The scriptures crying out to be preached!

But the people‭ that do know‭‭ their God‭ shall be strong‭‭, and do‭‭ ‭exploits‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Daniel 11:32.

I recall reading that Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said, regarding his selecting of texts to preach on, that when he read his Bible, verses jumped out at him crying out,’PREACH ME’!

Now I am by no means a CHS! But his Bible is my Bible and acts it in a very similar fashion. I cannot read the chapters allocated in my Bible-reading calendar without a similar experience. My days of pulpit preaching appear to be over, but I still can tap with two fingers on my laptop and there are verses every day that demand that I begin tapping!

Today, I read the eleventh chapter of Daniel. I then went on to read 1 Timothy 4. As I read verse 6, “‭If thou put‭‭ the brethren‭ in remembrance‭‭ of these things‭, thou shalt be‭‭ a good‭ minister‭ of Jesus‭ Christ‭, nourished up‭‭ in the words‭ of faith‭ and‭ of good‭ doctrine‭, whereunto‭ thou hast attained‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ I was reminded of what I had read in Daniel 11 and heard again the cry to seek to expound what Daniel had recorded of his vision.

Paul, in his exhortation to Timothy was referring to his opening words in chapter 4, when he said: “‭If thou put‭‭ the brethren‭ in remembrance‭‭ of these things‬‬‬‬‬‬ . . . .” The ‘these things’ was the Holy Spirit’s ‘express’ warning of a departure from the faith in the “the latter‭ times‬’. How often the inspired writers were directed of God to disclose events in ‘the latter‭ times‬”!

Preacher — how often do you expound what the Lord would have His people know about these ‘latter‭ times‬’ in which we live?

Could I turn your attention to Daniel 11 and deal with the subject — ‘The character of a faithful remnant in the very last days.’

The verse 32 and the words found there will serve as the basis of this study. “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭But the people‭ that do know‭‭ their God‭ shall be strong‭‭, and do‭‭ ‭exploits‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The word ‘but’ is a word which introduces a contrast. The people here referred to are indeed a contrast to others referred to in this portion of God’s Word. Let me establish first of all that :


This I can easily see from the verses 36-45. That these verses deal with the final days of Antichrist’s regime may be seen from what Daniel says in verse 31. “‭And arms‭ shall stand‭‭ on his part, and they shall pollute‭‭ the sanctuary‭ of strength‭, and shall take away‭‭ the daily‭ ‭sacrifice‭, and they shall place‭‭ the abomination‭ that maketh desolate‭‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The final words of that verse are referred to by the Saviour in Matthew 24, a chapter in which He expounds to His enquiring disciples, who are anxious to know the circumstances surrounding His return, and the end ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭of the world, or ‘age’ as the word should be translated ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬(Matthew 24:3).

In the verses 15-21 we read :“‭When‭ ye therefore‭ shall see‭‭ the abomination‭ of desolation‭, spoken of‭‭ by‭ Daniel‭ the prophet‭, stand‭‭‭‭‭ in‭ the holy‭ place‭, (whoso readeth‭‭, let him understand‭‭:)‭ ‭then‭ let them which be in‭ Judaea‭ flee‭‭ into‭ the mountains‭:‭ ‭Let him which is on‭ the housetop‭ not‭ come down‭‭ to take‭‭ any thing‭ out of‭ his‭ house‭:‭ ‭ neither‭ let him which is in‭ the field‭ return‭‭ back‭ to take‭‭ his‭ clothes‭.‭ ‭And‭ woe‭ unto them that are‭‭ with‭ child‭, and‭ to them that give suck‭‭ in‭ those‭ days‭!‭ ‭But‭ pray ye‭‭ that‭‭ your‭ flight‭ be‭‭ not‭ in the winter‭, neither‭ on‭ the sabbath day‭:‭ ‭for‭ then‭ shall be‭‭ great‭ tribulation‭, such as‭ was‭‭ not‭ since‭ the beginning‭ of the world‭ to this‭ time‭, no‭, nor ever‭ shall be‭‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The Saviour quotes Daniel 11:31 as a clear indication of the beginning of the last three and a half years of this age, the period of the ‘great tribulation which the Jewish nation in particular will experience at the hands of the Antichrist.

