reply to post by DISRAELI
We have to ask ourselves if we're trying to bend prophecy to fit our situation. Obviously nobody wants to be on the wrong side of things but we have
to be honest.
The 6th Philadelphian age is coming to a close. The Laodicean age is the seventh age, the seventh day, the sabbath day, the great tribulation. The
day of the Lord that comes like a thief in the night. The resurrection of the witnesses starts off that day surprising everyone.
This view is a hard pill to swallow because we want to be numbered amongst those witnesses. We want to be protected from that great and dreadful day
of the Lord. But in order to be protected from that day, we need to be part of that first resurrection. To make the resurrection, you have to die
first. You have to face Death and not just any old death but a righteous one. Numbers 23:10.
"You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?"
It may happen but it is highly unlikely to die the death of a martyr whilst sitting here typing away trying to figure out Revelations. That zealous
group of missionary Christians who actively seek to bring others to repentance and die trying are the ones who are truly witnessing. They're the
ones truly Living.
This hard truth brings to fulfillment the saying,
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
There remains a mystery of those who will not die but shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye but...
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
God has mercy on those of us with dead works though for he says
Revelation 14: 13And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the DEAD which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the
Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them
Once the truth of the first resurrection is known and how close we are to the seventh and sabbath day of the Lord we are, it should only make us more
encouraged to go out into the world.
Revelation 10: 9And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make
thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
10And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly
11And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
This is what John does in Revelation 10 before the two witnesses are given the power to prophesy for 1260 days in sackcloth. They are utterly
repentant. A great sobering truth has been made known to them. They are prophesying the thunders that the angel cried out that John was about to
write. The trumpets were a wake up call. The thunders are the day's of vengeance, the vials poured out.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of
Rev 10: 7But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished
, as he hath
declared to his servants the prophets
There is a deadline here that the prophets were aware of. Literally, a 'dead' line. There was this drive to meet that deadline too, to be counted
among the Living.