Humanly, we all like to think we have things figured out. That’s why some may feel spiritually secure about things like prophecy and the rapture, but how would you respond if they don’t happen the way you have been taught they will? Even if you have studied the scriptures, do you realize you and others can be sincerely wrong about what they teach? If you found out you were wrong, would that change your relationship with God and affect your eternity?
God gave Pastor G and me a promise years ago, and we understood it. What we didn’t understand was that God could change His mind depending upon circumstances. For quite a while, I was very angry at Him and felt betrayed. As you can see, God helped me move beyond that, but it took some time, years, for Him to bring me to the place where I am now spiritually. When the promise didn’t happen, we were stunned and shocked. Pastor G immediately told God that he was His no matter what happened. I kept being angry for a while but came to the same conclusion. After all, I surrendered all that I am to God when I became His, and that means He is in control of my life, not me.
There are end time events coming up soon that we all need to be prepared to face. Many expect to be raptured prior to all the suffering illustrated in Revelation called the tribulation. What if the rapture doesn’t happen? What if you find that you have to endure the tribulation even though you have been obedient and faithful to God? Will you have the spiritual strength to endure to the end so that you will, as Christ promises, be saved? Will you indeed look beyond your physical horror to the blessing of a near future eternity with God?
This is a challenge to all who read these words. I know they are sobering, but they are real. Pastor G and I pray that all of us will be able to endure to the end so that we will be blessed with an eternity with God. May God be with you all as you prayerfully consider the challenges on this page.
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