We have therefore a clear and graphic ‘timeline’ given us of when it is Daniel is prophesying.


“‭And such as do wickedly‭‭ against the covenant‭ shall he corrupt‭‭ by flatteries‭: but the people‭ that do know‭‭ their God‭ shall be strong‭‭, and do‭‭ ‭exploit‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬s‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭,‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Daniel 11:32. In the midst of the corruption and flattery of Antichrist and his allies, there is a people who are witnessing most effectively for the Lord Jesus.

It reminds me of the scene at Calvary when in the midst of all the cruel rejection and mockery of the Saviour, God raised up the ‘dying thief’ to bear witness to the holiness, the true identity and glory of the Lord Jesus.

“‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Dost‭‭ not‭ thou‭ fear‭‭ God‭, seeing‭ thou art‭‭ in‭ the same‭ condemnation‭?‭ ‭And‭ we‭ indeed‭ justly‭; for‭ we receive‭‭ the due reward‭ of our‭ deeds‭‭: but‭ this man‭ hath done‭‭ nothing‭ amiss‭.‭ ‭And‭ he said‭‭ unto Jesus‭, Lord‭, remember‭‭ me‭ when‭ thou comest‭‭ into‭ thy‭ kingdom‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 23:40-42.

Concerning this latter remnant, consider:

1. They are marked by a knowledge of God. This is not a mere ‘knowing about God’, the ability to quote a catechism in which great truths about God are written. It is not merely being able to quote the Bible and having something of a knowledge of its revelation of God. How much the devil knows about God, he has frequently been in His presence and conversed with Him, yet he does not KNOW God!

The word translated ‘know’ is elsewhere translated as ‘understand’ and having an ‘acquaintance’. Its first appearance is in Genesis 3:5. “‭For God‭ doth know‭‭ that in the day‭ ye eat‭‭ thereof, then your eyes‭ shall be opened‭‭, and ye shall be as gods‭, knowing‭‭ good‭ and evil‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ The knowledge that God had of the sin of Eve in eating the forbidden was an utterly full and complete knowledge. Such is the nature of the knowledge the true believer has of his God. The Saviour’s encounter with the blind man of John 9, ended with this exchange. “‭Jesus‭ heard‭‭ that‭ they had cast‭‭ him‭ out‭; and‭ when he had found‭‭ him‭, he said‭‭ unto him‭, Dost‭‭ thou‭ believe‭‭ on‭ the Son‭ of God‭?‭ ‭He‭ answered‭‭ and‭ said‭‭, Who‭ is he‭‭, Lord‭, that‭ I might believe‭‭ on‭ him‭?‭ ‭And‭ Jesus‭ said‭‭ unto him‭, Thou hast‭‭ both‭ seen‭‭ him‭, and‭ it is‭‭ he‭ that talketh‭‭ with‭ thee‭.‭ ‭And‭ he said‭‭, Lord‭, I believe‭‭. And‭ he worshipped‭‭ him‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verses 35-38. The man had no knowledge of God or Christ for he had been healed by Christ and yet did not know Him. But now the Saviour has introduced Himself and by divine grace granted to the man a true knowledge of Himself. In consequence the healed man says: “Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.” True knowledge involves saving faith and reverent worship.

Such will be the character of those referred to in our text.

2. Another feature of their character is that they are strong. That is translated by a variety of English words in our Bible but I would draw attention to one alternative translation. The Hebrew word khaw-zak appears in 2 Kings 12:5. “‭Let the priests‭ take‭‭ ‭it‭ to them, every man‭ of his acquaintance‭: and let them repair‭‭ the breaches‭ of the house‭, wheresoever any breach‭ shall be found‭‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ here it is translated by the word ‘‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭repair‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬’. All repairs leave behind a strengthened item. In this case it was the walls of the temple that were strengthened by the repairs carried out. The parallel is easily seen in the case of a saved person. Sin had wrought havoc in their lives but saving grace has repaired and strengthened them.

