Matthew 24:12-13 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Since the day I was born again I have believed the end will come in my generation, every time I read something in the Bible like Matt 24:34 I tell you the truth, THIS GENERATION, will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened, this generation pops out at me.
We can already see that adultery, murder, famines, earthquakes etc have been running rampant throughout the world, but now Israel going down is a huge sign.
The reason I bring up verse 13 is because it says he who stands firm til the end will be saved. I have mentioned in other blogs that I don’t believe the once saved always saved theory because of things I read in the Bible. Why would Jesus himself point out that you need to stand firm to be saved, if you are saved no matter what?
Why would Paul, one of his most faithful disciples, say I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it (Phil 3:13) or I press on toward the GOAL to win the PRIZE for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14)? He is referring to Heaven as the prize, wouldn’t you think out of anyone, Paul should be guaranteed that prize? Yet, he says he hasn’t yet taken hold of it but presses on toward it. It says in Phil 4:1 to stand firm in the Lord, just like the verse above says to stand firm.
It also says in Matt 24:10 At that time (the end times) many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.
People are barely holding on by a thread now with all the things going on, including Christians who are stressed and worried. How are they going to react when the Tribulation is going on? How will we hold on if we are not firmly rooted in Christ?
Just like the blog I wrote about the virgins, we need to fill our lamps with oil. We need to walk with God, grow stronger so we can survive the end and get to Heaven. We need to be in Scripture and prayer more and more.
Ask yourself this, when you are standing up against people who want to kill you if you say your a Christian, what will you say? Will you be able to sustain torture and starvation? Are you rooted enough to not turn away?
If you answer yes, then you probably aren’t strong enough and I would think again. Like Paul, I love God so much and I follow Him, I think about Him all day, I tell others about Him, in my struggles I weep because I want to be obedient and grow closer to Him. Yet, I worry if I will be strong enough to withstand what is to come.