The LB books were a great read!I didn't find anything that seemed false to me. It's fiction! If there is ANY false teaching there, please let me know.
1 Thessalonians 5:4 (New International Version)
4But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
razberry, yes we are sealed but we are sealed with the Holy Spirit and this being during the age of grace. In Footsteps of the Messiah, Fruchtenbaum says the age of grace carries through till the end of the Tribulation, others believe it ends after the Rapture, either way during the Tribulation, the only ones that will be sealed are the 144 thousand but they will be sealed with a mark upon their forehead, it will be visible. In order to be sealed by the Holy Spirit it would mean the Spirit resides within you but that can't happen if the Holy Spirit is removed (or at least the restraining capacity is removed), therefore a Tribulation Saints eternal destination will depend solely upon whether they take the MOB or not, it's all about the MOB. If they don't take the MOB, they won't be allowed to just run and hide and worry about being caught later, if they don't take the MOB they will be beheaded. There will be believers that don't get caught (in other words are protected by God) and make it into the MK, these will be the ones that re-populate in the MK.
A person's "salvation" will depend solely on whether they take the MOB or not. What works will there be to do in the Tribulation? Go out a preach the Gospel? From my understanding the only ones that will be protected from death will be the 144 thousand that are sealed upon their forehead (minus the 2 witnesses that die and are raised up again and taken to Heaven by God). So what "works" will there be to do? The final straw will be whether or not a person takes the MOB because the MOB will be explained so when people choose to take it they will in other words be saying yes to worshipping the beast, those who say no thanks to the MOB will be those who are declaring they will not worship the beast but Christ instead.
So when Revelation 14:9-10 says "Any man who worships the beast....." it is correct that any man who takes the MOB (in other words worships the beast) they will drink of the wine of the wrath of God.....that's exactly it, at that point, regardless of what you called yourself up to that point (Trib. believer or not) it will be the MOB that decides your eternal fate. You can claim to be a Trib. believer before that but nothing is in stone until you either take the MOB or you don't, that is when your fate will be sealed. Endure to the end means you either make it to the MK (with God's help) or you die for your resistance to taking the MOB.
About having children... I'm sure people will, after all children are all taken during the rapture yet when the antichrist marches on jerusalem there will be women with nursing children.
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And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
I never saw anything in Scripture that says children will be snatched away and spared from suffering during the tribulation. When you look at Scripture from the Old Testament, children weren't snatched away or spared during bad times.
I believe the answer to this lies with Daniel 11:32-33 -
32 With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.
33 "Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered.
Those that truly know God will not be tricked or seduced by the antichrist. Again, those that took the mark never knew God.
i love the left behind books and movies.
Just a comment on the faith thing.
I have a Complete Jewish Bible. One reason I bought it was to see how a Messianic Jew would translate the New Testament, and I had just gotten started on word studies and looking into the original languages. Stern translates faith many times as trust. Many.
I did a word study on it, and indeed, trust can be a replacement to mean faith. I was surprised, and spent a lot of time thinking about this. Why is that? Well, for example, when we have had a personal conversion experience with the Lord and been reborn and we read His Word and know Him, what happens? He authors our faith and we trust Him, or alternatively said, we place our faith in Him. Same idea completely--two words to convey the same meaning. Do you have both faith that a chair will hold you up if you sit in it even if you are not sitting on a chair right now or are even anywhere where there is a chair in sight? Is that because you know that a chair will hold you up based on a prior experience with sitting in a chair, even if you cannot see one right now? Sure, you trust that a chair will do it again, even if you are not presently in the vincinity of a chair.
Salvation is always the same. It is through faith, trust that He is exacty who He says He is and did exactly what He said He did. OT Saints were saved by faith on credit, so to speak. The MK will be full of only believers, but as soon as they start having children, they will have to demonstrate their faith by their works. If they do not do the works, it is because they do not have faith, even though Jesus is right there. In other words, they don't want to sit in the chair or even try it out. They like their way of sitting and doing things instead. It doesn't include a chair. Not a perfect illustration---the Lord is so much more than a chair--but the best I can do right now.
Believing in the Lord is the work that demonstrates faith. It is the work the Lord calls for in John 6:29. If you don't believe, you don't have faith or trust. When you believe and have faith, you repent and receive the Lord.
To say that this---that salvation is always by faith in the Lord----is not the case dismisses where we are told in the Bible that Satan will be loosed again at the end of the 1000 years for a short time and a band of unsaved human rise up with Satan to oppose Jesus, which will not last long, and then we go into eternity. They don't believe it and they like their way better than the Lord. If they believed, then they would have faith.
Demons and Satan do know who Jesus is and they know God well. But they don't place their faith in Him or His ways. They still believe that they can outsmart Him and will until they are in the Lake of Fire forever. If they believed, then they would repent.