Q: Doesn’t Revelation teach that Christians will endure persectuion and tribulation? Aren’t Christians deluding themselves to expect deliverance from Great Tribulation via a rapture?
A: This is a misunderstanding of God’s timetable. The Church has been in tribulation and has been persecuted for centuries. Revelation was written by the Apostle John in about AD96. At the time of his writing, Christians were already enduring their 3rd great persecution. John says, in Revelation 1:9; “I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation…” (KJV) Persecution and Tribulation for Christians had already began prior to the end of the first century, and has continued. More Christians were martyred for the cause of Christ in the 20th Century than all 19 previous centuries combined (see Fox’s Book of Martyrs). To teach that persecutions has not occurred or is yet to occur is just plain wrong. We have been so blessed in the USA that it’s just now becoming fashionable in America to persecute Jews and Christians.
Great Tribulation, that future event lasting 7 years in the Book of Revelation, has nothing to do with the Bride of Christ. The Bride will escape this period! This is the 70th week of Jewish history spoken of by the prophet Daniel. (Daniel 9:20-27)
Luke 21:36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass,
- We’ve demonstrated scripturally that we are in the last days.
- We’ve demonstrated scripturally that we are living on borrowed time in that the ‘age of the gentiles’ has ended.
- We’ve demonstrated scripturally that Christians were in tribulation prior to the end of the first century.
In my opinion, this speaks of the rapture and the possibility of escaping Great Tribulation.
Some will escape; who?