Corrie Ten Boom on
the Rapture of the Church.
INTRODUCTION TO CORRIE'S LETTER
CORRIE TEN BOOM IN THIS LETTER BELOW COMMENTS
ON THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE VIEW WHICH IS POPULAR TODAY. AND SHE RELAYS A WORD OF WARNING TO US IN THE WEST FROM THE SUFFERING
YET VICTORIOUS UNDERGROUND CHURCH IN CHINA. SHE EXHORTS US TO PREPARE OURSELVES SPIRITUALLY IN CHRIST, IN HIS HOLY WORD, AND
BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT FOR THE COMING TRIALS OF OUR FAITH. SHE TELLS OF THE CHINESE CHURCH IN A FORMER TIME BEING MISINFORMED, UNWARNED, AND ILL-PREPARED FOR THE PERSECUTIONS THAT BEGAN IN 1949 UNDER MAO TSE TUNG'S RED GUARDS. IN THIS LETTER CORRIE
ALSO WARNS THAT CHRISTIANS IN THE WEST TODAY ARE ALSO IN DANGER OF FALLING INTO A SIMILAR DISASTER BORN OF PASTORAL NEGLECT
AND UNPREPAREDNESS. CORRIE, IN CLASSIC DUTCH DIRECTNESS, PLAINLY STATES THAT THOSE WHO TEACH A PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE ARE AMONG THE FALSE TEACHERS JESUS WARNED US ABOUT. (-Mat.24:4-5)
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS BLOOD COVENANT ISSUE. WE MUST DISCARD ALL OUR PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS AND FANCIES. LET US SEARCH THE HOLY SCRIPTURES WITH ALL DILIGENCE IN
TRUE BEREAN FAITHFULNESS. NOWHWERE IN SCRIPTURE SHALL WE FIND ONE SINGLE VERSE TO PROVE THAT WESTERN CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS ARE
"OUTTA HERE" BEFORE THE RESURRECTION AT THE END OF THIS AGE. HOLY HISTORY STILL AWAITS THE "FINAL WITNESS" OF THE SAINTS. THE TRUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
WILL PLAY THIS CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE END-TIME DRAMA. THE LATTER DAYS WILL SEE THE SAINTS GO UP ONTO THE STAGE OF HISTORY. BUT
SAD TO REPORT, OUR PRESENT DAY LUKEWARM COMPROMISED LAODICEAN CHURCH IS SILENT ABOUT THIS. THE RELIGIOUS HIERARCHIES DO NOT SEEM TO THINK THAT SHARING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM BIBLE PROPHECY
IS IMPORTANT. BUT MESSIAH'S RETURN IS AN ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY. HE HAS GIVEN US HIS WORD ON THE MATTER. AND CHRISTIANS WHO
HOLD A BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW ARE PAYING ATTENTION AND TAKING THE INITIATIVE THEMSELVES. THEY ARE PREPARING THEIR HEARTS.
IN THE MAINSTREAM CHURCHES THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST IS A NEGLECTED AND ALMOST FORGOTTEN TRUTH. "RELIGI-BUSINESS"
COMES FIRST FOR THEM IT SEEMS. AND SO THESE WEIGHTIER MATTERS OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY ARE BEING SORELY NEGLECTED. CHURCHMEN
ARE FAILING TO WARN AND PREPARE COMFORTABLE WESTERN CHRISTIANS TO TAKE UP THEIR CROSS. VERY FEW CHRISTIANS ARE EVEN AWARE THAT AT SOME FUTURE TIME, (PROBABLY
IN THEIR LIFETIME), THE NATIONAL FLAGS WILL COME DOWN AND THIS WORLD WILL ENTER INTO A NEW WORLD ORDER. AND JUST AS IT HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, THE HISTORY OF THIS PRESENT AGE WILL ENTER INTO ITS FINAL PHASE.
JESUS SAID THAT HIS FOLLOWERS WOULD BE CALLED UPON TO TAKE THEIR STAND BEFORE KINGS AND RULERS. BUT TODAY'S OVER-INDULGED
WESTERN CHRISTIANS HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED THAT THE PEOPLE JESUS HAS SPOKEN ABOUT MIGHT BE THEM.
