Monday, August 22, 2016

Coping with the Great Tribulation


Below is my reply to a letter I received. I have posted it for the beneficial scriptural thoughts it contains.
It gives a few constructive ways to respond to our time of "sifting", so that we can make best use of this limited time.

I am glad to hear that you are making progress in Bible truths, despite our indoctrination from the "synagogue of Satan". God has foretold and promised, that righteous people will be "taken" to an invitation to the "marriage feast", which is served outside the apostate "city" (wherein the "disgusting thing" reigns -LINK)
[(Jer.3:14-15; Luke17:34-37; Matt.24:28; Rev.11:8; 6:9]
[(LINK)] (Matt.24:16; Eze.36:8) 
[(Matt.22:9-10 Greek: "diexodous")(LINK)] [(LINK)]. 
Yet once outside the "city", we are still under test in the "wilderness". Some will fall, even after their recognizing the identity of the "Beast", and their expulsion from it. So I continue to pray for these whom God has blessed with eyes and ears... those granted the ability to discern the road to life and the road leading to death.
The idolizing of the Beast's image, becomes increasingly blatant as we progress through the fulfillment of prophecy.
It is now clear to me, that the tribulation which first broke out on the anointed (Rev.7:3)(1Pet.4:17-18), has now broken out on the rest of "JW's" (earth, trees, sea). Reports and experiences are increasingly heard online, on FB, and at forums... about abuse by "elders", and the harm being caused by the unscriptural doctrine, policies and procedures  of  the G.B. 
(Great Tribulation -what and why) (G.T. -- Two phases). 
We know that "few" are able by the grace of God, to break free of their deceptive philosophies, principles, and traditions which hold them captive (Col.2:8; Rev.13:10). We who have broken free (John8:32), are still experiencing tribulation. But we live in hope, knowing that in comparison to our eternal reward, the present troubles, are "momentary and light".

As the truths of the scrolls are opened and presented at the marriage feast (Rev.20:12; Dan.12:4,10,3; Phil.2:15);
Satan responds with the opening of his lying mouth (Rev.12:15; 16:13-14), and an increase of demonic deception, 
to "whitewash the wall" of WT doctrine which defends the harlotrous city. 
That battle between truth and lies, is the essence of Armageddon (Rev.16:14; 20:7-8; 17:14). I hope you will continue to devote yourself to taking in the proper food at the proper time, now being made available, so as to be equipped to respond to this time of test, in accord with gaining the approval of God. I will refer you (by means of links) to further spiritual knowledge and support, in response to your comments.
Regarding your feelings about shunning; Jesus knew the remnant would be shunned (Matt.5:11-12; 10:22; John16:2). All Christ's faithful brothers (and those who receive them), are persecuted (2Tim.3:12). That is why Jesus declared that his judgment of life or death, is based upon the treatment given the least of them. Will members of those claiming discipleship, care for such persecuted ones, or shun them? (Matt.25:45-46) We are told that such love for the members of the Body of Christ, will "cool" (Matt.24:12), even though such love, is the hallmark of Christians, and Christ's greatest command (John13:35, 34; Heb.6:10).

Christ assured us that the "generation" (Greek:"race" 1Pet.2:10; 1:23; Ps.112:2) of faithful chosen, will "not disappear", until all things foretold about them, are fulfilled 
(Luke21:32; Dan.12:7; Rev.13:7; Jer.31:11; 15:21; Isa.48:20; 51:11; Zech.9:16; Rev.1:20; 10:5; Eph.2:6) (Ps.40:2; 69:2; Rev.12:15,14,6; 11:3; etc.). 
So you are certainly correct in your belief, that God will not leave His sheep without caring shepherds (John10:11; 21:17; 2Cor.5:20). Yet Jesus told us, that along with fine shepherds, there will also be wicked shepherds present... growing alongside the faithful (Matt.13:30; Mark8:38). He admonishes us, to carefully discern between the two sorts of stewards (Luke12:42-46) before we follow their voice (Matt.7:15-20; 1John4:1).

