Revelation Chapter 7 – Tribulation Missionaries And Martyrs

Paul Wilbur Baruch – Haba Blessed Is He Who Comes – Juan Rodriguez
Published on Dec 12, 2010.

The opening video tells the story of Matthew 23:37-39, which is discussed in this article.

Matthew 23:37-39 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. 38 Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! 39 For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

(See * references at the bottom of this page.)

Introduction

As we study Revelation Chapter 7, it is important to know that Revelation Chapter 6 shows the persecution of Jews and Gentiles whom will have come to faith in Christ after the rapture has taken place (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We now see in Chapter 7, 144,000 Jews whom have come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation, and whom will preach the gospel of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-12), and will share the message of salvation “by belief in Christ” (John 3:16), to others whom also missed the rapture. The gospel of the Kingdom (the thousand-year reign of Christ) will immediately follow the tribulation, and will also be taught (Matthew 24:14) by “these 144,000 Jews.” As unsaved people come to saving faith in Christ, they will find themselves in the gun sites of the forces of the anti-christ. They will also find themselves in the path of the judgments of God that will be released upon the earth (Examples, Revelation 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12; 8:1).

It is important to understand that, “this gospel of the kingdom” shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matt 24:14). It has improperly been taught in many church circles today that, “the Gospel” (1 Corinthians 15:1-12) shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. “The end” will be the end of the Tribulation. The “gospel of the Kingdom” tells of the thousand-year reign of Messiah/Christ. Of course, the “gospel” of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ will also be taught by the 144,000 Jewish missionaries, and by whomever they may disciple. Jews look back to the promise of a Kingdom for Israel, which dates back to Genesis 17:6 (approximately 2069 B.C., Thompson Chain Reference Bible); God will honor that promise which He made to Israel.

It is also important to know that we, in the church age, will not usher in the Kingdom Age. Christians will have nothing to do with the coming of the Kingdom Age. The Kingdom Age will come when Christ returns to earth at the end of the tribulation, and will happen when saved Jews in the Tribulation call upon Christ to return to earth to save them from their persecutions and judgments.

Matthew 23:39 “For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

* Christ’s public teaching ministry was over. He withdrew from national Israel until the time “yet future” when they will recognize Him as Messiah (Rom. 11:23–26). Then Christ quoted from Ps. 118:26.

**** At His second advent, the saved Jewish remnant (the nucleus of the millennial kingdom) will recognize their once-rejected Messiah-King and will welcome His return (Zech 12:10-13:1; Rom 11:26) to set up His earthly rule over Israel and the nations.

Zechariah 12:10 “… so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

*Israel’s repentance will come because they look to Jesus, the One whom they rejected and crucified (cf. Is. 53:5; John 19:37), in faith at the Second Advent (Rom. 11:25–27).

It is easy to understand that unsaved Israel is the cause of the Tribulation, and not born again believers in Christ of the church age.

Revelation 7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

* 7:1–17 Chapter 7 forms a parenthesis between the sixth seal (6:12–17) and the seventh seal (8:1) and answers the question posed at the end of chap. 6. Two distinct groups will survive the divine fury: 1) 144,000 Jewish evangelists on earth (vv. 1–8) and 2) their converts in heaven (vv. 9–17).

Revelation 7:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The 144,000 Jewish Evangelists “at the beginning of the Tribulation”

4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

The discussion of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists reveals that they were successful in leading many others, “whom had been unbelievers,” to saving faith in Christ. We will see in this article that the 144,000 Jews were saved, “through the tribulation.” We see the truth of God’s protection of these 144,000 Jews in Revelation 14:1, where the same number of the Jewish evangelists is seen standing with Christ at the end of the tribulation on Mount Zion (earthly Jerusalem).

Revelation 14:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The 144,000 Jewish Evangelists “at the end of the Tribulation”

1 Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.

These Jewish evangelists will be present at the beginning of the tribulation, and will be present at the end of the tribulation. God will protect them. The Jewish evangelists will be saved, “through” the tribulation.

Article Text And Notes

Revelation 7:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

An Interlude

1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”

*** 7:3 The judgments are delayed until these 144,000 Jewish people can be “sealed;” i.e., protected supernaturally.

The 144,000 Sealed Jewish Evangelists

4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

* 7:4 One hundred and forty-four thousand. A missionary corps of redeemed Jews who are instrumental in the salvation of many Jews and Gentiles during the Tribulation (vv. 9–17). They will be the firstfruits of a new redeemed Israel (v. 4; Zech. 12:10). Finally, Israel will be the witness nation she refused to be in the OT (see notes on Rom. 11:25–27). all the tribes of the children of Israel. By sovereign election, God will seal 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes, promising His protection while they accomplish their mission.

5 from the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, 6 from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, 7 from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, 8 from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.

A Multitude from the Tribulation

9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;

* 7:9 a great multitude. While the tribulation period will be a time of judgment, it will also be a time of unprecedented redemption (cf. v. 14; 6:9–11; 20:4; Is. 11:10; Matt. 24:14). all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues. All the earth’s people groups. white robes.

10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,“Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

7:11 elders. See note on 4:4. four living creatures. See note on 4:6.

* 4:4 twenty-four elders. Their joint rule with Christ, their white garments (19:7, 8), and their golden crowns (2:10) all seem to indicate that these 24 represent the redeemed (vv. 9–11; 5:5–14; 7:11–17; 11:16–18; 14:3; 19:4). The question is which redeemed? Not Israel, since the nation is not yet saved, glorified, and coronated. That is still to come at this point in the events of the end. Their resurrection and glory will come at the end of the 7 year tribulation time (cf. Dan. 12:1–3). Tribulation saints aren’t yet saved (7:9, 10). Only one group will be complete and glorified at that point—the church. Here elders represent the church, which sings the song of redemption (5:8–10). They are the over-comers who have their crowns and live in the place prepared for them, where they have gone with Jesus (cf. John 14:1–4).

* 4:6 sea of glass. There is no sea in heaven (21:1), but the crystal pavement that serves as the floor of God’s throne stretches out like a great, glistening sea (cf. Ex. 24:10; Ezek. 1:22). four living creatures. Lit. “four living ones or beings.” These are the cherubim (sing., cherub), those angels frequently referred to in the OT in connection with God’s presence, power, and holiness. Although John’s description is not identical to Ezekiel’s, they are obviously both referring to the same supernatural and indescribable beings (Pss. 80:1; 99:1; see notes on Ezek. 1:4–25; 10:15). full of eyes. Although not omniscient—an attribute reserved for God alone—these angels have a comprehensive knowledge and perception. Nothing escapes their scrutiny (cf. v. 8).

