Revelation 14 verse 13

Revelation 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

This verse refers specially to those believers who are killed by the anti-Christ government during the Tribulation period, but before the Seven Bowls of Wrath. The totality of Tribulation Period saints are in, and martyred. During the Seven Bowls of Wrath there will no one be saved, for all are destined for and are experiencing the wrath of God.

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Jeremiah 20 verse 9

Jeremiah 20:9  Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

When God calls someone to issue a warning (or warnings) on His behalf, it is hard, and sometimes there are painful consequences from the disobedient whom we warn. There's a strong temptation to be like Jonah. Or like John Mark who left Paul's team and went back.

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1 Kings 19 verses 15 and 16

 

1 Kings 19:15  And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
16  And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
 
Elisha had been running away from vengeful Jezebel, running for his life (1 Kings 19:1-3).
 
He had faced the devil and was apparently defeated.
 
There, at Beersheba, God started a fresh set of lessons for Elijah, lessons on withstanding all that the devil could want to throw at him.
First, He sent heavenly food to strengthen Elijah.
 
Then He let Elijah go to Mount Horeb, where God had met with the nation of Israel as they came out from under slavery to Egypt and her false gods.
 
There the Lord spoke to Elijah and asked him what he was doing there. After Elijah narrated briefly his piteous condition, God sent a great and strong mountain-tearing, rock-crushing wind. Then He sent an earthquake. Finally He sent a rock.
 
Then the Lord spoke again, in a still small voice, and asked the same question, which Elijah answered with the same piteous narrative.
 
But then the Lord declared that Elijah had passed the test!

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