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5 reasons tribulation differs from Tribulation

Post by Tryphosa on Wed Jun 04 2014, 08:45

Thought this was good, gives straight forward answers that are easily understood.
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5 reasons tribulation differs from Tribulation
Tribulation: unhappiness, pain, or suffering: an experience that causes someone to suffer: distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution; also: a trying experience (Merriam-Webster)

1. Purpose
The Tribulation does not deal with the Church at all,[15] but with the purification of Israel. It is not the “time of the Church’s trouble,” but the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” The emphasis of the Tribulation is primarily Jewish.
This fact is borne out by Old Testament Scripture (Deut. 4:30; Jer.30:7; Ezek. 20:37; Dan. 12:1; Zech. 13:8, 9), by the Olivet Discourse of Christ (Matt. 24:9-26), and by the book of Revelation itself (Rev. 7:4-8; 12:1, 2, 17, etc.). It concerns “Daniel’s people,” the coming of “false Messiahs,” the preaching of the “gospel of the kingdom,” flight on the “Sabbath,” the temple and the “holy place,” the land of Judaea, the city of Jerusalem, the twelve “tribes of the children of Israel,” the “song of Moses,” “signs” in the heavens, the “covenant” with the Beasts, the “sanctuary,” the “sacrifice and the oblation” of the temple ritual.


Moreover, it is evident that the Tribulation also concerns God’s judgment upon Christ-rejecting Gentile nations, (Rev. 14:8; Rev. 18:8; Rev. 20:3) – and individuals (Rev. 6:15-17; Rev.16:9).

Wicked men, godless nations, suffering Israel – these may all be found in Revelation 6-18; but one looks in vain for the Church of Christ, which is His body, until he reaches the nineteenth chapter. There she is seen as the heavenly bride of Christ, and when He returns to earth to make His enemies His footstool, she is seen returning with Him (I Thess. 3:13).

2. Extent
It will be worldwide, as in the days of Noah; and catastrophic, as in Sodom & Gomorrah. (Luke 17:26-32; Rev. 6:17)

3. Duration
A set period of time (the Tribulation) vs. ongoing (tribulation, John 16:33)

That the “week” will be divided into two halves of three and one half years is further indicated by the formula “a time, and times, and half a time” (Rev. 12:14; Dan. 12:7); by the measure of “forty and two months” (Rev. 11:2, 13:5); and by the designation of “a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (Rev. 11:3; 12:6). Matthew 24:22 seems to indicate that because of the severity of the Tribulation, the number of its days will be shortened a little.

4. Intensity
It is needless here to elaborate much upon the severity of the Tribulation judgments. One might start with the mighty plagues called down by Moses upon Egypt, and from there study all the wars, revolutions, persecutions, inquisitions, and the rest of the awful history of the human race down to the gas chambers of modern Dachau, and still not find that with which to compare the judgments of the seals and trumpets and the seven vials of the plagues of God.

Revelation 16:2, compared with verse 11, indicates that the plagues continue and are cumulative, God placing His mark upon them which received the mark of the Beast. Revelation 10:4 recounts that the things uttered by the seven thunders were sealed up. So terrible are they that God in His mercy withholds them. Revelation 16:10 speaks of men who “gnawed their tongues for pain.”

“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved” (Matt. 24:21, 22)

5. Source
The tribulation inflicted upon the Church in this present age comes from men and from Satan. The tribulation that is to come will be from God. In this age, tribulation comes upon those who bear witness to the Lord Jesus Christ. The tribulation that is to come primarily will be upon those who reject Christ and who will not have God to rule over them. The tribulation of this age can better be called persecution. The tribulation of the period to come is rightfully designated as the wrath of God. The foremost difference between persecution and wrath lies in the source from which it comes…
It is the Wrath of God
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Rev. 6:16, 17; cf. Deut. 7:9, 10; Hosea 10:8).
Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters (Rev. 14:7).
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, an that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth (Rev. 11:18).
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation (Rev. 14:9, 10).

…conclusively prove(s) the point: the distinctive character of the Tribulation period is that it is a time of divine wrath. Satan may be given a little leeway before he is chained, but the primary source of wrath in the Tribulation is neither Satan nor wicked men, but God. He pours it out “without mixture.” There is not a drop of water to cool its heat. It is not blended with hope or grace. It is God’s undiluted wrath on a world that has rejected His own glorious Son.
We know Christians face tribulation in this sin-filled world, because it is a fallen creation and because we shine His light, which the darkness hates – but we will not face the Tribulation.
Adapted from “Kept from the hour” by Gerald Stanton


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Post by Tryphena on Thu Jun 05 2014, 14:07

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