12 saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

* 7:14 the great tribulation. See notes on 3:10; 6:1, 9, 12. These people did not go with the raptured church, since they were not yet saved. During the 7 year period they will be saved, martyred, and enter heaven. Though it is a time of unparalleled judgment, it is also a time of unparalleled grace in salvation (cf. Matt. 24:12–14). washed their robes. Cf. 19:8. Salvation’s cleansing is in view (see Titus 2:11–14). blood of the Lamb. This refers to the atoning sacrifice of Christ (cf. 1:5; 5:9; Rom. 3:24, 25; 5:9).

** 7:14 The question has been raised concerning the time pictured in this vision. This picture of the martyrs as being before the throne of the Lamb is similar to Chapters 5 and 6.

** 6:9-11 The vision shifts from earth to Heaven, and John sees a vision of those who will be martyred for their faith in Christ. These martyrs have come from the tribulation scene on earth. The church has already been raptured; the dead in Christ have been raised from the dead before the time pictured here. The plea of the martyrs for righteous judgment is that their persecutors are still living. Additional martyrs will be added to their number. In a word, they are to wait until the time of Christ’s return in power and glory when God will deal in summary judgment with the earth.

2 Corinthians 5:8. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” The 6:9-11 deceased martyrs are with God in Heaven. The murder is continuing on earth (during the tribulation) of believers in Christ. See 7:15.

15 For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.

* 7:15 His temple. This refers to the “heavenly throne” of God (see note on 11:19). During the Millennium there will also be a temple on earth—a special holy place where God dwells in a partially restored, but still fallen, universe (see Ezek. 40–48). In the final, eternal state with its new heavens and earth, there is no temple; God Himself, who will fill all, will be its temple (21:22). dwell among them. The preferred reading is that He “will spread His tent over them.” God’s presence will become their canopy of shelter to protect them from all the terrors of a fallen world and the indescribable horrors they have experienced on the earth during the time of tribulation.

16 They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

*** 7:15-17 Having died or been martyred during the Tribulation, this great multitude are seen in heaven enjoying its blessings.

* 7:17 shepherd. In a beautiful mix of images, the Lamb has always been the Shepherd (Ps. 23; John 10:14ff.; Heb. 13:20).

As previously stated, God’s promise to Israel is “the Kingdom” which will be fulfilled after the time of tribulation. The promise that has been made to born again believers in Christ of the church age is that we will be taken to heaven to dwell with Christ forever, “prior to the tribulation” (John 14:2-3); wherever Christ may be, “His raptured born again believers will be with Him.”

Consider the following video that discusses the 144,000 Jewish evangelists of the tribulation.

Who are the 144,000, and what power has God given to them?
John Ankerberg Show Published on Sep 28, 2018
From the series “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and, Dr. Mark Hitchcock. To obtain this entire series, please visit https://www.jashow.org/resources/the-…

Consider the following video that discusses the martyrs of the Tribulation.

Who are the ones who are martyred during the Tribulation period?
John Ankerberg Show Published on Oct 30, 2015
How much prophetic material did God put in the Bible? How many times does the Bible mention Christ’s Second Coming? Where does the Bible teach the doctrine of the Rapture? Where is Imminence (that Christ could return any moment) taught in Scripture?

* MacArthur Study notes.
** Walvoord Study notes.
*** Ryrie Study notes.
**** Unger Commentary notes.

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Tribulation People – Part II

Sweet Beulah Land [Live] – Gaither Music TV – Squire Parsons – Official Video for ‘Sweet Beulah Land [Live]

The message of the opening song is about the catching up of the saints, the Kingdom Age, the new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem. Let’s continue with the following article (Tribulation People – Part II), which tells of the people that will be left behind from the rapture of the church, and who will not have an eternal presence with God. If you have not read “Tribulation People – Part I,” please check the following link:

https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/tribulation-people-part-1/

Isaiah 62:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

62:4 Hephzibah…Beulah. The terms mean “My delight is in her” and “Married,” reflecting a full restored relationship with the Lord. (MacArthur Study Bible)

2 Corinthians 5:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight—

5:7 The Christian can hope for a heaven he has not seen. He does so by believing what Scripture says about it and living by that belief (see note on Heb. 11:1; cf. John 20:29). (MacArthur Study Bible)

John 14:2-3, 6 (NASB) Heaven is gained, only through Christ. Christians to be taken there, only by Christ.
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. 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Let’s consider the second coming of Christ, when Christ will stand on Earth; it will be fearful for those which will be “dwelling on the earth,” who are also called “earth dwellers.” For those whom have not been born again, they will see the second coming of Christ; it will at the end of the tribulation, during which time horrible things will have been happening in all four corners of the earth. For unbelievers, the second coming of Christ will have no joy for them.

Revelation 1:7 New American Standard 1977
BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen.

MacArthur Study Bible note. they who pierced. “the Jews who were actually responsible for Christ’s death” (Acts 2:22, 23; 3:14, 15). all the tribes…will mourn. The mourning of the rest of the earth’s inhabitants is not that which accompanies genuine repentance (cf. 9:21). It is the result of guilt for sin and fear of punishment (6:16; cf. Gen. 3:8–10).

Zechariah 14:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB) God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=zech+14%3A1-4&version=NASB
Revelation 19:11-21 (NASB) Christ will kill His enemies.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=rev+19%3A11-21&version=NASB
Matthew 24:29-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Christ will return after the tribulation
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+24%3A29-31&version=NASB
There will be atmospheric disruptions. Great mourning will come from all whom have survived the tribulation. All of those whom are alive will see Christ. Christ will judge the unbelievers, through death; they will be sent them to the Judgment Seat of Christ (Matt 25:41) to be resurrected, judged,
and cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15).

Knowing Christ

To know Christ as Lord and Savior guarantees an eternal Presence with Him, and to be protected by Him by being removed from earth before the onset of the persecutions and judgments that will take place during the tribulation. It is important to know that God will be in charge of all of the things that will happen to those on earth that will be left behind from the rapture of the church. Consider that at the beginning of each series of judgments, “seal, trumpet, bowl,” there are statements that identify God as being the designer and conductor of all that will happen. The following verses are examples of God’s involvement in the events of the tribulation.

Revelation 6:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The First Seal
1 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.”

Revelation 8:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Seventh Seal—the Trumpets
8 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

Revelation 16:8-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Fourth Bowl Judgment
8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. 9 Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.

After the rapture of the Church, and until the second coming of Christ, the tribulation will bring about the following judgments upon “all whom dwell on the earth,” (Rev 3:10). The earth dwellers will continue to defy God throughout the tribulation (Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:8), even as they see the effects of the persecutions of the anti-christ and the judgments of God, as follows:

The Seven Seals (Rev 6:1-8:6). 1.The Conquerer/The Antichrist 2. Conflict On Earth 3. Scarcity On Earth 4. Widespread Death 5. Martyrdom. 6. Physical Disturbances.
The Seven Trumpets (Rev 8:7-9:21). 1. 1/3 of vegetation burned. 2. 1/3 of the seas struck. 3. The Waters Struck. 4. The Heavens Struck. 5. Increased Demonic Activity. 6. 1/3 Of Mankind Killed..
The Seven Bowls (Rev 15:1-16:21). 1. Painful Sores. 2. The Sea Turns To Blood. 3. The Waters Turn To Blood. 4. Men Are Scorched. 5. Darkness And Pain. 6. Euphrates Dried Up. 7. Greatest Earthquake And Destruction.

