God tells His people what to expect in the future because He is an open and honest God in relationship to His people (Amos 3:7). It is not to cause fear, but rather trust in His power (Isaiah 46: 9-10). However, these times of trouble that all must go through, even end-time trouble, are not to be faced alone. God gives us promises to get us through and His word can never fail (Matthew 24:35).
Here are some Bible promises of hope through any time of trouble:
-“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee” (Psalm 9:9-10).
-“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
-“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
-“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).
-“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Psalm 91 has some of the most precious of these promises to comfort all who pass through times of trouble. This is especially true for those who will experience “the end-time of trouble.” This psalm has for its theme the security of the believer who places his faith in God. While the entire chapter is full of promises, here are some of highlighted:
-Verse 1: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
-Verse 4: He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
-Verse 7: A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
-Verses 9-11: Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
-Verses 14-16: Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.
A future hope
Jesus warns that in the end-time trouble, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken…” But as we look to Jesus and see His promises coming to pass, “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:26-28).
In the time of trouble, God’s children will not be free from all pain and suffering. However, while persecuted and afflicted, while they endure privation, they will not be left to perish (2 Corinthians 8-9). They will see the judgement of the unrepentant, but they will not experience it (Psalm 91:8). It will be as the Israelites looked on as the Egyptians perished in the Red Sea (Exodus 14:31) while they stood safely protected by God’s mighty hand. This end-time trouble is a short term experience to put away sin and suffering forever. At last, the redeemed will live eternally in God’ presence (Psalm 17:15).
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
In His service,