Jesus answered them and GAVE THEM THE SIGN: “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)...” Mark reported: “But when ye shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand)” Luke's Report TELLS US PLAINLY what we're supposed to "UNDERSTAND": “And WHEN YE SHALL SEE JERUSALEM COMPASSED WITH ARMIES, THEN KNOW that the DESOLATION THEREOF is nigh.” The END-TIME ANNIHILATION of JERUSALEM IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION!! (Mat 24:15, Luk 21:20, Mar 13:14) ..... Let's TURN ON THE NEWS and see if armies are CURRENTLY surrounding Jerusalem?? --clark

Here is the Patience of the Saints!

 Opinion of Clark Callear

At first I named this article "Faithful unto Death" but some were taken back by it.  It is now appropriately titled Here is the Patience of the Saints!  …and yes:  I know patience is not always a comfortable subject for Christians to discuss… but let’s face it:  We need to know what we need to know!

We previously laid some of the ground-work for this discussion in:


Last Day Wrath of Satan vs. Last Day Wrath of God
http://lastdaybibleprophecy.blogspot.com/2012/12/last-day-wrath-of-satan-vs-last-day.html


Following is an excerpt:

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Math 24: 29-31)."

…let’s look closer at this mysterious "great sound of a trumpet."  We assume this is the 7th trump... but are we right?  I think we are.  It reads (to me) that this trumpet happens during (and at the beginning of) the hour/day of God's wrath and "after the tribulation of those days."  We are into this strange "time-zone" where it appears that much is happening during the sounding of this special trumpet.  We are told this is an "hour," a "day," and "time no longer."  And now (to further my point) this time period contains:
the gathering "together of His elect from the four winds," and further:

This period appears to be happening during the sounding of the trumpet!  I am just starting to realize that “the days of the voice of the seventh angel” is again another title for the period of God’s wrath:
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Rev 10:7)”

So we are being told plainly:
·    This mystery of God reaches its finish over a period of DAYS”.  The Rapture and Resurrection of Christians, the 2nd Coming of Christ (with the 144,000 to Jerusalem), and The Desolation of Babylon all take place and are fulfilled while the angel is still sounding.  During the end of the sounding: "for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."

To summarize:

The Bible teaches us that the time-period of God’s wrath, after the tribulation of those days is called any-or-all of the following:

1.      “hour”
2.      “day”
3.      “time no longer”, and/or:
4.      “the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound”

I believe the "elect" of God are made up of both born-again Christians (adopted into Israel) and all of Israel (not just Judah, but all 12 Tribes)... even Israelites who have, up until this "hour/day," rejected Jesus as Messiah!  This includes dead Israelites.*

*Note:
Above is an excerpt from:

Last Day Wrath of Satan vs. Last Day Wrath of God
http://lastdaybibleprophecy.blogspot.com/2012/12/last-day-wrath-of-satan-vs-last-day.html


We recommend above site for more Bible references.

Jesus tells us, that at the end, some believers shall be hated and "put to death."  I think the following verses show us plainly that not all of "God’s elect" will be raptured.  This already makes sense to those of us who believe that the elect of God are made up of both born-again Christians (adopted into Israel) and all of Israel (as described above).  This includes dead Israelites.

The Book of Revelation makes it clear that Jesus is not happy with most of His Church.  As Last Day Christians the Lord speaks to us specifically when we read His admonitions to The Seven Churches of The Book of Revelation:

He told members of Ephesus:

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

To members of His Church of Pergamos He said:

“…I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam…  [and] the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches

Jesus spoke severely to some of the Thyatira Christians:

“…I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

To the Church in Sardis Jesus warned: 

“These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.   Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”

Like the above four Churches, members of the Church of the Laodiceans are also at risk of losing their place in the First Resurrection.  Jesus says to us:

These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.   Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:   I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.    As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.   Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in his throne.   He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the CHURCHES.

So it’s plain: Some Church-members and some Israelites won’t even be included in the First Resurrection.  If these die prior to the Millennium they, even as members of God’s elect, will be in Hell during the 1000 years:

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished (Rev 20:5).”

And, even among the faithful, some who may have expected to be raptured will instead die during the Great Tribulation.  But in God’s big picture Jesus promises that they will not be harmed! :

"And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake.  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  In your patience possess ye your souls (Luk 21:16-19)." 

Jesus finds no fault with the Church in Smyrna, but look at His prophecy concerning their time of trouble:

"And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days**[see Note below]: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death (Rev 2:8-11)."

Yes there are many of God’s elect who will be Raptured/Resurrected when the Trumpet sounds.  And, as we have shown here, some of God’s elect, instead of being raptured, will  be greatly troubled and/or killed.  The Lord says: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.  To others He says: “In your patience possess ye your souls.   

In His own wisdom the Lord has called some of us, among His elect, to be patient without the assurance of being raptured!  Overcoming and being faithful unto death seem to be His will for some of us.  This “patience of the saints,” of the un-raptured Elect is here described:

"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth**[see Note below]: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  (Rev 14:12-13)." 

So for those Christians, who happen to be walking the earth after the Rapture, this Patience-of-the-Saints-period will be a BLESSED TIME… whether they die or not!  Above we show how the Church in Smyrna easily fits into this category.  It would be amiss if we failed to mention the Lord’s favorite:  Of His seven categorized Churches, only Philadelphia receives the Lord’s special promise that He will guard them from the hour of trial which shall come upon all the world:

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name.  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.  Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (Rev 3:7-13)." 

Notice how Philadelphia is not necessarily promised to be Raptured… it doesn’t matter to them one way or the other!  God is keeping them!  I think they are just like the 144,000 once they were sealed:

These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb (Rev 14:4).”


**[Note] I wonder if this "ten day" period described (in Rev 2:10) could very well be a clue to better understand the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound” as discussed above.  We originally spoke of this time-period (aka “the days” of the sounding of the 7th Trump) as a mystery of God and how it reaches its finish over a period of “DAYS”… but we did not have any clues about how many days… perhaps until now:

Without listing any of their faults, Jesus specifically tells the Church in Smyrna: “ye shall have tribulation ten days.”  Smyrna is not even being punished for any sin yet they are further told: “be thou faithful unto death...”  This matches Jesus’ words to His elect when He said:

“…some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake.  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  In your PATIENCE possess ye your souls.”

Then John, in Revelation 14:12-13, builds on this:

"Here is the PATIENCE of the SAINTS: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” 

So, starting at a certain moment (“from henceforth”), a time period is being defined for us, but where does it fit into the Tribulation Timeline?  I think the next 6 verses (14-20) conclude the matter.  Paraphrasing it says:

The Lord Jesus Christ, with His angels, thrust in their sickles reaping and gathering the harvest of the earth.  The vine thereof is cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

So this Timeline seems to simply be a summary of: The Day of the LORD'S Wrath aka: The Hour of His Judgment

Using the evidence discussed above it seems reasonable to hypothesize that the time of God’s Wrath may be a 10-day period.

1 comment:

  1. "Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand."
    The rapture will not happen until ALL of the Body of Christ is made ready. All will pass through great tribulation. When Israel went into exile in Babylon for their disobedience, God did not distinguish between the good and bad. ALL of Israel went, including Daniel, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. The entire Church will go in, but only a remnant, the called, chosen, and faithful will come out. God disciplines those He loves, and we all need discipline. God is able to protect His faithful, but even if He doesn't, we have a better resurrection. Death is not the end, nor is it to be feared.
    And remember, during the exodus, God protected Israel from the ten judgements, but brought her THROUGH His wrath which destroyed Pharaoh.

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