support that this tribulation will be different (other than more or greater)? There is no scripturewhere God says, "
I will let my Church go through tribulation, but not if I add the word Great toit?
" That is a addendum by those who believe this in doctrine, but not prescribed by the Word.This is nothing more than the rationalizations required to justify believing this theory. There is notone scripture anywhere in which God tells us that He will not let the Church go through GreatTribulation! And the Word of God being our authority, we should not presume to say it either.Something that we need to understand here is that this Greek word Great [
] means large insize or big in dimension. For example as we would use it in a sentence like, "
A great fire swept through Chicago
", or "
the tribulation in New York was great
". It doesn't mean a new kind of tribulation, it simply delineates there is a greater degree of tribulation.The way some Theologians speak on this issue, you would think that there is going to be new waysinvented to persecute Christians in this time. Not at all! Christians have been persecuted in everyimaginable way, and had tribulations which are unthinkable, but God never took them out of theworld to avoid it. Great tribulation is used to denote that the tribulation of this period will be morewidespread, greater than it has ever been in history. Just as if we say, "
Noah was in a Great flood
".It doesn't denote there was a new kind of water or flood, it simply denotes that this flood wasgreater (more water) than all the rest! The flood waters were the same, there was simply "more" of it.Likewise, that is how the word great is used to describe this period of tribulation. At this timeChrist speaks about, there will be much more iniquity abounding and persecution of anyoneholding to the truth of scripture. Thus, greater tribulation in the world than ever before. Butnowhere does God say Christians won't go through it. On the contrary, indeed the Church is thevery ones who are in tribulation and persecuted for the cause of Christ. Just as they have been forcenturies.They have been burned at the stake, Stretched on the rack, Stoned to death, Sawn asunder, fed tothe lions, crucified, tortured, and severely beaten. God didn't rapture them because he didn't wantthem to suffer in this world, He allowed it! Are we better than these who went before us that wewon't go through the same? Theologians say these things, but God says, "
pick up your cross and follow Me
". God says, if they've done it to me, expect that they'll do it to you, for we are notgreater than He.
"Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If theyhave persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they willkeep yours also".These are the things God says, not, "
..you poor Christians, I'll not let you go through Great Tribulation
". That would be the exact opposite of what we see as normative for Christians allthroughout scripture. Indeed it is through these persecutions that we learn humility and grow closerto the Lord! Our weakness in tribulation makes us aware of our lack of ability to overcome of ourselves. It highlights our inadequacies cause us to turn our hearts to God, from whence comethour help. In trial and persecution we come to understand more fully our dependence upon God, toHis Glory! Tribulation humbles us and is a blessing in disguise, compelling our dependence onHim. We don't need to be taken out of the world, for Grace is more than adequate.
2nd Corinthians 12:9-10
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect inweakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
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