The Tribulation: A period of the greatest power struggle in all of human history.


May 15, 2020

Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
051520
The Tribulation: A period of the greatest power struggle in all of
human history.

Remember this principle: We are not waiting for any prophecies to be fulfilled but we are waiting to get ourselves prepared for what will happen just before the Rapture.

For example, the Bible tells us that just before the Lord comes back in the Rapture, He will gather us together in the clouds of the air to begin our marriage with the Lord as we gather together with Him and us; 2TH 2:1.

2TH 2:1   Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to Him;,Notice that the gathering together to Him speaks of the Rapture when all of God’s people will meet the Lord in the air — they will be gathered together by our Lord; 1Th 4:15-18.

I also believe that the phrase, “He who now restrains is a reference to the restraining ministry of God the Holy Spirit who keeps the unholy trinity from destroying us as members of the human race.

These principles fall under the category that although we are not waiting for any prophecy to be fulfilled, we can expect certain historical trends to happen again.

And that is the fact that there is a time coming on this earth when our Lord warned us about others so that it will be one of the worst times in all of human history; the Tribulation Period; according to Mat 24:21-22.

  1. It is called the day of wrath.

A day of trouble and distress,

A day of destruction and desolation,

A day of darkness and gloom,

A day of clouds and thick darkness,

A day called the hour of Trial.

It is a period of the greatest power struggle in all of human history.

And it involves not only people but angelic creatures as well.

It is a time of great judgment on the earth like never before, Rev 6:12-17.

It is a great time of indignation, Isa 26:20-21.

It is the wrath of God upon the entire world.

It is a time when the Lord delivers us from the wrath to come; 1Th 1:10.

It is a very difficult time to be alive and it is called the Tribulation period!

The “wrath of God” will be poured out upon the world during the great Tribulation period……but not the Church — she will be getting married in heaven while the citizens of this world are freaking out and fallen apart on the earth.

If the church is destined to endure the persecutions of the Tribulation, it is hopeless to proclaim that we are looking forward to the coming of the Lord as a time of  hope and  joy if all we are waiting for is the Tribulation Period.

What a normal believer would say is that I have been looking forward to the Tribulation Period, the worst time in all of human history, so I will be able to meet the Lord in the clouds of the air after going through the worst time in all of human history?

What normal believer would think like that?

Answ. An abnormal believer.

If you had a choice would you rather go through the Tribulation Period now and then meet the Lord or would you rather be raptured and be married to the Lord while the Tribulation period is going on in the world.

Therefore, we have a unique calling on our life as the first glimpse of the Lord Jesus Christ and His followers, who made God’s hall of Fame,  will also be announced and identified as winner believers.

First, we are told that when the Lord comes back, they are unique  and the First ones mentioned with the King of kings and the Lord of lords, our Lord Jesus Christ.

First of all, in 1TH 3:13  so that He may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.

In REV 2:7, these saints or winner believers will have the privileges to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.’

In REV 2:11, the winner believers shall not be hurt by the second death.

In REV 2:17, these winner believers will be able to eat the hidden manna, and they will receive a white stone of approval and a new title written on the stone which no one knows the intimacy that winner believers will receive.

In REV 2:26, these saints or winner believers will be given authority over the nations;

REV 2:28, winner believers will be given the morning star.

In REV 3:4, they will walk with the Lord in whites or in a uniform of glory that reveals their names being written down as a winner believer.

REV 3:5 ‘He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.

What’s the use of looking forward to the worst time in all of human history if we have to go through it ourselves and alone?

Who would want to be looking for a Rapture that comes after the Tribulation Period, which none of us should even want to go through unless we will be protected and blessed by our Lord.

On the other hand, if Christ will come for His church before the predicted time of trouble, Christians can regard His coming as an imminent daily expectation.

So, because of a theological event known as the Rapture, the church, the body of Christ will not go through the Tribulation Period unless it is a power that we possess to enjoy handling it.

The Rapture is a time of joy because the Rapture is used in a technical theological sense for the resurrection of the Royal Family of God, the entire Church.

The Lord would never command us to treat one another in our relationships based upon doctrine unless we have the power and the ability to do so.

  1. For example, one of those titles are The Last Adam and the New Creation; 2Co 5:17, Gal 6:15.

This means that our Lord was perfect as the Last Adam and He treats us all us as new creatures.

As a part of your love toward others and what the Lord did for us, one of the most overlooked principles of restoration and love are those principles of love that remind us of how much He truly loves us all.

