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The Coming Tribulation

Posted by appolus on December 28, 2007

“I believe that we are living in exceedingly “lean ,” times in the church because the Lord is giving us over to the desires of our hearts, what a price to pay! True treasure is the presence of the Lord. True treasure is the gifts of the Lord in operation in our lives and in our Churches. When my wife and I were married at 17 and were homeless and pregnant(we ended up in the Salvation Army’s shelter for battered woman ) my abiding memory of those difficult times was that “nothing matters as long as we are together.”

THE COMING TRIBULATION 

Here is a quote from Thomas a Kempis…………………..

“Jesus has many who love His kingdom in heaven, but few who bear His cross. He has many who desire comfort, but few who desire suffering. He finds many to share His feast, but few His fasting.

All desire to rejoice with Him, but few are willing to suffer for His sake. Many follow Jesus to the breaking of the bread, but few to the drinking of the cup of His passion. Many admire the miracles, but few follow Him to the humiliation of the cross. Many love Jesus as long as no hardship touches them.”

Here is a quote from the Holy Spirit………………

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether I come to you, or are absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one Spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries which is to them a proof of your perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.

For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict that you saw in me and now hear is in me.”(Phil 1:27-30)

The reason I have been quoting great men of God from every century in the last few days is because I feel led by the Lord to show a great truth, an abiding truth that has been passed down through the centuries. These men and Scripture all agree.

If we could take the Church as a whole, around the world, and break it all down, I believe we would come up with two opposing doctrines, two opposing voices. The difficulty the church faces in discerning these two points of view is that they overlap for maximum confusion.

Remember, we are dealing with an enemy that is the master of confusion and lies. If Satan is to successfully distract the Church from its primary goal, he must convince those who distract the church that they are right. One of the major ways of doing this, is by convincing these mens followers that size or acquisition is a sign of success and a blessing of God.

The paradox here is that this can be true. The discernment then, must lie, in discerning what men teach. Just because you have a mega church in no way legitimizes what a man teaches or who he truly is.(The recent sad events in Colorado, where a man who led a church of 14000 and an organization of over 33 million , yet had a secret life that flies in the face of everything God stands for may be proof enough)

It is true enough that Satan can also prosper a man for his own reasons.

Number one of the opposing doctrines is roughly this. God wants all of His people to be rich and successful. They are to prosper and acquire. Now there are degrees of this teaching, some extreme, some more moderate, but all the same teaching. One of the extreme views from this philosophy is that Jesus is not coming back until every believer has an actual mansion here on earth.

A more moderate view is that Christians should be employers, not employees. They should own a house not rent. They should run the Government, not be run by it. Men of this persuasion want to see a physical kingdom here on earth , which they run. They want to acquire lands and influence, secular power here on earth. This is the way that they will change the world, and we only have to believe to bring all of this to pass.

They claim that we Christians are destined for all of this and that we have to reach out and take our rightful place on earth. They say that we were called to have dominion over the earth and all of its treasures. And weaved through all of this is Biblical principals of sowing and reaping, testing God and seeing if He will not bless and so on.

The other view is a view of suffering. It is one of humiliation, one that believes that the Kingdom of God is not physical but that it lies within each believer. It believes that we are to join Christ on His road to Calvary(the proponents of the previous view would never deny many of these) This view believes that God will effect change, one life at a time.

They also believe that there is a coming catastrophe, almost at the door, and that we must ready ourselves. In order to ready ourselves we must seek a closer walk with Jesus, we must abide in Him fully if we are to be strong in the coming days. Guys like Tony Evans, and David Wilkerson and Franklin Graham are proponents of this view.

If you are to discern in these last days brothers and sisters. Listen to what a man says. The Bible says that “Out of the abundance of a mans heart the mouth speaks.” So, if you hear a man who constantly talks about money, being rich (often disguised with the word blessed) and acquiring things, how you can be “successful,” and so on, and sprinkles it with some Biblical truth, use your own discernment.

You will know from the thrust of what he talks about, where his heart lies. Now we also see the blending of this philosophy with a secular one called “The secret,” championed by people like Oprah Winfrey. Beware brothers and sisters, you may just get exactly what your heart desires, but the price may be a leanness of your soul.

