Just Give Me Jesus – Anne Graham Lotz – Carole Inman – Promotional video for Just Give Me Jesus, a free revival for women with Anne Graham Lotz, Fernando Ortega, Jill Briscoe and Stephanie Seefeldt.
Two articles will be used to discuss the subject of “Tribulation People.” The following text is Part I of the study. Part II will soon be published.
An Intimate Relationship With Christ – The Key To Protection From The Tribulation – The Key To Eternal Life In Christ
In the opening video, the words of Anne Graham Lotz are of eternal significance. Consider the words of Christ.
John 17:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
The significance of having an intimate relationship with Christ is key. If you have such a relationship, your spirit dwells within the Spirit of Christ, and the Spirit of Christ dwells within your spirit. Christ will not be present during the tribulation, neither will anyone be there whose spirit dwells within the Spirit of Christ.
The truth of John 17:3 is a textbook definition of that which is required for anyone to have eternal life. The formula that creates a life, where we will spend an eternity with God, is that of an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, being empowered by God the Holy Spirit. The first two words of the verse are the power of the verse: “This is!”… Eternal life begins at the time that anyone “knows” God intimately, through belief in Christ as Lord and Savior.
John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Just as eternal life begins at the time of belief in Christ, there is permanency in that saving relationship of belief.
John 10:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”
A Definition Of The Tribulation
CHAFER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Tribulation – The eschatological seven literal years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 11:3; 12:6) which is the end of the Age of Israel and of divine discipline against Israel, following the Rapture of the Church, and terminating with the Second Advent of Christ. The Church Age is an intercalation–a period of time inserted into the Age of Israel. The Tribulation is the fulfillment of Israel’s seventieth and last week, the latter half of which is the time of Jacob’s trouble, the Great Tribulation (Daniel 9:24-27; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-21; Revelation 6:1–19:21).
Sources of end times information and study.
All of us read things that have been written by other people. It is important, therefore, for us to select the works of Christian authors whom have shown themselves to be knowledgeable in the things of God’s Word that they speak of publish. It has been my pleasure to have been a student of the end times since 1976. The pastors, lecturers, authors and seminary instructors, of whom I have studied their works and listened to their words, have shown to have an understanding of the end times in which I find agreement.
The following links will show the names of my sources of information, as well as examples of their works and educational status. These theologians have provided a lot of documentation, and ideas, that have helped me to compose and publish my own articles.
https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/library/ (Works of sources)
https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/sources-of-information/ (Education of sources)
A Discussion Of The Tribulation
We need to be assured that Christ is, “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23). For those, that are left behind from the rapture, they will need to read articles such as this one. They will also need to see videos that show that “Christ wants to be God with them.”
Have you ever been with someone who was dying? I have. I was with my mother when she drew her last breath; my brother died alone. My mother and brother were born again believers in Christ; they went from this life to the Presence of God (2 Corinthians 5:8). But, think about all of the people that will die during the time of the Tribulation, with many of them dying alone.. not having the promise of eternity with God.
All of whom will find themselves in the Tribulation, will have been left behind from the rapture; some of them will accept Christ as Lord and Savior during the tribulation, with no condemnation awaiting them (Romans 8:1); others will stay in their sin of unbelief (John 3:18), and will face the judgment of the Great White Throne Judgment and the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10-15). Those, having become saints during the tribulation, may die to this life but will wake to the blessings of being in the eternal Presence of God (Revelation 7:9-17). Those, not having come to saving faith in Christ, will die to this life and will be awakened to the Presence of the Great White Throne Judgment.
Consider the many people that will suffer and die during the tribulation, with many of them having come to saving faith in Christ. Those who come to belief in Christ will be known as “tribulation saints.” The “unbelievers” will continue to be known as unbelievers, with the Great White Throne Judgment awaiting them. Consider the following verses that tell of the violent deaths that will take place during the tribulation.
Revelation 6:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Fourth Seal—Death
8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Revelation 6:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;
Revelation 9:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Sixth Trumpet—Army from the East
15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind (the angels are demons, Ryrie Study Bible).
It is important to know that God will be in charge of the above judgments (Revelation 6:7, 6:9, 9:13).
