Experiencing Tribulation

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“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
–Matthew 24:21

The Bible promises the believer will undergo GREAT tribulation in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ.

And so there is.

Many have been taught that tribulation is synonymous with “persecution” and is something the church folk will suffer at some vague time in the future.

For the follower of Jesus Christ, tribulation is not something to be experienced at some hazy, future date.

For the follower of Jesus Christ, tribulation is something experienced DAILY right here, right now.

For the follower of Jesus Christ, not only tribulation, but persecution is also promised.

“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

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
–2TIMOTHY 3:12

What Strong’s has to say about the word used for “tribulation.”

thlípsis – 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”).

/thlípsis (“compression, tribulation”) carries the challenge of coping with the internal pressure of a tribulation, especially when feeling there is “no way of escape” (“hemmed in”).

[By contrast, 4730 (stenoxōría) focuses on the external pressure exerted by circumstances.]

And so, believers–BECAUSE they KNOW the Word of God to be TRUE–have already experienced a great deal of tribulation thus far.

Believing the Word of God, the believer can see the dragon and his followers weaving the sundry strands of affliction ever tighter into a whole, suffocating end times tapestry of tribulation.

The feeling of “no escape” (a good working definition of “tribulation“) is a daily companion. All decisions, all options are influenced by the feeling of there being “no escape” from what is to take place.
Living With Tribulation

Tribulation” is VERY different and distinct from “persecution.”

Persecution is the physical affliction one suffers for being a follower of Jesus Christ in the last days.

Tribulation is the constant, nagging feeling beforehand that persecution is coming and there is no escaping it OR that the only way of escaping persecution involves losing one’s eternal salvation, in which case one will instead be caught in the midst of God’s wrath and judgment.

Just so there is no confusion: tribulation is NOT the feeling that many get because they fear the wheels are about to fall off of their gravy train.

Fear of losing a sweet deal” is NOT one of the meanings for “TRIBULATION.

TRIBULATION basically means “Bad times are coming and there’s no way around them: you will have to go through them.”

For the believer, the present times are rich with tribulation.

Is the reader experiencing tribulation?

IF the answer is “No,” then the reader might examine his calling and election.

MORE: Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

HOWEVER, the discomfort of experiencing tribulation should carry with it an attendent emotion: that of JOY.

If God’s Word is true about tribulation, then it is true about all of the other things as well–including God’s many promises of protection and security.

“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
–Matthew 24:22

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Living With Tribulation

TRIBULATION: What is Tribulation?

DOES the reader often have vague feelings that there is “no way out” of the future times of uneasiness?

OR, does the reader shake it off and work harder at the affairs of this world?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) 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 OF JESUS CHRIST

“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

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 18, 2021.]

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