Paul speaks of that building and repairing work in his letter to the church at Ephesus. “‭And are built‭‭ upon‭ the foundation‭ of the apostles‭ and‭ prophets‭, Jesus‭ Christ‭ himself‭ being‭‭ the chief corner‭ ‭stone‭;‭ ‭In‭ whom‭ all‭ the building‭ fitly framed together‭‭ groweth‭‭ unto‭ an holy‭ temple‭ in‭ the Lord‭:‭ ‭In‭ whom‭ ye‭ also‭ are builded together‭‭ for‭ an habitation‭ of God‭ through‭ the Spirit‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2:20-22.

There is the ‘strength’ in a true believer that God has implanted. The Christian is one “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭strengthened‭‭ with might‭ by‭ his‭ Spirit‭ in‭ the inner‭ man‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ephesians 3:16.

Dear Christian, the fulness of such strength is required by any who would stand for God in defiance of the increasing aggression of the world around. It will be especially required in the last days, the days of Antichrist’s power. We. must array ourselves with the protection God provides for us.

“‭Finally‭, my‭ brethren‭, be strong‭‭ in‭ the Lord‭, and‭ in‭ the power‭ of his‭ might‭.‭ ‭Put on‭‭ the whole armour‭ of God‭, that‭ ye‭ may be able‭‭ to stand‭‭ against‭ the wiles‭ of the devil‭.‭ ‭For‭ we‭ wrestle‭ not‭ against‭‭‭ flesh‭ and‭ blood‭, but‭ against‭ principalities‭, against‭ powers‭, against‭ the rulers‭ of the darkness‭ of this‭ world‭, against‭ spiritual‭ wickedness‭ in‭ high‭ ‭places‭.‭ ‭Wherefore‭‭ take unto you‭‭ the whole armour‭ of God‭, that‭ ye may be able‭‭ to withstand‭‭ in‭ the evil‭ day‭, and‭ having done‭‭ all‭, to stand‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ephesians 6:10-13.

What an enemy is arrayed against us! We must like David of old, we must face such with more than a sling and stone! “‭Then said‭‭ David‭ to the Philistine‭, Thou comest‭‭ to me with a sword‭, and with a spear‭, and with a shield‭: but I come‭‭ to thee in the name‭ of the LORD‭ of hosts‭, the God‭ of the armies‭ of Israel‭, whom thou hast defied‭‭.‭ ‭This day‭ will the LORD‭ deliver‭‭ thee into mine hand‭; and I will smite‭‭ thee, and take‭‭ thine head‭ from thee; and I will give‭‭ the carcases‭ of the host‭ of the Philistines‭ this day‭ unto the fowls‭ of the air‭, and to the wild beasts‭ of the earth‭; that all the earth‭ may know‭‭ that there is‭ a God‭ in Israel‭.‭ ‭And all this assembly‭ shall know‭‭ that the LORD‭ saveth‭‭ not with sword‭ and spear‭: for the battle‭ ‭is‭ the LORD’S‭, and he will give‭‭ you into our hands‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Samuel 17:45-47.

Being armed with the strength of God enables us, like David, to confidently face the enemy.

3. Again, we must note that the believers will accomplish great works. The word exploits is in italics. That means that it has been put there by our translators to indicate that it is not found in the original Hebrew, but has been put in to help us understand the full meaning of the Hebrew word ‭aw-saw‬, translated as ‘do’ in the verse. They will act with effect. They will have an impact upon the affairs of their day. They will leave an impression on the society of their day!

An example of the impression of the latter day Christian witness may be seen in Revelation 11:3-7.

