Get Ready For The Time of Trouble
abound, th love of many will grow cold (Matt 24:12).
There will be great tribulation, unprecendented in earth's
Unless those days were shortened, no flesh would survive (Matt
Most of the Church is unprepared for what is coming. It sleeps.
And despite this pronouncement, few will wake up before it is
too late. Such is Jesus’ prediction in symbol in Matthew 25:5-6.
Sleep symbolises spiritual
unawareness and deception. One major deception that grips
millions of believers is The Rapture –
that, suddenly, at an unexpected moment, believers in Jesus will
be whisked away, taken from the earth rather like Elijah was
taken up into heaven in supernatural uplift (2 Kings 2).
O that it were that simple!
The major TV evangelists all
believe this trash. And they dupe the minds of millions of
unsuspecting followers! For example, Dave Hunt and T McMahon of
the Berean Call, which I quoted on pp 13 and 14, believe
all this fiction. It appeals to many. It’s a nice easy ‘answer’
to this universal problem. The only problem with it is that it
is unbiblical and false!
Just look at what Jesus said:
Woe to those who are
pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those
days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or
on the Sabbath... (Matt 24:19,20).
He was addressing believers.
These warnings are written for followers of Jesus – Christians –
not for unconverted folks who don’t care about His words.
And unless those days
were shortened, no flesh would be saved, BUT FOR THE
ELECT’S SAKE, those days will be shortened (Matt 24:22).
Rapturists like Dave Hunt claim
that the Rapture will have removed the elect from earth. Their
preconceptions contaminate their understanding of what Jesus is
telling us. They firmly believe this tripe. It is deeply rooted
now by prejudice and long-standing tradition. You won’t be able
to convince them other- wise. But for those who still have open
minds, Jesus warns that this time of trouble will affect ALL
living, including true believers. He will individually lead each
person, who trusts in Him, through that time:
Because you have kept the
Word of My patience, I also will keep you from the hour
of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test
those who dwell on the earth (Rev 3:10).
For those who have not kept His
Word and have not patiently held to unpopular but true
Indeed, I will cast her
into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her
into great tribulation, unless they repent of their
deeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the
churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds
and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according
to your works (Rev
Christians are clearly very much
alive on earth at the time of this climactic tribulation! Also
MANY will be converted through this awful time (see Rev 7:14). They are not taken away before it strikes.
Christians In The Tribulation
In Daniel’s prophecy of the end
of this age, the tribulation to which Jesus referred is
mentioned in 12:1, again with a promise of deliverance
(spiritual first, physical only secondarily) to those who have
their trust firmly placed in God. Then in verse 3, the Messenger
of God, the Son of God, who was saying these things (Dan 10:16)
Those who are wise shall
shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those
who turn many to righteousness like the stars for ever
and ever (Dan 12:3).
How could true believers turn
many to righteousness if they have been whisked away to heaven
already!? Furthermore it is during the tribulation that the
Abomination of Desolation occurs (11:31):
Those who do wickedly
against the covenant
[those who are not true to God] he shall corrupt with
flattery; but the people who know their God shall be
strong, and carry out great exploits (11:32).
And those of the people who understand shall instruct
I hope you can see that true
believers will be around during the Tribulation. Don’t believe
the lies of Rapturists whose nice-sounding but specious ‘spin’
leads many to perdition through complacency.
Continuing from Daniel:
...yet for many days they
shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and
plundering. Now when they fall, they shall be helped
with a little help; but many shall join them by intrigue
[flattery – i.e. false Christians will be among them].
And some of those of understanding shall fall, to
refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the
time of the end; because it is still for the appointed
That appointed time is the great
tribulation. The end-time ‘hour’ of trial that is coming upon
the whole world to test the purity of each person’s motivation –
whether they want righteousness, or merely care about
themselves. Those who are willing to die for the faith will be
rewarded – “helped with a little help” – enabled to go through
They overcame him
[Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of
their testimony, and they did not love their lives to
the death (Rev
Christians are going to be very
much IN the tribulation, which is why Jesus gave us the
extensive warnings in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. Would He
say these words to us if He knew we would no longer be on earth
in great tribulation? Of course not. He encourages you and me:
Now when these things
begin to happen, look up
[look to God for your deliverance], and lift up your
heads, because your redemption draws near (Luke
Why This Deception?