I believe that we are living in exceedingly “lean ,” times in the church because the Lord is giving us over to the desires of our hearts, what a price to pay! True treasure is the presence of the Lord. True treasure is the gifts of the Lord in operation in our lives and in our Churches. When my wife and I were married at 17 and were homeless and pregnant(we ended up in the Salvation Army’s shelter for battered woman ) my abiding memory of those difficult times was that “nothing matters as long as we are together.”

That was the strength of our relationship. This attitude has to be the cry of Christians. No matter what happens to us, as long as we are with Him, then we know that we will be OK. It is this attitude that will carry us through. When we are faced with great difficulties the Scripture tells us not to be “terrified,” an extremely strong word, derived from a “horse in full panic.”

When the world sees Christians react, and when the devil sees Christians react this way Scripture tells us that they see this as “proof of perdition, but to you of salvation.” The Greek word for “proof,” here is a legal term denoting evidence by an analysis of the facts. When you receive bad news , and the world analyses your reaction, would it see terror, panic, anxiousness, fear, and if it did, what would that prove?

In the coming tribulation, those who follow the first philosophy, who spent there time acquiring the riches of this earth, will react in terror to all that will unfold. This will be true of tribulation on a national scale, but also on a personal level. When national disaster hits this year, the world should be able to look at you and me and see a people not rocked, not moved from our foundations.

Where there is despair, they should see in us, hope. Where there is fear and panic, they should see in us faith and an immovable spirit that knows in whom it believes and trusts . This is the light in the darkness. It is to this beacon that men will be drawn. Consider the reaction after 9/11 when people poured into the church, they poured out again just as quickly. I believe it is because what they found was no different from what they already had.

On personal level, when the world sees us going through trials and tribulations, sickness or disease, it should see something different. It should see a man or a woman who knows in whom he or she believes. Who knows that no matter what, because He is with us, then we will be OK. This is what the world desperately needs to see, something different, something peculiar, this inner peace, this tranquility in the face of disaster that surpasses all understanding.

Yet sadly, all too often, it does not see that. If we are to be able to stand in such a place where we can truly say ” O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?” (1Cor 15:55) we will have to pursue God and abide in Him.

We will have to pursue hidden treasures that cannot be seen by mens own eyes, like peace and love and joy. When we can be at peace, when all around us is falling to pieces, then, and only then, will we be in a position to truly influence men for the Kingdom, that Kingdom that abides in us and yet is still to come, whose capital city is the New Jerusalem.

The world nor Satan is impressed or bothered by men who love Gods kingdom but refuse to bear His cross, who love comfort but detest suffering, who willingly shares His feast, but refuse to share His fast, who only love rejoicing but who will not rejoice in His suffering, who will break His bread but not fully drink of His passion, who love to run after miracles, but will run away at a gallop from His humiliation.

Use your discernment brothers and sisters, follow the way of the Lord and you will not go wrong in this world of many voices. Acknowledge Him, in ALL OF HIS WAYS and He will direct your paths………………Frank         The Coming Tribulation Link for PDF

5 Responses to “The Coming Tribulation”

  1. faithwalk said

    Welcome to the world of blogging Frank!
    And Amen to what you have written. We live in a day of great deception and false prophets and sadly far too many are buying into the lie of the enemy that ensnares their soul; selling their birthright for a bowl of pottage.

    I look forward to reading more from you and staying in touch via email. Perhaps we may even have the blessing of meeting here someday or in our beloved Scotland, my second home.
    You are now added to my blogroll. 🙂

    Keep speaking truth brother!

    Jesus love, grace and truth to you,

    Susan

  2. timbob said

    Greetings again. I didn’t have time to read all of this in full, but you have touched on a very serious problem; that of so many saints supposing that gain is godliness. Indeed out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks and when a persons conversation is dominated by talk of material acquisition, we can be certain that it’s a focal point for them.

    I’m at work right now, but plan to stop by later. You have some very in-depth posts.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.

    timbob

  3. flee the wrath said

    Good article, what a tragedy to think as you say “that God is giving us over to the desires of our heart”. Which can only ever end badly for us….
    I’m praying that many will be given eyes to see this latter day deception.
    God Bless
    From an Aussie brother in Christ.

  4. appolus said

    Yes brother, may the Lord open our eyes………..Frank

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