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Great Trib Vs. Wrath of God Part 2

Hey there beautiful man or woman of God, Jesus loves you; so don’t be fearful of God’s Wrath; however, we do need to prepare for the coming of the Great Tribulation. The Tribulation Period set to separate True-Christians from Pseudo-Christians (the Lukewarm) will span 2½ years and we, the Saints of God, will be required to live through this crucible or give our lives for Christ in the process.

I know, I KNOW, I soft pedal everything too much, what can I say I’m a softy: So here is what “Jesus” said:

  1. “He who endures to the end shall be saved!” (Matthew 24:13 NKJV)
  2. “He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” (Revelation 2:12 NKJV)
  3. “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” (Revelation 2:17 NKJV)
  4. “But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations. ​‘​He shall rule them with a rod of iron.” (Revelation 2:25-27a NKJV)
  5. “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Revelation 3:5 NKJV)
  6. “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God…” (Revelation 3:12 NKJV)
  7. “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. (Revelation 3:21 NKJV)

Each of the above selections was taken from Revelation chapters 2 or 3 and was closed with the following or similar admonishment:

  1. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to (to us) the churches.”

Finally, onto the main topic!

In the previous blog we presented the Biblical elements required to fulfill either the Great Tribulation or Wrath of God. Below you will find a comparison and parsing to these two End Times paradigms.  Enjoy!

The Comparison

Before continuing, take a moment to compare the two lists and ask whether they are describing the same or different events. Common elements from both lists may be interpreted similarly, and it may even seem reasonable to assume people will be fearful during elements from both scenarios. Therefore, evaluate components from both lists to determine for yourself whether or not both lists relate only to God’s Wrath. Are these two lists describing the same event, or is it more than likely they describe two separate and distinct events? Let us see what the Word determines:

  • Upon evaluating the two lists, determine who is doing to whom. In the group titled, “The Tribulation Period,” it appears, men are almost exclusively doing to other men, people to other peoples, and nations to other nations. When one looks at the list titled “The Wrath of God,” it appears God is the primary sponsor, who is inflicting His wrath on the world. God is the author of judgment and the architect for the actions taken against humanity during His great and horrible wrath.

 

  • Another factor distinguishing a significant difference between the two lists and the author of each period in question is when the sun, moon, and stars become darkened. During the list for “The Tribulation Period,” the sun, moon, and stars are darkened at the beginning of the Day of the Lord, which also begins the Wrath of God. This event is substantiated in this study. For additional clarity on the significance of this event and its timing refer to the charts titled “The Day of the Lord.” Review the scriptures and study materials within the chart and then personally confirm the findings. Read each section of scripture pertinent to specific events before considering and then determining the proper timing for the sun, moon, and stars becoming darkened. This cosmic occurrence is a major cornerstone in determining the time frame and significance for the Tribulation Period, the Wrath of God, and the Day of the Lord.

 

  • Determining whether or not the Tribulation Period and the Wrath of God are different events does not necessarily confirm both events will take place at different times. The two events could reasonably take place over the same or nearly the same periods and still serve separate purposes. Both events could also span parallel time frames if it were not for their divergent attributes. The Tribulation Period will take place during the first two and a half years of the Great Consummation. God will use this time to separate the sheep from the goats, the true Christians from the pseudo-Christians. At the end of the Tribulation Period, the Rapture will take place, gathering the saints of God to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The covenant’s judgment period will commence immediately after the Rapture, beginning the Wrath of God portion of the Great Consummation, with God pouring out His wrath on an unrepentant and rebellious humanity (Matthew 24:29).

 

Additional Points of Interest

Deuteronomy 4:25‑31, written around 1451 BC, offers a narrative espousing a time when Israel will be estranged from God. According to Moses’s narrative, Israel’s future lack of faithfulness will cause the Jews to be scattered throughout the world until such time as they are redeemed in the Latter Days. This story, coupled with the prophecy of Jacob’s Trouble, found in Jeremiah 30:1–24, stipulates God’s chosen will one day, after many generations, truly repent. According to the prophecies, Israel’s repentance will take place in the Latter Days at a time when Israel is in great distress and gravely suffering at the hands of its oppressors. The Jews must earnestly call upon their God before He will reinstate them to His good grace and return them to the land of their forefathers. Through the prophets Moses and Jeremiah, God informs the Israelites He will, at that time, cause Israel to repent and return to their God with all their hearts. This national repentance will result in God re-gathering the Jews from the four corners of the earth and then restoring their rightful place in Him and the world. The initial fulfillment of this prophecy will begin the Latter Days, which likely began on or before May 15, 1948, when the land formerly known as Palestine was declared the sovereign state of Israel.

