"Free-will" is a constant. We always have it! We exercise it when we make the believer's decision and by "enduring to the end"; our will (or desire) is to remain faithful to Jesus until our physical death. The minute that we are born-again Satan steps up the attacks. His goal is to diminish the majesty of Christ by causing the children of God to abandon Jesus. We are to maintain our original faith so that will we "shall endure to the end", and then we "shall be saved". But you say, "You're saved when you believe!" Let's take a look at this parable:
Luke 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.My own parable: With salvation we get on God's ship. We are safe and under the care of the captain. He will never kick us off the ship. As long as we believe in and accept the "first mate" we're as safe as safe can be! However, out there in the sea is rough waters, turbulence, storms, great rocks, sand bars and icebergs. To keep us safe from that outside the ship the "second mate" helps us to persevere and not jump ship. However, let's say for example sirens are out there singing their sweet songs. Our desire may change. We exercise our free will and actually want to jump ship in spite of all the terrors in the water. This jumping into the sea is choosing "the wrong tree" so to speak. We still have a free-will, it's exercised and whereas we were safe before (saved), now we're not! Jumping ship is apostasy and that's what Satan tries to get us to do one "siren" at a time.
Those who stay on ship for the entire journey have "endured". In the last days we shall see many "sirens" in the world. The chief siren is the antichrist. He not only will tempt, but attack as well. His church and his government will be Satan's. My belief is that it will be a socialist caliphate. Here's why:
Revelation 20:4 "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."The method of execution is by the sword. Christians will be beheaded for not renouncing Jesus. Even now Christians, called Nazarenes or Nasara in the mid-east are given a choice. They can pick "the tree" they follow with their free-will, albeit the choices are really tough (just as with Job). Their choices are to convert, be taxed or die! They die because they choose salvation! They endure to the end! At this time those Christians (Nazarenes) homes are identified with a red "ن".
From The National Review Online (July 23, 2014):
"... the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, had marked homes and businesses owned by Christians with a red, painted ن (pronounced “noon”), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet and the equivalent to the Roman letter N. The ن stands for Nasara or Nazarenes, a pejorative Arabic word for Christians.
The president said that ISIL (ISIS) is not Islamic! What a fool! Here's what the Quran says about the methods of their caliphate:
Quran 5:33-“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution (by beheading), or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;”ISIL is just doing what their religion tells them to do! They are being obedient and they are Islamic zealots. The goal of Islam is a One-world government with Sharia Law and with the worship of Islam it hall be a world-wide caliphate. The world leader will be from the middle-east and will be"god" and "king" in mockery of Jesus!
Quran 8:12- “I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off.”
Quran 47:4- “Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), strike off their heads; at length; then when you have made wide Slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives”: thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens.”
If you're not in terror, you should be! I have Islamaphobia and if you don't "catch it" you'd better! The solution for us all is to pray to and worship Jesus! He will win the war and for me and my house, we choose the Lord. I wear this symbol for "n" as a symbol of my faithfulness to Jesus. I hope that I'm never here to trade my soul for my head, but I might be! If so, my hope is that the Holy Spirit makes it my will to endure to the end in spite of the hazards in the sea.