  1. The Head and the Body is another principle of truth that we all must have because it recognizes the unity and the Head with the body, the Church, and how it is to  function.

If He is the Head and we are His body, do you think He is going to treat His body different than Himself as the Head of the spiritual body?

  1. We also know and understand that we have the relationship of a Shepherd with His Sheep.

Notice, that if He lost one sheep out of 99, he would go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?

In JOH 10:11, our shepherd is called the good shepherd   “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down is life for the sheep.”

  1. The Vine and the Branches stresses the unity and fellowship that exists with our Lord and His church.

 

  1. The Cornerstone and the building. This speaks of both the gentiles and the Jews being connected.

 

  1. The High Priest and the Royal Priesthood.

 

  1. The Groom and the Bride analogy.

 

This just speaks enough of the analogy which is Jesus Christ is a wife saver not a wife beater.

 

  1. The King of kings and the Royal Family of God; 1Pe 2:5; 2:9; Rev 1:6.

 

  1. The Last Adam and the New Creation;
  2. The Head and the Body;
  3. The Shepherd and the Sheep;
  4. The Vine and the Branches.

 

  1. The Cornerstone and the building;
  2. The High Priest and the Royal Priesthood;
  3. The Groom and the Bride analogy;
  4. The King of kings and the Royal Family of God.

 

Now,  beginning  with Mat 24:15 our Lord begins to describe what it will be like for both believers and unbelievers who are beginning to see the value of the word teem.

 

Remember, there is no “I” in team.

The abomination of desolation which was spoken of through the prophet Daniel will happen when the unholy trinity, (that is, the Devil, the Beast, and the False Prophet), will come on the scene and sit down in the throne room of Jerusalem as the new king.

So short that it is the only dispensation that we know had to be cut short because of the danger of self-destruction.

Because our subject is dealing with the future of the world and the things that are about to happen, I need to make certain about what we believe concerning the Rapture of the Church and the Tribulation Period.

(1) First of all, the great Tribulation is punishment for a Christ-rejecting world, and the nation of Israel, who rejected her Messiah, Rev 6:12-17.

(2) The nature of the church, and the promises of Christ forbid the church from going thro­ugh the great Tribulation.

For example, the nature of the church COL 1:22  yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach‑‑

The promise of Christ HEB 13:5  “for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

(3) There must be an interval of time between the rapture and the second coming.

This is when the Judgment Seat of Christ takes place and believers either receive rewards or lose rewards, 1Co 3:11-15, 2Co 5:10.

(4) The scripture’s which deal with the great tribulation have particular reference to the Jew, Mat 24:1-31; Mar 13:14; Luk 21:23-36.

He’s talking about a Jewish Temple not a Christian church.

The abomination of desolation has to do with Jerusalem and the Temple, DAN 11:31 “And forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.”

 

Because we are talking to the Jews not to Christians.

 

The Sabbath is for the Jews only, Exo 31:16.

 

In LUK 13:6, the fig tree represents the nation of Israel, And He {began} telling this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it, and did not find any.

 

So, notice that the Sabbath is used, Mat 24:20.

Jerusalem is trodden under, Luk 21:24.

Kingdom of God is near and at hand, Mat 24:14.

 

Church is never mentioned; Temple implied; abomination of desolation denoted.

 

(5) The Tribulation is mentioned as a gross time of darkness, evil, and sin, where none have faith.  Isa 60:2; Jer 13:16; Luk 18:8.

 

(6) Satan persecutes the women in the Tribulation (Israel).  The church is not to come under condemnation.  Rev 12:1-4; Rom 5:9; 8:1; 1Th 1:10; 5:9; 1Co 15:55-57; 1Th 4:13-18.

 

(7) The Church is not of the world.  Joh 17:14; Phi 3:20; 2Ti 2:3-4.

 

(8) Christ is preparing a home for His body the Church, and has promised to return and to take His bride back with Him, Joh 14:3; 1Th 4:13-17.

 

Joh 14:3 “And 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.”

 

(9) The Church has been promised deliverance from the wrath to come.  Rom. 5:9; 1Th 1:10; 5:9; Rev 3:10.

 

(10) The believer is told to watch, or have an attitude of anticipation for the Lord’s coming.

If believer’s are to go through the great Tribulation, they would be advised to watch for the signs of the prophecies of the coming of Jacob’s trouble, Rom 8:23; 1Co 1:7; Gal 5:5. Tit 2:11-13.

Why would we in Rom 8:23 groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body?

Or in 1Co 1:7 await eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Or in TIT 2:13  looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;