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Here is patience of saints; here are those who keep commandments of God and faith of Jesus." (Revelations 14:9-11) Notice very graphic warning that God gives in reference to ending up in Lake of Fire and Brimstone. You will end up in this place and smoke of your torment will ascend forever and ever with no relief ever. This horrible torment will last day and night forever and ever!
Bottom line, all Christians who get caught up in this predicament will have to be willing to lay down their lives for God and Jesus. In other words, you will be martyred for your faith. This will be ultimate test for any Christian to pass. I really believe that God put this warning in writing in His Word because he knows a lot of His people may get weak and scared if they are approached with this choice by Antichrist.
But each Christian will simply have to override any fears or doubts that they may have, believe what Word of God has to say about matter, and be willing to die for their faith in Jesus. If they do not, their eventual end will be too horrible for any human words to describe. I have already done an article on possibility of a Rapture.
Hopefully, there is going to be a Rapture of God's saints before Tribulation starts, and we will not have to go through any of these horrible events. If there is a Rapture, then saints that Bible mentions that will be persecuted will be people that get saved after Rapture occurs.
It's almost as if God may be saying to ones that get saved after Rapture - "You all had your chance to accept My salvation before Rapture and turned it down. Now that Rapture has taken place, you now know that My people were telling you truth about My message of salvation. Now I will accept any and all who willing to come to Me, but you will have to prove yourself to Me by being willing to die for your faith in Me by refusing to worship or receive mark of beast."
If all of these events occur in our lifetime, I believe God will use all of us to get message out to as many people as possible in order to save as many people as He possibly can from all of these horrible events. If their is going to be a Rapture, then it obviously is going to be "first train out," and God will try and get as many people warned, saved and on that first train as He possibly can.
But sad reality is that there are a lot of stubborn people out there who will not accept God's free gift of salvation first time around, and they are going to have to suffer consequences for not doing so.
Hopefully, they will accept God's gift of salvation through His Son "second time around" after all of saints have been Raptured - but then it will cost them their physical lives by being martyred for refusing to accept mark of Antichrist.Pray that none of your loved ones miss "first train out," if there is going to be a Rapture.
If by chance they miss rapture, let them know they are NOT to take mark of beast if they are faced with this choice.
Article written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. Their website is a resource of Bible commentary and teaching. If you do not want to wait for the next article, you can go to our end times section. Copyright © 2005 by Michael Bradley. All Rights Reserved.