Hebrews 4/12: For the Word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Making a sketch and analysis of the history of the Faith of Jesus the Messiah and its beginnings, we found out that the new faith that was born in the first century, since its very beginning was persecuted; we can read in the book of Acts what happened after Stephen was stoned and what began henceforward: Acts 8:1 “…And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.”
The heresy of the rapture of the church II
As it can be appreciated, the recent new faith was attacked with fury, and was tested in fire, because the enemy of God could not afford that faith to exist, could not allow that this faith to develop, and must destroy it, and not give it any opportunity, in that way, the first tribulation began, ordered by the great Sanhedrin of Jerusalem.
It is necessary to understand, that the same way as God authorized and allowed that in the beginnings there had to exist tribulation and persecution against the first believers, also in the end of times, it will occur the same, that is why it is told in the book of Revelation 6:9-11: “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were 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, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they [were,] should be fulfilled.”
As it can be appreciated, once again there will be persecution, as it had been throughout the times, as it was with the ancient roman emperors, or different pagan kings, or popes, and not only that, there is a number of people that will come to die, as the fellow servants and brothers of other times, what does that mean? That God Almighty has authorized and allowed the persecution that is about to come, to be given, that is why it is clearly stated to the believers of other times that were murdered for the Word of God and for the testimony which they held that: “they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they [were,] should be fulfilled.”
The same way as gold is tested and purified in the fire, Faith is tested in the fire of persecution, in the tribulation, not in the comfort, not in the tranquility of home, not in peace, not in a sunny day, but in the storm, in the tempest, in the hurricane.
So, as we can appreciate, the persecution and the tribulation against the believers is coming, and is a duty for each and everyone to prepare, and depart from any deception and lie that pretends to make people believe, that God will not allow his sons to suffer, and pass through the tribulation, because the testimony from history is that the faith must be tested, and that has a sense, because the wheat has grown along the tares, they have lived together, and it is necessary to know, who actually is a believer and who is not, who is wheat and who is tares; but they have tried to deceive people into believing that because they are supposedly sons of God, God will not allow them to suffer, forgetting the blessing of Jesus the Messiah:
Mathew 5:11-12 “Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you,] and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
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