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WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CHURCH


 

As we have shown in previous articles, we know what happens to Israel during the time of Jacobís trouble and the Day of the Lord.  But what about the church?  What happens to Godís people in the end time?

 

One of the things to happen will be members being put out of the church.

 

Isa 66:5  Hear the word of the LORD, You who tremble at His word: "Your brethren who hated you, Who cast you out for My name's sake, said, 'Let the LORD be glorified, That we may see your joy.' But they shall be ashamed."

 

During the time of Jacobís trouble some in the church enjoy Godís protection from the four judgments.  Just as Israel were protected during the time in Egypt when God sent His plagues on Egypt, so some of the church will be protected during the time of Jacobís trouble.  The judgments will not come on them, just as the plagues did not come on Israel when Egypt had the plagues on them.

 

Psalm 91 clearly shows that some in the church will be protected by God the Father, during the four judgments of Jacobís Trouble.

 

Psa 91:4  He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

Psa 91:5  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

Psa 91:6  Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

Psa 91:7  A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.

Psa 91:8  Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.

 

Notice also the following.

 

Rev 12:6  Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

 

As shown in another article on Jacob, the scriptures indicate that the captivity lasts between 2 to 3 years.

 

The following scriptures show that the church is close to Israel during the time of the captivity, the church is able to help them, feed them and give them water.  They must be near them to do this. 

 

Whilst the Israelites are in captivity, God expects that His end time church will feed them and care for them, physically and spiritually.

 

Notice these following scriptures which show that the church should have looked after Israel.

 

Eze 34:2  "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: "Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

 

The following Israelites have been through Jacobís trouble, they desperately need the church to help them.  The church has not sought after Israel

 

Eze 34:4  The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.

 

The church was only interested in feeding itself, they did not care about Israel, or members who have left or been put out.

 

Eze 34:8  "As I live," says the Lord GOD, "surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock"

 

Because the church will not go after Israel or members who have left or been put out, and try to find them and help them, God the Father has to do it Himself.

 

Eze 34:11  'For thus says the Lord GOD: "Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.

 

God provides both physical and spiritual food and drink for His church, but they do not pass on these things to Israel or other members.  

 

Eze 34:18  Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet?

 

The church did not care about giving Israel or the lost members, the best of the food and water, they took that for themselves.

 

Eze 34:19  And as for My flock, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet."

 

David, is Godís trusted servant, and he will feed them.  Both David and the Father rescue Israel from captivity. 

 

Eze 34:23  I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd.

 

Once Israel have been through the captivity, their heart is changed to God.

 

Eze 34:30  Thus they shall know that I, the LORD their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people," says the Lord GOD.' "

 

During the captivity, God is less than happy with the church, since they did not care about Israel.
As we have already seen in other articles, the Father and David rescue Israel and bring them back to the Jerusalem area.



PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOT TRYING TO SET DATES, WE ARE SIMPLY QUOTING SCRIPTURE ON THIS POINT 

 

We are told by scripture how long the church will be persecuted and martyred.  There is a period of 6 years 4 months and 20 days.  The counting of this period of time starts after, the temple is build, after the Father enters the temple and then leaves the temple in the authority of the church members.  After the little horn comes on to the scene.
The counting of the time mentioned above, starts when the little horn thinks to change times and laws, and culminates with the abomination of desolation being set up in the temple. 
Slowly the little horn will come in by flatteries, and start to change times and laws, this happens for the first period of approximately 3 years.  Then the martyrdom and persecution will begin for the remaining 3 1/2 years.

 

Dan 7:25  He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.

 

The little horn is on the scene.  The sanctuary is a place inside the temple.

 

Dan 8:11  He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down.

 

The little horn is powerful, the truth is cast down, and the little horn prospers.

 

Dan 8:12  Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered.

 

From the time when the physical little horn comes onto the scene and begins to change times and laws, until the abomination of desolation is set up, is the period of 6 years 4 months and 20 days. 

 

Dan 8:13  Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, "How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?"

 

The gradual process, which culminates in the martyrdom of saints takes 6 years 4 months and 20 days.  Then the sanctuary is cleansed.

 

Dan 8:14  And he said to me, "For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed."

 

Letís look at how these events unfold.

 

On return from captivity repentant Israel build the temple and the church takes over the running of the temple.

