We cannot pick and choose which words of God to believe because Jesus says: “It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4).
We cannot believe some words of God and doubt other words of God; we must believe EVERY word of God! We must be very careful to not let certain beliefs and doctrines creep into our hearts to shake our trust and faith in the word of God.
Unfortunately, many people are still holding on to the belief that they will be “raptured” from this earth to escape the great period of tribulation. But, what does our Lord, Savior and King Jesus say:
“And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. [BUT THERE SHALL NOT A HAIR OF YOUR HEAD PERISH. IN YOUR PATIENCE POSSESS YE YOUR SOULS]” (Luke 21:16–19).
“[AND FEAR NOT THEM WHICH KILL THE BODY, BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO KILL THE SOUL]: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death (John 8:51).
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his [TRUST] in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).
“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come” (Isaiah 57:1).
The Apostle Paul very well said: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).
“For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living” (Romans 14:7-9).