Introduction to the

Great Tribulation

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It has been observed by other Christians that the Bible says far more about the Great Tribulation than even most Bible Scholars realize. This is because the Day is coming when Christians will desperately need to understand what is going on, and to know that it was prophesied. These pages are meant to give you, the reader, understanding. To start our presentation, let us look at what the Lord Jesus Christ Himself had to say about that terrible time:

The Word of the Lord
  21. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
  22.
And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.

The words of the Lord Jesus Christ; Matthew 24:21 & 22.
   See also Mark 13:19 & 20 and Daniel 12:1


A Warning:
     34. But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.
     35.
For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the  whole earth.

The words of the Lord Jesus Christ; Luke 21:34 & 35.

The two passages displayed above are the words of Jesus, and it is foolishness to doubt that He meant exactly what He said. These words are as plain as anything you might read in a newspaper, and they require little interpretation. The only questions are "When?", and exactly "What?" (such as,"What Does the word "Day" mean?) As shown in the "BABEL RISING!"pages, the "When" will almost certainly be soon. In these pages, we will reveal the "What".

It is the position of this ministry that, unless there is some practical, obvious reason to do otherwise, the Scriptures should always be taken to mean exactly what they say, and nothing more or less. To read other meanings into them when there is no obvious reason for it is an error, and possibly asking for wrath! The same is true of ignoring or belittling other Scripture references that clearly contradict one's particular interpretation. See: "Is the Book of Revelation Symbolic?"

When Jesus warned us to be ready, He was talking about being ready for the Great Tribulation more than His actual Second Appearing. The expression, "a thief in the night" (See I Thessalonians 5:2 & 3; & II Peter 3:10) is a reference to the beginning of the Tribulation,  more than to Christ's Appearing. The expression "the Day of the Lord" also refers to the Great Tribulation most of the time, not to the actual day of Christ's Appearing. This is shown by the fact that both of the passages referenced above relate the former expression to sudden destruction, not to the Lord's Appearing.

To be completely ready, we must have a Scripturally accurate knowledge of what is going to happen, both to us as Christians and to the world as a whole. The prophecies of Scripture were given to give us this knowledge. This information, to the best of this writer's understanding, will be communicated in the two multi-page sections that follow this page; "What Happens To Christians" and "The Three Great Woes".

There are several major lines of teaching about Second Coming Prophecy today that are giving Christians dangerously false expectations. Some Christians are being led to believe that there will not be a future Great Tribulation at all. Others believe that there will be, but that all true Christians will be evacuated from the Earth before it happens. There is another line of teaching that says that Christians will go through the Tribulation, but be evacuated before the "wrath". Unfortunately, the Tribulation will be the "wrath", as will be shown in the section called "The Three Great Woes". Christians who expect otherwise are in for a terrible surprise. Those who teach the errors above are in even deeper trouble. See James 3:1 and Revelation 22:18& 19.

This will hold true for most Christians even if there is a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, because most Christians will not be ready. There are hard-line Pre-Tribbers who agree with this.

And understand this:
The Great Tribulation will be terrible!!!

In the course of Bible History, Noah's Flood was the worst thing that has ever happened to the human race as a whole. Locally, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was the worst thing that ever happened. Jesus used the Flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as parallels to the Tribulation (Matthew 24:37 & 38, Luke 17:26 & 27). In view of what He said in Matthew 24:21 & 22, taken in the context of these passages and the whole Bible, Jesus meant that the Great Tribulation will be worse in its overall impact on the human race than were those catastrophes.

That bad!!!

There are a number of Christian songs that speak of how great everything will be when Jesus comes again. This writer admits that he enjoys singing them. But there is a little known passage in Amos 5 that says something drastically different:

 18. Woe to you who desire the Day of the Lord.
       For what good will the Day of the Lord be to you?
       It will be darkness and not light.

  19. It will be as though a man fled from a lion,
       And a bear met him!
       Or as though he went into the house,
       Leaned his hand on the wall,
       And a serpent bit him!

  20. Is not the day of the Lord darkness and not light?
        Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it.
 
        Amos 5:18-20   

The same idea is expressed in Joel 2:30&31.

To understand what Amos was saying in verse 19, you must have knowledge of some less pleasant facts of nature. He uses the figure of a man escaping from a lion, only to encounter a bear or be bitten by a snake to illustrate what it will be like to be in the Great Tribulation. Escaping from a lion is not impossible; a lion will give up if faced with a long chase. But you can't outrun a bear. For all their size and weight, bears can run amazingly fast, and they can keep running. A bear will catch you. Now consider this: when a lion takes prey, it usually kills the prey right away, often with a single bite, and it isn't the worst way to die. But when a bear takes prey, it just knocks the prey down and starts eating it alive. This writer knows of real cases wherein this happened to people! It is worse than being killed by a lion. Again, except in the case of bites by the most poisonous snakes, death from snakebite is usually slow and very painful. Amos uses the figure of the agony of being in horrible pain, knowing that death is inevitable, and being helpless to do anything about it, as a metaphor for what the Great Tribulation will be like for most people.

