A Time For Testimony
Going Through The Fire Page 4
Strangers and Pilgrims on the Earth Part III
From the Main Message of
Bread Upon The Waters Ministry
|"And they overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives
unto the death."
The Greatest Requirement
The final, and perhaps the most difficult, requirement for Christians during the Tribulation is that they must be witnesses for Christ during that time. As the Book of Revelation (12:11) says of Christians during that time, in reference to the Beast, as in the words in the box above. Testifying for Christ during the Tribulation isnt just going to be the Two Witnesses job. Its going to be the job of every Christian. In fact, it is really every Christians job now;
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, 'All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.' Amen . (Matt 28:18-20)
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
But too many Christians dont do their job!!!
Thats another reason why they will go into the Tribulation without protection. Once the Tribulation begins, every Christian will have to get "fervent in spirit, serving the Lord" (Romans 12:11). At least during the Second Woe, there will have to be the biggest united mass evangelism effort by Christians that the world has ever seen. Every Christian who wants to be protected during the Third Woe had better get involved. And this in spite of the fact that it will be common knowledge that witnessing for Christ is likely to have fatal consequences. It will be like being back in the Church of Smyrna, only worse. This effort will end with the death of the Two Witnesses, and probably wont even be possible after the Third Woe begins. But before that, every Christian must be involved in it. You must not try to run and hide!
The point is that even though you may not be an overcomer when the Tribulation begins, you can and must, like the "foolish virgins" (that's what you are if you aren't ready) become an overcomer after it starts. If you do, the promises given to the overcomers of Smyrna and Laodicea will come to you. If you dont, you will probably lose your salvation. There is likely to be no middle ground. All Christians, at all times, are called to be witnesses for Christ. During the Tribulation, being a witness will be the price of salvation, even though that salvation will be very likely obtained by way of cruel imprisonment and/or martyrdom. Even then, the chances of materially "getting away with it" will be better if all Christians are doing it in unity. Face this: many Christians will not "get away with it". Many will seal their testimony with their blood. But those who do are guaranteed to reign with Christ (Revelation 20:4-6).
Be A Witness NOW!!!
To be ready for the Tribulation means being ready to be a courageous witness. That means you should get in the witnessing habit right now. So...
Start developing personal evangelism skills. Start really learning and memorizing the passages of Scripture that are useful for evangelism.
Start learning the answers to the questions that unsaved people throw at Christians.
Learn how to simply and clearly communicate the basic doctrines of salvation.
Learn to practice what Campus Crusade for Christ calls "way of life witnessing", wherein you just automatically witness to everyone you have any kind of ongoing contact with.
Start praying for, and cultivating with practice, the spiritual quality of "holy boldness". During the Tribulation you are going to need a lot of it.
At the same time, learn how to be simultaneously bold and courteous. Christians have, by being rude in the way they presented their witness, turned many people off to the Gospel. During the Tribulation, rudeness in witnessing could unnecessarily cost you your life. It could be another way to give Satan an opportunity to destroy you. See II Timothy 2:24 &25. Go to work on being an effective witness for Christ now. Remember, overcomer or not, the more you are being obedient to the Lord now, the better off youll be once the Tribulation starts.
Once the Tribulation begins, if you are able to do so at all, start going with organized evangelism by any means with which you can accomplish it. If at all possible, Christians should do this in teams. They will be more effective that way, and it will be safer. Your efforts should at least follow the Biblical pattern of two-by-two; that is, the witnessing should be done in teams of at least two people. Dont worry about what kind of response you get. Unfortunately, there probably wont be much from the unsaved. On the other hand, this will definitely help in reviving backslider and lukewarm Christians who might not have heard this message. Part of your testimony will be to alert the whole world as to what is really going on. You can help prepare to do that by helping now to pass on the message of this ministry.