 

Eze 43:10  "Son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern.

Eze 43:11  And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and perform them.

 

Eze 44:15  "But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood," says the Lord GOD.

 

Some time after the temple is built, some of the church members are deceived and have intelligence with the beast.

 

Dan 11:30  For ships from Cyprus shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and return in rage against the holy covenant, and do damage. "So he shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant.

 

This leads to the temple being defiled.

 

Psa 79:1  A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have come into Your inheritance; Your holy temple they have defiled; They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.

 

Isa 63:18  Your holy people have possessed it but a little while; Our adversaries have trodden down Your sanctuary.

 

Eze 5:11  'Therefore, as I live,' says the Lord GOD, 'surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish you; My eye will not spare, nor will I have any pity.

 

The following scripture shows that the group which forsake the covenant, is then corrupted by flatteries.  These people are church people who do not believe the truth and do not have the love of the truth. 

 

Dan 11:32  Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

 

Eze 44:7  When you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to defile it My house and when you offered My food, the fat and the blood, then they broke My covenant because of all your abominations.

 

2Th 2:10  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th 2:11  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,

2Th 2:12  that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

2Th 2:3  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

2Th 2:4  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

 

In Daniel 11 v 32 is a clear difference between two groups of people in Godís church at the end time.  The 1st group, does not believe the truth and is bought
off and easily swayed into harlotry by the little horn, he deceives them with flatteries.  They forsake the holy covenant.
The 2nd group are the people who love the truth, they know their God and are strong and do exploits. 

 

We must have this attitude towards Godís word, shown in this next scripture.

 

Jer 15:16  Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.

 

When the martyrdom starts, Israel is in the Jerusalem area, they have returned from captivity, this is before they go to the valley of Achor.

 

Eze 34:13  And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.

Eze 34:14  I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.

 

Eze 34:25  "I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.

Eze 34:26  I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.

 

Back to the church, Jerusalem is trampled under foot for 3 Ĺ years.

 

Rev 11:2  But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.

 

The saints are given into the hand of the little horn for 3 Ĺ years.

 

Dan 7:25  He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.

 

During this time the martyrdom of saints will occur.

 

Mat 24:9  "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.

Mat 24:10  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

 

Mat 23:34  Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,

 

Mat 10:17  But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.

Mat 10:18  You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

 

Mat 10:21  "Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.

Mat 10:22  And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

 

Rev 12:17  And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

The martyrdom and persecution is at the hands of the physical beast up until he is killed and the devil beast takes over. 

 

Dan 7:21  "I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them,

 

The following verse is about the firstfruits, because they are the saints of the most High.

 

Dan 7:22  until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.

 

When the Father returns, He comes to the Mount of Olives, this splits in two and the Israelites flee through the valley into the Valley of Achor.  Where they are protected during the day of the Lord.

 

Then the Father destroys the physical beast with the nation of the Medes.
{Descendants of Japeth, and therefore will be Asian.} 

 

Isa 13:1  The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

 

Isa 13:17  "Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, Who will not regard silver; And as for gold, they will not delight in it.

 

Dan 7:11  "I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame.

 

Probably immediately after the physical beast is killed; a demon posing as the physical beast comes up starting a frenzy amongst people that he is alive again, however he is not alive again, this is in fact a demon.  This is the deadly wound which was healed.

 

Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

 

Rev 13:12  And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

 

Here we see some of the church members who die. 

 

Dan 11:33  And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering.

 

During this time people cleave to them with flatteries. 

 

Dan 11:34  Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but many shall join with them by intrigue.

 

Some of those who are to die at this time, must die to try and purge them and make them white, so we see it is for their ultimate salvation.  Also notice that the martyrdom will continue till the time of the end, so this means until the return of Christ.

 

Dan 11:35  And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.

 

As we realise the parable of the virgins, refers to the church. Notice that half the virgins are not known by God, we must be very diligent with our calling and be careful not to be deceived.  We must know God and then He will know us.  If we allow our spiritual life to die out, we will loose the Holy Spirit which was given to us at our baptism, that is why God does not know these virgins, they lost the Holy Spirit through lack of prayer, bible study, obedience, and belief in God.

 

Mat 25:10  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

Mat 25:11  "Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'

Mat 25:12  But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'

 

People for the little horn came in with flatteries and deceived members of the church, and set up the abomination of desolation.

