What I usually like to point out is that the Tribulation will be different from any other period of human history in several critical respects which are apropos of this issue: 1 there will be no safe haven; 2 all government will be in the hand of antichrist by its mid-point ; 3 the fundamental witness of believers during this period will be that of martyrdom. It is also important to point out that antichrist will pretend to be Jesus Christ.
He will also put it out that the Mahdi is the real "antichrist". So it is entirely possible that believers who are intent upon resistance will, out of ignorance but also out of mis-application, be ensnared in his movement. This will all call for careful judgments to made at the time which are impossible to make in detail at present, judgments which only spiritually mature believers are likely to make correctly, prudently weighing what is called for at each particular time.
We do have consider that it may be possible that even groups which recognize the beast as antichrist and wish to take up arms against him will, in addition to being highly unsuccessful, be operating outside of the will of God. I can't know that now, but I do know now that if I am going to die anyway, I would rather it be in God's will than outside of it, and I would rather it be as a martyr with a good witness and reward than as a rebel not authorized by God to rebel who loses his witness and reward Eccl.
There is much we cannot know until the "balloon goes up", but, yes, it is getting close. One of the things you will find in the Satanic Rebellion series is the interpretation of the seven days of human history, and the extrapolation that there are only two millennia between the cross and the return of Christ which places the commencement of the Tribulation only a little over a dozen years away at time of writing. So while I would say that we are not technically in the end times at present except to the extent that the Church Age is by definition part of the end as being its threshold , we are certainly of the cusp of them.
The bottom line for all this is that I believe your spiritual common sense position to be exactly correct: spiritual preparation is what is needed more than anything else, and that more than anything is what will prove to be invaluable once the Tribulation does begin how else are we going to be able to make all of those tough judgment calls correctly or have the spiritual fortitude to bear up under the extraordinary pressures? Five minutes of Bible study now wherein we actually learn something valuable for our growth, application and guidance down the road is likely to prove of more value than a cellar full of canned goods then.
After all, if we are rounded up before we can pop the lid on the first can of Spam, what good will those material items be? But any truth we have stored away in our hearts and made our own by faith will help us to endure whatever the Lord has called us to endure however things work out in those difficult times to come.
In this approach there is great reward see the link. I cannot believe that God will punish us or find fault with us for not storing up enough ammunition et al. But He is clearly not pleased with those who fail to fulfill the basic mandate of the Christian life of growing spiritually and drawing closer to Jesus Christ through the truth of the Word of God and of helping others do likewise through whatever gifts and ministries He has assigned us. And if physical preparations distract us from the truly necessary spiritual preparations we are called upon to make, then it seems to me we have made a bad bargain indeed.
Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. Best wishes for a safe voyage in Jesus Christ our Savior,. Tribulation preparation, what does that look like to you, when you and I have had the best of every thing? In light of current events in the world and my own financial future the only way to plan for the future is to be able to live by faith.
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This mind set does not exist in the church that I have known. I have faced death, that was easy; living is what's hard. I know that I am headed to a higher level of faith because of how I am seeing my future. The result of being a doubled minded man is not my option. I have been self employed in family business all my life and control was my thing; surrendering every thing and living by faith is not easy.
I try to picture my self surviving with nothing, not being able to buy or sell; that helps bring living by faith and living moving and having my being in him into perspective. God is good! Good to make your acquaintance. Thank you for your email and also for your commitment to prepare for what is soon to come. I agree with much of what you say here and take encouragement from your determination to live for the Lord, and I think that with the positive attitude of putting the Lord first contained in the text of your message, you will do well indeed in your personal preparation for all that is to come.
As to your subject line: " Tribulation preparation, what does that look like to you, when you and I have had the best of every thing? Testing is a part of every believer's life see the links: "Personal Tribulation" and "Sharing the sufferings of Christ". But testing is something God gives us rather than something we choose for ourselves. What Christian would seek out pain, privation or persecution? Clearly, even doing so would be wrong i. Our part in spiritual growth is to make it our goal to seek our Lord Jesus and to love Him with all our hearts and minds and might, to learn the truth of His Word, to believe it, to live it, and to help others do the same.
If we are growing and progressing and serving Christ in this way as we should, there is no question but that the evil one will oppose those good actions; and it is also the case that our Lord prunes those who do respond in order that they may bear even more fruit e. This road to Zion is not an easy one, but we have nothing to fear if we are holding tight our Savior's hand.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. So while I rejoice that you may have been enjoying "the best of everything", let me assure you that the Lord is preparing His people for what is to come through all manner of testing and personal tribulation. I have, am and expect to continue seeing and hearing about these things not to mention experiencing them.
