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“The world is deathly ill.  It is dying.  The Great Physician has already signed the death certificate.  Yet there is still a great work for Christians to do.  They are to be streams of living water, channels of mercy to those who are still in the world.  It is possible for them to do this because they are overcomers.
Christians are ambassadors for Christ.  They are representatives from Heaven to this dying world.  And because of our presence here, things will change.

My sister, Betsy, and I were in the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbruck because we committed the crime of loving Jews.  Seven hundred of us from Holland, France, Russia, Poland and Belgium were herded into a room built for two hundred.  As far as I knew, Betsy and I were the only two representatives of Heaven in that room.

We may have been the Lord’s only representatives in that place of hatred, yet because of our presence there, things changed.  Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  We too, are to be overcomers – bringing the light of Jesus into a world filled with darkness and hate.

Sometimes I get frightened as I read the Bible, and as I look in this world and see all of the tribulation and persecution promised by the Bible coming true.  Now I can tell you, though, if you too are afraid, that I have just read the last pages.  I can now come to shouting “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” for I have found where it is written that Jesus said,

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things:  
and I will be His God, 
and he shall be My son.”

This is the future and hope of this world. Not that the world will survive – but that we shall be overcomers in the midst of a dying world.

Betsy and I, in the concentration camp, prayed that God would heal Betsy who was so weak and sick.
“Yes, the Lord will heal me,”, Betsy said with confidence. 
She died the next day and I could not understand it. They laid her thin body on the concrete floor along with all the other corpses of the women who died that day.

It was hard for me to understand, to believe that God had a purpose for all that.  Yet because of Betsy’s death, today I am traveling all over the world telling people about Jesus.

There are some among us teaching there will be no tribulation, that the Christians will be able to escape all this. These are the false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the latter days.  Most of them have little knowledge of what is already going on across the world. I have been in countries where the saints are already suffering terrible persecution.

In China, the Christians were told, “Don’t worry, before the tribulation comes you will be translated – raptured.” Then came a terrible persecution.  Millions of Christians were tortured to death. Later I heard a Bishop from China say, sadly,

“We have failed. 
We should have made the people strong for persecution, 
rather than telling them Jesus would come first.
Tell the people how to be strong in times of persecution, 
how to stand when the tribulation comes, 
– to stand and not faint.”

I feel I have a divine mandate to go and tell the people of this world that it is possible to be strong in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are in training for the tribulation, but more than sixty percent of the Body of Christ across the world has already entered into the tribulation. There is no way to escape it.
We are next.

Since I have already gone through prison for Jesus’ sake, and since I met the Bishop in China, now every time I read a good Bible text I think, “Hey, I can use that in the time of tribulation.”  Then I write it down and learn it by heart.

When I was in the concentration camp, a camp where only twenty percent of the women came out alive, we tried to cheer each other up by saying, “Nothing could be any worse than today.” But we would find the next day was even worse.  During this time a Bible verse that I had committed to memory gave me great hope and joy.

“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; 
for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you;
on their part evil is spoken of,
but on your part He is glorified.” 
(I Peter 3:14)

I found myself saying, “Hallelujah! 
Because I am suffering, Jesus is glorified!”

In America, the churches sing, “Let the congregation escape tribulation”, but in China and Africa the tribulation has already arrived. This last year alone more than two hundred thousand Christians were martyred in Africa. Now things like that never get into the newspapers because they cause bad political relations. But I know. I have been there. We need to think about that when we sit down in our nice houses with our nice clothes to eat our steak dinners. Many, many members of the Body of Christ are being tortured to death at this very moment, yet we continue right on as though we are all going to escape the tribulation.

Several years ago I was in Africa in a nation where a new government had come into power. The first night I was there some of the Christians were commanded to come to the police station to register. When they arrived they were arrested and that same night they were executed. The next day the same thing happened with other Christians. The third day it was the same. All the Christians in the district were being systematically murdered.

