Rapture and Tribulation

Revelation 12:12   (KJV)   12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Two things are happening here simultaneously; there is rejoicing in the heavens and those who live there, and there is woe to the inhabitants of the earth. This may very well Revelation 12.12 - Rapture and Tribulationbe referring to the Tribulation or Great Tribulation period that will be coming to earth.

There are many reasonable theories presented and forwarded when it comes to the timing of the “catching away” of the church more familiarly referred to as the rapture. I’m aware that there are some very well-meaning Christians who take offense in the term “rapture,” but however we feel about it, it’s indisputable: the church will be caught up.

Prior to the unleashing the devil’s wrath here on earth, the Scriptures declare: “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” (Revelation 12:5). The “she” here is often interpreted as the nation of Israel, and the “child” as the church. Clearly, the child will be “caught up” before the devil and his angels lose their battle against Michael and his angels, and gets thrown down to earth (see Revelation 2:7-11).

Whether or not the interpretation about the woman and the child is correct, the truth remains: during the unleashing of the devil’s wrathful tantrum here on earth because of his defeat, there will be rejoicing in heaven, and a catching away will happen first,

Let’s faithfully walk before the Lord, and diligently live out our mission—reaching out to the unsaved and discipling the saved, as we humbly and joyfully look forward to our Lord and His return.

Fight of Faith

1 Timothy 6:12   (KJV)   12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

A believer’s life is full of excitement and adventure. The life of a soldier in a thick of battle is never boring. We as followers of the Lord Jesus are in the middle of a fight—the fight of faith. We know where we are; we know where we’re going, and we know how to get to our 1-timothy-6-12-fight-of-faithdestination. We’re children of the day—children of light, alive, alert, awake, enthused, watchful, vigilant; we know that our enemy, like a roaring lion, is constantly attacking, bent on devouring us—to kill, to destroy. Eternal life is too precious to neglect. We have a tight grip on this indispensable and incomparable upward heavenly calling of God.

We’re not bored; we don’t fear. Some may see inconsistency in our actions and reactions regarding the battle we’re in. Yes, in a battle, there’s some kind of energy and alertness boost, but naturally, it’s scary. Fear is real and true if the soldiers don’t know the outcome. We do. We know that we belong to the victorious army of the unbeatable General. The outcome has been determined. That’s why we lovingly, strategically, boldly invite others to join the ranks.

This isn’t an invitation for mediocrity; the opposite is true: our call is to wage war against the world, the flesh, the devil and his minions. We bow and kneel in total surrender, commitment, submission, and loyalty to our Supreme Commander; we’re fully aware that our battles are won because of Him; we’re strong because of Him and the power of His might. Our armors are in place. We march against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places. We charge the gates of hell. Life by life, we prevail. There really is no life better and more exciting than that of a believer.

Victorious Lamb

Revelation 17:14   (KJV)    14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

We never run out of reasons to praise our loving and victorious heavenly Father—our God. With the myriad people who treat Him as their enemies, after all their merciless attacks against God, our Father remains unscathed. His attackers have come and gone; many of them have returned to dust, our God still lives; He still reigns, and He will continue to do so—live and reign forever. Doubtless, it’s wise to be on His side; it’s an infinitely huge blessing to be His child. How amazing it is, when the world hits us with its most devastating blows, only to find out that in the middle of what they consider as our most humiliating defeat, they’re actually being paraded in front of the whole creation as vanquished foes.

All assaults against God are futile. This is obvious, but people foolishly continue in this useless and harmful exercise. Very interestingly, most of the attacks come from those who don’t even believe in His existence. We pray earnestly that they would be healed from their biased blindness and humbly bow before the Truth. It’s hard to kick against the Rock. Anyone who does this only hurts themselves. We don’t want them hurt. We want them saved and comforted.