The prosperity test is often the one believers have the most trouble handling, so the fact that even in good circumstances you have adopted this godly perspective is a very good sign. I know your works, that they are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! As it is, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am about to vomit you out of My mouth.
And you do not realize that it is you who are the one who is wretched and pitiful and poor and blind and naked. Revelation So it is not surprising that for most lukewarm Christians, especially in the west, life can be very easy, and so it is no shock how the un-biblical notion that "we are here to enjoy life" has become dogma for many.
As the whole tone and tenor of your message rightly proclaims, we should all be preparing spiritually as best as we can and as thoroughly as we can and as fast as we can. And the fundamental preparation? Spiritual growth. If we commit to that course, we can be assured that God will provide all the testing and trials we need to strengthen so as to temper our faith and give it the resiliency necessary to endure whatever may come, even if martyrdom be part of that picture please see the link: "Preparing for Tribulation" in CT 7.
Yours in the One who died that we might live eternally with Him, our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep,. Bob Luginbill. Hope you are doing well. I wanted to ask you about end time prophesy. Today is a scary time in our world. How is the best way in your opinion to go about business.
I read a lot and it is scary but confusing and I have enough problems worrying about all the current events and how they tie into prophesy. My wife has cancer and had a double mastectomy and we are dealing with that. Keep us in your prayers and thanks again for all your great words. I look forward to hearing from you. I'm sorry to hear that things have been so rough for your wife and you.
I have been praying for you both and will certainly continue. I have just added you and her to my prayer request list at Ichthys. As to your question, the simple answer is that we ought to do as we always should have been doing. However, in practical terms, I find nothing wrong with using the lateness of the hour and the impending cataclysm to motivate ourselves to buckle down and do more in terms of improving and accelerating our spiritual growth, spiritual progress, and exploitation of the ministry opportunities our Lord gives us day by day. The better prepared we are, the better we will be able to cope with all that is to come please see the link in CT 7, "Preparing for Tribulation".
That is the lens through which I try to view all contemporary events. There is no unfulfilled prophecy destined to take place before the Tribulation commences, so all we may glean from the kaleidoscopic swirl of history as things devolve in that direction is just that assurance that the time is short. The Bible gives us enough information to be able to tell with certainty how we are to navigate the difficult times ahead, but not all of the details as to how these things will come about and move from the end of the Church age to the beginning of the Tribulation in terms of all things geopolitical.
In my view, it has to be enough for us to see that contemporary events are confirming what we already know, and to stay focused as a result on our true top priorities of growth, progress and production, taking care not to be overly alarmed as things deteriorate in the world. We have put our entire faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and have pledged Him our lives. We live for Him, and we are ready to die for Him if need be. When the Tribulation begins, that will be the fate that awaits a good portion of the Church. But instead of fearing martyrdom we need to adopt now the divine attitude about it: all who truly die for Jesus Christ will be members of an elite group forever, and guaranteed the crowns of righteousness and life see the link in CT 7: "Do not fear martyrdom or persecution".
The troubles we are experiencing now are difficult and hard to bear, but they are preparations for what is yet to come. In Jesus Christ it is possible to find joy and encouragement in that truth, not easy, but possible. This is the stuff of spiritual maturity without which there is no significant eternal reward.
You are both in my prayers for deliverance in Jesus Christ our Lord. Good Morning Dr.
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I am under the assumption Israel was gave the whole region mentioned in the Bible, more than they occupy now? That is certainly true, my friend. However, scripture is very clear that it is the Messiah who will be the one to restore Israel to her promised borders. Everything that happens before Jesus returns is merely prelude to prophecy.
You can find out more about this at the link:. The Regathering and Purging of Israel. Have a wonderful Christmas! Here's also wishing you and your family a terrific ! Thanks so much for responding Robert! I am just amazed at your articles and the length and depth of them. I will definitely share your site with a few people I know who crave some healthy and wise teachings.
I am currently reading the articles about Satan's rebellion and fall, since you wrote that we should read this prior to reading the tribulation articles.
I have a number of friends who think it is such extreme heresy if someone believes people are "born in sin" original sin , so unfortunately I know they would reject your site immediately over such a minor thing as that. I think many of them have been influenced by the website called "standing the gap" concerning the issue of original sin with the teacher Mike Desario. Mike has some good teachings of truth, but he also has a tendency to come across in a negative and harsh way which is so very common for many bible teachers.
