The Lord made it as straightforward and simple as He could for us. How so? What has He told us?
Rev 3:8I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:
This one is 3rd grade logic. What did the Lord tell us? 1. He is putting an open door right in front of our face. That's what "I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:" means. Now, do we really need a doctorate of theology degree to figure out what it means when the Lord opens a door right in front of us? Gee, I wonder what the Lord wants us to do with that door He just opened in front of us? Do you think we might want to debate among ourselves for a few years to figure out what the Lord is suggesting we do next? No, we dont need to debate because its in our face obvious.
And yet there are those who would argue "just because the Lord opened a door right in front of your face doesn't mean you have to go through it!" Right, that is stupid....and stupid arguments like that are what the enemy falls back on time and again.
So, first the Lord tells us He is opening a door for us, then what does He tell us?
Rev 3:10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Because it was not obvious enough for some that people actually walk through doors, the Lord spells it out for us. Why did He open a door for us? What is the purpose of that door? To keep us from the hour of temptation. Now lets be very clear, the Lord God said He will keep us from the hour of temptation. It just so happens that this hour of temptation is going to come upon the entire world to test the inhabitants of the earth. What could this hour of temptation be considering that a. its coming upon the inhabitants of the entire earth and b. its purpose is to test them?
Again, one has to be willfully ignorant to attempt any argument that does not point directly to the time of Jacob's trouble.
Now consider what the Lord taught us here:
Ecc 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Revelation 3 is strand one: we will be kept from the hour of temptation.
Luke 11 is strand two (the Lords prayer) : 4Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.d ’
2 Peter 2:9 is strand three: The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
And here my friends ^^ is your cord of three strands directly from the Word of our Lord. Also notice it did not take a thousand page e-book to prove the point. The Lord is not wordy. Liars and frauds are wordy:
Prov 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
Be encouraged. The Lord told you to pray not to be led into temptation (trials) for a reason. The Lord told us He knows how to rescue the godly from temptation (trials), and He told us He is going to do what He knows how to do (rescue us from tempation/trials) in the days ahead. He did it for Noah, He did it for Lot and He is going to do it again for His Church. That is not my opinion, that is promise based FACT from the Word of the Lord in Revelation 3.
What we have to do between now and then is hold on. We have to use the days left to us for good, to do whatever good our hands find to do and to walk with the Lord our God.
grace and peace
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