What is the Coming Tribulation All About? Part 3

July 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM 7 comments

PowerPoint-Template-The-Tribulation_slide1_426x320This is the third in a series of articles on the Tribulation. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here. It is important before going on further that we understand a few things about the Tribulation period.

There are those who believe that the Tribulation is simply a form of God allowing persecution to affect His people here on earth. They argue that persecution has always been with us and though we are safe and secure from God’s wrath, Jesus said we would have “tribulation” in this world. I believe I showed in the first part that there is a general meaning for the word “tribulation” and a much more specific meaning for the word when it is referencing the period of time of seven-years mentioned by Daniel (9:27).

I fully believe that this coming seven-year period is a time when God will pour out His wrath onto this world. I explained this in Part 1. As another proof of this, please note that Revelation 5 depicts a scene in heaven where a seven-sealed scroll is introduced. This scroll appears to be something special and at first, it looks like no one is found worthy to open it. John the apostle, who witnesses this scene, breaks down into tears because all seemed hopeless.

Doubtless, John felt that this scroll was extremely important and if no way was found to open it, nothing could progress. Of course he was right and as it turned out, the Lamb Himself was found worthy. He went to the throne and took the seven-sealed scroll. Then all in heaven praised Him! The pageantry could continue. Even though no one knew what was in the scroll, the sense was that it was extremely important that someone be found worthy to open it.

Revelation 6 is where the results of opening the scroll are seen. In our last part, we discussed the First Seal, the rider on the white horse. I’ll explain a bit more about that in part 4 than I did in part 2. Note something very important here though. All of the action takes place or originates from the throne room of God. The Lamb is in complete control regarding what seal gets opened and when.

Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

It is the Lamb who breaks the seal, in His own time. All eyes look to Him. Once He breaks the First Seal, we see a scene which represents God’s wrath being poured out onto the earth. As we go through all seven seals, then seven trumpets, then finally, seven bowls that are part of the seven-sealed scroll of Revelation 5, we understand that God uses these judgments (for that is what they are) to literally judge the nations for their rejection of Him and ill-treatment of Israel, as well as He uses the judgments to purify God’s final remnant, a remnant that He will pull out of the nation of Israel.

What we will see as we continue through this series in which we break down the action in the coming Tribulation period is nothing less than God’s wrath being poured out on the unbelieving world. Does the Rapture occur prior to the Tribulation? I believe it does, but frankly, I won’t be spending any time on the Rapture in this series. You need to ask yourself a question: if it turns out that the Rapture does not occur prior to the Tribulation, are you prepared to suffer for His sake at the hands of the unbelieving in this world? Your answer needs to be a resounding YES!

I was recently told that I am deceived because I believe that the Rapture will occur before the Tribulation. I’m frankly very tired of hearing it. Somehow only the PreTrib Rapture view is the one that is “deception.” No one else says that about the others. Yet, the MidTrib and PreWrath Rapture both tend to espouse views that have the Church leaving this earth before God’s wrath really gets going. I see the entire Tribulation as God’s wrath, while others see the first part of the Tribulation as either Satan’s wrath, man’s wrath (against man) or a combination of both.

With respect to the Rapture, only one can be correct (and let’s not deal with the fact that some believe there will be no Rapture at all). They all cannot be correct. Which one is it? You’ll have to do your own prayerful study. But if only one is correct, then all the others must stem from deception, correct? It’s not simply the PreTrib Rapture that is born of deception (if it is). The PreWrath Rapture and the MidTrib Rapture both have similar problems. Only the PostTrib Rapture does not allow the Church to “escape” from God’s wrath (because they look at “wrath” differently), but even so, that alone does not make that position the correct one.

I don’t want to deal with the Rapture in this set of articles. I believe the entirety of the Tribulation represents God’s wrath pouring out onto humanity. He does so because of the very event that begins the Tribulation period – the fact that Israel’s leaders sign a covenant with the surrounding Arab states. In doing so, they will have signed a deal with the devil. This is what causes God to begin pouring out His wrath as seen in the various seals, trumpets, and bowls beginning in Revelation 6.

If not for the covenant that Antichrist brokers with Israel and the Arab nations who hate her, the Tribulation would not happen. It is that one event that causes God’s patience to run out. He is at once angry to overflowing with Israel for relying on themselves instead of Him and He is angry with the world for the way they have constantly maligned His chosen people.

The Tribulation represents God’s wrath from beginning until the return of Jesus ends it. It’s all wrath. All of it. As far as I’m concerned, whether God allows that wrath to touch me (if the Church is left here), that’s completely up to Him. I do not see the Rapture as an “escape clause” because – as some say – I allegedly do not want to suffer for Christ. That arrogance seen in the way PostTribbers and others denigrate many Christians today needs to stop. It does not honor God.

We will pick up next time with more on the first seal of Revelation 6 as well as the second seal. Join me then.

 

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7 Comments

  • 1. ICA  |  July 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Ask Christians all throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Asia and any other place where Islam dominates. They will not tell you that the tribulation is coming. They will tell you it is already here.

    • 2. modres  |  July 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      I’m sure they will. The difference though is how the specific period of the Tribulation (Jacob’s Trouble, etc.) is defined in Scripture. Jesus foretells a time when persecution of Christians will be terrible (in His Olivet Discourse) but that is not necessarily the Tribulation period. The Tribulation period has a specific purpose and while it includes persecution, that is not the purpose of it. The purpose is twofold: 1) to draw out a final remnant from Israel, and 2) to allow Satan to TRY to overcome Jesus.

      I’m sure the Christians during Nero’s day may have been tempted to think that the Tribulation had arrived as well, but it hadn’t. It was massive persecution, but was not the Tribulation period.

      We need to stop allegorizing Scripture. It speaks plainly enough. The Tribulation period will begin when the Antichrist rises to confirm a covenant with Israel’s leaders. That’s the starting point. The terrible nature of persecution has no bearing on when the Tribulation period begins at all. Persecution has always existed since the time of Christ and will simply worsen as the end approaches.

      Persecution cannot nor should not be used as a barometer to determine if the Tribulation has begun. It’s simply not a sign at all.

      Let me ask you. If the Tribulation is occurring now, what specific event kicked it off? How does the entire chapter of Daniel 9 fit in and specifically, what do we do with Daniel 9:27?

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  • 4. Andre Alexander  |  July 14, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    What I find rather enigmatic is what is happening today in the world is rather much worse than in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot. In those days they did not have the commandments nor the law nor the prophets and last but not least the redemptive death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ !
    Now, in spite of what God has done thru Jesus the world is flaunting their filth and abominations in The Lord God’s face. How long has this to go on before The Lord says, ENOUGH !

    Andre Alexander

    • 5. modres  |  July 14, 2014 at 6:59 AM

      Yeah it is astonishing. Thanks for your thoughts.

  • 6. David Risselada  |  July 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    I can really see this period we are in as being Gods wrath. There are events occurring that are eerily similar to Biblical text. Especially concerning human behavior in the end times.

    • 7. modres  |  July 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      I agree, David.


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