And then there is the other extreme where the teacher comes across as quite kind and friendly yet they lack immensely in the area of truth such as Charles Stanley, Chuck Swindoll, Joel Osteen etc. It's nearly impossible to find the perfect balance of a teacher having a gentle and kind nature, yet teaches the fullness of truth.
In fact, I think your website is the first I've found that does that. Milton Green who lived in the 80's , had this rare balance too, but he seemed to have a fairly big focus on 'deliverance' which made me feel uneasy. The area of eschatology is such a nightmare of confusion overall. Since I have such great respect for how you share the gospel and your views about Spirit baptism etc. I thought I finally had it figured out when I learned about partial preterism, but now that I see you hold to futurist views, I will have to reconsider my views again. I am working on a gospel video since I'm trying to share the gospel in a more hopeful and positive way, since I think some of my past videos tend to be a bit pressuring.
Your site is giving me a few helpful insights for this which I'm thankful for. Eventually I want to see if your site has teachings about a Christian's ability to defend themselves and their families, and concerning the issue of war etc. This has been one of the most difficult issues for me to understand. Most of my friends believe fully in "turning the other cheek", but I don't think that is the final answer always.
I was amazed to see that you had served in the military because as I read through your website some, I pictured you as someone who spent decades in college lol. I was in the Army back in the late 80's for a couple years. I feel so blessed that you wrote back to me and thank you! I had sought for a 'pastor' in the past, but could never find one that made full sense to me in many areas. I think you may be someone whom I could truly see as a true pastor for me. I'm very thankful for that since I've normally had to learn everything concerning the Lord's truths basically all on my own.
May God continue to bless you so richly and I pray He continues to use you mightily,. They are greatly appreciated. On self-defense, to put it in a nutshell, the Bible prohibits the taking away by individuals of the free will of other individuals through murder et al. The Bible does not prohibit the defense of the free will of others against this sort of crime, whether the defense comes from individuals or the state or whether the threat comes from individuals or a foreign state.
A good case can be made that failure to defend oneself or one's family or one's country against evil attack is both immoral and un-Christian. We Christians are indeed to "turn the other cheek", but this means putting up with all sorts reproaches, inconveniences and ill-treatment from other individuals and from the state. It does not include being inert in the face of attempts by others to do us or our families or our countries serious or mortal harm. It is somewhat amazing to me that so many Christians can't seem to make out that obvious and critically important distinction.
We are here in this life to choose. Murder and other serious crimes as well as tyranny and oppression from without remove that choice in part or in full. This is why scripture is so emphatic about the need to respect genuine temporal authority:. Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
It is impossible to live "a quiet and peaceable life" if one if one has been dispatched by the wicked, foreign or domestic. Here are some links where the topic is discussed:. Christian Military Service. Christian Military Service II. What does the Bible say about War, History, and Politics? Those are two reason why I have devoted so much time and effort to the subject.
In my view, things are really quite a bit simpler than most people make them out to be.
It seems to me that much mis-interpretation has come about as a result of wishing to avoid accepting the obvious and taking scripture at its face value on this subject. In any case, while the Coming Tribulation series is self-contained see the link , the Satanic Rebellion series is the preferred prolegomena for it.
These are both large undertakings, however, so you might want to have a look at some of the email responses which also cover some of these issue. Here is a sample of links which serve as a preface:. Interpreting Revelation. The structure of the book of Revelation. What is meant by the "10 days" of Revelation ? The Resurrection Peter Eschatology and the Old Testament. The 7 Trumpets and the 7 Kings. Keeping running the good race in Jesus Christ! Dear Dr. Thanks for your response. You raised another question about legitimate defense.
Would not that legitimate use also exist during the tribulation? While martyrdom or cleansing or whatever it will be called is an "official" government action and futile to resist, looting and rape will still exist. Why would that be any different then than it is now? In Jesus Christ,. That is an excellent point.
I am certain that it will take a very strong level of spiritual maturity for believers to navigate these difficult seas ahead and discern what it is appropriate to do in any given instance. One of the main differences in the Tribulation will be that most of our troubles of this sort will come from "authority", and the primary thing I have meant to stress is the inadvisibility of believers making plans to resist authority.
It is an open question as to whether and to what degree we who keep faith with the Lord will receive the same sort of divine protection in these matters as the , will receive see the link. So, yes, we should no sooner give over our right to defend ourselves against crime than we should bind ourselves to "tell the truth" to the forces of antichrist if they ask the whereabouts of other Christians. Spiritual common sense will still apply. Thanks for the important observation! Yours in Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,. I would have to say that it's difficult enough to navigate today's seas let alone tomorrow's.
