We are in a time of Tribulation, but not the Tribulation. It is not the last seven years of this age — is it? No not yet, but are we close? — probably. Which means that we are still divided as believers as to what comes next for you and me. But what we have learned, if we’re honest, is that things have changed a lot. And one of those changes is in the believer’s thinking.
For decades most Christians have believed that this type of a condition, which is now effecting the entire world, would only come into place as a result of the Rapture of the Church. But this understanding is changing. It is now obvious that societies led by men inspired and controlled by Satan can remove freedoms for those societies. And the fact that this includes believers; and that this can occur while the bride is still present is now being made obvious.
God does not require men in order to control Satan, God alone is in charge of times and seasons. When He does remove restraint things can quickly deteriorate in our society, even as we are witnessing. For some time I have been saying that men with power and influence are being given over to a reprobate mind. That would be to a mind deceived by the deceiver himself.
But there is a difference in today’s deception and that of the days to come. The main difference in this age today (since the coming of the gospel), and this age (after the Tribulation begins) is seen when (and is made evident by) the observing of lost men outside of Israel and their reaction to God and His people.
So long as men are responding to God’s truth as presented by His people it can be known that His conviction and restraint are still being applied to this world, but when there is no more repentance when the gospel is presented to the world then you will know that His coming is near, and you will know that you are in the midst of the tribulation.
During the Tribulation some men who do not know Christ will take pity on believers, because Jesus says that He will one day grant to them their entrance into the kingdom, because of what they have done. They receive that reward, because of their kind actions toward you and me — His brethren (Matthew 25). But aside from God’s sealing of bond servants during the Tribulation, there is little talk in the Revelation of repentance, and when it is mentioned it is because there is none to be found. Joel says:
Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. (KJV). But Tribulation and darkness preceded the destruction brought by His Day of the Lord.
We are seeing a preview of the Tribulation, not of that day:
Joel 1:16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God? (KJV)
We see some of this today, but in that day:
Joel 1:19 O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. (KJV)
Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; (KJV)
Deliverance will come in those days for Israel. It will come in days, which are days of darkness.
And before it comes Israel’s remnant will be delivered:
Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. (KJV)
Notice this deliverance is for Israel’s remnant. It comes as a latter reign upon Israel. And as we read (Joel 3:11-13), the Gentiles have once again become the enemy of Israel.
Pray for revival, and for men and women to repent today, for tomorrow their may be no repentance for the Gentile. Paul tells us that there is a time coming when the last Gentile to receive Christ will come into the olive Tree, and then Gentiles will only refuse to hear just as most of the Jews had done when Christ first came.
Will the Jews be allowed at some point to rebuild the Temple? The scripture in 2 Thessalonians 2, would tell us yes.
Will persecution come to the believer? The scripture would tell us yes.
Will Jesus come back for all believers in Christ? The scripture would tell us yes.
Will this occur following the Tribulation? The scripture would tell us yes. This blog was created to show you the reader these truths from scripture.
Blessings to you, and take courage my brethren for:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:35-37 KJV