Five Points Blog
- Brent Nelson
- Jul 27, 2012
O, how the Lord loves the elect, his own blood-bought people. You can’t help but see this great love for his people in the way the Lord orders the end of all time.
He plans that there be tribulations. These are times of trial to purify and beautify his church. There was one dramatic trial in 70 A.D., when the Roman armies defiled the Jewish temple by roasting a pig on the altar and razing the entire temple to the ground. But that event 1,942 years ago foretold what is yet to come. Jesus teaches that a far larger tribulation awaits: “For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be” (Mark 13:19). This great tribulation will not be confined to one small Palestinian city or one marauding army, but it will cover the earth such that “if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved” (Mark 13:20).
What’s God’s purpose in all this? Jesus explains, “But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days” (Mark 13:20). Again, our Lord warns of false christs who will arise “to lead astray, if possible, the elect” (Mark 13:22). But it is not possible. The elect cannot be snatched from the Father’s hand. That’s the point of the tribulation, to reveal who are the children of God! In the final days of false teaching—creating hatred, violence, death and destruction—the entire purpose is to reveal who God’s chosen ones truly are.
So when the trials come, don’t miss the purposes of God in it all; he means to so preserve and protect your faith in the middle of such suffering that you would glorify him in the final days. O, how he loves his elect!