Laziness has blinded the Church in its study of God’s Word. While the Church believes it has the power to quicken “The Day of the Lord.”
“The Day of the Lord” will not come without signs, these signs are for the watchful in their faith.
Many Fellowships say their missionary endeavor is to quicken the day of the Lord. This is a wrong motive for getting the Word of God to humanity; Salvation of the lost soul is its real purpose of the missionary pursuits.
Matthew 24:4-14, says,
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, see no one misleads you.
5 For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ, and will deceive many.
6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See to it you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
7 For nation will rise against each other, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various locations, there will be famines and earthquakes.
8 But these things are just birth pangs.
9 Then they will deliver you to tribulation and will kill you, and nations will hate you because of My name.
10 Many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
12 Because it increases lawlessness, most people’s love will grow callous.
13 However, I will save the one who endures.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom of heaven is, preached in the entire world as a testimony to the nations, and then the end will come (NASB).
Proclamation of the Word
The Church cannot hasten Christ’s return, as catastrophic events will increase, so Christians must prepare and never lose hope. Christ will come back on God’s timetable. God will command his angel to proclaim the everlasting gospel to humanity. God will complete the evangelism of the world, not the Church.
Revelation 14:6-7, says,
6 And I saw another angel flying in Midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people;
7 and he said with a loud voice, Fear God, and give Him glory because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters (NASB).
Why do Christians ignore or skate around these verses, in the book of Revelation? God will declare the gospel to every people and language by the voice of an angel. Christians are workers and cannot spread the Good News to everyone even though commanded to do so. God will accomplish this task in His own convenient time. People will hear the truth, by the voice of one who cannot lie.
When the Lord returns, He will judge mankind with righteous judgment, and settle accounts.
Romans 14:9, says,
9 Christ died and lived again that He might be Lord of the living and the dead (NASB).
Acts 10:42, says,
42 He ordered us to preach to the people and to testify this Jesus Christ, appointed by God as Judge of both the living and the dead (NASB).
God’s Day Approaches
Matthew 24:36, says,
36 However, of that day and hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone (NASB).
God’s day is coming, and one day this world will end. God will persevere so far, then the end. Jesus commanded the Church to spread the Gospel to everyone. But remember one must keep their ego in check, so this work is not in the flesh. Many devout Christians fall prey to their ego in frustration because few souls will enter the Kingdom.
Acts 1:8, says,
8 They shall be My (Jesus) witnesses both in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth (NASB).
Matthew 22:14, says,
14 He called many but chose a few (NASB).
One must be a faithful witness of Jesus Christ while still on earth. The responsibility belongs to God for the delivery of the Gospel to mankind. In Corinthians, it is God that will cause growth, not the man.
1 Corinthians 3:7, says,
7 So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters are nothing before God, but it is God, who causes the growth (NASB).
Our part is one of two; we either plant the seed of life, or we water. It is God’s responsibility for the increase in His salvation plan.
Therefore, the day of the Lord will come, and here is a thoughtful question in Luke’s gospel.
Luke 18:8, says,
8 When the Son of Man comes, will He, find faith on the earth (NASB)?
Where in Scripture is this secret delight where He removes Christians before the Tribulation? This is possible without a stretch of the imagination and/or a blatant misinterpretation of the Word.
The Pre-Tribulation Rapture started around the 1800s and had no early church fathers supporting this alternative. The whole idea of a hidden joy is a few hundred years old. A Secret Rapture may have developed in Scotland. Christians cultivated this belief that God will remove them from any persecution soon to be on earth.
Many believers see this misery of seven years of sorrow and pain for the unbeliever. The book of Daniel shows the first half of these seven years of being a peaceful time. However, the writings of Daniel and Revelation one can understand through a serious study.
Many Christians embrace a Secret Rapture knowing they will avoid suffering. Scripture teaches something different from the way men look at the end times. If one is God’s child, then he or she will suffer persecution. Just look at what is happening to the Christians in the Arab world today with their abuse.
Christians alive during the Tribulation will go through, but it is the Wrath of God, He will remove us before it comes. Terror will fill the earth as never was or will be again when the Angel opens the sixth seal.
Revelation 6:12-17, says,
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became as blood;
13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a high wind.
14 The heaven split apart similar to a scroll when rolled up, and every mountain and island moved out of their places.
15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;
16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us and protect us from Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;
17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand (NASB)?
2 Timothy 3:12, says,
12 Those who want to live godly in Christ Jesus will see persecution (NASB).
However, true believers will not see the Wrath of God that will come upon mankind. But believers will see persecution in this life.
The Armor of God
As warriors going off to battle, we must wear armor that protects from harm. This armor is both defensive, and offensive, and is honoring to God through His Word.
Ephesians 6:10-17, says,
10 Be fervent in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11 Put on the full armor of God so you will stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so you can resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING PREPARED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
16 besides this, taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (NASB).
Here is a question, are you waiting for the Rapture or the return of Jesus Christ? These two events are different for one is the coward’s way out, and the other brings joy. The chosen one will change the way he or she understands the Word of God. Persecution will happen while in the Army of God on earth.
The Church must prepare for battle every single day waiting for the return of the Lord. The protection given by God is His armor so use it well
I fought well, and stayed the course, and eternal life with Jesus Christ is the reward.
Even Jesus did not want to go to the Cross and suffer persecution, yet He did His Father’s will.
Luke 22:42, says,
42 Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: however, not my will but your will (NASB).
Jesus went through the pain and suffering before returning to glory. The Lord shows us we must endure to the end, and then we receive eternal glory.
Sola Scriptura–By Scripture Alone
Sola Fide–By Faith Alone
Sola Gratia–By Grace Alone
Solus Christus–By Christ Alone
Soli Deo Gloria–Glory to God Alone
Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2019