NOT a lot has been written about the difference between ANXIETY and TRIBULATION.

If one refers to God’s Word, a GREAT DEAL is mentioned about TRIBULATION–mostly that which occurs in the last days.

“When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.”
–Deuteronomy 4:30-31

Jesus warned of GREAT TRIBULATION in the last days before his second coming to earth.

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 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 24:21-22

ALL believers will face TRIBULATION.

“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

So, TRIBULATION is a necessary hard time believers must deal with during the last days.

Once, websites which addressed God’s Word, taught that ‘tribulation’ came from the Hebrew word which meant ‘a narrow or constricting place.’ ‘Tribulation’ therefore carried the meaning of ‘no escape’ OR ‘no way out of this.’

TRIBULATION was NOT necessarily PHYSICAL PERSECUTION–TRIBULATION was the mental anguish of knowing one was in a circumstance of no escape. BUT believers were taught that God and Jesus Christ would help them deal with TRIBULATION.

As Jesus said about TRIBULATION:

“Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 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 16:32-33

UNbelievers, on the other hand, will suffer a great deal from ANXIETY.


a. apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill -a state of being anxious

b. mentally distressing concern or interest

God’s Word does NOT mention ANXIETY: the word does NOT appear in the Bible.

YET, anxiety will EAT AT the peace of mind of UNbelievers.

We can know this because UNbelievers minds are filled with tales which indicate hand-wringing ANXIETY and ANXIOUSNESS are present for them in the last days.

God’s Word contains NO comfort for those suffering from ANXIETY.

What’s the difference between ANXIETY and TRIBULATION?

TRIBULATION and ANXIETY are fairly close in meaning.

HOWEVER, TRIBULATION is visited upon believers and God’s Word assures the believer that he will still have peace of mind during times of TRIBULATION.

ANXIETY is suffered by UNbelievers and God’s Word offers NO assurance that UNbelievers will have peace of mind.

“But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”
–Isaiah 57:20-21

WHICH would the reader prefer during the last days: anxiety or tribulation?

WHY does the reader feel this way?

It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE 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


“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

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines:  August 9, 2022.]




by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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