THE WORLD IN UNITE
We see much of the world coming together in common efforts to stop the Russian aggression on Ukraine. It is a certain solidarity, harmony of interests and responsibilities among the nations to support a certain action they believe is moral and good for all.
How did this happen? We see nations and people of different convictions and some that even strongly oppose the other, have come together in mutual agreement and support. When people face a common threat, they lay aside differences and work together.
A RELIGIOUS UNITY
What about the Believer, what brings us together, trouble, hardships, or a common enemy? Yes, those things can have an effect. However, not every union of peoples and churches are scriptural, as in the forming of denominations controlled by men, a union to protect, what each believes to be the truth.
Scripturally speaking, it will be a uniting of men, in a religious form, that will enforce the marking of the beast (Rev 13:16). And all that will not unite, will be an enemy to the common good of mankind. It will be a religious unity of the anti-Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12).
We also see it foretold in the Bible that there will be a final war. Some call it world war three, others know it as Armageddon, in which, the nations of the world will unite together in a common effort of destruction of a nation and a people that belong to God. It is than that God intervenes with His armies from heaven (Rev 19:11-21).
What will bring the true church (Bride of Christ) together? I do not believe that troubles, wars, or persecutions by a common enemy will unite Her, even though those things can bring people together for a season.
The following quote answers the above question. This quote is taken from the sermon of William Branham preached in August of 1963, titled, "The Uniting Time and Sign."
"God is uniting His Bride. She is coming together, from the East and the West, and the North and South. There is a uniting time, and that's on right now. What is She uniting for? The Rapture. Amen! God's getting Her ready. Yes sir, uniting! What is She uniting with? With the Word! 'For all heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word shall never pass away.' She's uniting Herself with THUS SAITH THE LORD regardless of what any denomination or anybody else says. She's uniting Herself. She's getting ready. Why? She is the Bride. That's right. And She's united Herself with Her Bridegroom, and the Bridegroom is the Word. 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.'"
Pastor Bill Ivy - Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri USA - www.livingwordtabernacle.com
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