What has been the reason for the Church to be on the earth for the last 2000+ years?
Why have Christians been persecuted for the last 2000+ years?
The answer is quite simple Ė To preach the gospel to the world and then shall the end come.
Mt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Like the Christians before us, we too will see persecution. We are placed on this earth to be a witness unto Christ and to lead souls to the saving grace of salvation. That has been our purpose all along.
As long as there is time to repent, there still will be the need for the Church to be here on the earth even up to the time of the end.
As Jesus said Ė this gospel will be preached and THEN SHALL THE END COME. Which shows us, that Christians will be here on the earth until the end. Why? Because, we will still be needed to preach the gospel.
We are not greater than our Lord, when it comes to persecution. God allowed Jesus to be persecuted and we are no better than our Lord to escape persecution. God loves his children, but persecution comes from the ungodly. Persecution does not come from God. As Jesus said in John 15 "If they have persecuted me" - who are the "they" that persecuted Jesus? Jesus went on to say that "they" will persecute you also. The They in the scripture refers to the ungodly. So it is the ungodly that persecuted God's people.
Jn 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
During the time of the tribulation, the trib-Saints will be persecuted by the ungodly (aka-Satan/Dragon/Antichrist/Satanís workers).
As since the beginning of time, persecution of the Saints has always came from the ungodly, not from God. God does not persecute his Church (aka Saints).
The tribulation is caused by Satanís wrath, not Godís wrath.
There are two wraths.
Satanís wrath against Godís people
Godís wrath against Satanís people.
The book of Revelation tells us when Satan's wrath comes and when God's wrath comes. It also tells us that Satan's wrath is against God's people and then shows us that God's wrath is against Satan and his people.
We can then see that there are two different wraths spoken of during the time of the end.
Satan (devil/dragon) wrath against Godís people-
Rev 12:12 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.
13 And [u]when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted[u] the woman which brought forth the man child.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Godís wrath against Satanís people
Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
Saints are shown as being on the earth all the way until God's wrath (vials=Rev 16) are poured out. Which shows us that the Church (Saints) will be on the earth up until that time.
We are shown that Jesus comes in the clouds and gathers his from the earth at the 7th trumpet and then the vials (wrath of God) is then poured out. During the vials the Saints are shown as being with God. Which shows us that during the vials (wrath of God) the church had been taken just prior (at the 7th trumpet).
When were the Saints taken? At the 7 trumpet, which is shown in Rev 14.
After the 7th trumpet (Rev 14), then comes the vials (wrath of God=Rev 15 & 16).
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. (Rev 14:15- Rev 15:2)
"THIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOME SHALL BE PREACHED IN ALL THE WORLD AND THEN SHALL THE END COME"
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