“‭And‭ I will give‭‭ ‭power‭ unto my‭ two‭ witnesses‭, and‭ they shall prophesy‭‭ a thousand‭ two hundred‭ ‭and‭ threescore‭ days‭, clothed in‭‭ sackcloth‭.‭ ‭These‭ are‭‭ the two‭ olive‭ trees, and‭ the two‭ candlesticks‭ standing‭‭ before‭ the God‭ of the earth‭.‭ ‭And‭ if any man‭‭ will‭‭ hurt‭‭ them‭, fire‭ proceedeth‭‭ out of‭ their‭ mouth‭, and‭ devoureth‭‭ their‭ enemies‭: and‭ if any man‭ will‭‭ hurt‭‭ them‭, he must‭‭ in this manner‭ be killed‭‭.‭ ‭These‭ have‭‭ power‭ to shut‭‭ heaven‭, that‭‭ it rain‭‭‭ not‭ in‭ the days‭ of their‭ prophecy‭: and‭ have‭‭ power‭ over‭ waters‭ to turn‭‭ them‭ to‭ blood‭, and‭ to smite‭‭ the earth‭ with all‭ plagues‭, as often‭ as‭ they will‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ when‭ they shall have finished‭‭ their‭ testimony‭, the beast‭ that ascendeth‭‭ out of‭ the bottomless pit‭ shall make‭‭ war‭ against‭ them‭, and‭ shall overcome‭‭ them‭, and‭ kill‭‭ them‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

That is a most powerful witness! Of course, not every believer will be enabled by God to act so but the actions of these two men indicate that God will manifest his power through His people at the close of this age in a most marvellous manner.


Many of God’s people, good people, have been misled into believing that before the time of Antichrist and the ‘great tribulation’ against the Jewish nation takes place, the redeemed people of God shall be ’secretly raptured’ away to heaven.

That notion is but a comparatively recent false notion. It originated with J N Darby in the early part of the 19th century. There is no basis whatever in the Bible for this view.

A look at Daniel chapter 11 will clearly show that to be so.

1. This bold and triumphant witness of Christians will take place in the darkest days of Antichrist’s reign. It is accepted, almost without question that Daniel 11:21 refers to the Antichrist.

“‭And in his estate‭ shall stand up‭‭ a vile person‭‭, to whom they shall not give‭‭ the honour‭ of the kingdom‭: but he shall come‭‭ in peaceably‭, and obtain‭‭ the kingdom‭ by flatteries‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

From verse 21, the prophecy of Daniel explains the actions of this ‘vile’ or ‘contemptible’ person. There is a series of statements saying that ‘he shall’ (verses 21, 23, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31) be engaged in activities from his ’standing up’ until the event that Christ indicates will mark the commencement of the ‘great tribulation’, in verse 31. “‭When‭ ye therefore‭ shall see‭‭ the abomination‭ of desolation‭, spoken of‭‭ by‭ Daniel‭ the prophet‭, stand‭‭‭‭‭ in‭ the holy‭ place‭, (whoso readeth‭‭, let him understand‭‭:)‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 24:15.

Now the point I am making is this. The record of the verses 21 to 31 form an unbreakable narrative that clearly indicates that the ‘vile person’ is the same one that pollutes‭‭ “the sanctuary‭ of strength‭, and shall take away‭‭ the daily‭ ‭sacrifice‭, and they shall place‭‭ the abomination‭ that maketh desolate‭‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬” Furthermore, it is at that very time that the Lord raises up the formidable witness of those “that do know‭‭ their God‭ (and) shall be strong‭‭, and do‭‭ ‭exploits‭”, in Antichrist’s dominion!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

These bold Christians are mentioned in Revelation 20:4. “And‭ I saw‭‭ thrones‭, and‭ they sat‭‭ upon‭ them‭, and‭ judgment‭ was given‭‭ unto them‭: and‭ ‭I saw‭ the souls‭ of them that were beheaded‭‭ for‭ the witness‭ of Jesus‭, and‭ for‭ the word‭ of God‭, and‭ which‭ had‭‭ not‭ worshipped‭‭ the beast‭, neither‭ his‭ image‭,‭ neither‭ had received‭‭ ‭his‭ mark‭ upon‭ their‭ foreheads‭, or‭ in‭ their‭ hands‭; and‭ they lived‭‭ and‭ reigned‭‭ with‭ Christ‭ a thousand‭ years‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

It was this very verse which, when discussed with Pastor James Kyle Paisley by Charles Beattie, a man I never met in this life but whose daughter Ann, I married some five years after he went to be with the Lord, that brought the old pastor to a rejection of the error of a ‘secret rapture! They both saw that amongst the saints reigning with Christ during His Millennial Kingdom were those who suffered during the times of ‘the beast’ and ‘his image’ and ‘his mark’. These things clearly indicate that they served and stood up for the truth of God in the days of the Antichrist. Revelation 13 clearly describes the person and activities of the Antichrist.