The purpose of the tribulation is described in the following verses of scripture.

Jacob’s Distress

Jeremiah 30:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 ‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress,
But he will be saved from it.

MacArthur Study Bible note. 30:7 time of Jacob’s trouble. This period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf. vv. 8, 9) just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21, 22) and described in detail by Rev. 6–19.

The Seventieth Week Of Daniel

Daniel 9:20 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Daniel’s Prayer For Israel

20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God,

John Walvoord note. As Daniel expresses it, it was accomplished “while I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God.” My note. It is clear that Daniel’s prayer relates to the sins of Israel, and has nothing to do with born again believers in Christ of the church age.

Daniel 9:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Seventy Weeks and the Messiah (Weeks of years)

24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.

MacArthur Study Bible. 9:24. This highly complex and startlingly accurate prophecy answers Daniel’s prayer, not with reference to near history, but by giving the future of Israel in the final end of the age. God promises 2 sets of 3 accomplishments each.

First, those related to sin are:

1) finish the transgression, i.e., restrain sin and Israel’s in particular in its long trend of apostasy, as in v. 11; 2) make an end of sins, i.e., to judge it with finality (cf. Heb. 9:26); and 3) make reconciliation for iniquity, signifies to furnish the actual basis of covering sin by full atonement, the blood of the crucified Messiah who is “cut off” (v. 26), which affects the first two realities (cf. the fountain, Zech. 13:1).

Second, those accomplishments related to righteousness are:

1) bring in…righteousness, the eternal righteousness of Daniel’s people in their great change from centuries of apostasy; 2) seal up vision…, i.e., no more revelation is needed and God will bring these anticipations to completion by their fulfillment in Israel’s blessing as a nation; and 3) anoint the Most Holy, consecrate the Holy Place in a temple of the future that will be the center of worship in the millennial kingdom (cf. Ezek. 40–48). Clearly this must be understood to sweep to the end of Gentile power and the time of Antichrist right before Christ’s return. Summing up, the first 3 are fulfilled in principle at Christ’s first coming, in full at His return. The last 3 complete the plan at His Second Advent.

As is stated in the prophecies of Jeremiah and Daniel, the tribulation happens for the purpose of restoring Israel to fellowship with God. There is nothing stated in scripture about the tribulation having anything to do with the born again body of believers in Christ. Through the tribulation, the leading of God is for Jews to come to saving faith in Christ, as Messiah. May it be that Jews will come to know the truth of Isaiah’s prophecy of Christ being, “God with them.”

Isaiah 7:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

A few more thoughts about the tribulation, “its purpose, and its inhabitants.”

As we continue with our study of the end times, the understanding of saving faith in Christ will become more important to those of us whom have named Christ as our Lord and Savior, that because of our faith in Christ we will be caught up by Christ prior to the time of the tribulation. For those whom do not have such saving faith in Christ, they will be left behind from the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), and will remain on earth to come under the Godly ordained persecution of the anti-christ and judgments of God. The purpose of the tribulation will be to bring unsaved Israel to a relationship of belief in Christ as Messiah. Gentiles whom will also be left behind, will also have the opportunity to come to saving faith in Christ. There is no purpose for “church age” born again believers in Christ to come under the persecution of the anti-christ or the judgments of God, neither of which will make any believer more holy, or more worthy of eternal life with God. It will only be the sin of unbelief that will cause anyone to be “left behind” (John 1:29, John 3:3). Without the rapture of church, “everyone” in the whole world would be left behind, which would include infants and those whom are unable to make a decision for Christ. For those of us whom have been born again, at the time of our new birth our born again spirit began to dwell within the Spirit of “Father, Son and Holy Spirit;” at the time of our new birth, the Spirit of “Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” began to dwell within our born again spirit (John 14:16-17, 20). At the time of our new birth: we have a new spirit, (2 Cor 5:17), that is as pure as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21, 1 John 1:5), with Christ’s Spirit residing in our spirit (Col 1:27). At the time of the catching up of the saints, each deceased or living born again believer in Christ will have their body changed into an eternal, and non-decaying, body (1 Cor 15:50-54). No amount of persecution or judgment can make a born again spirit to be any more holy. Anyone, “without the new birth and saving faith in Christ,” faces an eternity that is described in Revelation 20:10-15.

As you listen to the following song, consider a relationship with Christ … with its heights, depths, and swings of emotion. The closing scripture tells of a born again believer’s walk with Christ, with every such believer being eternally secure in Christ.

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow [Live] – Gaither Music TV – George Younce,Larry Ford – Official Video for ‘I Know Who Holds Tomorrow [Live]

Philippians 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

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Tribulation People – Part 1

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

https://www.chafer.edu/content.cfm?id=389#T
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.

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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.
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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.

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Tribulation Conflict

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At the high point of the Vietnam War, more than half-a-million members of the U.S. military were stationed in South Vietnam. The opening video shows U.S. soldiers fighting. Once soldiers were let out of helicopters in a combat area, they had a good idea that they soon would be involved in a fire fight. Outside of the 58,220 U.S.A. war dead, those missing in action, and those that became POWs, the remaining troops returned to their homes after the war. Of the war casualties, those who were born again found themselves in the immediate, and forever, Presence of God (Luke 16:19-23, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Of those that were not born again, and were war casualties, they found themselves in an immediate state of torments (Luke 16:19-24); later, they will find themselves in the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). The U.S. military was the major combat force during the Vietnam War. During the tribulation, many nations will have their military involved. At the battle of Armageddon, all of the forces that will be attacking Israel will die, (Zechariah 12:9, 14:12; Revelation 19:11-16, 17-21) and will be taken to the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:10-15).

In my post, “The Day Of The Lord – Conflict In The Tribulation – Matthew 24-25,” it was made clear that Jews are the the focus of God’s attention during the times of: birth pangs, tribulation, great tribulation, and the second coming of Christ for judgment. Gentiles are in the discussion, but only as an oppressive force whose goal is to decimate God’s chosen people, the Jews (Deuteronomy 14:2). Shown also are gentiles which will come to saving faith in Christ, and will protect the Jews during the tribulation. All whom are seen in Matthew 24-25 are Jew and Gentile. All had not had a personal relationship of saving faith in Christ at the time of the catching up of the saints (John 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The birth pangs, tribulation, great tribulation and second coming of Christ for judgment, which are placed in a one-chapter Matthew 24 capsule, are explained in greater detail in other areas of God’s Word; we will discuss those areas. It is true that many people will be left behind on earth when the catching up of the saints occurs. Jews, and any others, who come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation will come under great persecution of the anti-christ; they will also come under the judgments of God. A never-ending truth of comfort for those “tribulation saints,” (those who come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation) is that of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

In this article we will discuss the Tribulation. Conflict during the tribulation will be widespread, and will not be confined to the Battle of Armageddon, as the following scriptures will show. In this article, Israel will come under much more conflict, than will Gentiles.