There are two truths that reveal the joy, or fear, of the return of Christ to earth. One truth of His return (known as the rapture of the church) will be of Christ catching up His born again believers to Heaven. The other truth of His return (known as the second coming of Christ), will be for Him to return to Earth with His raptured believers, “from Heaven”, to judge sin and to set up His thousand-year Kingdom on Earth. The first return, where Christ will return in the air and not stand on Earth, will be joyous for those which have been born again, and will occur prior to the tribulation. The second return, where Christ will stand on Earth, will be fearful for those whom will be “dwelling on the earth,” and who will be known as “earth dwellers;” this return will occur at the end of the tribulation. For those which will have come to belief in Christ during the tribulation, His post-tribulation return will become joyous for them because they will be allowed to enter into the Kingdom of God on Earth (Matt 24:40-41, Jew; 25:34, Gentile); such an entry into the Kingdom was prepared for them, “from the foundation of the world.” John 3:3 is key. “No one can see the kingdom of God without having been born again.”
Let’s consider the joyous return of Christ in the catching up of the church, when Christ comes in the air, but does not stand on Earth. Notice that in the following scripture examples, nothing but good awaits those whom will be raptured up from the earth prior to the tribulation. For church-age born again believers in Christ, they look to the rapture and the good things that will follow. There is nothing of consequence for these born again believers whom will be caught up in the rapture; they will miss the consequences of not having being born again, to come under the Godly ordained persecution of the anti-christ and the judgments of God that will take place during the tribulation. Let’s consider three passages that tell of the catching up of the saints, and the joy that will follow.
John 14:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Forever with Christ
1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Note. Christ will come to take His born again believers to the place in Heaven that He has prepared for them (1-4). Christ will personally take His believers to their place in Heaven (5-6). Many people see only the reward of belief in Christ in vs 6; but, it is clear from the verse that Christ will personally take His raptured saints from earth, “to Heaven.” During this journey, the saints will go to the judgment seat of Christ for rewards (2 Cor 5:10), and will continue to the marriage of the Lamb (Rev 19:7-8). Because of the rapture of the church, the saints will be guaranteed a seat at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:9), which will take place in the millennial Kingdom after they return from Heaven with Christ for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21). The church age saints will not only be taken to heaven by Christ, but they will also rule and reign with Christ on Earth during the thousand-year Kingdom Age (2 Tim 2:12). These raptured saints will come and go, from Heaven to Earth, and from Earth to Heaven. Raptured saints “will not” be present for punishment at the Great White Throne Judgement (Rev 20:10-15), but will have an eternity in the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, where they will dwell eternally with God (Rev 21:1-5). It is important to know that without the catching up of they saints, none of the above events will take place. Without the rapture taking place, believers in Christ will come under the same persecutions and judgments that are prescribed for the unbelievers of the tribulation.
1 Corinthians 15:50-54 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Mystery of Resurrection
50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.
In the above rapture passage, it shows that mortal human beings can not be allowed entry into in Heaven. Deceased and living saints will be given bodies that are changed to be immortal, through the resurrection of the dead saints and the catching up of the living saints. The resurrected and raptured bodies of the saints will be made immortal; they will spend eternity in heaven, and will never die.
“A MYSTERY.” Consider the MacArthur Study Bible note. 15:51 mystery. This term refers to truth hidden in the past and revealed in the NT. See notes on 2:7 and Eph. 3:4, 5. In this case, the rapture of the church was never revealed in the OT. It was first mentioned in John 14:1–3, when it is specifically explained and is detailed in 1 Thess. 4:13–18 (see notes there). sleep. See note on v. 18.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Those Who Died in Christ
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
In this last passage about the catching up of the saints, we see the following. We are not to grieve the deaths of saints, “as is the case when unbelievers die.” Christ will descend from heaven; a shout of a trumpet will announce His descent from heaven to earth. He will raise up the bodies of the deceased saints, which are called “the dead in Christ,” and then will “catch up” the saints that are alive. These deceased and living saints will be caught up with Christ in the air, to always be with our Lord. There is no scripture that states that unbelievers will see the coming of Christ in the air to catch up His saints.
Titus 2:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The blessed hope
“looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,”
The above passage states that the coming of Christ for His saints will be glorious. Only good things will follow for the caught up saints to experience. Notice the words, “for His saints.” Nothing in the rapture relates to unbelievers.
Part I of “Tribulation People” has been concluded. Part II will soon be published.
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