Professor VLADIMIR Ph. MARTZINKOVSKI
Martzinkovskis With Christ in Soviet Russia,* already issued in seven languages,
carries a warning and also a golden comfort.
The warning is of an anti-God crusade that can only ripen into the Great
Tribulation: the comfort lies in his experience, in at least a section of the
Russian horrors, of triumphant grace.
For while we are not appointed unto wrath (1 Thess.
5: 9), which proves that not all believers must pass through the great and terrible day of the Lord, we can incur
wrath (Eph. 5: 6), and it is difficult to
see what Antichrist can do to believers which they have not already suffered in
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has been no fundamental change in the situation in
In my examination before the Cheka it became evident that my examiner was chiefly interested in my relations with the Orthodox hierarchy. I believe, I replied, that there should be received through baptism as responsible members of the Church such persons only as have been enlightened through the teachings of the New Testament, have experienced conversion, and have made the decision to serve Christ alone, instead of pursuing worldly desires. Because of this conviction, I myself submitted to baptism on September 1st, 1920, thereby virtually breaking with the present-day Orthodox Church, and excluding myself from the ranks of its orthodox members. The examiner was silent a moment. Then, I am surprised, he said. You are a philosopher - and yet you ascribe that sort of significance to religious ceremonials. Thats just it, I said‑ - baptism meant for me that I was burying in the river, in the name of Christ, my reputation and every opinion which people might hold of me.
most difficult thing to endure in the prison was not the physical discomforts -
hunger, crowding and foul air - but the foul moral atmosphere of the
place. For I was forced
to listen to ceaseless cursing, swearing, and the recounting of cynical
anecdotes. The room seemed filled
with poison gas. At one time I became
very much distressed. But at last I
resolved to deal with fear in a proper manner.
I pictured vividly to myself the worst fate possible; namely, to be
shot. But, I said to myself, to die for
Christ is the highest of all privileges.
Because everybody must die some time, and often death comes because of
ones own stupidity, or for some trivial cause.
And furthermore, death seemed easier and less repugnant to me than some
experiences to which I had been subjected, in the morally filthy atmosphere in
which I lived, or than the prospect of being sent to
I came more and more to realize that imprisonment represented not so much a form of suffering to which men wished to subject me, as a definite mission - a detail, as they say in army parlance - for the continuance of my own training, and to enable me to help those around me. I was never so light-hearted anywhere else, in all my life, as I was in prison. I used to love to sing in a choir: but here I would often sing alone. Only suffering could impart to music such a spiritual quality. Many of the members of the congregation would join in the singing, and out of the very depths of hearts mellowed by lifes most difficult trials came the words as they chanted: Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted ... Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
second source of strength was Gods Word.
If windows give us access, so to speak, to the wide open plains of the
blue sky, the Word of God furnishes us a door to the infinite spaces of the
spiritual heaven. Hereafter ye shall see heaven opened,
said Christ. And it was not mere empty
words that Napoleon spoke, when on
I shall not stop even to speak of the many other gains, both spiritual and intellectual, which I received from prison life, except the revelation of that one truth which was engraved upon my heart in words of fire: With Christ to be in prison is freedom; without Christ even freedom is a Prison. Praise God for such a trial! And in exile I have learned yet another truth: though my fatherland is dearer to me than any other country, with Christ I am no orphan, even in a foreign land; whereas within Him, even in our own respective lands, we are but foreigner-nomads, surplus population.
We Russian exiles have come to the western world from
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 (Rev. 12: 2). And in
ESCAPE FROM THE TRIBULATION
By JAMES P. WELLIVER
must not be overlooked, that to
Teachers are distressed because some see the Church going to heaven in more than one company. But Paul said every man would go in his own order. This word is also translated rank, and means literally a series or succession (1 Cor. 15: 20-23). Military men were not distressed because the First Division of the American Army in the world war went over the sea first, nor because it took many shiploads to take the millions across. Neither did they count the army ruptured because some remained for training while others were at the front. And if, through the ages, God has taken generation after generation into His rest and comfort ahead of time, through death, and this has not ruptured the body, what is so forbidding about the idea of a few of these who precede, doing so without death? God will get the companies all there in due time, and this age will not end without some kind of transition events, as others have done. The principle of a Double Rapture is sound. All the parts put together will constitute The Rapture - one event in two (or more) phases.
All ends with the visible appearance of Christ in the heavens, the crucial hour when for the first time in the whole Plan ALL the elect have been gathered from the ends of heaven. The residue yet living must be raptured in order to be in the final gathering, and the martyrs of their number must be raised. A final phase of the (one) Rapture! How beautifully it fits in every detail! That great last gathering of all the elect could not have been possible so long as the duties of some of them had not been accomplished. Almost up to the moment of His appearing there will be some of the elect still engaged in testimony, or else waiting in the grave or at its edge, for resurrection and rapture. But with some called to Him from the ends of heaven, whence they were taken in the former phases, and some now taken in the final phase of the (one) Rapture, nothing remains lacking, and any seemingly unanswerable passage is made clear.
The reader will see in these studies, impartially considered, a way to reconcile the extreme views, which have seemed hopelessly far apart heretofore. Nor is it in the slightest degree a compromise, as any mind willing and able to weigh the evidence will admit. The Gospel outlines become clear and simple. God prepare us for the great and fast approaching Day of Christ, both in knowledge of and submission to the inspired Word!
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