“‭And‭ there was given‭‭ unto him‭ a mouth‭ speaking‭‭ great things‭ and‭ blasphemies‭; and‭ power‭ was given‭‭ unto him‭ to continue‭‭ forty‭ ‭and‭ two‭ months‭.‭ ‭And‭ he opened‭‭ his‭ mouth‭ in‭ blasphemy‭ against‭ God‭, to blaspheme‭‭ his‭ name‭, and‭ his‭ tabernacle‭, and‭ them that dwell‭‭ in‭ heaven‭.‭ ‭And‭ it was given‭‭ unto him‭ to make‭‭ war‭ with‭ the saints‭, and‭ to overcome‭‭ them‭: and‭ power‭ was given‭‭ him‭ over‭ all‭ kindreds‭, and‭ tongues‭, and‭ nations‭.‭ ‭And‭ all‭ that dwell‭‭ upon‭ the earth‭ shall worship‭‭ him‭, whose‭ names‭ are‭‭ not‭ written‭‭ in‭ the book‭ of life‭ of the Lamb‭ slain‭‭ from‭ the foundation‭ of the world‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 13:5-8.

There will be ‘saints’, the holy people, alive and witnessing in the days of Antichrist. These verses expose the ‘secret rapture’ teaching as false. The word translated ‘saints’ is applied by Paul when he wrote to the people of God at Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, Colosse, Thessalonica, in his epistles to Timothy, Philemon and to the Hebrews. Likewise Peter and Jude and John in many places in His Book of the Revelation. There can be no doubt that Christians will be in this world still during the last three and half years or twelve hundred and sixty days of this age, when Antichrist is at his zenith of power and wickedness.

2. Christ’s exhortation in Matthew 24:15, clearly indicates that there will be in Jerusalem during the reign of Antichrist, those whom the Saviour expects to heed and obey His warning. It is stated by the advocates of the ‘secret rapture’ theory that Christ is directing these words to the Jewish people in that time which lies in the future. That is most foolish.

The average Jew will not even mention the name of the Lord Jesus, never mind read, study and obey these words which are found in the New Testament, a book the average religious Jew despises. This is a statement of fact and not a biased and prejudiced utterance of one who hates the Jew.

Please read my article, Why we should love the Jewish people!

3. In closing, I would draw attention again to Revelation chapter 11. Please read this chapter and you will see clear evidence of a bold Christian witness in thosedays. There will be in Jerusalem those specifically named by the Saviour, (remember He is especially the author of this final book of the Bible, Revelation 1:1) as His ‘two‭ witnesses‬’, just before the sounding of the seventh and final trumpet and that glorious and triumphant shout in heaven. “‭And‭ the seventh‭ angel‭ sounded‭‭; and‭ there were‭‭ great‭ voices‭ in‭ heaven‭, saying‭‭, The kingdoms‭ of this world‭ are become‭‭ ‭the kingdoms‭ of our‭ Lord‭, and‭ of his‭ Christ‭; and‭ he shall reign‭‭ for‭ ever‭ and ever‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verse 15.

As the Hebrews marched out of Egypt in triumph and not with their ‘tails between their legs’ (Exodus 6:26, 7:4, 12:17, 51) leaving behind a defeated and humiliated Pharaoh, even so it will be in the day that Christ comes down to deliver His saints. There will be no secret flight away from the enemy but a bold confronting of him by those believers alive at that time.

