I was watching UFC, and I heard something the referee said to the contestants among other things which I can’t remember now, I heard, “The bell will not save you!”. That word kept ringing on my mind, I can’t even remember anything about the fight right now, except that phrase. I guess the phrase means, once you’re being counted out or already held in a knockout grip, even if the bell rings, signalling the end of the round, the knock out will still stand… The bell won’t save you.
My mind went straight to the grip of sin and the fall into temptations that trips people out of Christ, the bell is either death or the rapture.
It means to me, that if we permit the temptations and the trials working to knock us out of Christ to keep us in the grip of sin till death or till rapture, without us enduring by all the gifts and graces of the new creation in Christ to the end, the death or the rapture won’t save us.
One thing we always seem to overlook is the fact that lots of people are already falling into temptations and are denying Christ as we speak but waiting for the rapture to keep them from facing the Antichrist.
Many others too are already facing the kind of persecutions that make the Antichrist real time for them.
The CAN chairman who was beheaded a few months ago wouldn’t have had it worse in the great tribulations of the Antichrist.
Leah Sharibu won’t even think the Antichrist is in the future, to her, he is here in real time…
But when we sit in our comfort zones, we only see a future Antichrist while daily falling into simple trials and temptations, because we don’t think we have any responsibility to stand for Jesus, denying self and carrying our crosses beyond wearing a gold crucifix around our necks and wrists.
Lots of Christians are today ready to do anything for money, even betray Christ for money like Judas, exactly what the mark, the name and the number of the Antichrist will be about…we don’t easily care about those but when we hear about the Antichrist, we look into the future beyond the rapture…will anyone who betrays Christ, deny and reject Him for money today, like Judas Iscariot, get any less judgment? Will such be saved by rapture? The bell won’t save such, if such remains so till death or till rapture.
Let’s care less about the Antichrist, but more about today and its temptations. The trouble of each day is enough for it. It’ll all become a distraction focusing on the Antichrist now.
People die everyday, many will die of this virus or of some other causes today and face eternity, and people will keep dying long before rapture comes. None of us will be here by year 2220 even if rapture tarries beyond then. Many will die today who never knew they would. Will the Antichrist matter to them? What will matter would be the destination after now. Eternal damnation will be worse than the pains of the Antichrist and of his great tribulations.
Our focus should rather be to be found in Christ faithful when that moment comes. Our individual plan should be to remain so long we are alive, rapture will only save those who would be alive and remain, according to apostle Paul.
We must live, remaining in Christ irrespective of the temptations and the trials we face, we must live as if we would face judgment the next moment. We shouldn’t see the prophecies about the Antichrist as some futuristic event that don’t involve us in the now… There shall be serious temptations of both pain and comfort between now and our death or the rapture, our conviction will be stretched to its elastic limits, but we must not snap into apostasy, into unbelief into a lifestyle of sin, we must not deny Christ, not even now… We must remain steadfast to the end…
He who endures to the end shall be saved… Shalom
Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. NIV
John 15: 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. NIV
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. NIV