I shudder to think of that it will be like in the future. It appears the persecution has already begun. The biggest dilemma for me is that, even knowing that there are specific signs for the tribulation, there are many characteristics of the tribulation that I see beginning now. I think the four horsemen, for example, are already riding. Maybe only dress rehearsal, but if so, it doesn't auger well when the real show starts which is the only thing that really frightens me; having to endure that test.
If I survive that long, I will be too old to put up much of a fight. I trust the Lord will use me as he sees fit. I agree that "preparing" to survive the tribulation is much like preparing to defeat the 3rd Marine Division single handedly. Preparation is best confined to putting up summer's produce for the winter. Thanks for your insight.
As always, it starts me on a rather long re-evaluation of old beliefs. Yours in Jesus Christ,. You're very welcome. And thank you for your fresh insightful perspective too! In Jesus who is our only safe fortress,. Thanks Robert D! I really got the wrong understanding for Rev because I didn't consider the words in brackets un-scriptural; thank you again.
As for Amos, there is a famine and thirst for the word of God with which he will cause the people to run here and there in search of it and others fainting to no avail. Does this happen during the great tribulation, and if so, where is the word of God or those who can preach it? Or is it past any way? Somebody brought this up for the pre-trib support; how do you understand it?
As to Amos ff. Yet another reason to be diligent to while the sun is still shining, for the days of darkness lie directly ahead. Your friend in Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,. Hi Robert, Could the blueprint of Jesus' revelation to John also at the isle of Patmos also relate to the same? Both visions have to do with the future, but on the mount the vision concerned the second advent; on Patmos John received the entire book of Revelation, which contains, among other things, 1 the message to the seven churches the trends of the Church Age , 2 the entire history of the Tribulation preceding the second advent, the second advent with many details not in the account of the Transfiguration ; 4 all of future eschatology thereafter.
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So they are both prophetic visions, but the latter is much heavier on details. Also, and very importantly, John was commanded to "write these things down", because Revelation is the template for our understanding of all that is yet to come, being the mold into which all other prophetic information about eschatology needs to be poured to get the full picture. That is what the Coming Tribulation series does, by the way see the link , namely, it uses Revelation as the organizational framework to write the history of the coming ages according to the Word of God.
Question Hello Sir,. I hope your visit to your mom was great. I pray for your mom's good health. I am presently reading "Coming Tribulation Part 7", you wrote something I am not able to understand:.
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The fact of world-wide satanic control with no safe-haven will mean that for any idea of a "resistance movement" in particular there will be no comparable prior experience to use as a model. I don't understand the last part:. Please help. Hello my friend,. Thanks for your email and for your concern for my mom. I had a good trip and she is doing very well for someone of her age I hope you and yours are doing well too. I keep you in my prayers daily.
As to your question, what I mean to do with this perhaps too complicated sentence is to complete the contrast between prior history and the Tribulation from the standpoint of the individual Christian. If a person is experiencing persecution for the sake of Jesus Christ today, it may be possible to 1 move to another country as did many of the Huguenots who abandoned France in the 17th cent.
To take your country as an example, there are some people from India in this country who came here after converting to Christianity for example, I knew a very nice family of the same when in seminary out in California. And I am sure that there are some places in your country where Christianity is better established and where it might be safer to be a believer in times of persecution my mother's physical therapist is a Hindu and says where he grew up there was very little in the way of Christian missions in his area.
Or at least one might hope to find the emotional and prayer support of other Christians and perhaps material support as well from other parts of the country. And, after all, we have been encouraging one another, you and I, in spite of a massive geographic distance. In the Tribulation, however, these options will most likely not be available any longer. Family members will be betraying each other to the forces of antichrist, established "Christianity" will be entirely in his camp, and there will be no place in the world where these things will not be the case.
I am not saying that there will be absolutely no Christian to Christian contact I am certainly hoping that there will be ; but I am saying that in my reading of these matters, the things we take for granted today, even if our access to the truth and those who embrace it sometimes seems far less than what we would wish, will most likely be rare and difficult to receive at all in a world under the beast's sway.
I hope this explains it. The prose could be better, no doubt! Your friend forever in Jesus Christ,. In Daniel I read:. Is it reasonable to understand that deliverance to be via physical death? For those that die in the tribulation or even now, for that mater would the "twinkling of an eye" to which Paul refers not occur at the moment of death?
