Saturday, January 5, 2013

The End times: Endure and Persevere

The End times: Endure and Persevere

End Times, alpha and omega, letter to the 7 churches

Tragedies and painful situations are a part of life leading to the age old question,  "how can a loving God allow so much pain and suffering?"  Pain is a part of this life because of the fall of man in Genesis and because of the existence of Satan.  

The Tribulation is about the judgment coming onto the earth and it ends in the battle of Armageddon, the second coming of Jesus Christ, the destruction of the earth and the coming new heaven and earth.

These times leading to the Tribulation are  very difficult and people are already suffering horrific life situations. 

 In Revelation 21 it states that  God "will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." 

In our trials we have the hope of heaven and coming to that place where there will be no more death, or disease or sorrow, or evil done to us by man. 

Unfortunately, we live in the "former things" and pain is very much a part of this life, especially as we get close to the start of the Tribulation.   Jesus said that in this world the only peace we will have is in Him.  In John 16:33, he said: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Jesus in talking about the last days stated in Matthew 24:12-13 that "because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved."  

The word endures in the Greek is hypomeno and it means: 1) to remain, a) to tarry behind, 2) to remain i.e. abide, not recede or flee, a) to preserve: under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one's faith in Christ, b) to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments. 
Not only will difficulties be a part of life but in the end days they will increase and we are to endure.  

 Often the person going through hard times questions God and wonders if He is even there.  Hard times really test our faith. John the Baptist felt this way when he sat in prison knowing  he was about to be beheaded.   He sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask him if he was the Messiah or do they look for another.   In that hour Jesus fulfilled John's very words concerning Him and cured many of sickness, afflictions and evil spirits and gave sight to the blind. 

 Jesus answered with John's own words and said, "Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk,  the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended becasue of Me.  As soon as the messenger's departed Jesus spoke to the crowd about John the Baptist  and praised him by saying that "among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist.   Many of us become like John during the difficult circumstances that happens in our life.Jesus overlooked John's doubting state and instead viewed John for his strength.  

The Tribulation is all about tragedy and suffering. For some living in these end times have already ushered unbearable suffering and tragedy into their lives. Sometimes all we can do to get through unbearable times is to endure and persevere.  

In Revelation 3:10 Jesus states:

10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, 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.

In this verse Jesus is telling us to persevere and sometimes through difficult times, especially what we face living in these end times, all we can do is endure an persevere, but know there is a promise of Jesus for persevering. 

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