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originally posted by: JON666
a reply to: DISRAELI
Would a alternative worship of God be offering sacrifices in the temple after the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross?
originally posted by: DISRAELI
Something else we learn from Matthew is that the elect are still present in the world when the Tribulation comes to an end. That is a necessary conclusion from the statement that the period of Tribulation will be cut short for their benefit. In other words, they will not have escaped the experience of Tribulation. The New Testament never promises to allow them to escape. Far from it; persecutions are actually “promised” among the benefits of discipleship (Mark ch10 v30). “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you” (John ch15 v20).
God’s purpose, frequently expressed, is to bring his people into a state of peace. If they meet with difficulties along the way, Biblical history suggests that God will work to bring them through these difficulties. We may compare the Tribulation with a set of rapids interrupting a journey down a river. In such a case, there are two possible ways of getting down to the peaceful waters. The rapids may be avoided by a portage across the adjacent land. Or the rapids may be traversed with careful management. For the event of Tribulation, God has never promised the first course of action, and we should be preparing ourselves for the bumpy ride. “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you”- and any other expectation is complacent self-deception.
That’s how we should understand the statement that a crowd of people in heaven “have come out of [EK] the great tribulation” (Revelation ch7 14). The angel does not mean that they bypassed the Tribulation. He means that they passed through the experience of Tribulation and came out again on the other side, unscathed in their faith. The elect, marked with the seal of the Spirit, will be kept “safe” in the sense of remaining true to their God, but their physical safety has not been guaranteed.
When all these things are over, and Christ returns to meet his people, Paul promises that “the dead in Christ” will rise, and “we who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord… and so we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians ch4 vv16-17). That is the only “rapture” that is on offer in the New Testament.
originally posted by: TruthJava
The book of Revelation teaches that many will become Christians during the tribulation.
Then in verses 9-11 we discover that there will be martyrs in the tribulation. Since Christians will be raptured at the beginning of the tribulation , these are people who became Christians during the tribulation