Know of what you speak
Excerpt taken from, “This Side of the Whirlwind, the Coming Apocalypse” chapter 14, pages 263-265.
The Great Tribulation Versus the Wrath of God
Many a pastor, teacher, or layman believer has proclaimed the Body of Christ will not go through the Great Tribulation. This grand proclamation is based on the premise the Great Tribulation is the Wrath of God! If this declaration is true, then God’s Word will support such facts. Based on 1 Thessalonians 5:9, the Body of Christ will not enter the period known as the Wrath of God.
“For God did not appoint us (The Body of Christ) to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9 NKJV emphasis added).
So the question must be answered, are the Great Tribulation and the Wrath of God the same event, two distinctly separate events, or some other variation on the theme altogether?
The goal for this chapter will be to confirm either the distinct divisions between the Great Tribulation and the Wrath of God or the common ground that will conclusively unite the two concepts. Once the facts are all in, God’s Word will bear witness as to whether or not the Great Tribulation is or is not the Wrath of God or if the Great Tribulation doctrine itself is even a viable biblical concept.
In order to form a better understanding of each concept, let us examine separately and in detail elements for both the Great Tribulation and the Wrath of God. As we examine each piece of information, take a moment to consider who is doing to whom. For example, one of the elements pertinent to the tribulation period is, “A time when family and friends will betray one another.” Will this happenstance be perpetrated by humanity against humanity or God against humanity? Another example taken from elements known to represent the Wrath of God is: “A time when men’s hearts will fail them for fear of God’s wrath.” Who is causing the fear and frustration? Who is doing or going to do the action or lack of action to whom, and who will receive the negative results? Another way of studying the question is to consider whether the author of the calamity might be God or other humans? Is the specific element the result of humans afflicting other humans, or is the element something only God could do to humanity or to the earth? The answers to these questions will determine whether the events are part of the separation process taking place during the Great Consummation or simply a part of God’s Wrath, which will fall during the Great Tribulation. It should not be difficult to determine the answers for each element.
The Tribulation Period
Based on God’s Word, the following elements, events, or circumstances will take place during the Great Tribulation. The Tribulation Period will present a time:
- of trouble unlike any time in the history of the world (Daniel 12:1–2, Joel 2:2, Matthew 24:21, and Mark 13:19)
- when false prophets will manifest false signs, wonders, and potential miracles (Matthew 24:11, 24, and Mark 13:22)
- when false Christs or Messiahs will display false signs and wonders (Jeremiah 23:1–4, Matthew 24:5, Mark 13:6, and Luke 21:8)
- when wars and rumors of wars will span the globe (Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:7, and Luke 21:9)
- when family and friends will betray Christians (Matthew 24:9, 10; Mark 13:9–13; and Luke 21:16)
- with an abundance of earthquakes in odd and various places around the globe (Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, and Luke 21:11)
- of famines, possibly throughout the world (Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, and Luke 21:11)
- for great political upheaval, most likely on a global scale (Matthew 24:7, Mark13:8, and Luke 21:10)
- with global financial distress and upheaval (Revelation 13:14–18)
- when the Mark of the Beast will be issued throughout the world and imposed by every nation (Revelation 13:15–18)
- of tremendous persecution for Christians and Christian-based ministries; many countries will even put Christians to death for their faith (Matthew 24:9, Mark 13:11–13, and Luke 21:12–15)
- when scorners and mockers of the faith will become commonplace and acceptable in the mainstream and even preferred to street preachers or evangelists (2 Peter 3:3)
- when the body of Christ will be scattered and nearly destroyed (Daniel 7:15–25, 12:7; Luke 21:24, and Revelation 13:1–14)
- when conversions to Christianity (people getting saved) will cease to take place; genuine conversions to Christianity will cease worldwide when He Who Lets is taken out of the way (Joel 1:1–20; Revelation 9:20–21, 16:9, and 11; 2 Thessalonians 2:7–12)
- when the Two Witnesses will begin their ministries throughout Israel (Revelation 11:3–13)
- when the Beast and False Prophet will gloriously rise to power (Daniel 11:1–45, 12:11; Revelation 13:1–18, and 2 Thessalonians 2:1–10)
- when the gospel has been preached throughout all the earth (Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:10)
- when the new temple has been erected on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; it may only be a tented tabernacle, but it will be established (2 Thessalonians 2:4, Psalms 137, and Revelation 11:1–2)
- when the Abomination of Desolation will be placed in the Most Holy Place in the Temple in Jerusalem; this will likely happen thirty days prior to the beginning of the Great Consummation (Daniel 12:11, Matthew 24:15, and Mark 13:14)
- immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun, moon, and stars will be darkened (Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24, and Luke 21:25)
Tomorrow’s blog will present “The Wrath of God” followed by a comparison between both the Tribulation Period and the Wrath of God.
We, the Saints of the Living God need to prepare for the coming Storm.
No one likes the bearer of bad news; nevertheless, sometimes news and the truth are “heavy Man”!
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother