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Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Church in the tribulation

We start in Revelation chapter 12, not an easy chapter.
Let's pray.
 God we need You to reveal truth, to remove the veil.
We cannot, You can.  Come Holy Spirit and break
 open the Word to us, in Jesus' name, amen.

In verse 9 Satan is thrown down, at that time he will
be on the earth indwelling the anti-christ.  It is both an
awful and a glorious time because, Satan is no longer in the
heavenlies, he is on earth.  Verse 10 makes it clear that
from a heavenly perspective, this is great news.  Individual
believers in verse 11 will be giving a 'martyr witness.'
Verse 13 is very clearly the persecution of the physical
Jewish people.  They are spoken of as being rescued from
Satan's wrath and presence for the final 3 and 1/2 years.  This
will be true of a remnant portion of that people.  God's promises
can not ultimately fail.  Verse 15 "the flood" is associated with
the anti-christ's end times persecution of the Jew.  Verse 16 "But
the earth helped the woman"...Who does Satan get mad at when
the earth helps the woman?  Verse 17 states, " So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus."
Satan is aware of who helped the woman and is enraged.

Rev 13:7 It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the  book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the  perseverance and the faith of the saints.

The perspective of perseverance and faith that gets physically overcome but is still triumphant is an ultimate truth.

On to a beautiful section of scripture in Isaiah 35:3-6.  
"Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
For waters will break forth in the wilderness
And streams in the Arabah."
Oh to be a faithful servant, who have walked through our own wilderness and trusted in the faithfulness of God, who can then be a light to the Jew in the wilderness and speak a powerful prophetic word that goes forth and accomplishes exactly what is stated.

Psalm 102:10-14 must be included as interpreted by Art Katz.                                                                                               "Because of Your indignation and Your wrath,For You have lifted me up and cast me away.My days are like a lengthened shadow,And I wither away like grass.But You, O Lord, abide forever, And Your name to all generations.  You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her,For the appointed time has come.  Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust."

The appointed time is when the 'servants' reach out with love
and compassion.  The Corrie Ten Boom family is the picture of gentiles
laying down their lives out of love for the Jew.

The principle of suffering followed by glory and death followed by resurrection is through out scripture.
Ezekiel 37 puts a 'son of man' outside of the condition of Israel, "dry bones" and he is commanded to prophesy to them.  Very humbly and totally relying on God he/they speak the word of the Lord and the results are miraculous.

The church is to be a light to the world  Matthew 5:14.  Would God withdraw light at a time of great darkness?  God give us grace to be what You have called us to be.  Give us a love for the Jewish people as you did Your servant Paul.  (Romans 9:1-4)

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