Revelation 6:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Fourth Of All Mankind Killed
The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 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.

Comment. (MacArthur Study Bible) 6:8 pale horse. “Pale,” the Gr. word from which the Eng. word “chlorophyll” comes, describes the pale, ashen-green, pallor characteristic of the decomposition of a corpse. God grants this horseman the authority to bring death to 25 percent of the world’s population. Hades. See note on Luke 16:23. The place of the dead, which is identified as a common and fitting partner for death (20:13; see note on 1:18).

Revelation 9:15-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 200 Million Man Army
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. 16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.

Revelation 9:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB) One third of all mankind killed
18 A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.

The four angels are demons, as holy angels are not bound; they kill a third of the world’s population. The loosing of the four angels resulted in releasing an army of 200 million…mounted troops. Years ago Red China claimed to have had an army of 200 million (Time, May 21, 1965, p. 35). (The Bible Knowledge Commentary) (Mine: the apostle John heard the number of the troops.) It is amazing that in the song, “Run Through The Jungle,”we find these words: “Two hundred million guns are loaded, Satan cries,”Take aim.”

Revelation 11:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV) Gentiles will persecute the Jews

1 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, 2 but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.

Comment: (MacArthur Study Bible) A rebuilt temple will exist during the time of the Tribulation (Dan. 9:27; 12:11; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4). (Mine) Even though a temple will be in Jerusalem during the tribulation, the presence of God will not inhabit that temple. Solomon’s Temple was destroyed in 586 B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians. The Prophet Ezekiel had a vision of the Glory of God leaving the temple in 592 B.C. (Ezekiel 10:18). The Glory of God will not return to the temple, until the Millennial Temple is built, as was seen in a vision to Ezekiel in 573 B.C. (Ezekiel 43:4).

Let’s consider the following attacks that will come upon Israel. It is important to know that even though Satan is shown as pursuing and attacking Jews, that the forces of the anti-christ will be doing the pursuing of Israel, and of anyone whom will have come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation.

A truth that is ignored by much of today’s world is exposed in Revelation, Chapter 12. We will address this topic with a question. That question is, “who is the woman of Revelation ?” Let us consider the question, the answer, and its relation to Israel coming under the persecution of the anti-christ.

Let’s consider the woman.

Revelation 12:1 English Standard Version (ESV) The Woman and the Dragon
1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Comment: John Walvoord Commentary. The woman does not represent Christ, nor the church in general, but rather Israel as the matrix from which Christ came.

Revelation 12:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.

Comment: John Walvoord Commentary. The immediate aftermath of Satan’s being cast out of heaven is his persecution of the woman who brought forth the man-child. This apparently is the beginning of the great tribulation of which Christ warned Israel in Matthew 24:15-22. This had its foreshadowing in Herod’s slaughter of the infants following the birth of Christ (Matt. 2:16). It seems here to refer specifically to the great tribulation which is yet future. The persecution of Israel is a part of the satanic program to thwart and hinder the work of God.

Consider the relentless persecution that will be thrust by satan on Jews, and on anyone that has come to saving faith in Christ.

Revelation 12:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. Satan will turn his frustrated rage against every follower of the Lamb he can find—Jew or Gentile. commandments of God…testimony of Jesus. The revealed truth from God and Christ contained in Scripture. Obedience to God’s Word always marks a genuine believer. Cf. John 8:32.

Consider how much the hatred of Israel will be expanded throughout the world, as Israel is attacked at the end of the tribulation, when the second coming of Christ to earth for judgment occurs. The following three passages of scripture take place at that Battle of Armageddon.

Zechariah 12:2-3 English Standard Version (ESV) Battle Of Armageddon
2 “Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. 3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. “cup of drunkenness.” Jerusalem is pictured as a large basin from which the nations will figuratively drink with eagerness, only to find themselves becoming intoxicated, disoriented, and thus easy prey for divine judgment at the end of Daniel’s 70th week in the battle of Armageddon when nations gather to attack Jerusalem (cf. Ezek. 38:1–6, 14–16; Dan. 11:40–44; Rev. 9:13–16; 14:20; 16:12–16).

Zechariah 14:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV) The Battle Of Armageddon
1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 ..Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 14:1 the day of the Lord is coming. The “Day of the Lord” is a technical term for God’s wrath unleashed against sinners. Here, Zechariah is looking at the Day of the Lord when His wrath is unleashed against the whole world of sinners, which results in the establishment of the Lord’s millennial reign on earth. 14:2 I will gather all the nations. God Himself will gather the nations, using them to purge, refine, and judge (cf. Rev. 16:13, 14, 16). 14:3, 4 His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. To prevent the eradication of His remnant, the Lord will personally intervene to fight against the gathered nations. Jesus will literally return to the Mt. of Olives, just as the angels announced at His ascension (cf. Acts 1:11).

Revelation 19:19 English Standard Version (ESV) The Battle Of Armageddon
19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 19:19 kings of the earth. See 17:12–17. their armies. See 16:13, 14. His army. Zechariah describes this army of the Lord as “all the saints” (14:5).

When we read about all of the nations of the world that will come against Israel during the tribulation, it will not be just in the field of battle that such hostile attitudes will be shown toward Jews, and to Gentiles who have come to saving faith in Christ. Such opposition to God’s people will be common in all four corners of the earth. Consider the words of scripture that tell about the situation that will escalate. It is very clear that such attacks on God’s people are getting worse in our world today, and will continue with even greater severity as the time of the tribulation approaches.

Matthew 24:21-22 English Standard Version (ESV)
21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Comment: Moody Bible Commentary.”unless those days had been cut short.” This statement means that God would not allow the days to go on for an undetermined time. This shows that God is sovereign over the length of the great tribulation. The elect are Jews (Deuteronomy 14:2). The experience of believing Israel is in view here, not that of the church.

My comment. It is important to understand the increasing severity of the conditions of the Great Tribulation, as to how they will affect all people that will be present on earth (Matt 24:21, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.”). It is also important to know that only those whom will not have been born again at the time of the rapture of the saints, will be left behind on earth to be present during the tribulation. The purpose of the tribulation is for God to draw unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ (Daniel 9:20, 24; 25-27). Born again believers in Christ will have already been drawn to saving faith in Christ at the time of the rapture, which will precede the tribulation.

