The Kingdom is Entered Through Much Tribulation

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The modern-day Christian, at least in the western world, has been sold a lie. This lie suggests that if you are a believer, then you will not face tribulation and the trials of this life. You will be spared all of this or you will disappear from the earth before anything bad happens.

I wonder how Christians throughout history and in other places around the world would feel about such nonsense?

The Bible teaches the exact opposite of this view. In fact, the Bible warns us that there is a price to pay for following Christ and that if you dare follow him wholeheartedly, you will reap trouble, persecution, and trials in your life.

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12 KJV

Jesus also made this point clear for us.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 KJV

Our generation is facing a very challenging time right now, and there is a storm coming upon the Church all around the world. If you make the mistake of thinking nothing bad could happen or that we won’t face challenges and persecution, then you will not be prepared or able to stand when the trouble is at your doorstep.

However, this does not mean we live in fear! No! We trust God and take refuge in Him! The point of these trials is to work within us, patience and perseverance within us and our faith. God has a purpose for every trial that He allows into our lives, and He will see us through this storm.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” James 1:2-3 KJV

We are living in an evil age, and time is short. We must take the focus off ourselves and focus on the Kingdom of God. We must focus our efforts on the glorious mission of every Christian, the great calling of every Christian, to spread the good news, the Gospel of the Kingdom, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We must do this now, while we still can. We must work while it is daylight because soon, night comes when no man can work.

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” John 9:4 KJV

May we finish the race of faith strong. May we not be ignorant of the times and of the testing of our faith. May we strengthen ourselves in the LORD and renew within ourselves a great passion for the Gospel and the Kingdom to come. Let us share this good news and be partakers in bringing in the greatest harvest the world has ever known.

S. L. Ozbun
Shawn L. Ozbun is an independent podcaster, author, and commentator of many biblical topics, most notably eschatology. Shawn is a student of the scriptures, ancient writings and biblical Hebrew language. Focused primarily on end times prophecy, biblical history, apocryphal text, and dead sea scroll documents. Most importantly, Shawn is passionate about delivering the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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