Friday, April 30, 2010

The Tribulation


These were the exact words that I saw on a sign that a stranger was carrying a few years ago, as he walked on the sidewalk of a major street, during rush hour traffic. The stranger was walking from east to west. The stranger appeared to be about 7 feet tall, and wearing a white shirt, and tailored dark trousers. This stranger, while holding the sign with both hands, lifted the sign high over his head as he walked at a swift steady pace!

Tribulation (burden) – Great affliction or distress (trial); An experience that test one’s endurance, patience, or faith.

“For them there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

“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” (John 16:33).

A Multitude From The Great Tribulation

And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14).

Read: (Revelation 2:1) - The great God of Revelation walks right in the middle of those lamps. Wherever you find the lamp, He is right in the middle. Jesus Christ is walking in the middle of His church. He is at the center. God makes everything revolve around His church. The whole course of the world is determined by what the church is proclaiming!

Read: (Revelation 2:7) – Who hears what the Spirit says unto the churches! “To him that overcometh…” You have to overcome (conquer) to be in the midst of this paradise of Almighty God. You have to (conquer) to really hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Rev. 2:1 – The Loveless Church

Rev. 2:8 – The Persecuted Church

Rev. 2:12 – The Compromising Church

Rev. 2:18 – The Corrupt Church

Rev. 3:1 – The Dead Church

Rev. 3:7 – The Faithful Church

Rev. 3:14 – The Lukewarm Church

Jesus Christ shed His blood, and died for us. “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.” (Revelation 2:26). Yes, as believers in the Word of God, we are going to rule the Earth. (But ,what will happen to the nonbelievers?)

Your race, your station in life, how poor or rich you may be – makes no difference. Playing the “race card” will have no significance. Some people tend to get hung up on race. Almighty God is trying to teach us about spiritual race. We have different races in the church, but we’re all spiritual Jews committed to the work!

Read: (Rev. 3:20) – Jesus Christ does His work through His church. Jesus stands at the door of every church waiting to be invited in, and to have a close relationship. If Jesus Christ seems far away from us, it is because we have chosen to keep Him at a distance. Sometimes we keep Him at a distance, or shut the door on Him because we are too busy with other things. Believers in Jesus Christ should never leave Jesus outside with the door shut. He’s waiting to embrace us with His love.

The Throne Room of Heaven

Read: (Rev. 4:1-5) - Here we have lightnings and thunderings – a symbol of spiritual lightning and thunder, or revelation – coming from the throne. Thunder and lightning get our attention (sometimes we are jolted by a blast of thunder, or startled by a streak of lightning). Spiritual thunder and lightning should have a similar effect. We are in the mist of a great spiritual storm inside God’s own church. The greatest physical storm ever is about to strike the earth! There is massive confusion in Almighty God’s church. God’s elect see the lightning and hear the thunder. Revelation doesn’t come from men – it comes from Almighty God’s Thone!

There are seven lamps before God’s throne, which are symbolized by seven Church eras – each one had God’s lamp.


Spiritual Rain

Read: (Amos 7:14-15) – Amos was nobody (of royal status, or celebrity). Amos didn’t have any ancestry in the priesthood. He was just a farmer. But, he had God’s message and delivered it the way God said. We must realize who we are. We have to be like Amos. Amos spoke out fearlessly. The Book of Amos is like spiritual rain – The Holy Spirit bringing a message from Almighty God.

Read: (Amos 7:17) – How did Amos know that Amaziah’s wife was going to die as a harlot? How did he know specifically that his children were going to die by the sword? He didn’t receive this information by reading Holy Scriptures. Almighty God revealed these things to him. Those things were the prophecies of God’s wrath.

Read: (Amos 8:11) – Soon there will be a famine of the word. We must understand how special it is to receive revelation from Almighty God – The Lion of Judah. Not receiving any new revelation shows that God’s people are under a curse. Jesus Christ is not leading them.

Read: (Rev. 5:1-5) – God had promised John a revealing, and John had been flooded with revelation. Then suddenly it stopped – and John began to weep. There are churches of God today with no revelation, and they ought to be weeping! The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals. If you have new revelation, you know that the Lion of Judah is with you! That means there’s a lot of power behind you. We learn that if the Lion of Judah is with us, some amazing revelations are coming our way. We must know where they’re coming from. You can’t find any being in heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth that can give you revelation – but Almighty God!


Marks of the Ministry

Read: (2 Cor. 6:1-10)

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever.” (2 Peter 3:18).

~ Jonahs Sister ~

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