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The Day Of The Lord – Conflict In The Tribulation – Matthew 24-25

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I. INTRODUCTION

Soldiers, young men. Soldiers on the ground; soldiers in the air. Soldiers planning the fight; soldiers going to the fight; soldiers in the fight. Soldiers in large trucks; soldiers in small trucks; soldiers in helicopters. Soldiers walking; soldiers running. Soldiers shooting at the enemy; the enemy shooting back. Expressions on the faces of soldiers. The expression of one young soldier seated in a helicopter “taking him to the fight” sticks in my mind; I wonder….. In this video footage of soldiers at Khe Sanh Combat Base, South Vietnam, most of the soldiers are very young, with most of them being in their early twenties, some older. The ones that survived the war, and are alive today, would be in their early to mid-seventies, and older. Many of the soldiers went to war, having previously accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior; the death that they suffered in war was a step leading them to the Presence of Christ for rewards (2 Corinthians 5:8). In the coming “Day Of The Lord” during the Tribulation, there will be war. No place on Earth will be safe. Of those soldiers, whom will be left behind from the rapture of the saints, it will be because they had not been born again. At the time of the deaths of the unsaved tribulation soldiers, their presence will be at the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).

II. DAY OF THE LORD

A. “The Day Of The Lord” is a time ahead of us that will include war, which will be a part of the Tribulation. There will also be a time of peace, which will be a part of the Millennium.

B. Revelation 6:4, New Living Translation
Then another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider was given a mighty sword and the authority to take peace from the earth. And there was war and slaughter everywhere.

C. Per J. Dwight Pentecost (Deceased), “Things To Come,””The Day Of The Lord,” pp 230-231, “The Day Of The Lord” will consist of (1) the tribulation, (2) the second coming of Christ, (3) and the thousand-year millennial reign of Christ on earth (also known as the Kingdom Age and the millennium). The Day Of The Lord is that extended period of time beginning with God’s dealing with Israel after the rapture at the beginning of the tribulation period and extending through the second advent and the millennial age unto the creation of the new heavens and new earth after the millennium.

D. There are total opposite conditions that will exist during the Day Of The Lord in , (1) the Tribulation, and in (2) the Millennium. Consider the following two passages of scripture.

E. Joel 3:9-10 New Living Translation (NLT) – Day Of The Lord – Tribulation – War
9 Say to the nations far and wide: “Get ready for war! Call out your best warriors. Let all your fighting men advance for the attack. 10 Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Train even your weaklings to be warriors.

F. Isaiah 2:4 New Living Translation (NLT) – Day Of The Lord – Millennium – Peace
4 The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation,
nor train for war anymore.

III. SCRIPTURAL BASIS FOR THE TRIBULATIONS

A. All of us read research material that has been written by other people. Whenever we undertake a study of scripture, such as that of the end times, it is important for us to know that the authors of our reference material have been provided by scholars whom have been found to be well-grounded, and highly respected by other scholars, in their studies and application of scripture.

B. The Day Of the Lord will follow the Day of Grace. During the Day Of The Lord, the Judgments of God will be poured out on all of the earth. At the beginning of the Day Of The Lord, Christ will descend form Heaven with His previously raptured saints. Judgment will be executed on the foes of Christ. Christ will take possession of the earth, with His accompanying saints assisting Him, which will last for one thousand years (millennium).

C. The following scriptures discuss The Day Of The Lord, as well as many others. Notice God’s judgment in each verse.

1. Isaiah 13:9 New American Standard 1977
Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, Cruel, with fury and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its sinners from it.

2. Thessalonians 5:2 New American Standard Bible
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

3. Peter 3:10 New American Standard 1977
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

D. The Day Of The Lord is included in the Tribulation. The following verses show such a time placement of the Tribulation in the Day Of The Lord. Nations of the world will attacking Israel; the United States Of America will be a part of the attacking force. Notice that the conversation that took place on the Mount Olives was private, only among Christ and His Jewish disciples; it was about a future series of events that relate to Israel and the Jews. The message of Christ would not be witnessed to Gentiles until “Acts 10:34-44, 41 A.D., by Peter; and Acts 13:42-49, 45 A.D., by Paul,” (Dates from Scofield Study Bible). The gospel message of Peter on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41) was preached to Jews (Acts 2:5-14).

IV. MOUNT OF OLIVES DISCOURSE

A. Matthew 24:3 NASB “As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

1. “A private conversation among Christ and His disciples.”

V. BIRTH PANGS

A. Matthew 24:6-8 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

1. “War. Cosmic disturbances. Global unrest. Jews and Israel will be objects of the anti-christ’s hate.”

VI. TRIBULATION

A. Matthew 24:9 NASB 9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.

1. “Tribulation begins. Israel and Jews are the targets of the tribulation.”

VII. GREAT TRIBULATION

A. Matthew 24:21 NASB 21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now,

1. “Great tribulation begins; greater than any other since creation.”

B. Matthew 24:22 NASB 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

1. Matthew 24:22 NASB Jews and Gentiles that miss the rapture, but come to accept Christ as savior, during the Tribulation, will be exterminated by the forces of the anti-christ. Without the return of Christ to save “the saved Jews,” no saved Jew or saved Gentile will survive the genocide of the anti-christ. Jews are the elect of God (Deu 14:2).

VIII. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST – Judgment

A. Matthew 24:29-31 NASB 29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other for entry into the Kingdom of for judgment, and death.”

1. AFTER THE TRIBULATION. Cosmic disturbances take place. Christ returns to earth with great power of glory (Dan 7:13; Zech 14:1-4; Rev 19:11-21). Those whom had rejected Christ will see Him at his return (Revelation 1:7). Angels gather up the Jews (elect) from all of the earth for judgment.

IX. JUDGMENTS OF CHRIST – LIFE AND DEATH – JEWS

A. Taken And Left Behind

1. Matthew 24:36-41 NASB 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.

2. Matt 24:36-41. “One taken, and one left.” THIS IS NOT THE RAPTURE. THIS IS THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. Mt 24:40-41 tells about Jews that are left behind from the rapture. One Jew will be taken to judgment, and death; the other Jew will be left behind to enter the Kingdom, and have eternal life. Those Jews that are left behind to enter the Kingdom are “real Israel” (Romans 11:26); they have been born again (John 3:3); they are believers in Christ (John 3:16). The only way that anyone can enter the Kingdom of God is to be born again (John 3:3). “No one knows the day or hour,” relates to the second coming of Christ, and is not addressed in verses relating to the rapture. “The flood came and took them all away,” relates to the people of Noah’s time who were not righteous.”

a. John Walvoord (Deceased), commentary on Matthew (24:39)”took them all away,” ‘referring to the judgment of unbelievers (in Noah’s time); so at the second coming, some will be taken away for judgment,’ “for judgment preceding the establishment of the kingdom.”

b. John Walvoord, commentary on Matthew, (24:40), “the one who is left (righteous Jew), is left to enter the Kingdom; the one who is taken (unrighteous Jew), is taken to judgment.” This is in keeping with the illustration of the time of Noah when the ones taken away (in the flood) are the unbelievers. Because at the rapture believers will be taken out of the world, some have confused this (teaching of Mt 24:39-40) with the rapture of the church.

