The Church in Tribulation – Why?

Written by Dene McGriff

Inrepparttar past two segments we have discussedrepparttar 143279 rapture andrepparttar 143280 chronology of Revelation and other accounts ofrepparttar 143281 end times, showingrepparttar 143282 chronology of events. We have discussedrepparttar 143283 importance ofrepparttar 143284 two witnesses. We have clearly shown that althoughrepparttar 143285 church will be persecuted, it will not suffer any judgment or wrath of God. This is an extremely important distinction for those with a pre-trib rapture position. The timeline is clear. Butrepparttar 143286 question remains, why is this important to God? Why put us through it? What does it accomplish? In Revelation 1repparttar 143287 Apostle John tells us whatrepparttar 143288 book of Revelation is: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants – things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness torepparttar 143289 word of God, and torepparttar 143290 testimony of Jesus Christ, to allrepparttar 143291 things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hearrepparttar 143292 words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; forrepparttar 143293 time is near…forrepparttar 143294 Word of God andrepparttar 143295 testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 1:1,9) The Book of Revelation is all aboutrepparttar 143296 testimony of Jesus Christ! So what is His testimony? Let’s read on… · Revelation 6:9 says, “I saw underrepparttar 143297 altarrepparttar 143298 souls of those who had been slain forrepparttar 143299 word of God and forrepparttar 143300 testimony which they held.”

The Rapture Question?

Written by Dene McGriff

The relevance of prophecy to Christians in these days rests on their view ofrepparttar rapture. Whether consciously or not, a person who believes they will rapture beforerepparttar 143278 Tribulation, will probably not be that concerned with prophecy or events that are going to take place duringrepparttar 143279 Tribulation. I don’t mean to paint with a broad brush and say that ALL Christians will feel this way, but certainly most will. The fact that a fourth to a half ofrepparttar 143280 Bible deals with end times prophecy doesn’t seem to mean much in churches today where it is highly unlikely you will hear a message onrepparttar 143281 subject. Action follows belief and vice versa. If you strongly believe you will be gone, you are not likely to be concerned or do anything about it.

The teaching ofrepparttar 143282 pre-tribulation rapture hasrepparttar 143283 Lord coming forrepparttar 143284 church in a “secret” rapture prior torepparttar 143285 tribulation and then coming withrepparttar 143286 saints atrepparttar 143287 end ofrepparttar 143288 tribulation where they meet up with new saints that have been saved and martyred. The arguments for this position are not based onrepparttar 143289 clear teaching ofrepparttar 143290 Word but supposition or whatrepparttar 143291 scripture calls “private interpretation”. I’m not going to go into great detail. There are many excellent works onrepparttar 143292 subject by authors such as Dave MacPherson, Marvin Rosenthal, Robert Van Kampen and others that deal with all ofrepparttar 143293 arguments pro and con for those who want to studyrepparttar 143294 issue in detail.

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