Note that no believer need ever fear any trial, not even the trial of martyrdom. Jesus Christ says that He will deliver the
believer from all trials.
g159 Even when hated and martyred, the believer will be delivered. Physical death will have no effect upon the
believer. The believer will be delivered into the very presence of God quicker than the eye can blink. The
believer will never taste the torment of death. Christ was very specific about this:
“And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends;
and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my
name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye
your souls” (Lk.21:16-19).
Note also that God promises to protect those believers who have to go through the tribulation. They will not suffer the
judgments that God casts upon the earth. They will be protected somewhat like Israel was during the plagues that fell upon
Egypt. The judgments of God will fall only upon the unbelievers. This is clearly stated:
“And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green
thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads”
The point is striking: the hope of the believer is glorious. Jesus Christ will always deliver the believer and the church that
is alive and faithful.
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the
enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Lk.10:19).
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ be with you” (Ro.16:20).
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who
will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a
way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Cor.10:13).
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom
I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him
against that day” (2 Tim.1:12).
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”
“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last
time” (1 Pt.1:5).
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the pres-
ence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of tempta-
tion, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev.3:10).
(3:11) Hold Fast—Jesus Christ, Return: there is the counsel. Jesus Christ declares time and again that He is returning
to earth. Note the word quickly. Jesus Christ is coming soon. Scripture declares this time and again.
“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand” (Ph.4:5).
“For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry” (Heb.10:37).
“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (Jas.5:8).
“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown”
“Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book”
The point is this: since Christ is coming and coming soon, the faithful church must do something. It must hold fast...
• to its evangelistic and missionary zeal.
• to the Word of Christ.
• to confessing and living for Christ and never denying Him.
Note why: because the church and its believers could lose their crown. This is the clear warning of Scripture. Believers
must hold fast. They can lose their crown if they deny Christ and commit apostasy.
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Mt.24:13).
“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh”
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