Faith of
Our Fathers

the World &
Sharing In
Its Fate

8 May 2024

Those believers who
love this present age
will be left behind
to help them see it
for what it truly is

G.H. Pember (England, 1837-1910) was a great student of Biblical prophecy, and one of the earliest exponents of the view that some believers may face a serious discipline during the 1,000 years of the Lord’s reign upon the earth.

Consistent with this view, he also stressed that only the faithful saints will participate in the pre-tribulation rapture. (See, for example, Revelation 3:10). Those who have not been faithful to Christ, but who have instead loved the world, will not be taken until after the Great Tribulation.

This of course is according to the Apostle Paul’s word to the Galatian believers:

Do not be led astray; God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. For he who sows unto his flesh will reap corruption of the flesh, but he who sows unto the spirit will of the Spirit reap eternal life.
— Galatians 6:7-8

As Pember indicates in the quote below, however, being left behind during the Great Tribulation is not only a punishment for such believers; rather, it is also meant to help them, for as they pass through that terrible time, they will finally see the world for what it truly is, and thus turn to the Lord to seek Him for His salvation.

Since this is the case, we should ask the Lord for His mercy, that even today we would see through the world’s false appearance and recognize just how evil it is, so we may “be saved from this crooked generation!,” as Peter says (Acts 2:40), and be drawn out from “this present evil age,” as Paul says (Gal. 1:4), to become followers of Christ indeed.


G.H. Pember on the Fate of
the Unfaithful Believers

All faithless believers must share the fate of the world they have loved, and that day come upon them unawares. At an hour when they think not, unexpectedly as a thief in the night, He will have arrived in the air to beckon away all who are watching for Him; and, as Enoch vanished from among his fellows, they will depart, or as Lot was hurried through the streets of slumbering Sodom. But those believers who dare to sleep as do other men, who suffer their God-consciousness to grow drowsy, so that they become apathetic, and the powers of the world-to-come lose their hold upon them – such foolish ones must be left for a while among the wicked, to experience the full development and unrestrained nature of that lawlessness which they have not been sufficiently careful to avoid.
Great Prophecies, Volume 4, pages 569-570

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