O yes, “‭s‭ome‭ of them of understanding‭‭ shall fall‭‭, to try‭‭ them, and to purge‭‭, and to make ‭them‭ white‭‭, ‭even‭ to the time‭ of the end‭: because ‭it is‭ yet for a time appointed‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Daniel 11:35. But the Lord will only thus prove that He will enable us to say with Paul, “‭Now‭ thanks‭ ‭be‭ unto God‭, which always‭ causeth‭‭ us‭ to triumph‭‭ in‭ Christ‭, and‭ maketh manifest‭‭ the savour‭ of his‭ knowledge‭ by‭ us‭ in‭ every‭ place‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Corinthians 2:14. Those faithful unto death in Antichrist’s day will be exalting the Lord even higher while His enemies, by murdering His saints, will seek to bring down His name to the dust.

So it has ever been.

“‭And‭ what‭ shall I‭‭ more‭ say‭‭? for‭ the time‭ would fail‭‭ me‭ to tell‭‭ of‭ Gedeon‭, and‭ ‭of‭ Barak‭, and‭ ‭of‭ Samson‭, and‭ ‭of‭ Jephthae‭; ‭of‭ David‭ also‭, and‭ Samuel‭, and‭ ‭of‭ the prophets‭:‭ ‭who‭ through‭ faith‭ subdued‭‭ kingdoms‭, wrought‭‭ righteousness‭, obtained‭‭ promises‭, stopped‭‭ the mouths‭ of lions‭,‭ ‭quenched‭‭ the violence‭ of fire‭, escaped‭‭ the edge‭ of the sword‭, out of‭ weakness‭ were made strong‭‭, waxed‭‭ valiant‭ in‭ fight‭, turned to flight‭‭ the armies‭ of the aliens‭.‭ ‭Women‭ received‭‭ their‭ dead‭ raised to life again‭‭: and‭ others‭ were tortured‭‭, not‭ accepting‭‭ deliverance‭; that‭ they might obtain‭‭ a better‭ resurrection‭:‭ ‭and‭ others‭ had‭‭ trial‭ of ‭cruel‭ mockings‭ and‭ scourgings‭, yea‭, moreover‭ of bonds‭ and‭ imprisonment‭:‭ ‭they were stoned‭‭, they were sawn asunder‭‭, were tempted‭‭, were slain‭‭ with‭ the sword‭‭: they wandered about‭‭ in‭ sheepskins‭ and‭ goatskins‭‭; being destitute‭‭, afflicted‭‭, tormented‭‭;‭ ‭(Of whom‭ the world‭ was‭‭ not‭ worthy‭:) they wandered‭‭ in‭ deserts‭, and‭ ‭in‭ mountains‭, and‭ ‭in‭ dens‭ and‭ caves‭ of the earth‭.‭ ‭And‭ these‭ all‭, having obtained a good report‭‭ through‭ faith‭, received‭‭ not‭ the promise‭:‭ ‭God‭ having provided‭‭ some‭‭ better‭ thing‭ for‭ us‭, that‭‭ they‭‭ without‭ us‭ should‭‭ not‭ be made perfect‭‭.‭ ‭Wherefore‭ seeing we also‭ are‭‭ compassed about‭‭‭ with so great‭ a cloud‭ of witnesses‭, let‭‭ us‭ lay aside‭‭ every‭ weight‭, and‭ the sin‭ which doth so easily beset‭ ‭us‭, and let us run‭‭ with‭ patience‭ the race‭ that is set before‭‭ us‭,‭ ‭looking‭‭ unto‭ Jesus‭ the author‭ and‭ finisher‭ of ‭our‭ faith‭; who‭ for‭ the joy‭ that was set before‭‭ him‭ endured‭‭ the cross‭, despising‭‭ the shame‭, and‭ is set down‭‭ at‭ the right hand‭ of the throne‭ of God‭.‭ ‭For‭ consider‭‭ him that endured‭‭ such‭ contradiction‭ of‭ sinners‭ against‭ himself‭, lest‭ ye be wearied‭‭ and faint‭‭ in your‭ minds‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Hebrews 11:32-12:3.

As it has ever been for the child of God — “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭In‭ the world‭ ye shall have‭‭‭‭‭ tribulation‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬”, so it will be to the end of this age. But the Saviour would offer us words to enable those called upon to live through those days to bear up under such a trial! ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭“But‭ be of good cheer‭‭; I‭ have overcome‭‭ the world‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 16:33.

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
26th October, 2023