In a previous blog I touched on how the notion of a pre-tribulation rapture is not supported by the bible. Now I'm gonna cover some things about the tribulation that people don't know about because the "pre-trib rapture" concept is so popular in America. The reason why I want to touch on this is because people who have accepted the pre-trib rapture usually also accept other things that are not supported by the bible.
A large portion of Christians have accepted that there will be a 7 year period called the Great Tribulation. They believe that just before this period will be a secret rapture where believers will be taken out of the world. People who subscribe to this belief have Jesus coming back at least three times with some groups having him coming back four times! In traditional Christianity there is only the second coming, not a third time or more.
Many Christians have this false notion of the tribulation being a time where God pours his wrath upon the world. This belief is not supported by the Bible. Instead, the purpose of the tribulation is to separate the chaff from the wheat, the false Christians from the true Christians. That's it! That's the purpose of the tribulation, to separate God's chosen! Yes, true Christians will be persecuted during this time. However, the false Christians will not be. The man-made churches will prosper during this time and the preachers of those churches will teach the false religion of the Antichrist. So only the true Christians will be persecuted.
Now, today many people who accept the notion of a pre-trib rapture also believe the tribulation will last 7 years. Guess what? -That's also not in the Bible. According to the book of Revelation, the tribulation last only 3 1/2 years. Now, the 7 year figure comes from comparing Revelation to the book of Daniel. However, Revelation itself only states 3 1/2 years. Now, I'm definitley not telling you what to believe. What you chose to believe is your own business. I'm just stating that Revelation itself only has the tribulaton lasting 3 1/2 years.
Now, the Bible also states that God himself will send a strong delusion so that people would believe a lie instead of the truth. The false Christians are going to fall for this delusion. It is my personal opinion that the whole pre-trib rapture and accompanying beliefs may be part of this strong delusion because these beliefs serve only to pacify Christians and stop them from standing up and putting a stop to evil and injustice. The beliefs cause people to love death and wish for the end of the world out of a false belief that they will be spared the tribulation. The only Christians who are alive during the tribulation that will be spared persecution will be the false Christians.
Now, about the mark of the beast....many people have some weird notions about this. I was listening to a program the other day where a man was saying that people would be required to denounce Jesus before they accepted the mark. That's not in the Bible. If you take the mark you are damned, but it is not the taking of the mark that damns you for the mark itself is simply an outward sign of the corruption of your soul. If you do not have the mark then you will not be able to buy or sell. So true Christians will suffer greatly during the tribulation. The false Christians will gladly take the mark and will prosper. My own gut feeling is that the false Christians will deny the mark of the beast as being the true mark while true Christians will recognize it as such and know not to take it. There is no turning back for those who get the mark. They cannot be redeemed. The Bible makes it clear that God's wrath will be poured upon those who take the mark.
If you are a true Christian and are alive during the tribulation put all of your faith and trust in your Lord and flee. You will be in the minority, not the majority. The majority of your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, will take the mark. They will be against you. This knowledge should hit you like a ton of bricks.
I'm going to try to limit these types of blogs because I want people to have messages of hope but I think it's important to get this information out there because it's being pushed aside and swept under the rug by various teachings that are not based in the Bible.