 

Dan 11:31  And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.

 

Some people remain faithful, those who know their God.

 

Dan 11:32  Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

 

Once the abomination of desolation is set up in the temple, the Israelites flee to the Valley of Achor, the Father returns with the saints and the Day of the Lord is very close indeed.

 

If church members are close to God they may be protected during the martyrdom.

 

Luk 21:36  Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

 

Psa 17:7  Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them.

Psa 17:8  Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,

Psa 17:9  From the wicked who oppress me, From my deadly enemies who surround me.

 

Zep 2:3  Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the LORD's anger.

 

We know that Satan will be active in the last days, as he knows that he has only a little time, and the church will be his prime target.  It is going to be easy to be deceived, so we must be on our guard and stay close to God.

 

Letís notice the parable of the wedding.  This parable is for the end time church.

 

Mat 22:2  "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,

 

God has had servants over many years who have been leaders in the churches, they have shown people the truth, but many have simply ignored their calling.

 

Mat 22:3  and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.

 

Now we see different servants, so time has marched on, now it is closer to the wedding, and all is ready, the call is more urgent. 

 

Mat 22:4  Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding." '

 

The people were just too busy to be bothered, they had other things, which were of more importance to them, than Godís calling.

 

Mat 22:5  But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.

 

Notice the following, concerning the remnant, we know that Satan makes war with the remnant of the church, the remnant are the ones who are left round about the time of the Day of the Lord. 
Notice that some church members kill the servants of God, the leaders, and teachers, and members who are faithful to God.

 

Mat 22:6  And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.

 

Luk 12:45  But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,

 

Joh 16:2  They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.

Joh 16:3  And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.

 

During the Day of the Lord, the Father will destroy these false members of the end time church, using armies to do it.

 

Godís faithful servants are marked out and protected from this destruction.

 

Mat 22:7  But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

 

Eze 9:2  And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his battle-ax in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer's inkhorn at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.

Eze 9:3  Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer's inkhorn at his side;

Eze 9:4  and the LORD said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it."

Eze 9:5  To the others He said in my hearing, "Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity.

Eze 9:6  Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were before the temple.

 

The Father tells the servants of God {the end time leaders of the Church who are faithful} that the called ones were not worthy.  This is talking about church members NOW who through laziness and unbelief, turn their back on Godís calling, this is the end time church who will not believe the end time knowledge and truths put out by the end time church. 

 

Mat 22:8  Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

 

The Father says to the servants to go out to the highways and bid as many as you can find to the wedding.  These are not church members, these are possibly repentant Israel, after their return from captivity, who openly declare their love for God and who are totally committed to Him nowÖ..they do not depart from the truth.  The church members are out, and just everyday people are in.  These guests could possibly be children of church members.

 

Mat 22:9  Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.'

 

The servants go out and gather the wedding guests, now they are good and bad, the Israelites, would have been good and bad people, but they have repented, and that is the attitude God wants.  These people are far and away better than the church members who do not believe Him.  Remember also that Israel have been given the earnest of Godís Holy Spirit.

 

Mat 22:10  So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

 

The following verse is about the repentant Israelites.

 

Jer 31:33  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

 

Joe 2:29  And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

 

There was a man there without a wedding garment, this is the righteous acts of the saints.

 

Mat 22:11  "But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.

 

The garment is the righteous acts of the saints.

 

Rev 19:8  And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

 

This next verse is shocking and must be a wake up call for all of us in Godís church, here we see one of the evil sons of God trying to get in to the wedding, but Christ told him otherwiseÖ.. {We know it was an evil son of God for two reasons. 1. Christ called him friend which means kinsman, and 2. He was thrown into the lake of fire}.

 

Mat 22:12  So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.

Mat 22:13  Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

 

The following verse is referring to the evil sons of God.

 

Mat 8:12  But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

 

Mat 25:30  And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

 

Luk 13:28  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.

 

Many are called, and as the end approaches, we will see that only few indeed are chosen, this is a sad picture for people who have Godís Holy Spirit.  Once we have the Holy Spirit of power we must prove to be faithful.

 

Letís wake up as we see the day approaching, letís get serious about our calling and strive with our whole heart to be not only chosen but faithful children of God.

 

Mat 22:14  "For many are called, but few are chosen."