In this post, I will take one side of the argument which is, if the Christian church goes into the tribulation what are they to expect? In part 2, I will cover the events that will occur to Christian’s when removed first, then the tribulation follows.
Part 1 will cover the church when it goes into the tribulation. In the following verses we can get a glimpse of what is to be expected.
Matt.24.9-21:22, “Then shall they (the enemy) deliver you (the elect, Jew and Gentile believers) to be afflicted and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my (Jesus) name’s sake.” ----- Ver.21-22, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (again.) --- And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (the bride of Christ) those days shall be shortened.”
Both the Jews, and the Christian church will have to endure tribulation by every evil force that stands with the beasts described in the book of Revelation. Both groups will be hated by all the world, then every form of torture will be used, with a cruel death to follow. For those who are alive when tribulation begins, there will be a violence against men, women and children of the faith greater than any time since the beginning of time.
I would like to examine the part where it read, “tribulation greater than ever before in man’s history.” So, let’s let all the line out on this one. We would have to include the tortures of the ancient Persians, secular Rome, the Catholic inquisitions; those of Nazi Germany; of Stalin’s gulags, of Islam; and the Indian tribes of North America like the apache, and Comaneci Indians.
Inquisitions and torture will come first, then death by beheading will follow. Remember, the 1st and 2ed beasts of Revelation, will have 7 years to fulfill their plans of destruction against believers. Keep in mind, death never comes quickly as history often reveals concerning these animals. Their sadistic nature of torture will most likely last for months or even years before they break you down, make you beg for mercy, give you the mark 666, then kill you anyway.
I will cover the repressions and tortures that will come to those who stand against the religion of the beast. Any opposition to them will be considered heresy, punishable by any and all means until death.
From the beginning of the beast’s political and religious system, people will be warned, new laws established, repression will be a way of life, physical and mental punishment for any dissent from their decrees. Also, all material such as Bibles, and books associated with Christian or Jewish thinking will be destroyed. Civil tribunal’s established, lead by Judges bent on quick convictions with no justice considered. Any actions or words against the new state, will be considered dangerous and that person or persons sent away to be examined much closer.
Some of the methods used to extract information before putting Christians and Jews to death will be as follows. Remember, scriptures say it will be worse than anything that has ever been before.
Let’s start with the rape of every female young and old. Also in order to extract confessions, they will most likely use proven methods of extracting, not the truth, but what they want you to say.
Let’s begin with, sleep deprivation; possibly severe disfigurement; pharmacological torture; water torture; music torture; waterboarding; severe beatings; blinding with light; boiling; freezing, bone breaking with clubs; castration; cattle prodding, skinning alive: pulling nails out of your hands and feet; eaten by rats of some other wild beasts or dogs; etc. etc. etc. Let me stop there, I guess we all get the picture. This will not be a game, it will be horrific as millions upon millions are offered up to the beast of Revelation.
Keep in mind, all the above can be avoided if you take the mark of the beast, that dark number, 666. But if you do, then you will have to go before the Lord after the 1000 Year reign is over, see Rev.20:5 --- 20.
I wonder how many could withstand any of the above without breaking down your spirit?
Part 2, the church is caught up before the 7 years of tribulation begins.
Here’s the set up. Jesus is speaking to his disciples on the Mt. of Olives. They had asked him two questions concerning his return to set up the promised Jewish earthly kingdom, and when will He become the King over the Kingdom of the Jews.
At this point, as they spoke on the Mt. of Olives, the Jews were still under law, and having been offenders of the law for over 450 years, God was not with them anyway. For over 400 Years, there had been no Levitical priesthood as ordered by God, only political and religious appointees. In the Temple, there was no Ark of the Covenant, no mercy seat and no eternal flame.
Most important, God had abandoned them, the Temple, their sacrifices and offerings were in vain. As Jesus was speaking on the Mt. of Olives, Saul (Paul) was an enemy of the Jewish believers. Also, there were no Gentile Christians except for two or three, and no Holy Spirit.
Matt.24.9-21:22, “Then shall they (Christ’s enemies) deliver you (unbelieving Jews) to be afflicted and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations (which they are today) for my (Jesus) name’s sake.” ----- Ver.21-22, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (again.) --- And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (Jews who during the tribulation call out to Christ) those days shall be shortened.”
So, what happens to the church when taken up to meet the Lord in the air one second before the tribulation begins?
Answer: They will be given garments white as snow; they will be given bodies that are incorruptible, and immortal, taken before the Father’s throne, and will live in a place Paul said, was beyond description.
As for me, I’ll take number 2.