Sermonette for Saturday

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Matthew 24:21

Throughout the Bible, including today’s text, we find many references to the great tribulation. Some of these are in the prophecies of the Old Testament, and others are in the Gospels, the epistles, and in the book of Revelation. With such a wide variety of locations and such a large number of references, it is obvious that this event is extremely important. But is it actually important to us when we consider that a careful study of the Word of God makes it plain that the Christians will not experience the great tribulation? Yes, it is very important for us, for a number of reasons that we need to keep in mind.

As Christians, we have a deep interest in end-times events, because we know that they must be preceded by the Rapture of the saints. For this reason, we read the signs as we see world conditions beginning to shape up so that the events spelled out in the Revelation and other prophecies can proceed. We see our world becoming more wicked, and we see economic and political conditions shifting into line for the eventual takeover of the man of sin leading up to the great tribulation. We may be wrong, of course, and the Rapture may be some time off, but we have plenty of reason to believe that our Lord’s coming for His people is very near.

The descriptions that we read of the coming great tribulation cause us to be deeply concerned for those around us who will be left behind to experience this great and terrible judgment if they are not saved. As we see this event approaching, we need to become more concerned about the Gospel, in making sure those around us have every opportunity to flee from the wrath to come. Only by obeying the Gospel message will sinners be delivered from this great disaster, and only by supporting and participating in the preaching of the Gospel can we provide sinners with the opportunity to obey it.

The details of the tribulation also remind us of what God has delivered us from. As we await the Rapture, and as we eagerly anticipate those things that God has prepared for them that love Him, we have the comfort of knowing that we are spared not only the eternal judgment that we deserve but also the terrible judgment that God will pour out on this earth during the great tribulation. The more we read of the breaking of the seals and of the emptying of the bowls as recorded in the Revelation, and as we understand the fierceness and intensity of the great tribulation, the more we rejoice that we have been delivered from it ever seeing it. That time of trouble has no fears for us.

The great tribulation is indeed approaching. As we rejoice at our deliverance from it, we must work to make sure that others will be delivered as well. -Jim MacIntosh

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