Clearwater, Fla., Aug. 13, 2014 | Christian News Service |Even though the U.S. Department of State reports that Christians in more than 60 other countries face persecution from their own governments or surrounding neighbors, many American Christians believe that they will not have to endure suffering for their faith. Christians have been subjected to persecution and martyrdom for two thousand years. Today, especially in Muslim countries, under dictatorships, and under communism, untold numbers of men and women are facing jail, torture, and even death for their faith in Christ. But will those who believe in the theory of the pre-tribulation rapture be ready for the persecution to come to Christians in our modern-day Western Nations?
Steven L. Sherman, author of THE LAST DAYS CALENDAR: Understanding God’s Appointed Times is a “watchman on the wall.” He recognizes that in our foreseeable future, even those who previously enjoyed religious freedom will be persecuted for faith in Christ.
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this “coming” he promised?” 2 Peter 3:3-4a
As Christians are dragged to prison and even martyrdom, will they be ridiculed with, “Where is this coming your Jesus promised?” Millions of Christians anticipate a secret and silent, pre-tribulation rapture, whisking them away to the glorious marriage supper of the Lamb. This concept is alluring. It would be a source of comfort not to have to endure through the coming great tribulation. Although this doctrine has wide appeal, does biblical evidence confirm it as truth?
The Book of Revelation is a letter to all Christians. It is a call for patient endurance and exhorts the believer to stand firm through fiery trials. Those who have placed their faith in the Messiah can take heart because Jesus has assured his followers of final victory.
In order to better understand the Book of Revelation, as well as all the prophetic verses of Scripture, it is necessary to interpret these passages within the context of historic Judaism and with the knowledge of The Festivals of the LORD. God’s “Appointed Times” for Israel are not just historic ceremonies, but prophetic declarations which encompass both the First Advent and the Second Coming of Christ.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:13
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