OF MOSES AND THE WORDS OF OUR COMING MESSIAH IN THE OLIVET DISCOURSE ARE QUITE PLAIN. AT SOME FUTURE TIME THE SAINTS WILL GO UP TO WITNESS. AND WHEN THEY EMERGE FROM THE COMING GREAT TRIBULATION THEY WILL BE A REFINED COMPANY DRESSED IN WHITE. THEY WILL BE THE OVERCOMERS JOHN SAW IN REVELATION CHAPTER 7.
CORRIE'S MESSAGE HERE IS " A WORD TO THE WISE" AND CRUCIAL INFORMATION. THE WESTERN CHURCH HAS BEEN GRIEVOUSLY
MISINFORMED. RELIGIOUS SPIRITS OF MAMMON ARE PULLING THE STRINGS OF OUR ESTABLISHED BIBLE TEACHERS, MOST OF WHOM ARE OTHERWISE QUITE
SOUND IN THEIR DOCTRINE. THE BIBLICAL FACTS OF A LATE POST-TRIBULATION RESURRECTION-RAPTURE ARE PLAIN TO SEE. BUT IN PLACING THEIR OWN PERSONAL CAREER GOALS BEFORE THE HOLY SCRIPTURES BIBLE PROPHECY TEACHERS ARE BOWING
TO POPULARITY AND TIPPING THEIR HAT TO THE MERCHANT SPIRIT OF THE AGE. THEY ARE GOING THE WAY OF JEROBOAM AND LEADING GOD'S
COVENANT PEOPLE INTO GREAT ERROR. THEY ARE CAUSING CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS TO STRAY FROM THE STRAIT AND NARROW WAY, TO FALL SHORT
OF THE GLORY, . . . TO SIN. CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN MIS-DIRECTED AWAY FROM THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS. THEY ARE BEING HERDED DOWN
THE LOW ROAD TO FOLLOW MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN. CHRISTIANS IN THE WEST ARE BEING UNWITTINGLY SET UP FOR A "GREAT FALLING
AWAY", EVEN A GREAT APOSTASY.
SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. WE SERVE A LOVING FAITHFUL GOD WHO PROMISES TO KEEP HIS COVENANT PEOPLE FROM THE WRATH TO COME. BUT HE DOES TELL THEM THAT "IN THIS WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TRIBULATION" WHICH IS SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT. WE ARE THE ONES WHO COMPROMISE OURSELVES INTO OUR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS.
SO WHEN OUR GOD CALLS HIS COVENANT PEOPLE TO THE "FINAL WITNESS" HE IS BEING COMPLETELY RIGHTEOUS AND FAIR. HE WANTS
THE VERY BEST FOR THOSE HE LOVES. THE END-TIME TESTIMONY OF THE SAINTS IS NOT THE "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE" THAT WE HAVE
BEEN TOLD THAT IT IS. "PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS", "SURVIVAL", and "LOOKING OUT FOR NUMBER ONE" MAY
HAVE BEEN OUR WATCHWORDS IN TIMES PAST. BUT SENTIMENTS SUCH AS THESE WILL NOT "CUT IT" IN THOSE AWESOME TIMES TO
COME. WE ARE BEING CALLED TO GO BEYOND OUR CARNALITY AND REPENT OF OUR LUCIFERIAN RELIGIOUS SELFISM. GOD IS CALLING US TO
CRUCIFY THE OLD MAN. AS A NEW MAN IN CHRIST WE ENTER INTO THE HIGHER REALM OF TOTAL CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT. AT THE END WE BREAK THROUGH WITH HIM INTO THE GLORY. CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS IN CHINA KNOW AND UNDERSTAND BLOOD COVENANT CHRISTIANITY. THESE DEAR SAINTS ARE NOT OFFENDED BY THE CALL. SO WHY SHOULD WE BE?
OUR REDEEMER HAS CALLED US TO THE WAY OF THE CROSS. SHOULD THAT BE AN OFFENSE TO US? TRUE CHRISTIANS HAVE IN FACT BEEN COMMISSIONED AS AGENTS IN AN EPIC SPIRITUAL WAR. JESUS
HAS ALREADY DEFEATED THE POWERS OF DARKNESS AT CALVARY. HE HAS NOW GIVEN US HIS AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS ON HIS BEHALF
HERE BELOW UNTIL THE TIME OF HIS RETURN. AS A FURTHER LEGAL MATTER WE ALSO SEE IN THE GREAT COMMISSION THAT OUR COMMISSION DOES NOT EXPIRE SEVEN YEARS BEFORE THE CLIMAX OF THIS PRESENT ERA . OUR COMMISSION EXTENDS RIGHT THROUGH TO THE VERY 'END OF THE AGE'.