Although your daughter now claims that she will not cut you off, be advised that she will be pressured to do so under threat of expulsion, and at that point, she may succumb to the pressure. The sword of truth, divides (Heb.4:12; Matt.10:34; Luke12:51-53) (Rev.13:15-17)("Buying and Selling").
I wanted to respond especially, you your words....
"So then I realized the fight to get as many people out (which is my goal) as I can with Yah and Jesus' help, is going to be a real fight. 
I' m planning to copy the scriptures  you quoted and your reasoning to use in family study with my daughter so she can wake up too. My friend wants to join us, when I expressed to her I wanted to study more to memorize scriptures. I have to be really careful, so I can help as many as possible before I too am df'd. So, I am going to need your help on how to proceed."
I tell you truly;
It is not likely that any will respond positively to your testimony. This is one of the reasons why the last prophets, prophesy in "sackcloth" (Rev.11:3; Isa.22:12; Jer.9:1; 13:17)<(Col.2:8; 2Cor.11:20) ; (Rom.10:18, 21; Luke13:23-24; Matt.7:14). Yet despite their rebelliousness against truth, we are to give them warning (Eze.2:7; Rev.11:10). Their ability to hear that warning (Matt.13:16; 16:17; 13:11) (Jer.24:7) (LINK), 
or not (Rom.11:8-10; Matt.13:15) (Matt.15:8), 
is determined by God, who reads  hearts (Heb.4:13; Jer.17:10; Ps.44:21). 
"All the earth" worships the Beast, and few are saved from that end-time Idolatry (Rev.13:8; Jer.3:14; Luke17:34-37) 

If we are among those blessed with insight and recognition; it rests upon us to stand up and confess the truth of Christ (Luke12:8) to our "neighbors" (Eph.4:25). We expect the "death" that results (Rev.12:10-11; Mark8:35).
Please read these links, 
which help give scriptural instruction on how this should be done:
(warning+letterand (Give a Warning!)

You also ask:
"I also wanted to talk to you about organizing disfellowshipped ones to use signs at the assemblies to direct faithful anointed out of the org to Jesus Christ and your blog."
The annual assembly is now finished for this year. But there are local circuit assemblies and other meetings, which may also be demonstrated at, as well as construction sites and the annual meeting. Be forewarned that the Beast has also prepared to deal with demonstrators. For this reason, it is best to apply the suggestions the anointed are giving. Since the "elders" and "ministerial servants" have been told to rally between us and our audience (Dan.11:45; Rev.13:17).
    [see examples: (you can mute the videos)
    (skip to view 5:53 ; 17:00 ; and 32:27 - un-mute to hear singing to drown out the demonstrator)
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    ( minute)], 
(PLEASE NOTE: These videos are not a depiction of our demonstration (nor of our beliefs, message, or behavior), nor should we imitate the reviling of our enemies. I present the video, only to display the forces we face.)

Our sign must be held high, well over their heads, in the line of sight of those being dismissed from the assembly. Whatever construction design we create for our sign, it should keep this consideration in mind. 

Despite our formidable foe (Rev.13:4), we can do our best, trusting that God will reach the few whom He may rescue.
(Ex.14:14; 2Pet.2:9; 2Chron.20:15; Isa.41:10-16; Rom.8:31)
Then also, there is next year's Summer assemblies.
Here are some links, with suggestions...
        (The-Final-Witness) <<(please read all posts)

Although you have given me your phone numbers, 
I likely will not be calling you. I hope you are not offended or hurt by this necessary decision. I will try to explain why I must choose it.
  Jesus well knew the treachery his brothers would face in the "world" (Matt.10:16; Micah7:5) (John17:15). Those whom we meet online, are not fully visible to us, and insincere people can easily mis-represent themselves (Dan.11:34)(2Tim.3:13). 
Should we do what we can, to be "cautious as serpents"? Or, should we simply trust, that we have God's protection? 
Christians imitate Jesus. 
Did he simply trust that God would protect him, even if he took chances with his welfare, believing that God would protect His purpose for Christ? Notice that the devil tried to get Jesus to think that way, and take note of Jesus' response...

"Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 
and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,
‘He will command His angels concerning You’;
and ‘On their hands they will bear You up,
So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said to him, “It is also written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Matt.4:5-7)

In imitation of Jesus, we all must not presume upon God, nor test out His protection of us by carelessness or ego.
I therefore, do not take chances by exposing my work to any possible danger. I know I can rely on God's support and protection of my spirit, so long as I do all I can, to keep it. I hope you understand.
That being said,
we can have video conferences, and you can always contact me via the "contact form" on the Main Page of the BLOG.
Video meeting can be done through gmail. If you have a gmail address and would like this option, please send me that address of yours. I will then send you a contact request. If you do not have a gmail email address, you can apply for one, here: (LINK). You will see at the bottom of that page, "Create account". Click on that.
And finally you said;
"I threw up my hands to Jah when I found out the anointed will be coming down to earth to instruct us!! What a loving arrangement!"
(LINK-1) (LINK-2
(Gen.28:12-14,17; Gal.3:29; Eph.2:19; Rom.8:19-21; Rev.21:2,4; 22:2; 5:10) 
(John1:51; Matt.22:30; Rev.1:20)
This is not only the arrangement of the future Kingdom of God, but also the arrangement of His Temple now present, which Temple is now found within the hearts of His faithful anointed priests. God's instruction, comes through them 
(Mal.2:7; 1Pet.2:9; Matt.10:20; Rev.5:10; 21:3; 1Cor.3:16; Eph.2:20-22) 
(Rom.5:5; John4:21,23; Heb.10:16; John4:14; 7:38-39; Rev.22:17).

Thank you for your letter, and my prayers are with all those graced by the spirit of our God, to find and remain upon the road to life.
Love in Christ,
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Ways to cope with the Great Tribulation

1. Continue in faithfulness and learning, even after expulsion into the "wilderness".
2. Credit God for your sobriety and discernment, and thank Him.
3. Be loving to all those leaving the "City", share the truth with them, and love even our enemies in that way.
4. Be prepared to lose family members for the sake of Christ's truth, as it is now being freely revealed to anyone interested (Matt.10:37; Mark 10:29-30) (Matt.22:9-10; Rev.19:9).
5. Expect to be "killed" for loyalty to Truth (Mark 8:35) (symbolic-death). When giving your testimony, prepare to be effective (1Cor.14:8; 9:26).
6. Use caution and discretion while on-line. Do not presume upon divine protection. While showing kindness and love to all, exercise caution and protective restraint.
7. Avail yourself of the association and support of others of faith, realizing with great gratitude and joy, that our God has been a Faithful Shepherd (Psalm 23). He has brought to us light and life during the darkest spiritual era (Isa.60:2), and given us the spring rain in it's season (Job 29:23; Prov.16:15; Hosea 6:3; Isa.45:8; Ps.72:6; 147:8; Zech.10:1; James 5:7-11,17-18).


1 comment:

  1. "I threw up my hands to Jah when I found out the anointed will be coming down to earth to instruct us!! What a loving arrangement!"

    I, too, felt the same way when Pearl showed me, through scriptures, how this is so.

    “How beautiful upon the mountains
    Are the feet of him who brings good news,
    Who proclaims peace,
    Who brings glad tidings of good things,
    Who proclaims salvation,
    Who says to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”

    Your watchmen shall lift up their voices,
    With their voices they shall sing together;
    For they shall see eye to eye
    When the Lord brings back Zion.
    Break forth into joy, sing together,
    You waste places of Jerusalem!
    For the Lord has comforted His people,
    He has redeemed Jerusalem.
    The Lord has made bare His holy arm
    In the eyes of all the nations;
    And all the ends of the earth shall see
    The salvation of our God.” Isa 52:7-10


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