Would it be unreasonable to understand that those whose names are written in the book will die prior to the onset of the tribulation proper and the ones to which Revelation refers be those whose names were written in the book and killed after the start of the tribulation? I cover this passage in part 4 of the Coming Tribulation series in section IV. The Dragon's Persecution of Believing Israel see the link. In a nutshell, I take this passage to be referring to Israel and the Lord's miraculous protection of those who have believed under the auspices of Moses, Elijah and the , in their flight from antichrist at the Tribulation's mid-point.
I will allow that it may be and it is true that we often talk about the departure of those who have suffered heroically in this way, but in my remembrance it is not a biblical formulation. Also, the language here is pretty difficult to ignore. The individuals in question are "the sons of your people", i. Daniel's people, which seems as if it must refer to believing Jews.
Thirdly, the time is specified as the Tribulation not before it. And finally the people who will "escape" this cannot refer to death, in my view , are said to be the ones "written in the book of life" the two phrases are in apposition and must refer to the same group. It should also be noted that there is no more prophecy of any specific future events in the Bible before the Tribulation actually begins, so that whatever may happen before that time, it is not to be found in scripture the prophecies of the seven churches in Revelation are prophetic trends with no specific historical event per se [such as this one] included therein.
In anticipation of the return of Lord on the other side of that great divide,. Well, that sent me back for a rethink. I had always understood the woman to be the church which included those grafted onto the vine. That does raise another question which I also thought I had settled in my own mind. Since we will face the tribulation and the insanity leading up to it can I understand that, per Jesus' example, deadly force is justified in the case of assault or imminent bodily injury of oneself or neighbors?
After all, he sent the apostles out armed for a reason, I believe. I am taking my understanding mostly from Matthew and understand the warning about those who live by the sword to apply specifically to the situation of Christ's capture and generally to those who choose to live as mercenaries or assassins. Have I misunderstood? That's a controversy-charged question among Christians these days. You are certainly correct in the implication of your question that timing is everything.
There is a time for war and a time for peace, etc. My confirmed view of this problem is that things will change in this respect as soon as the Tribulation begins and the Holy Spirit's restraining ministry ends see the link. Now, we are certainly within our rights to protect our persons and property with legitimate self-defense. During the Tribulation, however, there will be no legitimate government and no place to which believers may withdraw until almost the very end; see the link: Flee Babylon.
One of the main themes of the Tribulation, especially its second half, the Great Tribulation, will be that of the martyrdom of believers. Fully one third of the true Church will lose their lives for Jesus Christ. But in the Tribulation there will be only one power after antichrist's consolidation of power after which the Great Persecution begins , and that power will be brought to an end only by the Lord's hand at Armageddon all of which things raise the question of the legitimacy of violently opposing the beast before that time.
So there are some significant differences in how a Christian should behave before and after the start of the Tribulation Eccl. You will find the details on this at the following links:. Surviving the Tribulation? A brief code of conduct for the Great Persecution. A Tribulational Code of Conduct. Have a look, and do feel free to write me back about this. In Jesus Christ who died for us and for whom we live. Even though you've said not to get involved with politics and although I take these words wisely, I still find myself bombarded with much of the world's events and can't help pondering the inevitability of the parallels with what God has told us in His Word to that of the world around me.
I sit, not in despair, but in a place where we have been given the prophetic view of what our world will become. What should be despair is more a frustration, but I know I shouldn't be and so I pray that God's will be done. It came to me because of what you have taught me in your studies, that we have been given the image of God; that image is almost more than one could bear when faced with knowing the future, a future that looks so grim and at the same time knowing it must happen because that is what God has decreed.
It is almost as if He were giving us a glimpse of what He must endure as He watches all of us in this world knowing plainly ahead of time what that will be. I know He is in control and I know His ways are true. Do you believe that Him allowing us to know the future is part of this image we have been given, which is also part of Him and is it on the same level as when He allowed us the knowledge of both good and evil? Meaning, we're both part of the ultimate, yet minuscule, part of Him that He allowed us to become, which is like Him? And if so, since we know all of past history was His intention to begin with, are we to use this knowledge, both past and prophetic future, not only to draw closer to Him and the blood of Christ, but also to be privy to, again, a most minuscule part of Him; to know Him and what He must go through?
Because watching the world play out exactly as our Lord has stated is powerful to one's faith, but also, to a degree, sort of frightening in a strange way. I suppose sort of an imminent need to, as it already should be, to evangelize, but also a need that you'd think would prove the Bible true outside of its main purpose of life through the blood of Christ.
