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The Grasping Evil

I preface this commentary by giving credit to my good friend and colleague, Bill Salus, for his recent email newsletter with the subject Top 20 Pre-Tribulation Prophecies.

As usual, I found his analysis to be on the biblical mark—even considering my disagreement with his belief that Psalm 83 is a war involving Israel that precedes the Gog-Magog attack. As I’ve stated in that regard, he could well be right and I wrong on the matter.

Bill gave some good news about the assurance Bible prophecy from the Pre-Trib perspective offers, followed by some bad news for nonbelievers.

About the good news, he offers the following:

The Church is:

  • Saved from the wrath through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8–9).
  • Delivered from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
  • Not appointed to the wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:7-10).
  • Kept from the “hour of trial” of the Tribulation (Revelation 3:10–11)
  • We are to comfort one another about the blessed hope of the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:18).

About the troubling side, he says:

The bad news is that believers have loved ones who are presently unsaved and at risk of being left behind to experience the most perilous seven years in all of post-Flood history.

Bill then speaks to the attitude that some Christians have developed. The particular attitude he mentions is what I wish to address in this commentary.

He states the following, paraphrasing the words of certain believers, then issuing precaution:

“I DON’T CARE: ‘I’ll be Raptured, so why should I worry about such things that don’t concern me?’”

I would encourage someone who has adopted this position to first realize that you may be here to endure some of the Pre-Tribulation prophecies. If you face off with one or more of these powerful predictions, you will undoubtedly be forced to care! Therefore, be cautious not to get caught up in the trap of thinking that the rest of your days will be persecution free.

Bill Salus’ words are well placed while we observe these darkening times. His admonition hearkens me back to a series of services we called “revival meetings.” I’ve mentioned this a number of times before.

I vividly remember sitting at our First Baptist Church in the mid-1970s. A short-in-stature evangelist was the speaker for those five days of meetings. Each night, he wore a different colored leisure suit—lime green, day-glow orange, bright red, etc. Some of the readers here will remember those flamboyant garments. We joked about his flashy dress, but we didn’t joke about his messages. They were straight from the heart of God, it was progressively obvious as the week proceeded.

The last night of the revival meeting, the evangelist made a prediction that sticks to the memory like rubber cement to two pieces of paper.

He said, “I believe that before Christ calls the Church in the Rapture, this government in America will be reaching with powerfully evil fingers for the throats of Christians. Just as those fingers are about to close on the necks of believers, Christ will blow the trumpet.”

He believed 100 percent in the imminence of Christ’s call to the Church, but he nonetheless issued that prediction. I’ve never forgotten it.

There was no such virulent threat during that mid-’70s time. Such a thing was unthinkable. But here we are in 2021 and developments trending dramatically in the direction he predicted are clearly in view.

Our neighbors to the north in Canada are already starting to feel that icy grip, and that chilling grasp can be sensed even in our nation.

As Bill Salus has admonished, we must not remain indifferent just because we know we will be kept from the most horrendous time to come.

We must do all we can to fight those grasping, evil governmental fingers with prayer and with civil action as provided by the means our Founding Fathers provided under God’s great guidance.

Most of all, we must carry forth with the Great Commissionthe Lord Jesus commanded just before lifting into the heavens.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19–20)  


6 Comments

  1. Ed Wood says:

    In Matthew 24:1-8, Jesus lists events which he characterizes as the “beginning of sorrows.” It seems very clear that believers will be here for these, and likely others that follow in the Olivet Discourse. I think it’s safe to say this “beginning time” is already upon us and is accelerating, thanks, in part, to the over-reaction regarding Covid-19 and the strict curtailing of liberty in all the world’s democracies which followed.

    I totally agree that this is no time to be complacent. We’re here because we still have a job to do growing the remnant and supporting each other in getting out the Gospel message in a world that is increasingly hostile to it.

    Until then, our task goes on.

  2. jpscanga says:

    Amazing that the preacher said those words in the1970’s. If only he could see the 2020’s as they are now! I have had a strange feeling in the last few weeks – I’ve felt that I’m about to undergo some seriously difficult times, as others in America have already, but just as the worst is about to happen – sudden victory will result.

    • Ed Wood says:

      I agree.

      I think right now we are in the eye of the storm. there is a semblance of normalcy returning temporarily as the Covid restrictions recede. Of course, we’ve been hearing about the Delta strain lately. Wonder if we’re getting primed for another series of totalitarian measures again for the autumn?

      As in a hurricane, which passes directly over, there is the first blast, then the calm eye, then the second blast which can even be worse than the first.

      Also, as with a hurricane, the effects are not limited to one thing. Along with the winds are the torrential rains, possible tornadoes, and lightning storms these things can produce. We may find a lot of other things coming at us simultaneously besides the man-made ones like Covid restrictions that we don’t expect.

      And, as you suggested, maybe even the rescue mission coming at the last extremity!

      Or maybe it’ll come while we are still in the eye.

  3. Carol Cole says:

    Hello Terry,

    Every 6 months I have to have an MRI. Normally, about a week before I have it, I am asked to call a number to pre-register. The person asks a series of questions about my insurance, my address, next of kin, etc. This past week I got a call from Emory, reminding me of my upcoming MRI in a few weeks, and wanting to go ahead to pre-register me. I was surprised by this, but went ahead to answer the questions. One of those questions was, “ Are you a Christian ? “ I have NEVER had that question before my MRI in the past.

    Immediately, I thought that the question was not random……..somehow, it would be used against me. And I am all the more Sure of this, after reading the article you wrote today. Thank you !

    God bless you and keep you, Terry, Carol Cole Atlanta

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Ed Wood says:

      It would be interesting to see if these people would tell you why they asked this question.

      If I was asked I would answer “Definitely!” and then pose the same question back to them. If they said, “No,” I’d next ask them, “Would you like to know my reasons for being one?”

      Who knows, it might open a door to a productive dialog.

  4. Evil permeates even the air we breathe, I think. Blessings.

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