During the end times, Satan and his cohorts will muster all the forces they can, and with coordinated efforts, they will launch an all-out assault against God and His people. This time, our Lord Jesus will literally and personally face them. And again, clearly and predictably, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world will win. And He wins simply because of the obvious reason: He is the Lord of all lords and the King of all kings. All rulers, powers, and principalities will bow before Him. You would think that His attackers would have given up a long time ago, but pride and foolishness blinds. That’s why we as His children are extremely grateful. He opened our eyes, that’s why it’s our heart’s cry and life’s passion to live faithfully before Him. Imagine, we also enjoy the victories, but He’s the one fighting the battles.

End of the Accuser

Revelation 12:10   (KJV)   10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace; He is the Lamb of God. These are wonderful titles and descriptions. The seemingly ever evasive peace is a desire, wish, and prayer of so many people. It’s a common theme in international conventions and in world leaders’ negotiations. Genuinerevelation-12-10-end-of-the-accuser and lasting world peace is a priceless treasure that will become a reality only through the leadership of one Entity: Jesus. Peace, Lamb—they bring some kind of indescribable quietness in us who know Him truly. But they’re often erroneously equated to weakness, and often, inability to do anything of great impact and worldwide in scope.

But truth is more delightful than error; in a magnificent display of God’s glory, our precious Lord Jesus brought peace on earth and goodwill to mankind. He accomplished what everyone else failed to do. He lived a perfect life; He defeated all His temptations and trials; He endured all His agonizing pain and tortures; He died for our sins; He defeated death, hell, and the grave, and rose again on the third day; He ascended back to heaven and glory. Seated at the right hand of the Father, He will come again to bring our ultimate salvation. He has saved us from the power and penalty of sin, but this time, He will save us even from the presence of sin.

Everyone will see Jesus in power, glory, and authority. Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess—either with extreme gladness or extreme sadness, that our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the Lamb of God, is also the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. This is the time when all of God’s enemies will be brought down to their expected end—that of total humiliation, defeat, and destruction. The non-stop accuser will finally be silenced. This is written; we consider this done. That’s why in the middle of the most horrendous attacks coming from the soon-to-be-totally-destroyed foe, we rejoice. The enemy’s panicking; the King is coming.

God-Powered Weapons

2 Corinthians 10:4  (KJV)   (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Believers are engaged in a battle beyond the physical and the material. Spiritual warfare necessitates spiritual weapons. We do possess such weapons. Our weapons are not weak; our weapons are not outdated; our weapons are powerful. They are God-powered.

We have the weapon of the most advanced kind. There is no weapon on earth or in hell that even comes close to its power. It won’t jam; it won’t backfire; it won’t misfire; it won’t malfunction in any way. There is no nuclear weapon invented or any other weapon to be invented by the most brilliant of human scientists that can duplicate its potency. No, the most advanced and most powerful bomb we have won’t even scratch the surface – much less, even touch this special weapon we possess.

We don’t need the help of any human gadgetry to overcome our real enemies. Our true enemies are not physical; we’re fighting against the world system, our own ungodly desires, and the devil. For these, no knives, swords, guns, cannons, or bombs would work. Any attempt to advance Christianity through sword or force isn’t Christianity. It’s detestable and deplorable. We as believers ought to not only stand in disapproval to such evil act; we ought to take strong actions to stop any such wicked outworking of terribly misguided vigilance to faith.

A song we used to sing goes something like: “The church of God is moving… The battle has been won, the foe’s been overcome and we are marching on today. So say goodbye to doubt and give a victory shout. The church of God is moving on.” (Thanks to the composer – didn’t get to find out who). But that’s it. We know how the war ends: the Kingdom of God is victorious. That Kingdom power – the God-powered weapons we have will give us the daily victories over our daily battles. There’s no stronghold too strong, no fortress too fortified, no enemy too powerful to stand effectively against our weapons. Let’s not cower; let’s not retreat; let’s not sit idly, hopelessly – convinced that we’re defeated and that there’s no way we can overcome our sins and struggles. CHARGE!!! THE VICTORY’S OURS!!! TAKE IT!!!

Our victorious God and Savior, thank You for giving us the weapons we need for sure victory. We understand perfectly why You can so confidently assure us that no weapon formed against us will prosper (Isaiah 54:17) and that the gates of hell will not prevail against us (Matthew 16:18), – in Jesus’ Name, amen.