probably more confusion and misunderstanding regarding 1 The. 2 than any other letters or Scriptures that deals with the last days. Stay tuned for more on that chapter in a near future blog…
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