Shortly things are going to get worse, much worse, for most of the population of the earth. There is going to be much suffering, deprivation and pain. Those of you who have been deceived into thinking you are going to avoid it by being raptured to Heaven have another thing coming. Don't let the deceptions confuse you into losing faith in our beloved Savior, it wasn't Him who deceived you, it was the false prophets, woe unto them.
Faith in God is the only weapon we truly have to overcome to the end and be saved. By faith we believe that the Lord hears our prayers and that He is abiding in us and through Him we can overcome the world also, as He did.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
... for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
II Corinthians 5:7:
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
... The just shall live by faith.
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
By the end times, we as believers should have acquired much testimony to build our faith and endure the tribulations which are coming. All of us have had trials and tribulations to overcome, but in the end times, we'll all go through them together, or at least, at the same time. Again, faith will be the key to our survival, or ability to endure the tests which are coming soon.
Revelation of John 12:11:
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
We know that the rich men of the earth that oppress us are turning the screws ever tighter, taking away all that they can to make themselves richer and make our lives more difficult. We must not fear them, or their master Satan. We must not bend a knee to them, or to their master.
But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
We know that our weapons to fight against evil are prayer and faith in God alone, to overcome the strongholds of the enemy, the trials to come. We also know that God will not give us more than we can bear, that He alone is our refuge, our strong tower, the shining light which leads us out of darkness and into the splendid light of His salvation. Remember all these things, remember the Word of God, remember that we are His children, not of this world, but awaiting the Kingdom to come. Remember that this life in the flesh is but a sliver of eternity with the Lord Jesus Christ! Keep your eyes on Him alone and walk by faith. Do not fear any man, or anything that man can do to you, but speak the truth, declare it boldly no matter the consequences. Now more than ever be led by the Spirit of God and not the flesh. Remember, these are indeed the beginning of sorrows, but for the believer, it is also nearer to our Savior's return!
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.