Did you ever hear that old Christian song, "Oh, sinner man, where you gonna run to...all on that day?" It has more Scriptural truth in it than many contemporary songs about the Second Coming.

This is not good news for anybody.

But it is what the Bible says is coming!

The words of Jesus in Matthew 24:21 &22 have seldom been taken seriously enough by expositors of prophecy. Perhaps the reason for this is that they have thought of the Tribulation, however terrible, as being a continuation of history as we know it.

Understand this: If the scenario for the Great Tribulation presented in the following pages proves to be generally true, then the day the Tribulation begins, history as we have known it ends!

Things will happen during the Great Tribulation that have never happened before in human history, and that, as Jesus promised, will never happen again afterward.

YOU HAVE TO BE READY, OR YOU ARE GOING TO BE HURTING BIG TIME!!!

As shown above, when Jesus spoke to His disciples, He told them (Luke 21:34 &35):

34. "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with drunkenness and carousing, and cares of this world, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.
35.
"For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the whole earth."

This warning has to include Christians! There is nothing in this passage to suggest that it doesn't. It even includes Christians who are ready!

If it comes as a snare on Christians, that means nobody gets evacuated from this earth by way of Rapture before the Tribulation begins. One way or the other, you will be here when it starts, and if you are not ready, you are in big trouble.

As will be shown, we are living in the Church Age of Laodicea. We are the lukewarm Church that Jesus will vomit out of His   mouth (Revelation 3:16). The Great Tribulation will be as much a great chastisement of the Church as it will be a great judgment on the unsaved world (Revelation 3:19). Or, to put it differently, it will be the final great purification of the Church. This idea is supported by Daniel 11:33 - 35 and Zechariah 13: 8 & 9.

There are probably some of you reading this and thinking,

"Oh, God wouldn't do anything like that to Christians".

Oh, No?

That's what the people of Jerusalem thought about God in regard to themselves in Jeremiah's day. He warned them that if they did not repent and start living lives of real obedience to God, the Babylonians would conquer them, destroy Jerusalem, and carry them away captive. At that time, the people of Jerusalem and Judah were living complacent, sinful lives characterized by superficial religiosity accompanied by flagrant sinfulness. They liked it that way. That's why he was persecuted for saying what he said. But not only did God indeed bring the judgment Jeremiah prophesied; in the long run of history He brought such a judgment on Jerusalem twice! (First time, Babylon, second time, Rome.) And then He allowed the Nazi Holocaust. And the Jews are still God's Chosen People! Unless, of course, you believe that He breaks His promises. See Isaiah 41:8-14, Malachi 3:6, etc.

When the Tribulation begins, it's going to be the unsaved and the lukewarm Christians' turn to know the full meaning of the wrath of God.

Modern evangelicalism preaches a one-sided view of God, emphasizing His love, mercy and forgiveness, but largely ignoring all the Biblical references to His wrath. See "Why There Will Be A Great Tribulation" and "Tormented In Fire".

During the Tribulation, the world is going to have a reunion with the God of the Old Testament.

Your only hope for the Tribulation is to be ready. However, the Bible suggests that relatively few Christians will be. Those who are ready will receive divine protection from the wrath of God, and even some protection from the Beasts. But the majority of Christians will be rejected as part of the Church of Laodicea. They are likely to be the ones who will suffer the worst.

It will be important for you to know what is going to happen. If you do, you will know when it starts that the Tribulation has come. You will know what to expect. This will help you to make it through, spiritually if not physically. The majority of the human race will not make it through physically, and that includes most Christians. Some Christians will probably not make it through spiritually, either. That is, they will succumb to the stress of the time and take the Mark of the Beast. This is far more likely to happen to those who enter the Tribulation with false expectations.

Remember this: Surviving spiritually will be far more important than surviving physically!

And Understand This:

Much of what has been preached and written about this has to be wrong! In fact, some of it is little more than fantasies that have little to do with either the Bible or reality. (Since originally posting this page, the author has learned that a number of other Christian leaders have noticed this.) If you have any idea of how much in the way of different Second Coming doctrines have been put forward; and how much has already been proven wrong by history, you have to realize that this is true. And this is not just about date-setting, either. There have been so many different interpretations of Second Coming Prophecy taught and believed that whatever really happens will absolutely be other than what many Christians expect. (See also, "The Proper Handling of Prophecy".) So keep an open mind about Second Coming Prophecy. Be well informed, but don't make any interpretation - yes, including this one - an article of faith.

These pages have been written with the intent of giving the readers Scripturally accurate expectations. This writer admits he could be wrong, but he has done his homework on this and he continues to do it. He has been proven right by history about other radical predictions he has made, and is confident that he will be proven right by history about what is said here. If you have read these pages, and what is said proves true, knowing about this will help you to survive spiritually, though not physically. Understand that surviving spiritually is what will really matter. You may survive physically and still end up in hell. If you survive spiritually, you will absolutely wind up in heaven.

So Read And Learn!

We will begin by laying a foundation for understanding what will happen to Christians in the following page;

"The Seven Churches of the Revelation"

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