Summary: We are approaching the end of the age. The time of great tribulation will be a time of great holocaust more than that of Adolf Hitler which killed over 12 million people, half of those being Jews.
THE GREAT TRIBULATION
You are welcome to the hour of the trumpeter.
Remember, it is a moment we are using to digest the word of God in our Spirit man, hear God's instruction for ourselves and then be prepared to meet Him when our journey here on earth is ended.
Really, you should know by now that anything which has a beginning must definitely has an end one day. As I pray for your-well being, I must let us know that our souls are more important to God than anything else. From the word of God, I discovered that Jesus replied to Satan in the book of Luke chapter 4 verse no 4, “Food is essential but not the most. For man must survive or live only by every word of God" Mark the word EVERY. It is the standard for living. For anything outside this "every word " is a shadow and an abstract. So we must go for the word always so that we can live.
Our subject today is ‘THE GREAT TRIBULATION’
Matthew chapter 24 verses 21- 22
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened”
The book of Matthew chapter 24 is all about the eschatological teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Equally, He mentioned about the time called the Great tribulation. Many people have not heard about this while some who know, do not know much or how it may look like. Because, it is in the future, it is not yet clear but we have an answer from the mouth of one who possesses the future. Our master, Jesus Christ.
He is saying, that in a sooner moment from now, great tribulation shall set in. It is a period not seen since the world began and will not be after it. Beloved, Everything about the end time is already revealed in the word. God will never allow His children to be in the dark.
Now what is Great Tribulation?
The time of the great tribulation is a period of seven years from the Rapture of the church to the second coming of Christ. It is known as the time of Jacob's trouble in the book of Jeremiah 30 verses 6 to 7 and 70th week of Daniel as in Daniel chapter 9 verse 27.
Jeremiah 30 verse 6 to 7.
“Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child: wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it”
Daniel 9 verse 27
“And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one that maketh desolate; and even unto the full end, and that determined, shall wrath be poured out upon the desolate”
If you have been following us, you will know that we preached on the Rapture in one of the previous editions of the Trumpeter. Again, you should know there is a difference between the Rapture and the second coming of Christ. The Rapture is the coming of The Lord with the shout of the Archangel to take His church in the air while the second coming is His descend with His saints at mount Olivet. In short, the Rapture is Christ coming for His saints while the Second Advent is Christ coming with His Saints.The interval is the Great tribulation going on in the earth.
The subject of the Great tribulation were first introduced in the book of Jeremiah where the prophet calls it the time of Jacob's trouble. Why was it called so?
1. To remind you what Jacob passed through in his journey of life when he took his brother's birthright, deceived his father Isaac and ran away to the house of Laban. The journey wasn't easy for him. Remember in Genesis chapter 47 verses 8 and 9 when Pharaoh the king of Egypt asked Jacob how old he was? He replied that his days of the years on the earth were few but full of evil.
Have you seen the picture? He was telling the king, that it wasn't easy for him. He passed terrible sufferings, tribulation and hardship. That's the meaning.
2, The reason why it is called Jacob's trouble is because many of its activities, though worldwide will center mostly on the Jews in Israel.