The fourth day  I was to speak in a little church. The people came, but they were filled with fear and tension. All during the service they were looking at each other, their eyes asking, “Will this one I am sitting beside be the next one killed? Will I be the next one?”

The room was hot and stuffy with insects that came through the screenless windows and swirled around the naked bulbs over the bare wooden benches. I told them a story out of my childhood.

“When I was a little girl, ” I said, “I went to my father and said, 
“Daddy, I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.” 
“Tell me,” said Father, 
“When you take a train trip to Amsterdam, 
when do I give you the money for the ticket? 
Three weeks before?”

“No, Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train.”

“That is right,” my father said, “and so it is with God’s strength. 
Our Father in Heaven knows when you will need the strength to be a martyr for Jesus Christ. 
He will supply all you need – just in time…”

My African friends were nodding and smiling. 
Suddenly a spirit of joy descended upon that church and the people began singing,

” In the sweet, by and by, 
we shall meet on that beautiful shore.”
Later that week, half the congregation of that church was executed. 
I heard later that the other half was killed some months ago.
But I must tell you something. I was so happy that the Lord used me to encourage these people, for unlike many of their leaders, I had the word of God. I had been to the Bible and discovered that Jesus said He had not only overcome the world, but to all those who remained faithful to the end, He would give a crown of life.

How can we get ready for the persecution?

First we need to feed on the Word of God, digest it, make it a part of our being. This will mean disciplined Bible study each day as we not only memorize long passages of scripture, but put the principles to work in our lives.

Next we need to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not just the Jesus of yesterday, the Jesus of History, but the life-changing Jesus of today who is still alive 
and sitting at the right hand of God.

We must be filled with the Holy Spirit. This is no optional command of the Bible, it is absolutely necessary. Those earthly disciples could never have stood up under the persecution of the Jews and Romans had they not waited for Pentecost. Each of us needs our own personal Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We will never be able to stand in the tribulation without it.

In the coming persecution we must be ready to help each other and encourage each other. 
But we must not wait until the tribulation comes before starting. 
The fruit of the Spirit should be the dominant force of every Christian’s life.

Many are fearful of the coming tribulation, they want to run. I, too, am a little bit afraid when I think that after all my eighty years, including the horrible Nazi concentration camp, that I might have to go through the tribulation also. But then I read the Bible and I am glad.

When I am weak, then I shall be strong, the Bible says. Betsy and I were prisoners for the Lord, we were so weak, but we got power because the Holy Spirit was on us. That mighty inner strengthening of the Holy Spirit helped us through. No, you will not be strong in yourself when the tribulation comes. Rather, you will be strong in the power of Him who will not forsake you. For seventy-six years I have known the Lord Jesus and not once has He ever left me, or let me down.

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”, (Job 13:15)
for I know that to all who overcome, 
He shall give the crown of life. 

- Corrie Ten Boom – 1974

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    • max jones

      …doc…There’s a place where a Christian is the closest he can be to Christ, on this earth……It is called “between a rock and a hard place”. This “place” is where it looks like there is no way out. This desperation filled place is is the altar upon which we slay our fears and doubts.
      Life and death situations, are what the Elect are living for….what we are born for. The Lord chose each of the elect, before the foundations of this world. They are His “A” team…..and they are on the planet, now.
      ….Satan, also has his ‘chosen few’….his first squad, on the playing field, now.
      ….God’s “real” players in this game, (WW3), are not primarily affiliated with any armies or political systems, but have a very special alliance with Jesus Christ, through the ‘Ruach’.
      ………..’the last will be first, and the first will be last’….God blesses those faithful who persevere….to the end. :cool:

    • Crazy times

      YOU LOOK BUT NO SEE !!! lol……!!!Pre trib rescue as per Lots Daughters.