APOSTLE PAUL CHARGED US TO "RUN WITH PATIENCE AND ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US". THIS MEANS SOME COMPANY OF SAINTS WILL TAKE THE BATON RIGHT THROUGH TO THE FINISH LINE. (Heb.12:1)
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE NATIONS ARE RAGING AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH. (Psalm 2) AND YES, WE SEE THE
DARK CLOUDS OF THE APPROACHING STORM. BUT DEAR SAINTS, WE CANNOT EVEN THINK OF DESERTING OUR MESSIAH IN SUCH A TIME AS THIS. THE WONDERFUL TESTIMONY OF CORRIE TEN BOOM AND HER SISTER BETSY WAS THIS.
IS NO PIT SO DEEP THAT THE PRESENCE OF GOD IS NOT THERE WITH US!"
LIKE KING DAVID CORRIE TESTIFIES OF THE WONDERFUL PRESENCE
OF GOD IN TIMES OF TESTING AND TRIAL. HE PREPARES A TABLE BEFORE US, EVEN IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR ENEMIES. THE BREAD AND THE
WINE OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT IS THERE ON THE TABLE BEFORE US. A TRUE BRIDE IS MORE THAN JUST A PASSIVE PURCHASED CONCUBINE. SO SHE WILL NOT BAULK AT THE BRIDAL WITNESS. SHE WILL STAND WITH HER BRIDEGROOM,
COME WHAT MAY. SHE WILL TAKE THE CUP AND DRINK IT WITH HER BETROTHED. SHE CO-SIGNS THE MARRIAGE DOCUMENT. THEN SHE GOES ON
TO SEAL IT IN THE DEVOTION. AND SO SHE ENTERS INTO THE MANSIONS OF GLORY WITH HER BRIDEGROOM. OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL. HE IS FOREVER
DEMONSTRATING HIS LOVINGKINDNESS TOWARDS HIS COVENANT PEOPLE.
SO WHY ALL THIS FEAR AND HIDING FROM THE END-TIME TRUTH? THE WESTERN CHURCH CAN BE, AND SHOULD BE, ENCOURAGED. THE FINAL SEVEN YEARS OF THIS AGE WILL SEE THE LATE PEAKING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OUTPOURING. THIS GLORIOUS FUTURE REALITY WAS SPOKEN OF BY THE PROPHET JOEL.
THIS WILL BRING THE PROMISED LATTER RAIN AND THE END TIME REVIVAL FOR THE CALLED, THE CHOSEN, AND THE FAITHFUL. (JOEL 2:28-32)
THE "FINAL WITNESS" OF THE SAINTS AT THE 5TH SEAL HAS BEEN ORDAINED OF GOD. THIS WILL LEAD RIGHT ON TO THE 6TH SEAL AND THE SECOND COMING OF MESSIAH. YES THERE WILL BE MANY
WHO WILL FORSAKE THE COVENANT AND FALL AWAY FROM THE FAITH. BUT THROUGH IT ALL GOD WILL SURELY PRESERVE A REMNANT, EVEN HIS CHOSEN ONES. HE WILL REMEMBER HIS SAINTS IN EXILE. AND AT THE END OF THIS AGE OUT AT MYSTERY BOZRAH OUR RETURNING MESSIAH WILL ENTER INTO HIS SHEEPFOLD AS "THE BREAKER".
(Mic.2:12-13) WITH WRATH POURED OUT UPON HIS ENEMIES HE WILL COME TO US AS OUR DELIVERER. DAVID'S SONG IN PSALM 2 IS AN EYE OPENER. HERE WE SEE YHVH-GOD LAUGHING AT THOSE WHO OPPOSE HIS MESSIAH.
SO WHAT IS OUR PROBLEM? WHY SHOULD WE FEAR?
AND WHY IS THE WESTERN CHURCH BAULKING AT THE END-TIME WITNESS?
IS CORRIE'S LETTER.
HER MESSAGE HAS BEEN ENTITLED,
"PREPARED FOR THE COMING TRIBULATION".