X. JUDGMENTS OF CHRIST – LIFE AND DEATH – GENTILES

A. The Judgment Of The Nations/Gentiles. The Sheep and Goat Judgment.

1. Matthew 25:31-33 (NASB) 31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

a. Tribulation Gentiles will also have the same treatment as that of the tribulation Jews . Those whom accepted Christ as Savior during the tribulation will be left behind to inherit the Kingdom and eternal life (Matt 25:34). Those Gentiles whom did not accept Christ during the tribulation will be taken to judgment and death (Matt 25:41) (The context of the Gentile judgment is Mt 25:31-46). “All the nations,” relates to the gentiles of the world. The sheep, “on the right,” are gentiles whom have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, and have been born again. The goats, “on the left,” are gentiles whom have not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, and have “not” been born again. vs 32, “nations” relates to those whom are, “distinct from Israel, Gentiles;” they are not specific nations. https://biblehub.com/greek/1484.htm

2. Matthew 25:34-40 (NASB) – 34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

a. “Unto The Least Of These,” is often taught to relate to today’s “day to day” benevolence. However, in this passage, Christ is discussing gentiles in the tribulation whom have shown compassion to “these brothers of mine,” whom are “Jews.” The gentiles show that by showing compassion on the Jews during the tribulation, that they (gentiles) have come to saving faith in Christ. “Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you,” relates to the Kingdom Age as being a predetermined place of dwelling for unbelieving gentiles, whom will miss the rapture, but will come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation. Through belief in Christ, through the new birth, these “tribulation gentile saints,” will enter the Kingdom age and continue on into the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem. At the time of their new birth, these gentiles inherit eternal life.

3. Matthew 25:41-46 (NASB) – 41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

a. Those tribulation gentiles, whom did not show compassion toward the Jews of the tribulation (God’s chosen people), had not been born again; they had not come to saving faith in Christ. As a consequences of their not being born again, these gentiles will be taken to judgment and the lake of fire (Rev 20:11-15). vs 46 also restates the reward of eternal life for those whom will have been born again during the tribulation.

XI. Please consider the following video discussion on The Day Of The Lord by Dr. Renald Showers.

A. What Does The Day Of The Lord Mean?

What does “the day of the Lord” mean?
Renald Showers
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XII. Future Studies

A. Two other significant accounts of the second coming of Christ are shown in Zechariah and Revelation, and will be discussed in following articles.

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Tribulation – Judgments! War!

Vietnam War – Music Video – Riders on the Storm – Info from the author of the video, Flying Dutchman – Published on Jan 27, 2018 – Dedicated to the soldiers who fought and died during the Vietnam War. Brave young men who served their country, which many of them never received a “welcome home” or a “thank you” from its country.

In the video we see men of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. They may be enlistees or draftees. They may be active duty, reserve or national guard. I call them heroes!

The Vietnam War began. Members of the US armed forces, and allies, were called to serve in Vietnam; others were called to support the war effort from neighboring countries. For brevity purposes, I will call the men in the video, “troops.” They are seen wearing helmets, flop hats, tropical fatigues, flak jackets and jungle boots. They are equipped with rifles and ammo belts. They may have fired pistols and machine guns; they may have thrown grenades. Many of the troops were carried to the fight by helicopters. Those wounded were carried by their fellow troops to places where they, and those killed in action, were taken away by the same helicopters. Troops crawled through jungles, walked in water up to their chests, and walked through rice paddies; hard-sole jungle boots protected the troops from hidden punji sticks. Troops were fired upon by the enemy; they returned fire. Tanks and artillery weapons fired on enemy locations further away. Airplanes dropped bombs. Machine gunners on helicopters fired on enemy soldiers. Just prior to the end of the war, helicopters were thrown into the South China Sea so that the enemy could not make use of them. The Vietnam War ended. The youngest of those whom were seen in the video would most likely been born around 1950. Americans wept as they read the names of the war dead on Vietnam memorial walls. https://www.virtualwall.org/iAlpha.htm
I found the names, pictures, and details of death, of two of my friends. One was in the US Army; the other was in the US Marine Corps. Both were born in 1947; both were killed in action in 1968.

In 1969, Look Magazine published an article that showed pictures of the American war dead in Vietnam that had occurred in the previous week. The casualties were males, young men, with most of them being in the age group of less than twenty-three years old; those that were killed that week were about two-hundred twenty-nine in number. Many of the men that were drafted left jobs, homes, families and church fellowships to serve their country.

Another war will come in the future, that may not be “too far distant.” It will have a quick spiritual defeat, that will come at the hands of Christ (Rev 19:15), that comes as a campaign is being carried on by “all who have gone to war against Jerusalem” (Zech 14:12). That war will be known as “the Battle of Armageddon” (Rev 16:16); some have called it “the campaign of Armageddon.” All of the advanced weaponry, and tactics of war, will be brought against the nation of Israel but, to no avail. Christ will be greater than any rifle, rocket or bomb. All of the foes of Israel will die! Their eternity will be in the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15).

The US involvement in Vietnam was from 1950 until the last US combat troops were withdrawn in 1973; Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon were the commanders in Chief. There were more than 540,000 US troops stationed in South Vietnam in 1967. 58,220 US troops died in the war. During the war in Vietnam War, US forces were stationed in South Vietnam, as well as in other areas of Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Guam, Okinawa and in the Philippines.

The time of the Vietnam War was during that of the Cold War with Russia and its socialist counterparts. Other US troops were stationed at bases throughout the world. While war in Vietnam is largely remembered as a contest between North and South Vietnam, with the United States intervening on behalf of the latter, both factions enjoyed considerable help from a host of other world powers, large and small.
https://militaryhistorynow.com/2013/10/02/the-international-vietnam-war-the-other-world-powers-that-fought-in-south-east-asia/ The total war casualties, of both sides, was 1,273,230, which covers the time period of 1954-1975. Non-combat deaths totaled about 500,000 https://www.historynet.com/vietnam-war

The Tribulation – In the verses of Matthew 24 and 25, Christ is talking to Jews about things that will happen to Jews after the rapture has taken place; only unsaved Jews and Gentiles will remain on the earth during the tribulation. The things that are stated in Matthew 24 are an outline of the time of the future tribulation. The book of Revelation, Chapters 6-19, shows a more detailed account of the things that will happen during the tribulation.

Matthew 24:5-12 New American Standard Bible (vs 9, Tribulation)

5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.

Let’s look in greater detail at some of the things that will happen on earth during the tribulation. Notice that God is making the things happen that will bring His judgment upon the earth.