      You Unbelievably wrote:

      “Lot watched his virgin daughters gang raped and murdered in Sodom”

      Word of GOD “as it is written” says…Genesis 19 Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

      15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

      16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and LED THEM SAFELY OUT of the city, for the Lord was MERCIFUL TO THEM….(EMPHASIS MINE)

      NO RAPING or MURDERS OF LOTS FAMILY ?? Just the NORMAL trials and tribulations we all deal with everyday.

      Now if …YOU NO LOOK..NO SEE !!! What the WORD SAYS ABOUT LOTS DAUGHTERS RESCUE…..Well you have NO credibility….and all that is shown here means nothing to the Bride during Jacobs Trouble as Shes not on Earth.

      • am123

        “Pre trib rescue as per Lots Daughters”

        So are you saying God’s people will be rescued by having them move from one place on earth to another place on earth like Lot’s family?

        • Crazy times

          god i am 321 You have NO discernment of Scripture at all, Period!,You write your OWN STORIES as if they were are a supplement for Scripture,they are nothing but pure fantasy and make a fool of yourself in the process.

          These remarks I made to the Author.. are in regards to him pro-porting that LOT was NOT rescued from Sodom.. he wrote:

          “Lot watched his virgin daughters gang raped and murdered in Sodom” thereby losing any credibility a bit like yourself and your misunderstanding of Eschatology the blind leading the blind..and NO Commonsense too boot

          Your trying to TWIST “the coming of the LORD BE as in the days of Noah and Lot”

          “are you saying’ God’s people will be rescued by having them move from one place on earth to another place on earth like Lot’s family?”

          EVERYONE KNOWS by NOW and probably fed up with me telling YOU the Dead in Christ arise FIRST WITH the Living to MEET the LORD in the AIR. So HOW can I be trying to say move from one place to another around the Earth…? fool

          and that comment you wrote “If you are a novice Christian” …How arrogant to assume you know better !!!

        • Crazy times

          # These remarks I made to the Author.. are in regards to him pro-porting that LOTs “Daughters” were NOT rescued from Sodom..

        • am123

          Where in the article did he say that about Lot’s daughters?

          Are you posting comments for another article in this one….like you have done in the past I might add :lol:

    • truthlovingsoul

      prevention is better than cure. let’s get rid of the crazies who may and do perpetrate these crimes. god helps those who help themselves. walk softly and carry a big stick. ok, i’m all out of cliches.

      • max jones

        …..truth…..soul….Who are you going to charge to decide who is who? The Lord claims that right. He told us to leave them all for the ‘harvest’ time……the gatherers take care of them, first. :cool:

    • am123

      If you are a novice Christian, do not fall for the trap of a pre-tribulation rapture. While all hell is literally about to break loose, the trap is thinking you will have an easy way out of it. It is in Satan’s interest to have you fall for this trap. Thinking that Jesus will rapture you out of here before all hell breaks loose will only make you cannon fodder for the Devil and his forces when all hell does break loose. Is the so-called Church ready for martyrdom today? No they are not. They are not ready to stand in their faith against the ravages of the beast. Do not be misled by what someone says the Bible says. Read the Bible for yourself. Read the 24th chapter of Matthew and you’ll see that Jesus comes for the Church after the tribulation period. Read the Book of Revelation and you’ll see that Jesus calls us to a patient and enduring faith during the time of the antichrist. We are entering the time period the Bible warned us about, the time the world of the dead will open its mouth wide for. The body of Christ should be in boot camp bracing and strengthening themselves in the LORD, preparing for all-out war, the war of all wars. But instead, the so-called Church is ill prepared for what will soon envelop the whole world because of this false hope of being raptured out of here before the tribulation period. They are oblivious to the sounds of war in the heavenlies and prepare not for what is about to happen. They will be sitting ducks for the enemy to take out. They will fall pitifully short in their destinies, to what God has called them to. Only those who remain firm UNTIL the end, not BEFORE then end, will be saved.

