Many Christian leaders teach that “the Church” will NOT go through Earth’s final “tribulation,” but will instead be “raptured” or taken to heaven before the final crisis takes place. This teaching is comforting to those that accept it. But is that what the Bible teaches? Throughout the ages believers have without a doubt suffered “tribulation” and the Scriptures teach that this will continue till the Second Coming of Jesus Christ at the end.
The word “tribulation” in the New Testament, almost every verse, applies to what faithful believers go through, rather than what they escape from. Let’s examine these references:
“Jesus Christ said to His followers, “In the world YOU shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” ( John 16:33).
“True Christians are to “glory in tribulations” because “tribulation works patience” and develops Christian character” (Romans 5:3).
Paul wrote of the many “persecutions and tribulations” which “the churches of God” were enduring in the first century (Christians were thrown to the lions in the coliseum, eaten by wild dogs, burned at the stake and lit up as torches in Nero’s garden)-2 Thessalonians 1:4.
John was our “companion in tribulation” (Revelation 1:9).
To His church, Jesus said, “I know your works and tribulation…” (Revelation 2:9).
Again to His church, Jesus said, “YOU shall have tribulation…” (Revelation 2:10).
God’s final people “came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14). They did not escape it, but endured through it, being purified.
The Good News
The Scriptures reveal that believers have at all times gone through times of persecution and will suffer trials until the end. But the good news is that, they need not be afraid for Christ promised, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, Christ would be closer to His faithful children even more than when He was living on this earth (John 16:7). And He will strengthen them to overcome all the powers of darkness (Luke 10:19).
In His service,