WE MIGHT ALSO ENTITLE IT,
'CORRIE TEN BOOM AND THE RAPTURE'.
is from a letter Corrie wrote in 1974)
"The world is deathly ill. It is dying. The Great
Physician has already signed the death certificate. Yet there is still a great work for Christians to do. They
are to be streams of living water, channels of mercy to those who are still in the world. It is possible for them to
do this because they are overcomers.
Christians are ambassadors for Christ.
They are representatives from Heaven to this dying world. And because of our presence here, things will change.
My sister, Betsy,
and I were in the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbruck because we committed the crime of loving Jews. Seven hundred
of us from Holland, France, Russia, Poland and Belgium were herded into a room built for two hundred. As far as I knew,
Betsy and I were the only two representatives of Heaven in that room.
We may have been the Lord's only representatives in that place
of hatred, yet because of our presence there, things changed. Jesus said, "In the world you shall have tribulation;
but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." We too, are to be overcomers – bringing the light of Jesus
into a world filled with darkness and hate.
Sometimes I get frightened as I read the Bible, and as I look in this world and see
all of the tribulation and persecution promised by the Bible coming true. Now I can tell you, though, if you too are
afraid, that I have just read the last pages. I can now come to shouting "Hallelujah! Hallelujah!" for I have
found where it is written that Jesus said,
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things:
I will be His God,
and he shall be My son."
This is the future and hope of this world. Not that the world will survive
– but that we shall be overcomers in the midst of a dying world.
Betsy and I, in the concentration camp, prayed that God would
heal Betsy who was so weak and sick.
"Yes, the Lord will heal me,", Betsy said with confidence.
died the next day and I could not understand it. They laid her thin body on the concrete floor along with all the other corpses
of the women who died that day.
was hard for me to understand, to believe that God had a purpose for all that. Yet because of Betsy's death, today
I am traveling all over the world telling people about Jesus.
There are some among us teaching there will be no tribulation,
that the Christians will be able to escape all this. These are the false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the
latter days. Most
of them have little knowledge of what is already going on across the world. I have been in countries where the saints are
already suffering terrible persecution.
In China, the Christians were told, "Don't worry, before the tribulation comes
you will be translated – raptured." Then came a terrible persecution. Millions of Christians were tortured
to death. Later I heard a Bishop from China say, sadly,
"We have failed.
We should have made
the people strong for persecution,
rather than telling them Jesus would come first.
Tell the people how to be
strong in times of persecution,
how to stand when the tribulation comes,
– to stand and not faint."
feel I have a divine mandate to go and tell the people of this world that it is possible to be strong in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are in training for the tribulation, but more than sixty percent of the Body of Christ across the world has already entered
into the tribulation. There is no way to escape it.
We are next.
I have already gone through prison for Jesus' sake, and since I met the Bishop in China, now every time I read a good
Bible text I think, "Hey, I can use that in the time of tribulation." Then I write it down and learn it by
I was in the concentration camp, a camp where only twenty percent of the women came out alive, we tried to cheer each other
up by saying, "Nothing could be any worse than today." But we would find the next day was even worse. During
this time a Bible verse that I had committed to memory gave me great hope and joy.
"If ye be reproached for the
name of Christ, happy are ye;
for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you;
part evil is spoken of,
but on your part He is glorified."
(I Peter 3:14)
I found myself saying, "Hallelujah!
Because I am suffering,
Jesus is glorified!"
America, the churches sing, "Let the congregation escape tribulation", but in China and Africa the tribulation has
already arrived. This last year alone more than two hundred thousand Christians were martyred in Africa. Now things like that
never get into the newspapers because they cause bad political relations. But I know. I have been there. We need to think
about that when we sit down in our nice houses with our nice clothes to eat our steak dinners. Many, many members of the Body
of Christ are being tortured to death at this very moment, yet we continue right on as though we are all going to escape the
years ago I was in Africa in a nation where a new government had come into power. The first night I was there some of the
Christians were commanded to come to the police station to register. When they arrived they were arrested and that same night
they were executed. The next day the same thing happened with other Christians. The third day it was the same. All the Christians
in the district were being systematically murdered.
The fourth day I was to speak in a little church. The people came, but they were
filled with fear and tension. All during the service they were looking at each other, their eyes asking, "Will this one
I am sitting beside be the next one killed? Will I be the next one?"
