August 30: Tribulation Evangelists

Read Revelation 11:1-14

One of the things I love about God is the fact that He is forgiving. If He weren’t so forgiving, we would all be destined for eternal separation from Him. Like the story of Jonah, He still forgives, even in the face of disobedience. The apostle Paul was opposed to God for a large part of his life and God still forgave him and gave him the opportunity to become one of the greatest missionaries the world has ever known.

When you come to chapter 11 of Revelation, imagine what the world will have just been through. The Tribulation will be in full swing, including plagues, falling stars, death, famines and more. It seems like, at this point, the world will be groaning, having barely survived. Those that will have survived may be mortified as to what they will have seen. They will have lived their lives opposed to God and they will have witnessed firsthand the potential of God’s wrath.

But Micah prophesied (Micah 4:4-6) that God would give unbelievers one more chance despite everything His people have done to defy Him. Revelation 11 tells us the two witnesses will prophesy and do miracles for 42 months and they are going to be protected by God. If anyone tries to harm them, they will die.

In verse 7, we are told that, after they have finished their testimony, the Antichrist (beast) will come and kill the two witnesses. The two witnesses won’t be allowed to be killed until their testimony is complete. This is yet another indication that God indeed has a plan for the end times and everything will go according to that plan.

After they are killed, the bodies of the two witnesses will be left in the streets for 3 ½ days. This is proof that people will reject even these two and their message. There are still going to be people who reject Christ, even after all they will see and experience.

People might question what kind of a god would allow people to go through such hard times as the Tribulation. We have found through our study that we, as humans, bring punishment upon ourselves for not trusting in Jesus as the one true Messiah. Here’s the bottom line: God, after His wrath is taken out on the earth, will give all people one last chance to be saved.

God created you to have a relationship with Him and He wants you to choose Him. He’s giving you a chance today to experience His salvation. Will you?

jdl

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