Revelation 6:7-8 New American Standard Bible (Seal judgments; severe; 1/4 of mankind killed)

7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 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.
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Revelation 9:13-15 New American Standard Bible (Trumpet judgments; more severe; 1/3 of mankind killed).

13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 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.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (Great Tribulation; consider its severity)

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

Revelation 16 New American Standard Version (Bowl judgments; most severe)

1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.
16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.
21 And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, *came down from heaven upon men;

Revelation 19:11, 19, 21 New American Standard Version (The final assault on Jerusalem ends with all attackers being killed by Christ)

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. (Christ is the rider)

The war begins. The war ends.

19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. (the armies are unsaved international coalition armed forces)

21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse (all unsaved troops, including their unsaved chaplains, will die)

Remember that the above judgments (seals, trumpets and bowls) are poured out on the earth under the authority of God. No church age, born again believers in Christ, will be present while these things are happening.

At the end of the tribulation, the number of military combat deaths will be, “all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem,” (Zech 14:1-3, 12; Rev 19:15, 19-21). The non-combat deaths will include all of those whom do not know Christ as Messiah, and Lord and Savior, whom will be residing in all four corners of the earth Matt 24:29-31 (Jews); 40-41 (Jews); 25:31-34, 41, 46 (Gentiles). The righteous of Mt 25:46 will be those former unbelievers, that were left behind from the rapture, that came to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation; they are known as tribulation saints.

U.S. military personnel will be a part of the ungodly forces at the Battle of Armageddon. All that are present for that battle will be unsaved, including their unsaved chaplains, and will die, and will come under the jurisdiction of the “Great White Throne Judgment,” Rev 20:10-15. The sentence will be “confinement for all of eternity” in the lake of fire. These unsaved tribulation era people, combatant and non-combatant, will never see the Kingdom of God; from their physical location on earth in the tribulation, they will be taken to judgment. The same judgment has been set for everyone, of all times, whomever has not been born again. The remedy is to be born again (John 3:3); to believe in Christ (John 3:16); to have the indwelling Spirit of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) (John 14:16,17, 20); to be prompted by the Holy Spirit to righteous living (John 15:26-27; 16:7-11); to have an intimate relationship with God, the Father, and God, the Son, being empowered by God, the Holy Spirit (John 17:3).

John 3:3 New American Standard Bible

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:16 New American Standard

16 “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.

John 14:16-17,20 New American Standard Bible

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

John 15:26-27 New American Standard Bible

26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

John 16:7-11 New American Standard Bible

7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

John 17:3 New American Standard Bible

3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

If we have been born again, we know Christ as Lord and Savior. If we know Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have been born again.

During the time that I spent in Thailand and in the Philippines, during the Vietnam War, I remember those times as being times of national unity. We were not a hyphenated nation, we were “Americans.” Consider the unity that is shown in the faces of the following video. Please look very closely; or, you might miss somebody.

Lee Greenwood – A Prayer for America – Yankee Stadium Memorial (23 Sept 2001)) – God Bless the USA

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The Catching Up! When?

Mamas and The Papas – Monday Monday (Hollywood Palace, 1966). “Monday, Monday” is a 1966 song written by John Phillips and recorded by “The Mamas & The Papas.” The group was formed by husband and wife John and Michelle Phillips, formerly of the New Journeymen, and Denny Doherty, formerly of the Mugwumps. Both of these earlier acts were folk groups active from 1964 to 1965. The last member to join was Cass Elliot, Doherty’s bandmate in the Mugwumps.

In the song the lyrics are very telling of the subject of this article. Consider the words, “Monday Monday, could you leave and not take me?” There are other words in the song that relate to our “day to day” thoughts of life. Consider what it would be like if suddenly you were missing, and no one could figure out where you went. This same scenario is waiting to happen to millions of people, “and it will happen!” For those whom will be “doing the looking” for their missing loved ones and friends, they will begin a time of life that they will never have thought of, and will face conditions that will be more horrifying than anything that “science fiction” would have never dreamed of!

There is nothing in prophetic studies that tells of things that will precede such an absence of so many people from our world. But, as it relates to the time element that will be required for such an event to occur, we find the following prophetic scripture, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” (1 Corinthians 15:52). The following video shows what it will be like when “those missing,” will be missing. Notice that the setting in the video is that of a church building! Please understand that the event that is being shown is not that of the second coming of Christ, where He will stand on the earth.

See the following three passages. The catching up of the church is also “the gathering, 2 Thes 2:1).

John 14:3 New Living Translation (NLT)

3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

1 Corinthians 15:52 New Living Translation (NLT)
52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.

Consider the purposes for the catching up of all born again believers in Christ. The believers at the Church in Thessalonica had a fear that “The Day of the Lord” had come, and that they were in “The Day Of The Lord.” They also had a concern that the man of sin (the anti-christ) had been revealed.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Man of Lawlessness

1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,
2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

Note. vs 1 and 2. The Thessalonian Christians thought that they had missed the event which is shown in the above video. They thought that Christ had already come in the air to catch them up, to take them to the presence of God the Father, which would remove them from the persecution of the anti-christ and the divine judgment of God. These Thessalonians believed that they were living in the time of “the Day of the Lord.”
https://bible.org/seriespage/chapter-8-revelation-man-sin Consider the following verses that relate to the Feast Of Tabernacles, which is a fall feast of the Jews. The feast is also known as the Feast of Booths and the Feast of Ingathering.

The Jewish feast of Ingathering/Tabernacles/Booths: Lev 23:33-43; Ex 23:16-17; Deu 16:13-16; Neh 8:13-18; Num 29:12-40; John 7:2. The feast of tabernacles will fulfillment in Christ in Zech 14:16-19.

Note. vs 3 and 4: The man of sin can not be revealed until there will be an apostasy. The word, “apostasy,” will be discussed to show that it is God, and only God, who is in control of the timing of the catching up of the saints. No person, or persons, by their actions or thoughts, will determine the timing of God, for anything. We will now consult the Lexicon comments of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 which is provided by BibleHub.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 New American Standard 1977
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.

NASB Greek Origin
the apostasy ἀποστασία (apostasia) from aphistémi

aphistémi: to lead away, to depart from

868. aphistémi

Strong’s Concordance
aphistémi: to lead away, to depart from
Original Word: ἀφίστημι
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: aphistémi
Phonetic Spelling: (af-is’-tay-mee)
Definition: to lead away, to depart from
Usage: I make to stand away, draw away, repel, take up a position away from, withdraw from, leave, abstain from.

In any Biblical application, the sovereignty of God must be the primary factor of concern.

Psalm 103:19 New American Standard 1977
The LORD has established His throne in the heavens; And His sovereignty rules over all.

Jeremiah 18:6 New American Standard 1977
“Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

In the case of 2 Thes: “vs 2 the Day of the Lord will not come, vs 3 unless the apostasy comes first,” the sovereignty of must MUST be the determining factor.

