The Great Tribulation

Great tribulation, then, requires the loosing of the restrainer and a love of truth in the gospel maintained despite the worldliness that rules our lives as we would wish it not to. There is a long term plan of salvation by God in the gospel, it is one of foresight.

As time progresses life becomes a little more "civilised" and less brutal. God has deemed the election of grace to progress whilst the paradigm of the "church" has shifted from under His restraint to laxity. A sequence of globally reaching kingdoms that have held sway over His people have progressively altered that paradigm and brought about the laxity in the church to the point where it continues on building relationships without heeding the doctrine they compromise upon.

The first four seals on the book of life concern this sequence of paradigm shifts; the kingdoms of the day anchoring in them the godly and ungodly in a form of amalgam; the result is to "race the restraint" as God tries His people to select His chosen on the basis that they will return to Him rather than to become more wordly: the difference of His restraint is sure but minimal as indeed it should be for all such trial; the difference of love for the truth is still absolute: to be saved requires one still, to be "born again" innocent. The same innocence in Christ is required of all the elect. Such a shift has only one form fourfold; and it requires the paradigm of Christ to overcome.

So, where is all this heading? Simply in the way of the world heading to Christ's judgement. Christ, picks and selects, the names of the saved are written in the book of life and within this age in which grace is carried back to the believer predestined in the Spirit, none will fall away having been now "born again". The world is overcome, the seals open and finally the judgement set.

Overcoming great tribulation is to be found with name sealed in the book of life; that remains the "Gold standard"; one must never have fallen away before the relevant seal in this age is loosed.

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