There’s a couple of points I’d like to make as I begin to sort out the study about ( Tribulation ). First of all, no man can teach spiritual lessons and, that about anything. People with a desire to help other people spiritually are simply vessels that seek to be used of God’s spirit. As I write and allow God to speak through me; it”s God’s Spirit that must be the one that reveals truth to you. God’s Spirit within me, seeks to reveal truth to me. In order for any person to be able to discern my teaching or, any person’s teaching then, that person must have the same Spirit within their hearts. That spirit reveals ( truth ) or deception to every believer.
The second point I’d like to make is about ( patience ). I’ll show you some verses to make this point:
( 2 Peter 1:4-7 ) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. ( 5 ) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue: and to virtue knowledge: ( 6 ) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; ( 7 ) And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brother kindness charity.
The word ( patience ) is found in that line of things we must add. I appears to me that the statement ( add to your faith ) would be the point a person is born again. Once we are saved, we begin to gain spiritual knowledge. The act of growing and understanding brings all these things into what it takes to truly understand and, see the spiritual things we desire to know answers to, such as ( Tribulation ).
Therefore, as I get into the teaching of this subject, we must lay a biblical foundation to be able to completely understand ( Tribulation ) or any other subject. In the process of doing that; it takes patience to watch it biblically unfold.
WHAT IS TRIBULATION ANWAY ?
Tribulation is a specific period of time that is set in scripture. It is one of at least seven that I see. When we speak of ( Tribulation ), we are speaking of a period of ( seven years ) or somewhere close to that time frame. You might ask me why I say that. Well, the Bible says this about that period of time. ( Matthew 24:22 ) And except those days should be shortened, there should no fleh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. It appears here that it’s possible that ( these days ) might be less than ( seven years ). However, we could also say that ( seven years ) is shortened; as in, not going on longer that that.
The basic point here is that ( Tribulation ) is one of the periods that we can see a distinct period of time. There is one other that also has a distinct period of time, we’ll get to that a little later. There is also one period of time that reveals the approximate time that Christ wiil be born, we’ll see that as well.
The other periods that we will be looking into actually we have no idea how long they were in years or, how lond it will be. Do you remember the scripture:
( Matthew 24:36 ) But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven but my Father only.
If we seek to understand ( Tribulation ) we must see the other ( periods of time ) and, what will bring about ( Tribulation ) . Not only that but, why it is coming and, to whom it is coming.
To show what ( Tribulation ) is let’s go to ( Daniel 9:1-2 ) In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; ( 2 ) In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the numbers of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
What Daniel was seeking was a more definite understanding of what was revealed by the prophet Jeremiah. Daniel said he understood by books the number of years. As a student of God’s word I like seeking the understanding of a man that understands; such as Daniel. Luke also said this same thing, concerning another subject all together. ( Luke 1:1-3 ) Forsomuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, ( 2 ) Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word: ( 3 ) It seened good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus. ( Luke also wrote the ( Book of Acts ).
I write these things just to lay a founmdation for any person that is seeking to grow spiritually and, to understand all about ( Tribulation ). I realize that it’s very little said in ( Luke or Acts ) about the subject other than prophetical statements. However, in seeking to understand, any person can also study beyond what I might teach here.
According to Daniel, ( Tribulation ) is a period of ( seven years ) that has to do with the ( Nation of Israel ). In order to see this we will dig a little deeper in ( Daniel 9: 24 ) Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make and end of sins, and to reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. ( 25 ) Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem unto the Messiah the prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. ( 26 ) And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall came shall destroy the city and the sancuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. ( 27 ) And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice of the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consumation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
With these verses in mind and, seeing that these scriptures are basically in the middle of the sequence of Biblical time; I’d like to close here for today. Tomorrow I’ll be seeking to build a timeline of events and lay out each time and way God the Father seen fit to end each section of time. I’ll be starting tomorrow with a verse in ( Hebrews 1:1-2 ) God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, ( 2 ) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
If you truly seek to know ( spiritual truth ) you can learn far beyond all that I teach!
2 Timothy 1:7