“When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.”
Revelation 6:9-11 NKJV
We Christians in the west, living in relative comfort, have fashioned for ourselves fables of eschatology, where we can sit and go about life as followers of Jesus, thinking that one day we will be swept up into heaven. We have written books about the prospect, made movies, and many a Christian has invested their eternal future in the hope of painless glory.
Outside of the west, or more precisely the evangelical west, those that call upon the name of the Lord are often met with great trouble. They live in lands where the mention of the name of Jesus is enough to be beaten to death, stoned, or burned alive. For them, the hope of rapture is supplanted by the hope of resurrection for the prospect of death is near.
There is coming a rapture and resurrection, of those who will make intercession for the saints, serving as twenty four elders, or priests before the throne of God. The Lord Jesus will be otherwise occupied, when He proceeds break the seals and open the scroll.
Those who have been born again, saved from their sins, have been made priests according to the order of Melchizedek, and through salvation in Jesus, joint heirs with standing before God.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
I Peter 2:9-10 NKJV
Few will be chosen for that calling, and the standard for inclusion is known only by God. Throughout the writings of Paul, one can sense the urgency in him, as he so desired to be one of those called into that resurrection, who would eventually rule and reign with Jesus.
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV
This world offers so many distractions and temptations that serve to pull us away from lives dedicated to the service of the Lord. As a result, we have become compartmentalized, reserving only small parts of our existences for the worship of the Lord. We are overwhelmed by the now, and have little consideration for the eternal, this yet unseen.
Because of this, many of us will be in that main harvest, that great group that will be used by God to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth. But, there will be blood. The work will done against great opposition, for those of this calling will not only know the wrath of man, but the withering direct attack of the evil one, as demonic activity will abound. Even now we are seeing foreshadowing of those times, as humanity is devolving and violence is filling the world.
Brothers and sisters, there is blessing in that main harvest, but there is better blessing in seeking the Lord while He may be found. There are powerful forces pressing at the follower of Jesus, pressures that cause one to take their eyes off the Lord.
Yet if we do find ourselves in the troubles to come, let us look to the Lord. He will be with us in the fire, guiding us. He has promised us, that if we endure, we will receive the crown of life.
““And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” ’”
Revelation 2:8-11 NKJV
I tell you truth, my desire is to rule and reign with Jesus. I have found that there is nothing in this world that can compare. But, I tell this, I am willing to suffer whatever may come, that my King be glorified.
Let us be in prayer for one another, urging each other onto growth in Christ, that we counted worthy to be called to rule and reign. Let us lay aside all the things that take our eyes off Jesus, that we focus on going and tell, sharing the Good News to those who have no hope, whether it be upward calling, or eternity with Christ.
Let us remember, that the times coming will not go on forever, for the Lord is in control. There will be times when there will be temptation to lose sight of what the Lord is doing. Even those suffer the loss of all things will wonder. Out of the great trivial, will come the ultimate victory.
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.””
Revelation 7:9-17 NKJV
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