The room was hot and stuffy with insects that came through the
screenless windows and swirled around the naked bulbs over the bare wooden benches. I told them a story out of my childhood.
I was a little girl, " I said, "I went to my father and said,
"Daddy, I am afraid that I will never
be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ."
"Tell me," said Father,
"When you take
a train trip to Amsterdam,
when do I give you the money for the ticket?
Three weeks before?"
Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train."
"That is right," my father said, "and
so it is with God's strength.
Our Father in Heaven knows when you will need the strength to be a martyr for Jesus
He will supply all you need – just in time…"
My African friends were nodding and smiling.
Suddenly a spirit of joy descended
upon that church and the people began singing,
" In the sweet, by and by,
we shall meet on that beautiful
Later that week, half the congregation of that
church was executed.
I heard later that the other half was killed some months ago.
But I must tell you something. I was so happy
that the Lord used me to encourage these people, for unlike many of their leaders, I had the word of God. I had been to the
Bible and discovered that Jesus said He had not only overcome the world, but to all those who remained faithful to the end,
He would give a crown of life.
can we get ready for the persecution?
we need to feed on the Word of God, digest it, make it a part of our being. This will mean disciplined Bible
study each day as we not only memorize long passages of scripture, but put the principles to work in our lives.
Next we need to
develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not just the Jesus of yesterday, the Jesus of History,
but the life-changing Jesus of today who is still alive
and sitting at the right hand of God.
We must be filled
with the Holy Spirit.
This is no optional command of the Bible, it is absolutely necessary. Those earthly disciples could never have stood up under
the persecution of the Jews and Romans had they not waited for Pentecost. Each of us needs our own personal Pentecost, the
baptism of the Holy Spirit. We will never be able to stand in the tribulation without it.
In the coming persecution we must be
ready to help each other and encourage each other.
But we must not wait until the tribulation comes before
The fruit of the Spirit should be the dominant force of every Christian's life.
Many are fearful of the coming tribulation,
they want to run. I, too, am a little bit afraid when I think that after all my eighty years, including the horrible Nazi
concentration camp, that I might have to go through the tribulation also.
But then I read the Bible and I am glad.
I am weak, then I shall be strong, the Bible says. Betsy and I were prisoners for the Lord, we were so weak, but we got power
because the Holy Spirit was on us. That mighty inner strengthening of the Holy Spirit helped us through. No, you will not
be strong in yourself when the tribulation comes. Rather, you will be strong in the power of Him who will not forsake you.
For seventy-six years I have known the Lord Jesus and not once has He ever left me, or let me down.
"Though He slay me, yet
will I trust Him", (Job 13:15)
I know that to all who overcome,
He shall give the crown of life.
- Corrie Ten Boom
I got this letter from the Jesus is Lord website who in turn got it from the Liberty To The Captives Website who got it from a post on the Hiding Place discussion forum. Part of the letter appears in the book "When Jesus Returns"
by British evangelist and Bible teacher David Pawson. It is the highlighted section on page 199 copied from the book in the
Miss Corrie Ten Boom was a Dutch survivor of the Nazi Concentration Camps.
Her family had hidden Jews during the German occupation of Holland. For this they had been captured and sent off. Corrie was
the only one to come out alive. Corrie was just one of the many evangelical Christians sent to concentration camps during
the World War II. Her life hung in the balance during an ordeal that went on for years. But God was with her. Her faith was
preserved in and through those terrible trials. She lived to testify all over the world of how God kept her in, through, and
out of that time of tribulation. Corrie and her sister Betsy made this wonderful discovery.
"There is no pit so deep
that the Presence of God is not there with us".
Corrie was finally released because of a typographical error.
For this slip-up to occur in the highly
efficient Gestapo was surely a miracle.
The definitive book that tells her story is called, 'The Hiding
It is available on this video. Here is her story on Wikipedia.
Corrie Ten Boom has become a beloved light bearer for evangelicals around the world.
She is a shining example
of a Western Evangelical Christian who was tested under fire.
She was proven and refined in the crucible of history.
And she came through as gold.
In this capacity Corrie Ten Boom has earned the right to be heard.
She is eminently qualified to present this special word of warning to the Western Church.
