See below extract from Jason Carter‘s Trumpet Blast Warning! You may remember I wrote a book review of it recently, saying, “This is very possibly the most important book I ever read!” (See LINK, for my review). If your non-Christian friends aren’t convinced we are living in the Last Days, they’ll surely re-consider, after seeing the documented facts in this book.
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Chapter 16, has parts in it that remind me of the excellent book The Heavenly Man, by Brother Yun, the Chinese house church leader.
Yun endured torture and imprisonment many times for sharing the Gospel, in recent years.
Like Yun, Carter pleads that we heed the Lord’s teaching in the Bible, that we prepare for possible persecution, or suffering in our own nations too, as these Last Days near fulfillment.
I will share extracts from Jason’s FREE chapter, in my next few blog posts.
Laura’s chosen Extract One from – Chapter 16 : Tribulation Rising.
Countless people…will hate the new world order … and will die protesting against it. H.G. Wells (1)
Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. Jesus Christ (2)
For then there will be great tribulation (affliction, distress, and oppression) such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now—no, and never will be [again]. Jesus Christ (3)
From the evidence I have provided so far, it is hard not to conclude that humanity is careering headlong towards the prophesied Great Tribulation. According to the Bible, this will be a time when the planet will fall into complete turmoil—a turmoil the like of which the world has never known.
A Severe Constraining.
Looking at the etymology of the word ‘tribulation’ opens the doors onto some revealing insights. According to the New Bible Dictionary, the root meaning of the word for tribulation is ‘narrow’ or ‘compressed’. This leads to the figurative connotation, ‘straitened circumstances’, and hence, affliction, distress or tribulation. The basic idea here is ‘severe constriction’, or ‘severe constraining’. To ‘constrain’ means to ‘force, coerce, pressure, restrict, restrain, limit or curb.’
It is hard not to think of today’s surveillance state when reading those words. Human beings are nowadays severely restricted, coerced and limited by the enslaving spirit that lies behind surveillance. Surveillance then is a fundamental characteristic of tribulation.
An incident in the Apostle Paul’s life further reveals this link. Paul records that one time while he was ministering in Damascus the governor under King Aretas had his people surveilling the city in order to arrest him. On this occasion Paul and his friends devised an ingenious escape from the authorities. They lowered him in a basket from a window in the city wall (2 Corinthians 11:32-33).
For Paul, being under surveillance was part of experiencing tribulation. This highlights the fact that Christians are called to suffer in tribulation. The Christian is asked to follow in the footsteps of Christ, who endured great tribulation. All tribulation then must stand in the light of Christ Jesus who was ‘despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Smitten by God, and afflicted’ (Isaiah 53).
However, this important aspect of Christian doctrine is sorely missing in our churches today. The absence of this theology of suffering is to the detriment of the believer living in the end times. Without it they are left unarmed and powerless to stand in the face of tribulation.
For many, all suffering must be avoided at all costs and prayed away. Many churches today are responsible for creating a sugar coated gospel. But this version of the gospel bears little relation to what the Bible, Jesus and the early church taught. The Bible teaches that a true Christian will not only enjoy the power of Christ’s resurrection; they will also have to embrace a fellowship with his sufferings. This is why the subject of the end times is often met with a fearful expectation, because it does not fit with the believers understanding of suffering.
The Bible clearly teaches that suffering for the name of Christ, however tough, should be embraced, just like Christ embraced it… The Apostle Paul tells us what his life’s mission is: ‘that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death’ (Philippians 3:10, NKJV).
… The early church knew this, as Hebrews 11:35 clearly attests when it says that Christians in the first century ‘were tortured to death with clubs, refusing to accept release [offered on the terms of denying their faith], so that they might be resurrected to a better life’ (AMP). The earliest Christians knew that their sufferings allowed them to experience a heavenly, inexpressible joy. This was true for Jesus. We read in Hebrews 12:2, ‘He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross’ (AMP). What was it that caused Christ such joy? It was the realization not only of his own joyful reunion with the Father, it was also the indescribable joy of knowing that through his selfless death on the Cross, believers would be reunited with the Father too!
As it was with Christ, so it is with the believer. Joy surrounds the Christian who is going through tribulation. We can see this in the story surrounding Stephen, the first Christian martyr. As Stephen shared the gospel, the crowds became more and more hostile. They began by hurling insults at him until eventually they dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death. ‘But he,’ the Bible says, ‘being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”’ (Acts 7:54, NKJV).
Stephen was so caught up in this heavenly joy that before his death he cried out in compassion for his murderers! ‘Lord’, he cried, ‘do not charge them with this sin’ (Acts 7:60, NKJV). These words sound just like the cry of his master Jesus moments before his death. Jesus said. ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do’ (Luke 23:34, NKJV).
… This is a powerful lesson for the end time believer. We need to understand that we will not be facing tribulation in our own strength. We will have the Holy Spirit, the one promised by Jesus. He is the Comforter— literally, the one who draws alongside us to comfort and defend us. Through tribulation in all its forms God will work his comforting and fearless power in us.
(See LINK to download the whole chapter!)
I’ll share more extracts from that FREE chapter, in my next few blog posts.
Please remember, Jason will be a guest on Cross Walk Talk Radio, based in Florida, USA, on May 25th, at 2pm Eastern Time, or 7pm GMT.
He’ll share about the research he conducted for this book and some of its contents. It includes verifiable quotes from world leaders and politicians, that will shock you. You’ll be left in no doubt these are indeed the Last Days.
Many thanks and God bless you!
Laura Maxwell, author and radio show host.