Millions believe the myth of the
secret Rapture. Some even – like David Hathaway – believe worse,
that the tribulation is past, fulfilled by the Holocaust, and
does not apply to Christians. But I can tell you from a proper
understanding of God’s Word that it is an assault against the
true Church and pure truth.
Satan hates the truth! And
it is his avowed aim to obliterate it and those who carry it.
Hence the specific allegory in Revelation 12 of him attacking
the Woman, who is the personification of Wisdom (Prov 1:20-33) –
God’s spiritual wisdom; His truth!
Revelation 6:11 encapsulates this
persecution that has occurred throughout history:
...those who had been
slain for the Word of God and for the testimony which
they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying,
‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and
avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’ Then
a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said
to them that they should rest a little while longer,
until both the number of their fellow servants and their
brethren, who would be killed as they were, was
completed (Rev 6:9-11).
This is the end-time martyrdom
that is coming in the West, under the ‘auspices’ of the ‘holy’
Roman Empire in its final ‘resurrection’ in Europe. While it
includes believers in other parts of the world, the main focus
of Revelation’s prophecies is the area governed by the ‘ten
toes’ of Daniel 2:40-44.
The great tribulation is when all
the walls of ecclesiastical domination collapse (Matt 24:2). The
Church is going to be dismantled and destroyed – except for the
heretical Harlot church, the false church; state-approved
religion (Rev 13:11-18).
So, how come so many preachers
and Bible teachers have got it wrong?! Deception accompanies
pride. That’s the plain and simple truth. They still have
pride that needs eradicating. They are lifted up by their
position, by the numbers they have reached, or by their ‘great
knowledge’ or ‘spiritual superiority’.
To prepare for what is to come,
you have to lay the right foundation. That sure foundation, as
Jesus showed us by His life, is based on humility; service.
Are You Ready To Die For Jesus?
You know what Jesus said about
seeking to save your life selfishly. You can’t. HE will save
those who are willing to lay down their lives unselfishly.
I don’t have space in this short
article to explain all that you need to do to get ready for His
coming. There are a number of aspects that you need to look at.
We have covered them in a range of literature.
Here are some titles for
The Missing Dimension in Christian Living
Why Do Christians
Articles of Faith, Volume 3
Faith: Raising Our Level Of Expectation
God’s Church – Whose Authority?
The Bible Speaks, Vols 1-5
Help In Trials
A Message To The Charismatic
I suggest to any who are open to
God, take our literature list (separate leaflet or in the back
pages of some of our Dream Diary supplements) and let
God’s Spirit highlight publications that you need to read.
God will satisfy the hungry and
thirsty. He will come to the pure in heart.
It’s time for each believer to
exercise faith in God, not in man. We find in our dealings with
most Christians that their loyalties are compromised. They are
like Thyatira – not pure. They have physical aspirations instead
of spiritual. Consequently they don’t have the faith of Jesus.
Jesus was willing to give up all
in this life to do the will of God. He didn’t live for Himself,
but for the One who had sent Him into the world, to die for it.
You are called, likewise, to become like Him in all things, in
attitude, in selflessness, in devotion, in faith.
He gives you that faith as you
lay down your own life. But only those who are humble, like
little children, willing to sit and learn at His feet, will move
on. Most are not child-like enough to absorb new (to them)
teachings from God’s Word.
There is fierce opposition from
most church leaders against the pure truth we promote because
this is part of the final restoration in this age. It exposes
errors and wrong motives in such people.
Great tribulation is coming upon
the Church – amongst other reasons – because of disobedience:
For the wrath of God is
revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in
unrighteousness (Rom 1:18).
Don’t suppress truth! Live by it,
unreservedly! Then God will speak to you and guide you, leading
you through the time of horrors.
Malcolm B Heap