Witnessing To The Jews
There is reason to believe that many Jews, in particular, will turn to Christ during the Tribulation. Here is where knowing the Main Message of this ministry will come in. It has been concluded in these pages that the most of the United States will be destroyed at the outset of the Tribulation, but the East Coast including, of course, the Greater New York area and Florida, will not be so hard hit. There will be survivors in this area. And of course, Europe and the Middle East will be relatively unscathed. That means that there will be plenty of surviving Jews to witness to. The foundation of the witness will be to be able to show the unsaved Jews that what is happening was prophesied in the Book of Revelation, by Jesus! You will know about that if you have read the "Three Great Woes" section of "The Great Tribulation" booklet or Internet pages.All Israel Shall Be Saved In his discourse on the Jews in Romans 9-11, Paul makes a significant prophetic statement, which will probably have its final fulfillment during the Tribulation. In Romans 11:25 & 26, he says of the Jews, "...blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
And so all Israel will be saved..."The phrase "the fullness of the Gentiles has come in..." tells us that this is a reference to something that happens at the end of the Age. The events of the Tribulation, combined with the witness of the Christians, will wake the Jews up to the truth of Christ. For example, they will see the Christians who have the seal going unharmed while everyone else is suffering. Most of them may turn to Jesus during the Second Woe. There is one odd, different possibility, though, that has some Scriptural basis: Jesus may do something special for the Jews, and allow them to repent right at the actual Second Coming! Even if it turns out that way, the witness of the Christians will "prepare the soil" for that event. See Zechariah 12:7-14.
The Ultimate Witness
You may be one of the true martyrs. This means that you may be called upon by the Lord to be His witness when you are facing, and/or, in the process of receiving, imprisonment, torture, and/or death for your beliefs. This will be an extremely painful - literally - situation. Don't expect the persecution and martyrdom not too hurt! Don't expect that Jesus will take you out of it through death before it hurts, as has been falsely taught (and shown in at least one Christian film on prophecy). God did not allow the "cup to pass from" Jesus (Matthew 26:39). His crucifixion hurt. That is why He cried out on the Cross, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46). So don't even ask in prayer not suffer. Ask for strength to endure it. As the old saying goes, "if you can't bear the cross, you can't wear the crown." This is where you will bear the cross to the ultimate.
Satan will try to make you, like Jesus, think that God has forsaken you. But we have His promise that He will not:
38 "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)
Jesus' promise to be with us always includes the Tribulation!
Settle it in your mind that you are going to have to suffer for your faith. Settle it in your mind that you will not make it through the Tribulation spiritually if you refuse to do so. But you will reign with Christ if you willingly accept it.
11 "It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us..."
(2 Timothy 2:11-12)
Do remember, that if you are being persecuted, and you know you are going to have to testify for Christ, not to try to figure out in advance what you are going to say. Follow the admonition of Jesus in Luke 21:12-15
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Now Get This: You may never have witnessed for Christ to anyone in your whole Christian life. But during the Tribulation, you are either going to be a witness for Christ, or you are going to hell! Your testimony, or lack of it, will make the difference for all eternity. And if you are not a witness, you will not get any divine protection of any kind while you remain alive. This will be the final confrontation between good and evil, as far as you are concerned. You will have to chose sides and take a stand. Be a witness for Christ or be forever lost. You would be better off to start being a witness, NOW!!
In conclusion, remember what Jesus said about the Great Tribulation in Matthew 24:21:
"For then there will be great tribulation,
such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time,
no, nor ever shall be".
It will be the worst thing that will ever happen to the human race. Bad things will happen during the Tribulation that have never happened before and that will never happen again afterward. Everyone will be hurting. But at least during the Second Woe, (which is the longest part of the Tribulation) the Christians who werent ready will be hurting the most of all. You cant take this too seriously. So get serious about being ready. Remember also what Jesus said in Luke 21:25: "It will come as a snare (which is to say, a terrible surprise) on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth". Christians will not be an exception to the rule. Especially not those who arenít ready. Donít put off being ready. Like getting saved, if you put off getting ready "until later", you may never get the chance. There has never been a time when it was more important for Christians to be "Strangers and Pilgrims on the Earth".
So get ready and stay ready.
So how does this all apply to you in the here and now?
We will sum it up in the following page;
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