FYI: Why Christians WILL NOT GO Through The Tribulation Period
FYI: Why Christians WILL NOT Go Through The Tribulation Period
Or maybe I should title this ‘Why I don’t believe in ‘Mid-Tribulations’ and Post-Tribulations’ but ‘PRE-TRIBULATIONS’. ANYWAY…..
“When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
“And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
“The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed , mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.”
There are many Christians that believe the rapture takes place here. They believe that they will venture into the first part of the Tribulation, about 3.5 years; and then, just as the ‘Great Wrath’ of God begins, here as they open the 7th seal, then the Rapture begins and God turns up the heat on the rest of the world. The scriptures do not bear this out.
Enoch was taken BEFORE the Flood, and Lot was removed BEFORE the judgment on Sodom; and specifically, the angels told him, Lot, that they could not do anything until he was gone. But the most telling part of the account is the conversation between God and Abraham before the judgment even begins. It is recorded for us in Genesis 18:22-25,
“Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. And Abraham came near and said, ‘Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?’”
Abraham asks two rhetorical questions in his conversation with the Lord, ‘Would you destroy the righteous with the wicked?’ and ‘Shall not the Judge of the earth do right?’ These are rhetorical questions, because the answers are very clear in the scriptures; and God cannot violate His word. The righteous have passed FROM wrath, from death to life and from foe to friend.
We would not treat our own children this way, so much more then will the Judge of the earth do right. And, to prove the point, Abraham got God down to 10 righteous souls being enough to save the city (Genesis 18:32). God could only find 4 willing to leave: Lot, his wife, and his two daughters. He rescued these before any judgment fell on the cities; and Lot actually saved the city of Zoar by finding refuge there (Genesis 19:21-22). The angel tells him that they would do nothing until he was safe.
The Bible tells us that we are “not appointed to wrath,” whether it be the little wrath (whatever that is in God’s power) or ‘big’ wrath.
1 Thessalonians 5: 9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I don’t know about you, but the seven seals seem a lot like wrath to me: the death, the destruction, and the suffering are all huge. This may seem like I am rehashing, but it is important to know where we are so that we can properly assess the scriptures and apply them properly.
We MUST RIGHTLY DIVIDE the Word Of God!!!!
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