posted on Aug, 20 2008 @ 11:55 PM
the tribulation prophecy is probably one of the most misunderstood prophecies in the bible. the reason is because people tend to misinterpret other
parts, which then fogs up the reason there is tribulation.
matt 24:1-31 is the first place the tribulation is mentioned.the apostles asked about the temple, and then jesus uttered a prophecy about the end of
the jewish system of worship and what would happen to unfaithful jews. but it also had a double fulfillment.
double fulfillments are important because they shed light as to how it is fulfilled.
first jesus gives a sign of his presence, many assume that jesus' return is in the flesh. if it was, why would we need a sign? in acts 1:9-11, it
says jesus would return in like manner of his leaving. when he left, it was with little fanfare, and only his disciples knew. it is his disciples that
would see this sign.
verse 14 of chapter 24 of matt says that the gospel will be preached all over the earth. so a preaching work would be happening first and would be
completed before the tribulation.
verse 15 talks about the disgusting thing. in ancient jerusalem, this ment an initial attack by the romans that succeeded to the point where the
legions were on temple grounds. they brought there idols or standards with them. several things to keep in mind about the first fulfillment. temple
was no longer the center of worship. the jews were no longer god's chosen nation.
so any fulfillment today, would be with an organization only claiming to be of god.
when this happens, we are to "flee". since the gospel will be preached to the ends of the earth, its doubtful this fleeing is literal. it may simply
mean not associating or practicing false worship with this organization that claims to be of god.
after this, the great tribulation occurs.
the initial fulfillment was when the romans returned to jerusalem in 70 CE. they barricaded the city preventing anyone from leaving. when food
supplies ran out, the jews inside suffered greatly, eventually resorted to eating their own babies. when the romans came down on jerusalem, thousands
upon thousands had died and suffered.
to address your question. in jerusalem, in order to survive, one had to read the signs and act before things came to pass. once the romans returned,
it was impossible to change your mind. if you tried to leave, you were immediatly killed by the roman army.
in our day too, it is likely it will be the same. one has to recognize the signs and make the decision before the prophecy is fulfilled.
the great tribulation is a tribulation essentially because it is the end of this world. everything that has been designed to separate us from god will
be destroyed forever. those that hang on to it will suffer too.
it will not literally destroy the world but the system in it. we know this because rev 7:14 talks about a great multitud who survive the great
tribulation. it also says they washed their robes in the blood of the lamb showing that they didnt survive by luck, they actively made a choice to
serve god and put faith in his son's ransom.
i hope this helps you, if you need me to go deeper on any particular point, just ask.