I find those who would warn of a global elite trying to form a New World Order sift through the same frustrations that Christians do when trying to witness to the saving grace of our Father through Jesus Christ. It's mirrors and is being orchestrated almost play by play and yet the majority are still blind to the ultimate ending. It's almost comical to read the many derogatory statements against Christianity, or should I say the lies about it, when they are trying so hard to 'witness' to exactly what the Bible states.
If only they knew that this is what the Christian has been trying to do for centuries. Anyhow, I would love your thoughts on this and I thank you. Always good to hear from you. The distinction I would wish to make here is between the image of God per se, that is, the ability to make important choices in regard to accepting and applying the truth on the one hand, and the truth itself on the other.
Every human being has the image of God; few use it to accept His Gift. Every Christian has the image of God. As to knowledge about the end times, John is told as Ezekiel was told that these truths would be "sweet to eat" Rev. Meaning, in my view, that the experiences of the Tribulation will be difficult, but there is no reason why we cannot enjoy the process of learning about them and contemplating them ahead of time. We can glory in these things now even though we do not have to suffer the concomitant troubles just yet.
Everyone who is truly on "God's team" will be blessed, vindicated, delivered, glorified and rewarded; only those who throw the Gift of life in Jesus Christ back in the Father's face will be cursed, reproved, crushed and destroyed. The Father has compassion for all as evidenced by the fact that He sent Jesus to die for all; but He also loves us who received His Son and will deliver us, even as He will pay back in full the arrogance of those who reject Him and persecute us 2Thes. For He is love and He is also righteousness. The more we adopt His perspective, the more we can be loving and desirous of the salvation of all but at the same time take satisfaction in our complete vindication through the process of the coming Tribulation.
The latter will be an ever increasingly important part of our future perspective as humanity's collective heart grows ever colder and harder under the pressures of that difficult time to come. When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.
They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood? Don't despair. Don't get frustrated. The evil one is ever attempting to get Christians into just that dual mindset through all sorts of machinations. We have to learn to trust the Lord even when the going gets really tough, remembering that He has it all in hand in His all-encompassing plan, even if we are presently uncomfortable, under pressure, being persecuted, or see no way out of some impossible situation. But nothing is impossible with God. In Jesus who is our hope, today, tomorrow, and forevermore.
I was reading about the Tribulation today on your site and it is very overwhelming. My wife and I have young kids and to think we may have to go through a persecution period so extreme, is very daunting. I pray that the Lord gives me the strength to get them through it. I think it's a very reasonable reaction for believers who begin to realize that "this stuff is real". However, we also need to realize that the Lord will never put on us anything we cannot bear even if it may seem otherwise: Ps.
Whatever may come, He has it all planned out to the last detail. He is perfectly capable of keeping us safe in the eye of the storm, if that is what is ordained for us. But whatever is ordained for us, we know that it is "working together for good" if only we continue to love Him with all our hearts and follow Him closely Rom.
Even if He leads us into the valley of the shadow, we know that we are in the right place if we are with Him. He is our Shepherd; it is impossible for us to lack anything. Our part is simply to trust regardless of what we see, hear or feel. I pray you and yours are well. Truly amazing! I have a question about the Tribulation, again. I read in one of your email explanations The Plan Of God that the "if possible" means that there are those who are the truly elect that will be able to be deceived because it is possible.
My question is what do you mean by truly elect? Now, using the Parable of the Sower, the three soils that are saved are the rocky, thorny, and good soil. God has never left me or forsaken me, just like He said. He will never give us more than what we can handle and I believe that. Putin said that another new weapon, the Avangard, is set to enter service in the next few months. Earlier this year, Putin said the Avangard has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at a speed 20 times the speed of sound, making it capable of piercing any missile defense system.
His blunt talk Thursday comes as Russia-West relations remain frosty over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the U. Putin said he still hoped Trump would be able to improve the ties between their countries. He thinks Trump wants "some sort of stabilization and improvement of U. I don't know if it happens after the congressional elections, but it might.
Or it may happen after the U. At the same time, the Russian president sharply criticized Washington's reliance on sanctions against Russia and others, saying the instrument of punishment "undermines trust in the dollar as a universal payment instrument and the main reserve currency. But mistakes and costs multiply, and a moment comes when they become overwhelming in both security and economic spheres. Building on his defiance and boasts, Putin said Russia had nothing to fear given its resources, defense capability and "people ready to defend our sovereignty and independence.
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