The church is and has been in tribulation for many false Christs (anointed ones) and many false prophets who covet after other’s “gold, silver and apparel” lead MANY astray from having love for one another and into denominations of envying, strive and hatred of one another. They do not spare the flock. They remove the “daily” sacrifice (having love for one another as He loved us and gave His life for us as a sacrifice) from us so that His LIFE will never appear in OUR MORTAL FLESH. They lead many into idolatry for many serve the lusts of men who go after the things of this world as they suppose that GAIN IS GODLINESS. They want bigger church buildings, bigger congregations, bigger ministries, bigger bank accounts, etc….etc…..etc….etc….and they instill these idolatrous things into their congregations hearts as they take what they want through covetousness (the abomination of desolation) using feigned words as they make merchandise of them. They suppose that gain is godliness. But the mercy of God shall cut short these days….for there would be NO FLESH SAVED. We are saved by His grace. He sends us the Light...His knowledge. The LIFE of Jesus is not appearing in our mortal flesh because of the false prophets and their deceptive, flattering words that make merchandise of us. The “gospel” is hid to them that are “lost”…that is, they are PERISHING (lost) from off this earth as the “god of this world” has blinded their minds to His knowledge as they serve their own bellies and not our Lord Jesus Christ. They perish without truly knowing what the Lord has done for us. They say “Lo, here is Christ or there”….but we are not to believe it….for Christ is within us, the hope of glory. We are hoping that His life within is to be revealed in our outer mortal flesh...the glory. The coming of the Son of man is like the “lightning” that shines from the “east” unto the “west”. Christ is the LIGHT that shines within our hearts…for God commanded the Light to shine out of the darkness and it shines FIRST WITHIN OUR HEARTS. The Light shines in the “east”….the rising of Light within our dark hearts. 2 Corinthians 4:3-12 KJV (3) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (5) For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. The Light rises in the "east"....shining in our hearts... (6) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (8) We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; (9) Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; The Light within us shall also shine in our mortal bodies as His life within us also will eventually appear in our outer flesh. The word “manifest” = “to render apparent, SHINING”. The shining goes from the heart and shines unto His life appearing outwardly. (10) Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. (11) For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. (12) So then death worketh in us, but life in you. The “lightning” comes out of the “east” and shines unto the “west” as the Son of man….the life of Jesus… appears in our mortal flesh. The word “west” means “sunset, TO SINK”. We are to “SINK INTO” …putting on…the “NEW” man. The deceiver and the antichrist deny the Jesus comes in our mortal flesh. Matthew 24: (27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Wherever the “dead”, lifeless body is without His life appearing in the mortal body, there the false Christs and false apostles gather together who deny that Jesus comes in our flesh. (28) For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. We are FIRST renewed in the spirit of our mind…..the Son of man shines from the “east” within…. Ephesians 4: (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And we are also to “put on”…that is, SINK INTO…the “new man” in our mortal flesh by being righteous and having true holiness. The Greek word for “put on” means “to sink into”. The sun "sinks" in the west. The sun shines from the east to the west….the “lightning” shines from the east unto the west. The Light shines within our hearts first…the east…. and the life of Jesus shall then shine unto the sinking of us (putting on) into the new man....the west. “Put on” = “TO SINK INTO”. (24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (25) Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. The “sun” sinks in the “west”. We are to “sink into” the new man without sinning in our wrath…LET NOT THE SUN GO DOWN upon your wrath. (26) Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Christ, who is our LIFE, shall appear in our mortal flesh (the Son of man) if we do mortify our tongues that are upon the earth where there is covetousness, envying and strife. When His life shall appear in our mortal bodies, we shall appear with Him in glory. Christ IN US, the hope of glory. We are hoping and expecting His life to also appear on the outward, renewed man…the new man..that we “sink into” as if putting on a white, clean garment. Colossians 3:2-10 KJV (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (5) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (6) For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: (7) In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. (8) But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (9) Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; We are to put on (SINK INTO, the sun shines unto the west) the NEW…the youthful…which is RENEWED in KNOWLEDGE after the image of Him who created Him. (10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: False Christs and false prophets have us wandering around looking for Christ…. when He is truly within us and also is supposed to appear....to SHINE... in our mortal flesh. Christ IN US, the HOPE OF GLORY. Matthew 24:22-28 KJV (22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. (23) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. (24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (25) Behold, I have told you before. (26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. (27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (28) For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.