Day Of The Lord. The Day of the Lord is a period of time in which God will deal with wicked men directly and dramatically in fearful judgment. But the day designated in Scripture as “the day of the Lord” is coming when God will punish human sin, and He will deal in wrath and in judgment with a Christ-rejecting world. One thing we are sure of, that God in His own way will bring every soul into judgment. The Day of the Lord, according to the Old Testament, is a time of God’s judgment and a time of God’s dealing with the world in its sin. The Day of the Lord is also a time of deliverance and blessing for Israel. The millennium—the whole kingdom reign of Christ on earth—in which Christ personally directs the government of the world, is also included in the Day of the Lord. How are Christians related to this judgment? Verse 4 states: “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” Christians, of course, do not know when the Day of the Lord is coming either The best explanation is that we will not be here. When the Day of the Lord comes, we will be in glory. https://bible.org/seriespage/chapter-5-day-lord

In creation, we see that everything that God had created was “very good.” (Gen 1:31). After the fall of Adam, and the resulting curse upon the earth, we see that God planned a redemption for His fallen world: ”

Genesis 3:14-15 New American Standard 1977
14 And the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly shall you go, And dust shall you eat All the days of your life; 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

MacArthur study note:
3:15 After cursing the physical serpent, God turned to the spiritual serpent, the lying seducer, Satan, and cursed him. bruise your head…bruise His heel. Satan could only “bruise” Christ’s heel (cause Him to suffer), while Christ will bruise Satan’s head (destroy him with a fatal blow).

In the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, we see the completed work of God that was done because of the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden. In the Revelation to John, God tells of his continuing work:

Revelation 21:5 New American Standard 1977
“Behold, I am making all things new.”

From the point in time of the creation of the world (Gen 1:31), until the time of its being made new again, it was only God that was “in charge of construction.” Mankind does not have, and will not have, anything to do with the things of God’s sovereignty. In relation to 2 Thessalonians 2:3, it will not be a falling away from the Word of God that will cause God to catch up the born again believers in Christ. Much, to the contrary, it will be the sole decision of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), that will be responsible for the catching up of the saints taking place. Consider two of the most convincing proofs that tell of the saints, “whom will be missing.” From the Lexicon we find the Greek word “868.maphistémi,” “to lead away, to depart from.”

Consider a sheep pen that is full of sheep, and that they are under the care of their Shepherd.

John 19:2-4 New American Standard 1977
2 “He who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. 3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4. “When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

868 “to lead away.” Christ will lead all of His born again believers out of the sheep pen of earth.
868 “to depart from.” Through the leading of Christ, all of His born again believers will depart from the sheep pen of the world.

In both instances of 868, it will be the rapture of the church that will be the tool that Christ will use to remove His believers from this world, and then take them to the third heaven, to the Presence of God the Father (2 Cor 5:10).

Consider the purposes for the catching up of the born again believers in Christ. The believers at the Church in Thessalonica had a fear that “The Day of the Lord” had come, and they were concerned that they were in “The Day Of The Lord.” The following information was drawn from a discussion that was provided by
Dr. David Reagan and Nathan E. Jones on a special television episode of Christ in Prophecy.

The Four Purposes for the Tribulation

The signs of the times indicate that we are on the threshold of the Tribulation, a time of unparalleled carnage that will befall the earth. The earth will plunge into a period of time that the Bible describes will be the most horrific period in all of human history.

What is the Tribulation, and what are its purposes?

One of the names the Bible gives for the coming worst time period in all of human history is the Tribulation.

It is because of the time of tribulation that will come upon the earth, that the born again believers in Christ will be removed from the earth. It will be God’s decision to bring upon the earth, the oppressive acts of the anti-christ, and the judgments of God (Rev 6:1-19:21). Consider the four purposes.

The first purpose for the Tribulation concerns the wrath of God. God’s anger has reached the lip of the cup. God’s very nature is patience, but His wrath will eventually pour out when His anger has finally reached its limit. God’s anger will finally consume the world in what the Bible calls the Day of the Lord. So, the first purpose involves the punishment for the world’s sin.

The second purpose for the Tribulation concerns bringing a remnant of the Jewish people back to know God and His Son, Jesus, as their Messiah.

The third purpose for the Tribulation involves the Gentiles, for they too will come to know the Lord as their Savior.

The fourth reason for the Tribulation, I think, is also the paramount reason for the Tribulation — Jesus returns. I am talking about Christ’s Second Coming. Jesus finally comes back to earth. When Jesus returns, He defeats Satan and the Antichrist, and He sets up His Millennial Kingdom for a thousand years.

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Consider the things that will happen after the born again believers in Christ have been caught up from this earth, and the tribulation begins. All of these things will happen because of God’s plan, and because of the reasons that are stated in the Old Testament of the Bible, as follows.

Jeremiah 30 discusses the tribulation (586 B.C., Thompson Chain Reference Bible).

Jeremiah 30:7 New American Standard 1977
‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it.

Daniel 9 discusses the tribulation (539 B.C., Thompson Chain Reference Bible).

Daniel 9:20-23 New American Standard 1977
20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, 21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. 22 And he gave me instruction and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. 23 “At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.

Daniel 9:24 is the beginning verse of scripture that relates the tribulation to the Jews and Israel.

New Living Translation

24 “A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

The church, and believers in Christ, did not come into being until the year 30 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible). Acts Chapter 2 shows the birthday of the church.
2 Corinthians was written in 56 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible).
2 Cor 5:21 states that Christ became sin, so that believers in Christ will become the righteousness of Christ. Notice that Christ did not become a sinner; He became “sin” so that He could pay the sin debt, that born again believers would have to pay, had they not been born again.
Romans 8:1 states that there is no condemnation for those whom are in Christ. By being born again (John 3:3), such a person has a spirit that is as perfect as the Spirit of Christ. Anyone whom has been born again, literally has their spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ (John 14:20).

Summing it up, God does not have a problem with anyone whose Spirit is as perfect and sinless as that of the Spirit of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). The primary purpose for the Tribulation is for Jews whom have not been born again, to be born again, to accept Christ as Messiah. Until that happens, Jews, and Gentiles, whom have not been born again, “are sin.” They need Christ to pay their sin debt; and, He will, pay their sin debt, as soon as they accept Him as Lord and Savior (John 3:16-18). Eternal life for each person begins at the time of the new birth, which is the acceptance of Christ as Lord and Savior (John 17:3).

In future articles, we will discuss more about the anti-christ and the tribulation, the millennium and the eternal state. The following video shows the conditions of the world that will be present after the catching up of the born again believers in Christ occurs. There will be no babies or young children left on planet earth. There will be no people left on earth whom have been born again. There will be no people left on the earth that were not able to make a decision to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. The subject of the new birth and the rapture of the church is a serious one. John 3:3, “you must be born again!”

Left Behind Official Trailer #1 (2014) – Nicolas Cage Movie HD

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