Monday, April 28, 2014

The Great Tribulation--Why "Great"?


Daniel helps us to understand the main reason why this test is the greatest to come 
(just as Jesus said--Matt.24:21,22; Luke13:23,24; 21:36; Matt.7:14) 
See Dan.7:7,15,19,21,22,23,25,28. ("different", "especially fearsome"). harmony with the other scriptures, this last effort of Satan (Rev.12:17; 13:1,7,10) is impossible for those Called Ones, to overcome on their own (Matt.24:24,25; Luke13:23,24; Matt.19:25,26).

(Rev.13:7,10; 11:2; Luke21:24; (Rev.13:10; Eph.6:17; Heb.4:12; John16:2); 2Thess.2:4,9,10,11,12; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13,14,15,16,17,18)

About "how many" (not really an amount or number--Revelation is symbolic)
experience this testing....
It is not so much how many people, but the percentage of how many. In other words, it is 100% of all their number, however small or large that number is 
("No one able to number/count"--Rev.7:9,14; 19:8; 6:11; 20:4; 13:15--All those sealed (white robe), did overcome by means of a faithful "death" for truth's sake).
There are those who will not be rescued from this great deception (1Tim.4:1; 2Thess.2:9,10), and there are those who will be rescued. (Luke17:34; Mark13:27)
God chooses by reading the heart. 
(2Chron.16:9; Ps.33:13,14,15; Prov.15:3; Jer.16:17; Job24:23; 2Thess.2:11,10,12). 
Not one of the called ones, escape this testing 
(1Thess.5:3; Rev.3:10; 16:14; 13:8; 12:9; 9:3,10; Eze.2:6; Luke21:35; Matt.13:47,48) (Mark8:35; Rev.6:11). 
Yet the remnant will be saved out of it 
(1Cor.10:13; 2Pet.2:9; Matt.24:23; Ps.94:17; Jer.31:11; Isa.48:20,23; Zech.9:16). 
But just as the deception reaches and tests all those whom God finds having suitable hearts that love truth, so will the truth will also reach them (Matt.24:14; Col.1:6,23; Rom.10:18; 2Tim.2:10; 1Tim.4:16). 
The response of all hearts, to both the truth and the lie, determines one's seal 
(Rev.20:12; 2Thess.2:10,11,12; Deut.6:6,8; Rev.13:16,8).
Such is the result of the Great Tribulation, which completes the harvest...
and separates the wheat from the chaff.


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