TRIBULATION IN THE END TIMES: What is Tribulation and How to Overcome It

tribulation: squeezed by tribulation

“Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.”
–2Corinthians 7:4

WHAT IS TRIBULATION?

There is some confusion about tribulation in the end times.

Many of the church folk have heard Revelation 7:14 about the end times saints coming through great tribulation to make it into the kingdom of heaven.

“And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

But most do not know what tribulation IS.

Tribulation is NOT necessarily persecution or physical torture.

While many use “tribulation” as a sort of shorthand for affliction, persecution or other physical threats, the Greek word used for “tribulation” is “thlipsin” which Strong’s Concordance defines as

properly, pressure (what constricts or rubs together), used of a narrow place that “hems someone in”; tribulation, especially internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined (restricted, “without options”).

So tribulation is a feeling of internal pressure caused by the knowledge that one has no escape or is “without options.”

This clearly explains why the end times are such a period of tribulation.

Tribulation is PRESSURE; internal pressure caused by the knowledge that one is hemmed in by one’s decision to follow Jesus Christ in spite of the bad consequences caused by the wicked of this world.

Tribulation weighs heavily on the believer, in good times and in bad.

In good times, because the believer knows it cannot last; in bad times, because the believer knows they likely will become worse.

Tribulation is knowing that the world’s wickedness will only get worse until the return of Jesus Christ.

Tribulation is the internal pressure of being caught between a rock and hard place.

Tribulation is that feeling of “being squeezed.”

And tribulation is the constant companion of the end times believer.

tribulation: the squeeze

HOW TO OVERCOME TRIBULATION

The believer is promised much tribulation in this present world–particularly in the times in which we live (the end times).

And, as the Word of God is truth, the believer goes through much tribulation before he can enter the kingdom of God.

“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
–Acts 14:22

Previously, it was revealed what tribulation was–as well as some other information on tribulation.

The end times (the last days immediately before the return of Jesus Christ) are promised to be a time of “great tribulation” for believers.

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
–Revelation 7:9-10,13-14

The end times believer is promised great tribulation and he can rest assured that great tribulation will be his lot.

How does the end times believer get through this great tribulation; this great feeling of “no escape“?

The answer, of course, is contained in God’s Word.

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren [Satan] is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
–Revelation 12:10-11

So believers will overcome end times tribulation by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony (of Jesus Christ) and they will not love their lives unto death.

End times believers will overcome tribulation and end times persecution by being covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, by confessing and declaring the power of Jesus Christ to a largely-unbelieving world and by not getting too wrapped up in this life in this present world.

In other words: by focusing on what lies ahead, NOT what is happening at present or what happened previously.

IS the reader prepared for tribulation?

DOES the reader believe he can escape tribulation by making peace with this world?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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Portions of this piece originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 3, 2018 and End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 4, 2018.]

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