A Biblical Rapture Perspective

Study Lesson 10

The Future Preaching Of Angels
Take Heed To Endure To The End

Something To Consider:
There simply is no comparison to what Jesus Christ has offered the world in and through His atoning for all eternity death upon an old rugged cross! There simply is nothing in this world worth exchanging for our eternal salvation. There is nothing this world or the enemy of our souls could falsely attempt to offer to even come close to equaling what an eternity with Christ is worth. Absolutely nothing!

And that includes false promises of the false timing of the rapture or the end time gathering of God’s saints. It also includes end time false teaching that does not include observing all things that Jesus taught. And it certainly includes the neglect or outright refusal to teach the gospel record that regards enduring to the end as taught by Jesus as extremely important.

Therefore, what will we do with the nothing but the truth of a biblical rapture perspective? Will we consider it as simply another interesting alternative to the other perspectives being proclaimed by man? Or will we heed the written and preserved warnings of Jesus, such as; “Take heed that no one deceives you.”

Will we receive His predictive cautions, such as; “For many will come in My name [as if Christian], saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ [proclaiming Jesus is the Messiah] and will deceive many.” Will we exemplify enduring faith and trust due to His admonition, “See that you are not troubled; for all these things [wars, rumors of wars, world-wide altercations, famines, pestilences, and earth quakes in various places] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Something Else To Consider:
We must realize that all these things are the beginning of sorrows, according to Jesus. And yet, the end is approaching and no one knows the hour or the day. Therefore, will we be found among the few faithful watching, waiting, and enduring to the end, even in the midst of being delivered up to tribulation, and being betrayed, and many being hated by all nations, and some even being killed simply because we are willing to observe all things Jesus taught and to be called Christian?

Will we continue to endure to the end and to spiritually overcome the end time many one-time believers becoming offended and departing from the faith who will ultimately betray many of those attempting to remain overcomers by their enduring to the end? We must be prepared for what Jesus predicted!

According to Jesus, “But he [or she] who endures to the end shall be saved.” And according to Jesus, this gospel message is of utmost importance and therefore should not be neglected. Just think about how many times you have not heard these kinds of messages! Why would this message of such importance be so little proclaimed by so many? Could it be that this most important gospel message of Jesus, of which He repeated on three separate occasions, is not a message that promotes the constant infilling of the financial coffers of Christianity.

And if that is the case, how sad of a case it is! Could the fleshly attraction of financial increase be one reason why those who promote the pre-tribulation perspective, and write the many books, and direct the many movies, and create the many charts and graphs reflecting this concept?

Something More To Consider:
But to listen to the messages of many, one might assume these words of Jesus have little or no real spiritual eternal value. But nothing could be further from the truth! For Jesus followed up on the heels of His warning, “But he who endures to the end, shall be saved” by His announcing, “And this gospel of the kingdom [the gospel of enduring to the end] will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations and then the end will come.” When will this prophecy be fulfilled? When will this gospel message of enduring to the end be proclaimed in fulfillment to the prediction of Jesus?

At this time let us read the written record of this gospel message of warning to endure to the end as it will be perfectly fulfilled as Jesus predicted. It is found beginning in Revelation 14.6. “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth, to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people; saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment [wrath] has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.’” In other words, endure to the end rather than giving in to the demonic demands of the Antichrist.

John continued his revealing of more angelic warnings, by writing, “And another angel followed, saying, ‘Babylon is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.’”

In other words, let us commit to enduring to the end rather than worshipping Satan or his earthly representative. Let us seek to become and to remain overcomers in and through the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony for Jesus Christ and thereby observing all things Jesus taught.

A Few Final Words:
John completed his message of warning in Revelation 14.13 with these words; “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Write: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on [during the tribulation].”’ Yes, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” And in the immediately following verses the reaping of the earth is described and the promised wrath of God is indeed unleashed upon the wicked and unrighteous living upon planet earth.

Therefore, the gospel message of enduring to the end will be delivered as predicted by Jesus before the end. Are we ready for the coming of the Lord as biblically portrayed and not as falsely presented by end time false prophets whose concern is of their own financial profit?

Will we be of help in proclaiming the gospel message of enduring to the end in these last days? Will we be found practicing what we preach or preaching what we ought not practice? Yes, this message of enduring to the end is so critical that God dispatches angels before the end to warn all the occupants of the earth to endure to the end. What will be our response?

In Closing:
Jesus declared in Matthew 24.37, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Jesus followed up by stating, “For as in the days before the flood [judgment and wrath of God], they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

In other words, it will be business as usual upon planet earth. Men, women, and young people will be going about their business as if nothing hangs in the balance. For the most part the majority of the end time population including many calling themselves Christian, will be taken totally by surprise.

Let us keep in mind what we have gleaned from the preserved record of the Old Testament concerning Noah and his family who were not raptured or removed from the earth during the wrath of God upon the wicked and unrighteous. But rather, that Noah and his family who were righteous in that evil, wicked, and adulterous generation, were protected in the midst of the wrath of God as if they were in the world and yet not of the world.

Therefore, God is again in these last days able and willing to protect and to provide for those who choose to endure to the end. What eternal decision have we made concerning our enduring to the end?

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