In no other period of time in human history (past, present, and future) will there be so much suffering and destruction as during the seven years known as the Great Tribulation as outlined in Revelation chapters 6 through 19. Amid all the destruction around the world today, we are reminded that the Great Tribulation could very well be in the immediate future and will be a time of judgment on the nations of the world beginning with Israel.
Note: The Judgment Will Be:
#1: Universal - This is obviously stated throughout Revelation Beginning with Chapter 6 of Revelation
#2: Personal - This is painfully clear in Revelation 9:3,6
#3: Final - There is nothing man can do to save himself. Revelation 18 & 19 suggest they do try to save themselves by virtue of Religion (ch. 17) and Riches (ch.18). The destruction will be so unimaginably intense that false religion and riches become meaningless. The great battle of Armageddon will be the culmination of this grave destruction
The purpose and pursuit of the Great Tribulation is to exact judgment on the unbelievers and their hostile rejection of Jesus Christ. The Church, which is made up of all born again believers will not enter the Great Tribulation, seeing that we are saved from the wrath to come (Romans 5:9).
The Great Tribulation will commence with the Rapture of the Church. Simply put, the Tribulation could very well start NOW! However, The Great Tribulation will not mean the end of the world as we know it. The end of the world as we know it today will be realized at the
battle of Armageddon... a great, future
war that will be fought at Mount Megiddo
(present day Palestine) that will
conclude the seven years of great tribulation.
will be the most devastating of all wars
humanity will experience. All of the
events during the Great Tribulation will gravitate to
this decisive and grave moment when Jesus Christ
returns and defeats and destroys the
enemy. No one can predict when
this will happen with certainty.
Only that it will happen
The only answer to the consequence of sin (death/separation from God) is salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
When the tribulation concludes, will those who will be preserved enter the millennial in their human bodies?
The judgment of the Gentiles at the end of the tribulation is expounded in Matthew 25:31-46. The redeemed Gentiles will receive this invitation: "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" (v.34). They enter into the kingdom age alongside the redeemed Jews. This explains the kingdom of Daniel 7:14 that is made up of "all people, nations, and languages" and the "many nations" that come to Jerusalem as seen in Micah 4:2.
The redeemed (both Jew and Gentile) who go from the tribulation into the kingdom age will still have human bodies. During which, they will produce children and dramatically increase the population on the earth (see Jeremiah 30:19-22; Ezekiel 47:22). Although those brought into the millennial are sealed by the covenant and their sins are forgiven, their offspring will be born with a sin nature since they are still physical descendents of Adam. This explains a number of things about the kingdom age. It will require the full enforcement of the law of the kingdom as seen in Matthew 5-7. Even with this strict enforcement, nations will at times rebel and will need to be brought into line by the withholding of rain (Zechariah 14:16-19). Christ as king will rule with a rod of iron (Psalm 2:7-9). And, finally, at the end of the millennial age the devil will be able to gather an immense army of rebels against the Lord (Revelation 20:7-9). Obviously, they will be deceived into thinking that they will subdue and even destroy Christ and His kingdom.
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Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger 11-07-12 Back To Bible Q & A