Planned Betrayal

When the Tribulation begins, the new leader seems to offer hope. The Jewish folks have some improvement in their worship. They seem to have an ally in the person of this new leader. However, about midway in this horrible seven year period, this man shows his true colors; the ally becomes his true self: the adversary! Mark 13:14-20 foretold this terrible betrayal: “But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand), then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: and let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither (enter therein), to take any thing out of his house: and let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. For (in) those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom He hath chosen, He hath shortened the days.” This evil leader not only betrays Israel, but they become the object of his wrath and hatred. He begins to unleash untold misery upon them. Their only hope is to flee, without any delay. But God! God has a place prepared to shelter His people. Isn’t that just like God? God’s people, today, will not be here during those seven years. Nevertheless, God is here for us when we suffer, He gives hope, help and strength to us and to those who come to know Him during the Tribulation  Through it all, He keeps His own! The enemy may destroy or damage our bodies but he can’t separate those who know Jesus from the Savior’s love and eternal deliverance. In the hymn, “I’ve Anchored in Jesus,” Lewis E. Jones reminds us of Jesus’ care and protection: “Upon life’s boundless ocean where mighty billows roll,  I’ve fixed my hope in Jesus, blest anchor of my soul.  When trials fierce assail me as storms are gath’ring o’er, I rest upon his mercy and trust him more. He is my Friend and Saviour, in Him my anchor’s cast, He drives away my sorrows and shields me from the blast. By faith I’m looking upward beyond life’s troubled sea, there I behold a haven prepared for me.” Selah! If we belong to Jesus, we can draw comfort from Paul’s timeless words in Romans 8:18. Here is his testimony: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy (to be compared) with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”    Ron

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