      Do not listen to these false teachers who unwittingly lay a trap for you telling you won’t have to go through the time of tribulation on earth. Soon, the sons of God will be revealed and then the end will come, the Book of Revelation will play out on the world stage:


      If you are a sheep that has been misled by a false teacher regarding a pre-tribulation rapture, I bid you now to cut out this nonsense of thinking you won’t be here and run, not walk, but run for cover in the shadow of His wings (see Psalm 91) if you expect to endure until the end, whether the end for you is martyrdom or the Second Coming, which occurs at the end of this age at the 7th trumpet.


    • Anonymous

      Jesus will rapture His Bride the faithful Church before the Tribulation. No one including Jesus would put their Bride through such as the Tribulation. Ole there will be many Christians left behind who are not ready or worthy of a Bride. These will face the fire of the tribulation and the trials of the anti-christ. Many will be persecuted and beheaded for not receiving the mark of the beast. Satan thinks he will take over all of the Church, but as I said before the faithful will be snatched away, beginning the 7 yr. Tribulation.
      The Rapture is not the second coming as Jesus does not set foot on the earth. The Bride of Christ will meet Him in the air. The second coming will be at the end of the 7 years. The Laodecian Church is the church left behind and is what Jesus meant when He said “I wish that you were hot or cold, but that you are not hot or cold but lukewarm, I’ll spew thee out of my mouth”.

      • max jones

        …Amonymbus…So….Gods elect, His Chosen….Face the antichrist for no reason. Thanks for your support. I would suppose, we didn’t need your wishy washy help anyway…Satan comes first…….
        …123…I would think after reading some of crazy’s comments that he must not be into the KJV…You know some of the other versions play up the ‘rapture’ delusion……There’s a lot of preachers teaching man’s traditions…too. plant seeds don’t get too involved…it ends up as pearls….you know. :cool:

        • Crazy times

          Hahaha…another one of your pearlers… Mad. Max …great!

          looky…. god i am 321 can’t help himself hes been… at me for 12 months …so I reiterate back the same verses, as he is a bit slow on this topic.

          I have NO problems with anyone who choose Mid Point / End Point,or Any point regarding the rapture every one is entitled to their POV….(but if I see a deliberate Twist.. as above to prove their point, I will refute it)

          Now in your case ” The dead in Christ are already gone”…much like Mike Savage No rapture” you both have more in common than …… know .. :cool:

        • am123

          “looky…. god i am 321 can’t help himself hes been… at me for 12 months …so I reiterate back the same verses, as he is a bit slow on this topic.”

          Yeah it’s been 12 months and I’ve yet to see you post a coherent comment. :lol:

    • Crazy times

      ” I’ve yet to see you post a coherent comment.”

      You mean one that AGREES with YOUR OWN Interpretations like, the “RESTRAINER IS SATAN” etc etc etc etc . …never happen, as I prefer… “as it is written”….pedro

      not some ramblings from some Spanish dude, with a God complex… god i am 321

      “Are you posting comments for another article in this one…like you have done in the past I might add ”

      Obviously I am, if you write stories which are MADE UP, You need to address them, clarify the information is FACTor it’s just your OWN opinion, not Gospel.. that’s why they allow comments, most keep quiet or leave after refuting your messages as they can’t be bothered with a fools like you, WHO reiterate the same garbage over and over, as you are unable to accept it is written..or comprehend it the FIRST TIME..You then go and start it all over again with the same 3 card trick (people have better things to do)…a bit like this Author…….don’t like… as it is written …so I’ll start another article saying the same thing another way, He’s entitled to do so, free speech an all, but expect flack WHEN your WRONG.

      “Where in the article did he say that about Lot’s daughters?”..His comments were made Here as YOU KNOW WELL..


      Deceivers write stories.. as FACTS which they are NOT ..just comments …usually Hit and Run style.

      We have the WORD OF GOD …..”as it is written” Amen

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