By: Gordon King
The Tribulation Period is a 7 year span of time just before the second coming of Christ. Some Christians believe that the rapture of the church (Christians) will be just before this period begins. Others believe that the rapture will occur in the middle of this period, while others believe it will happen at the end. I believe that the church will be taken out before the tribulation (pre-trib). It only makes sense to me. If the church remains, then they will know who the anti-christ is and what he is up to. I don’t know for sure. I hope this to be the case. I also believe that the rapture will need to take place before the second coming of Jesus. He needs time to prepare his bride (the church) for marriage and the marriage supper in heaven. The following Bible verse takes place just prior to the return of Christ to earth.
“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure’ for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
I have heard that the restrainer is the Holy Spirit. I have also heard that the restrainer is an angel. I don’t know if it matters or really makes a difference. If the restrainer is the Holy Spirit then it makes sense that he would be taken out of the way via the rapture of the church. If he is not the restrainer that still does not mean the church will not be raptured pre-trib. Food for thought and prayer. The following verse is speaking about removing the restrainer so that the lawless one (anti-christ) can begin his evil work.
2 Thessalonians 2:6-12
“And you know what is retraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
“Peace and Security”
The beginning of the “Tribulation period” denotes the time that the anti-christ will sign a 7 year “Peace-Treaty” between the Israelis and Palestinians. Once signed the anti-christ will be revealed. Christians who believe in the pre-tribulation rapture, think that God will take them out of the way before this happens. If this is true then whoever is left upon the earth will be greatly deceived.
When the church is raptured to heaven with Christ, there will be calamity, perplexity and unrest as there never was before on earth. The leaders of the nations as well as scientists and atheists will tell everyone a great lie. They will be seduced by demonic forces. They may say that aliens have abducted the missing people. Seems like this is what the world has been gearing up for over the past 60 or so years. Look at all the reports of UFOs, alien abductions, movies and sitcoms written about aliens.
The anti-christ will tell everyone that he will make the world peaceful and secure. Don’t we already hear that now? Peace and safety! Peace and security! The anti-christ will form a New World Order! Or a One World Government. Also a One World Religion. Don’t buy into it! During this period you will still be able to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. However, it will be much more difficult and you will have to endure the tribulation period. Christians will be persecuted severely during this time. They will be crucified, beheaded, tortured and imprisoned.
Jewish Temple rebuilt at this time and animal sacrifices reinstated
Half way through the tribulation (3 and 1/2 years) will mark the middle of this period referred to as “The Great Tribulation”. At this time the anti-christ will have those who were deceived to make an image of himself and place it in the Holy place within the Jewish temple. This image will be given breath, be able to speak, and will have those not worshiping it to be killed. This is known as the “Abomination of Desolation”. He will cause everyone to worship him and take the “Mark of the Beast”.
“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in the winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”
The mark of the beast is the name, mark or number of his name (666). The beast is anti-christ influenced by Satan. Nobody will be able to buy, sell or trade without the mark. If you receive the mark then you are selling your soul to Satan! You will not enter heaven, but sit before the Judgement seat of God. In the following verse “it” refers to the false prophet of the One World Religion. He shall rule with the anti-christ.
“Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”
“And another angel, a third, followed them saying with a loud voice, ‘if anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshippers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of his name’.”
Just before the end of this period all the nations of the world will attack Israel (Armageddon). Israel will suffer much pain. Jesus Christ will intervene by coming back to earth with legions of angels and all of his saints who are with him in heaven. They shall ride down to earth from heaven on white horses. Jesus will stand on the Mount of Olives and destroy the enemies of Israel. There will be a great earthquake, greater than the world has ever known.
May God Bless You! Remember Jesus Saves! His gift is free 🙂