I ask this question, because we are seeing a lack of unity with things that are of great importance to believers. The politics of believers; the doctrinal beliefs of believers, these are out of sink not in unity. We are divided over basically what is truth, when instead Jesus prayed for our unity.

“In an open letter concerning the so called insurrection (without weapons) at the capital building:

The letter’s authors call on ministry leaders in the U.S. to be vocal about their stance against Christian nationalism. “We urge faith leaders to engage pastorally with those who support or sympathize with these groups, and make it clear that our churches are not neutral about these matters: we are on the side of democracy, equality for all people, anti-racism, and the common good of all people.”*

Over 500 pastors had signed this letter. The letter makes clear that they come from different political and faith or doctrinal perspectives. My guess would be that none of them condemn from their pulpits the sex trade trafficking, nor the Abortion industry, nor the open border policy leading to the drug trade increases in this country. They can unite for the condemnation of patriotic gathering, but make no mention of ANTFA and BLM involvement in the incident, which looked nothing like the past summer riots.

I personally believe that scriptures relates to us the fact that Jesus’ prayer for real unity in His body will be answered, but that it will take Great Tribulation to actually bring us as believers together. Now I will attempt to show you from scripture why that likely is the case. Please bear with me. First we will Consider a scripture we have looked at before, but you, I believe, will be surprised at where it leads us. Jesus when speaking to the seven churches, made this statement:

Revelation 2:22 ‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed [of sickness,] and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. 23 ‘And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. (NASB1995)

The questions that must be asked as a result of this statement by our Lord, I think, are too important for us to continue to just overlook them.

Why has Jesus referred to these churches as being plural rather than singular at the very time when He apparently throws Jezebel and those acting with her, representing evil, into great Tribulation? These churches are those, who are according to Jesus, to be learning from this act upon her of Great Tribulation. Then; If these churches were to be Raptured as one Church or bride before the Great Tribulation, would they not be referred to as the church or the bride in these verses?

In addition Jesus, here in this verse, tells us that our deeds are important to Him, and that they will be rewarded. And it seems that He let’s us know that Great Tribulation will have meaning for the churches before the Bride will be ready. He speaks of them as churches plural rather than The church, which would imply the prayed for unity. He also gives what I believe are a couple of important clues in the Revelation, which add significance to the timing of our rewards, and these both occur at the end of the Tribulation, when He says:

Revelation 19:6 Then I heard [something] like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. 7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” (NASB1995)

This passage explicitly brings the bride into unity at the time of our Lord’s reign, not seven years before it. There is one other confirming passage and it concerns the rewarding for our deeds in Revelation 2:23. Listen:

Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward [is] with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. (NASB1995)

By this statement I believe He is telling us that all men are to be judged after His coming to earth. A pre-Trib rapture suggests that none of this as stated by our Lord is true. Aside from the many scriptural examples that I give you in my blog posts I can prove otherwise nothing to you. But it is these words from scripture that I have been allowed by Him to write concerning that He will actually prove to us when the actual Great Tribulation occurs; for then all will come to understand.

The only other point that I would make, not that I think that it is needed, but it is relative to our subject, and would concern the promises made in scripture to those who receive Christ as savior. For we, nowhere within Scripture, are taught to expect a different outcome for those who go through Tribulation or even Great Tribulation; than for those who do not. Our promise is always the same for choosing Christ: that we will not experience God’s wrath, for it is paid for on the cross, and there is no scripture which would equate wrath with Tribulation or even Great Tribulation. I speak elsewhere in a separate blog post of what is meant by the hour of testing for the whole world.

Before we leave this point. Recently I was challenged to consider Revelation 6:17: Listen: for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (NASB1995)

This verse I was told makes the tribulation to follow it in the book of Revelation and is equal to the wrath proclaimed in this verse, but do these verses lead us to that conclusion?

Listen to the verses preceding this verse: Revelation 6:15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; (NASB1995)

This is clear that every man both slave and free (which means every man present on earth at the time of this Revelation by God of Himself and His Lamb) will hide themselves from this stated presence of the Lord, so does this happen before the Great Tribulation rather than at its ending? Would teaching this to be happening either before or even early on in the Tribulation not contradict what is shown to be happening on the earth in the events following these verses?

The question in Vs 17 itself should tell us when wrath comes: “who is able to stand?” The question is rhetorical; for no one can stand before God’s wrath. When it is poured out it ends the mortal life of all who are present, and who are not excluded from it for God’s own reason.

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