What will equally stand out during the Latter Days will be the scattering of the Body of Christ during the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation. Couple Christianity’s scattering with the Mark of the Beast and the shattering of the power of God’s holy people and the saints will enter the purging and purification period for the Latter Days. This period will be marked by the Body of Christ fleeing into the wilderness where they must endure the crucible of the Tribulation Period, where they will learn to trust the Lord until the time of the end (Daniel 11:32–35). This two-and-a-half-year process, which begins the Great Consummation, will cause the Bride of Christ to prepare for the coming of her Bridegroom. During this period, the saints of God will prepare for the Rapture as true Christians are separated from pseudo-Christians. The primary purpose for scattering the Body of Christ will be to refine and make white the Bride of Christ in accordance with prophecy (Revelation 19:7–8). God establishes this process in order to prepare the Bride of Christ for the Rapture and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Zechariah 13:7–9). The Bride must be prepared in order to fulfill the prophecy written in Daniel 11:32–35 and Revelation 19:7–8.

As Deuteronomy 4:25–31 is a prophetic reference to Israel’s initial scattering and subsequent return to the Promised Land, so Jacob’s Trouble[1] is also a prophetic connection to the fulfillment of prophecy through the Holocaust. God used both prophecies to return the Israelites to the land of their forefathers in preparation for the end of the Time of the Gentiles when Israel must be redeemed (Romans 11:25–29). Both events are required to fulfill the Latter Days. However, according to the proper timing for each prophecy’s fulfillment, Israel’s ingathering and reemergence likely began the Latter Days while the scattering of the Body of Christ will not take place until the beginning of the Great Consummation or just before the beginning of the Wrath of God. Based on these prophecies and the prophetic fulfillment of Psalm 90:10, the Latter Days should not exceed eighty years. At the end of the eighty years or less time frame, every vision and prophecy related to the Latter Days must come to an end. However, there is a possibility God could delay the Great Consummation, starting this final phase during 2028; should this be the case, the Second Advent would not begin for another three and a half years and only then complete and fulfill the remaining prophecies according to the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy guidelines. Only God knows when He will begin the end!

Our Book

In Daniel 12:1‑2, Daniel refers to a period known for its time of tribulation. These two verses contain information pertaining to the entire period of the Great Consummation. The Great Consummation as a whole is a time of trouble unlike any in the history, past or future, of mankind. At the end of the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation but before God’s Wrath, the Body of Christ will be raptured. Many mistake Daniel 12:1 as referencing the Rapture of the saints. Notice how the first two sentences in 12:1 relate to the overall period of the Great Consummation, along with all of its troubles. The last sentence, however, references the salvation of many but not all Israelites. The sentence relates to all the Israelite peoples, both living and dead. This distinction is further established in verse 2 when it refers to the many Israelites who sleep in the dust of the earth (the dead) being raised to eternal salvation. Daniel 12:2 also indicates the balance of the Israelites who do not accept Christ’s propitiation will remain in the dust of the earth until the final resurrection at the end of the Millennial Reign (Revelation 20:11–15). These prophetic verses are merely references to events taking place when Jesus returns with the Body of Christ at the end of the Great Consummation. The period relates to the Second Advent and not the Rapture of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:47–58, 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18, Revelation 20:4–15). It is important to understand the distinctions within God’s plan for the Great Consummation. The specifics are addressed elsewhere within This Side of the Whirlwind.

Not God’s Wrath

As strongly supported by elements of the text, the Tribulation Period is not likely to be the Wrath of God. Rather the Tribulation Period and Wrath of God are two totally separate and distinct components of the Great Consummation. The distinctions are obvious when all scriptures are fully considered within the Word of God. Should the Tribulation Period and the Wrath of God overlap at any point, scriptures would be violated. The primary function for the Tribulation Period is to separate true Christians from pseudo-Christians in order to exclude the Body of Christ from the Wrath of God and prepare the saints for the Rapture, thereby fulfilling prophecy (Matthew 13:24–30). When considering these truths, it should be obvious true Christians are removed before the Wrath of God comes upon the wicked. By the time of God’s Wrath, the entire Body of Christ will reside at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Such scriptural truths confirm the Body of Christ’s role during the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation.

Well, I hope these two posts have cleared the air when it comes to the Great Tribulation verses the Wrath of God.

We, the Saints of God need not fear God’s Wrath; however, we, the Saints, are required to live through the Great Tribulation in order to fulfill divine prophecy even as Jesus, the Son of God was required to live through His 3½ years of ministry to complete and fulfill Messianic prophecies.

If Jesus had to endure His prophecies to bring us salvation through the cross…

What on earth make Christians think we don’t have to endure our prophecies required before Jesus can rapture us from this earth?

Here is just one: Revelation 19:7

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

The Word is not talking about salvation if you didn’t know.

Well, until next time… Smile and trust the Lord, our God!

 

[1] Jeremiah 30:1–24.