“Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it …
the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7).
It’s the Great Tribulation, the fifth seal of Revelation,
and most of Jacob don’t know they are
and won’t know what hit them.
God through Ezekiel cries out, “For why should you die, O house of Israel? (18:31). In 5:1-3 Ezekiel says one-third of Israel will be scattered into the wind and “a small number of them” will be bound in the edge of a garment. That could be only 10% survival which Amos 5:3 specifies. God likes tithes.
Tithing involves planning, heart-felt commitment and careful setting aside.
For God it’s individual. “For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies, therefore turn and live!” (Ezek. 18:31-32).
Isaiah prophesies that when the great trumpet is blown, the seventh one of Rev. 11:15, the 12 tribes of Israel are going to be regathered to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jer. 23:7 says this second exodus will be so grand that the first one will be forgotten!
Here’s what’s so interesting about this huge end-time roundup: “Yet the time will come when the Lord will gather them together
One by one like handpicked grain,
Selecting them here and there from His great threshing floor … Many about to perish among their enemies … will be rescued and brought back to Jerusalem to worship the Lord in His holy mountain [Isa. 27:12-13, Living Bible].”
“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” (Rev. 7:14). This group includes not just individuals from the 12 tribes of Israel but from “all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues” (verse 9).
God the Father is the Master Timer who chooses the best time to call each person to their opportunity for salvation. Those who live into the Millennium and those who are born in it will have their opportunity for salvation then. They will be John 6:44’d!
Surely the Father is going to be intimately involved in who survives the Great Tribulation.
“Prayers of all the saints”
Here’s another situation where individual relationships with God take on huge import. Just before the seven trumpets of God blow, which were pictured by God’s Holy Day called the Feast of Trumpets on Oct. 3, an angel with a golden censor is given much incense and offers it “with the prayers of all the saints” (Rev. 8:3). Apparently this means prayers since Abel—individual cries, emotions and appeals.
Sighs and cries over all the abominations down through all the years (Ezek. 9:4). “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).
Will prayers induce the merciful God to put a
Mute on the trumpets’ damage?
When Solomon was dedicating his temple, he asked God to answer all supplications of his and “Your people Israel” (2 Chron. 6:21). But not just collectively by the nation. “Whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief … give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men)” (verses 29-30).
When the heavenly signs terrorize the earth, people small and great are mostly going to cave in and cry “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev. 6:16-17).
It would be better to kneel!
Why wait for apocalyptic events to strike? The time is now for each of us to decide to build our relationship with God.
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