Originally posted by Greenize
reply to post by SevenThunders
This means that christians will suffer great persecution here on earth, to become the purified bride of Christ.
I truly wish that someone would explain this to me. Why would a God that loves us, want us to suffer so that we would be purified?? I thought that is
what Jesus died for? I am confused as usual!
It may seem all confusing because everyone interprets Scripure like they are Theologians.
Now,I am no Theologian,but I have read various books by the Early Christian fathers who all agree with the interpretation of Scriptures unchanged up
until our time.
It has been said that people will change the times and dates....this has prophetically happened as it is seen in todays society.
The Scriptures of Jesus Christ have not changed, but people have changed them to fit in with their ideas of what God is and wants.
Well, who wouldn't be...look at how many denominations of Christians there are who claim to be the TRUE APOSTOLIC Church?
Suffering is part of our sins....what we choose to do in life reflects in how we suffer...all differs with each person.
Jesus Christ did not dissolve our own earthly sins,He DESTROYED DEATH which was the only sin of Adam(first man)which is past down to all
people...DEATH was what Jesus Christ got rid of.
Before Jesus Christ suffered and was Crucified and Resurrected....all people went to a place without God...HADES.
Adam and Eve....broke the first commandment of God....the physical DEATH of the body was brought by the first man ADAM...and for his punishment, God
took away the closeness of man's relationship to God,man was not able to be in direct contact with God as it was before the fall(SIN)
Adam and Eve....took the fruit from the Tree of LIFE and DEATH(the Tree symbolizes the future Cross-the Cross also symbolizes DEATH and
So the Cross becomes the WAY to slavation....
Adam and Eve and their generations were unable to enter Heaven as the result of their punishment...
Jesus Christ(also called the second Adam) destroyed DEATH...He gave Himself up for man and God to be re-united once again.
Man on his own could not destroy Gods punisment, because it was man that caused the Physical DEATH of the Body...
Scripture tells us that ''God took FLESH and became man'' ...to save all people...this again is not forced on people, but man has been given a
choice in what they want.
Here is an example...you go to the doctor for a check up and you are asked to give your medical history as well as that of your parents...the end
result may be useful to the doctor in search of an underlying illness ?
Sorry if Im confusing you...
A man is not saved by merely confessing in the belief of Jesus Christ...does not Satan also confess that God exists?
''Pick up your Cross and follow Me''?
Pick up your worries and your sufferings and do as I taught you...The Cross is Salvation.
When the Antichrist does come, he will use all means to TRAP you into his wordly ways...all of it will lack 'Spiritual salvation'(remember the
Tempatations offered to Christ by Satan in the wilderness), it will be done for the purpose of wordly pleasures and none for the slavation of the
His earthly EVIL POWER will only last three and half years....after which he and the false prophet and all his followers shall live happily ever after
The Antichrist will appear as a peacemaker and he shall appear as Jesus Christ made His appearance...ANTI-In place of.
Jesus Christ began His ministery at ag thirty...so shall the Antichrist.
Jesus Christ was not married....so shall not the Antichrist be married.
Jesus Christ was Crucified and Resurrected...so shall the Antichrist try to imitate Him in many or the exact ways(all of them will be deceptions and
illusion to solely trap the people in his net)
So what does one do when at this time?
Prayer and repentance....
What has one to lose at such terrible times?
Hope I haven't confused you more...