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#4.1 THE END-TIME TRIBULATION ON THE WORLD

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601 || ἀποκαλύπτω || apokalupto || to reveal.
602 || ἀποκάλυψις || apokalupsis || revelation.
2347 || θλῖψις || thlipsis || tribulation.
3952 || παρουσία || parousia || coming.

Introduction 4.1

One reason why some people believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, is because they have the erroneous idea that only the Jews will go through tribulation in the last days. Clearly the scriptures teach differently to this: the whole world will go through great tribulation. The wicked will be punished for their wickedness by the end-time plagues, the church will suffer great tribulation because the wicked will try to exterminate it altogether under the rule of "the beast" (#4.2), and the Jews will undergo great tribulation through persecution from "the beast", when they reject him from being God. When we can see these facts clearly laid out from the scriptures, it will help to refute the error that the church must be raptured before the tribulation starts. This bible study gives scriptural proof for the end-time tribulation on the World.

#4.1 THE END-TIME TRIBULATION ON THE WORLD

#4.11 The promises of tribulation on the world

Hebrew - Daniel 9:27 - English
וְהִגְבִּיר בְּרִית לָרַבִּים שָׁבוּעַ אֶחָד; וַחֲצִי הַשָּׁבוּעַ יַשְׁבִּית זֶבַח וּמִנְחָה וְעַל כְּנַף שִׁקּוּצִים מְשֹׁמֵם וְעַד-כָּלָה וְנֶחֱרָצָה תִּתַּךְ עַל-שֹׁמֵם. 27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations, he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolator.

ROMANS 2:8-9
8 But to those who are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first, and also the Greek;

2 THESSALONIANS 1:6
6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to those who trouble you;

Greek - Revelation 12:12 - English
διὰ τοῦτο εὐφραίνεσθε οἱ οὐρανοὶ καὶ οἱ ἐν αὐτοῖς σκηνοῦντες οὐαὶ τοῖς κατοικοῦσιν τὴν γῆν καὶ τὴν θάλασσαν ὅτι κατέβη ὁ διάβολος πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔχων θυμὸν μέγαν εἰδὼς ὅτι ὀλίγον καιρὸν ἔχει 12 Therefore rejoice you heavens, and those dwelling in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.

Note: The scriptures show that God always recompenses tribulation to those who cause tribulation to others: it is part of the law of sowing and reaping; "whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7). This being so, then what surprise is it, if after "the transgressors are come to the full," (Daniel 8:23), God gives great tribulation to the wicked on the earth? We can therefore dispense with the idea that only the Jews will go through great tribulation, and go to the next section, which shows some of the tribulations that will come upon the wicked in the last days.

#4.12 The end-time tribulation on the world

Greek - Revelation 6:7-8 - English
καὶ ὅτε ἤνοιξεν τὴν σφραγῖδα τὴν τετάρτην ἤκουσα φωνὴν τοῦ τετάρτου ζῴου λέγουσαν, ἕρχου καὶ βλέπε 7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
καὶ εἶδον καὶ ἰδού, ἵππος χλωρός καὶ ὁ καθήμενος ἐπάνω αὐτοῦ ὄνομα αὐτῷ ὁ θάνατος καὶ ὁ ᾅδης ἀκολούθει μετ᾽ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐδόθη αὐτοῖς ἐξουσία ἀποκτεῖναι ἐπὶ τὸ τέταρτον τῆς γῆς ἐν ῥομφαίᾳ καὶ ἐν λιμῷ καὶ ἐν θανάτῳ καὶ ὑπὸ τῶν θηρίων τῆς γῆς 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: his name who sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

REVELATION 6:12-13
12 And when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

REVELATION 16:2
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there was a bad and evil sore upon the men who had the mark of the beast, and upon those who worshipped his image.

Greek - Revelation 16:8-11 - English
καὶ ὁ τέταρτος ἄγγελος ἐξέχεεν τὴν φιάλην αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ τὸν ἥλιον καὶ ἐδόθη αὐτῷ καυματίσαι τοὺς ἀνθρώπους ἐν πυρί 8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given to him to scorch men with fire.
καὶ ἐκαυματίσθησαν οἱ ἄνθρωποι καῦμα μέγα καὶ ἐβλασφήμησαν τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ἔχοντος ἐξουσίαν ἐπὶ τὰς πληγὰς ταύτας καὶ οὐ μετενόησαν δοῦναι αὐτῷ δόξαν 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, who has power over these plagues: and they did not repent to give him glory.
καὶ ὁ πέμπτος ἄγγελος ἐξέχεεν τὴν φιάλην αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ τὸν θρόνον τοῦ θηρίου καὶ ἐγένετο ἡ βασιλεία αὐτοῦ ἐσκοτωμένη καὶ ἐμασσῶντο τὰς γλώσσας αὐτῶν ἐκ τοῦ πόνου 10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
καὶ ἐβλασφήμησαν τὸν θεὸν τοῦ οὐρανοῦ ἐκ τῶν πόνων αὐτῶν καὶ ἐκ τῶν ἑλκῶν αὐτῶν καὶ οὐ μετενόησαν ἐκ τῶν ἔργων αὐτῶν 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

Note: The above scriptures show some of the tribulation which will come on the wicked people on the earth during that last few years of this present age, when they will suffer the seven seal judgments (Revelation 6:1-17; 8:1-5). The last of these includes the seven trumpet judgments (Revelation 8:6-13; 9:1-21; 11:15-19), and the seven bowl judgments (Revelation 16:1-21). We see a quarter of the population of the earth killed with sword, hunger etc. (Revelation 6:8), earthquakes, the sun becoming black, the stars of heaven falling (Revelation 6:12-13), people suffering with grievous sores (Revelation 16:2), men scorched with fire (Revelation 16:8-9), people gnawing their tongues with pain (Revelation 16:10), and these are only a few of the troubles. The end of all this will be the destruction of the wicked who attack Jerusalem:

(Zechariah 14:12) "And this shall be the plague with which yahweh shall smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth."

We can therefore forget the idea that great tribulation will only come on the Jews. All the world will suffer a time of great trouble.

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