Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’Rev 3:11-13
Increase In Trials
I’ve been aware, lately, that there seems to be an increase in trials of various kinds amongst believers.. It’s certainly happening in my own life, and in the lives of other Christians I know. Time is getting short, and our loving Father is refining us and making us ready for the coming of his son, Jesus, in the rapture.
Endure to the end
We need to endure, to the end, standing firm in our faith, and not be swayed or taken in by lies and deception.
Conquering means to keep our faith, to pray, and trust, to cling to Jesus through trials, attacks and temptations.
We need to separate ourselves from all end time deceptions, which means we may need to leave churches, ministries and friends.
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.2 Thess 2:9-12
Christians who are part of the deception will wear us down, trying to “convert us” to their way of thinking, trying to get us back to church, telling us what we need to do. They won’t change, as they are already under a strong delusion, and we risk becoming oppressed and tired in their company, or worse, we may begin to believe the delusion ourselves. It’s so sad, but true. God has delivered us from lies and deceptions, so let’s not go back into it.
If we conquer we will dwell in God’s new Jerusalem, with him, forever, as the bride of Christ!
We will be pillars of strength and endurance, pillars between earth and heaven.
The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God.Rev 3:12
We will reign with Christ in the millennium!
If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him;2 Tim 2:11-12
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.Rev 20:4
Cling to the truth!
Trust Jesus more than ever!
Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.Rev 3:11
And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.Rev 22:5