In her worldwide travels Miss
Ten Boom met with many Christians abroad. Many in the Suffering Church were enduring persecution just as she had. She met
with Church leaders of the underground church in China. There she became aware of what had happened to the Chinese church
in 1949. At that time Mao Tse Tung was bringing China into communism. The American missionaries had left the country. Chinese
Christians entered into a time of intense persecution.
During that period the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine had been the
accepted teaching. But there was a problem. And it turned out to be a serious one. This Biblically unfounded doctrine had
not prepared the Chinese Church for witness under trial. Christian believers were interrogated and brutalized under the Red
Guard. Many fell away from the faith in those times.
Other Christians found the promised spiritual reserves. They endured these tribulations and came through victorious.
(See the wonderful video 'China Cry' by tested and proven Chinese overcomer Mrs. Nora Lam.)
The Chinese experience with Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine
is a telling one.
You will look for that doctrine in China today, and you will not find it.
It is extinct, ......
as dead as the Dodo bird.
It seems that this shameful escapist doctrine has been tried in the crucible of history.
And it has been found wanting!
The Chinese Church leaders asked Corrie to bring
a word of warning to the Christians in the West.
Responsible evangelicals realize that our present religious freedom
will not remain forever.
And so we now bring Miss Corrie Ten Boom's critically important message to the Western
It is a message we can ill afford to ignore.
Corrie knew her Jesus in a deep and personal way. She
also knew her Bible very well. Her life of victorious witness under persecution demonstrated and burned into her soul the
truths found in its pages. The life and witness of Corrie Ten Boom is a rare example of a true saint. Here we see an otherwise
ordinary modern Christian who embraced blood covenant devotion in the midst of great trials to emerge as an overcomer.
Corrie's conviction that the pre-tribulation rapture
eschatology was a false doctrine did not come by accident. Her life experience and a plain reading of the Holy Scriptures
had led her to uphold the traditional Pre-millennialist view of a Post Tribulation Resurrection-Rapture. This is the view that was held by the early Church fathers and by the saints down through 2,000 years.
The letter Miss Boom wrote in 1974 has been entitled "Prepared
for the Coming Tribulation".
In this letter she expressed a plea.
She exhorts Christian believers
to prepare themselves in Christ.
Bible believing Christians in the west are wise to pay close attention here.
The present political cover we have taken for granted will not be with us forever.
And one autumn day we may wake up to a different world, even a New World Order.
On that day the trumpets will be sounding on an epic day of celebration and alarm.
In such a situation our faith will surely be put to the
If we are not forewarned and forearmed we might not be prepared for the trials.
Christians not rooted
and established in the faith could be offended, and many probably will be.
Our Apostle Paul prophesied a great apostasy, a great 'falling away' from the faith. (2Thes.2:3)
So Corrie's message is a timely warning to the comfortable
The complacency and materialism we see today are the characteristics of the lukewarm Laodicean Church.
Jesus said that He would spew that church out of His mouth. (Revelation 3:16)
And yet this is the very church
He is inviting to sit down and sup with Him!
The end time drama will not be all darkness, gloom and hopelessness as we have been told. Joel saw the Holy Spirit climaxing in a true and genuine
end time revival. (Joel 2:28-32) The Tribulation saints will tested and exiled. And yet even in the Valley of Achor, (valley of tribulation and trial"), they will find themselves being mysteriously
drawn in a great serendipity into the divine romance.
The God of Israel, through His prophet Hosea, has made this declaration
concerning His true bride,
"I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
shall sing there, As in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt."
saw this glorious company arrayed in white robes and standing before the throne. They were victorious after all! John saw
them emerge as overcomers in blood covenant devotion to the Lamb. (Rev. 7:9-17 & 15:2-4)
So this message to the western church is exceedingly important. Corrie
Ten Boom has presented it with the straightforward and honest candor our Dutch brethren are known for. This is extremely rare
in the merchant church that controls the information these days.
Miss Boom's message of warning and encouragement is set forth below.
Carnal Christians may be offended
by this word of exhortation.
Many just don't want to hear such messages and denounce them "negative"..
But the woman of wisdom is still crying out in the streets. (Prov.1)
Unfortunately, most of those who pass by
are just not listening.
But the true saints will pay attention and discern
the spirits here.
These are the wise virgins, out finding the oil of the Holy Spirit.
They are preparing their lamps against the coming night.
And they, at least, deserve to know the truth.