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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Enduring to the End, continued
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Revelation 12:17—NIV)
If the present generation of young people and children walk in the hypocritical, soft, undisciplined paths of their parents, they will be of little use in establishing the Kingdom of God on the earth. God will have to wait for a generation who will serve God according to the standard of the Scriptures.
The God of Heaven will never be pleased until His people are keeping His commandments. God never gave His grace as an alternative to keeping His commandments. All that is written in the New Testament must be observed sternly and diligently as the Holy Spirit helps us. We must pray every day for God's help in doing all the Lord Jesus has commanded while in Person and later through His Apostles.
The result of the worldwide spread of libertarian democracy will be the rise of Antichrist—the personification of the prevailing secular view that man is his own God.
We see in Second Thessalonians a passage that parallels Matthew, Chapter 24.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin [lawlessness] be revealed, the son of perdition; (II Thessalonians 2:3)
The Day of the Lord, the return of the Lord Jesus to the earth, will not take place until there comes "a falling away first." The falling away is that which will occur because of the rise of lawlessness and wickedness. The love of the majority will grow cold. This is the great apostasy of the last days, the mutiny against all authority.
Antichrist, who is the "abomination that produces desolation," is held in check today by the Spirit of God in the true Christians. But because of the prevalence of libertarian democracy, which always produces lawlessness and wickedness, just as it has in the United States in the present hour, the believers will grow cold in their faith toward Christ, as has taken place in the United States.
The destruction of the faith of the majority of believers will remove the power hindering the full revelation of Antichrist. The rise of Antichrist will finally result in the great tribulation.
If we will observe what is taking place in our own day we may conclude that the age of moral horrors, the hatred of all who are associated with the Lord Jesus, and the great tribulation, cannot be far away.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matthew 24:13)
If we expect to be saved into the Kingdom of Christ we need to prepare ourselves and our families for the coming persecution and hatred of everything that bears the name of Christ.
Matthew 24:13 requires a revolution in Christian thinking. This verse reveals that our concept of what it means to be saved is incomplete.
We picture being saved as something that takes place when we first make a profession of belief in Christ. If this view is correct, then Matthew 24:13 makes little sense.
The truth is, we will be saved if we endure throughout the disasters we are facing. This is what God has said!
To be continued.