There will be all kinds of efforts to slaughter children of Yahweh. Some of us will die and some of us will live.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
Those who have repented of sins with a Godly Sorrow and a contrite spirit... you invited Yeshua/Jesus into your heart to change you and you have made him Lord of your life believing that he died for your sins and was raised three days later with all power and that he IS the Son of God... YOU are on the right path. The birthing pains we are experiencing in the world today as Jesus shared lets us know while the end has not yet come... there are some pains we must witness and experience not to get our attention, for our attention has already been turned to the Father. It's to get the attention of the unrepentant person. As these labor pains intensify... this lets us know something will soon be delivered just as is the case with a woman who is in labor. The labor pains shake people who are not grounded in the Lord. However as Believers who worship in Spirit and Truth, what you witness will give you peace as the word of God and the prophecies are coming to pass. Jesus explains to the believer what we should look out for.
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
The church (you and me..not a building - ! Corinthians 3:16) will experience some of the tribulation. In Revelation 9:4 the writer (John) let's us know that God gives instructions to who will be impacted by the woes that come. You will see that only those who do not have the seal of God on their souls will be impacted,,, which lets us know that the church is still here during this initial wave of tribulation,
Revelation 9:1- 6
1 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. 6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
Despite all of this those who do not have the seal of God on their souls and survived will not repent, but will see this as a survival of the strongest. They are being led by a strong delusion. They will go back to their vomit which has already corrupted their souls.
As a dog returns to its vomit,
so fools repeat their folly.
The reason people won't see what is happening before their eyes is because they have been consumed with information that distracts them and creates fear in them related to what the Babylonian system is trying to take away from them. They will fight the Babylonian system calling it the devil but trying to hold on to the benefits that the Babylonian system rulers and authorities have afforded them (Hence...trying to serve 2 masters). The information that will consume their minds will have some truth in it... but not the whole truth that would set them free. They will believe they are fighting a battle for God... but the information they have received is not from God. It appears to be on the surface... but when you look deeper... it is the enemy masquerading as an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14
14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
He gives half truths but not the whole truths. The whole truth sets a person free...but a half truth is used to keep a person in bondage. The devil wants people to have a form of Godliness which keeps the veil over the eyes of the person. The Lord wants to set you free with the whole truth.
Satan attempted to seduce Jesus with half truths in the wilderness on that 40th day when Jesus was at his weakest physically. His half truths are manipulative... trying to seduce someone with information that provokes the worst in them under the guise of it being God’s word or a Godly effort. If a person falls for it, he will give up everything and be a slave to satan forever.
1 Timothy 4:1-2
1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
For the believer who loves God with all your heart and has committed to not being a stumbling block in any way to your neighbor which is what the 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 love really reflects and guards against falling into what the Messiah warns us about in Matthew 18:7.
7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!
To love God is to understand what his will is for all people. This is found in 2 Peter 3:9.
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Our love for people is about not getting in the way of them blaming us for their actions that cause them demise. In order for repentance to take place a person must see his error without interference from someone who has not remained blameless and attempted to retaliate for the person’s error. In today’s times we see prophecy from Paul fulfilling. It is written that the love of many will wax cold. This is a result of selfishness and humans not understanding that we are all connected in this space we walk in. A lack of love is a result of seduction. Paul explains this to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:1-2. Seducing spirits are manipulative. They reel you in with information that seems to coincide with scripture… but beneath it… they provoke the receiver to look out for self, hence, love waxing cold for thy neighbor.
In Revelation 22… it is written that those who are truly saved by the blood of the lamb win. To get to that final curtain call… there is tribulation. However… you don’t want to be around for the great tribulation (7 years of HELL on earth). Do not depart from the Faith and love as God said to love and your works will follow you as you rest in Him