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Friday, September 8, 2017

There is NO seven year tribulation!

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley


“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV)


“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matt. 24:21 NKJV)

Every now and then I get a question from someone who says even though the pre-trib position seems to make sense scripturally, they can’t accept it because Jesus said we would have tribulation in this world, and that must mean the church will go through at least the first part of the Tribulation.

When they say this they’re thinking of the first 3 ½ years.


Let’s get this straight. There is no mention anywhere in the Bible of a seven year tribulation.

According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word translated tribulation in these two passages appears 45 times in the New Testament and tribulation is the English word of choice in 21 of them, including the two above.

It comes from a root meaning “to press” as grapes are pressed. When used metaphorically it can mean oppression, affliction, tribulation, distress, hardship, or trouble. But while tribulation is the word that appears in both these verses, their intent is completely different.

What Does That Mean?

In John 16:33 Jesus said, in effect, that becoming a believer doesn’t mean your troubles are over. Troubles are characteristic of this world and as long as you’re in it you’ll have them. But He has overcome this world and through faith in Him you will over come it too.


He was referring to the fact that because of our faith we can have peace even in times of trouble (Phil 4:4-7). First because we know he’s working everything in our lives together for our good (Romans 8:28) and second because one day this will all be over and we’ll live in a state of eternal peace and happiness with Him. Therefore we should focus on that world not this one
(2 Cor. 4:16-18). When you read the passage in context you can see that John 16:33 is meant for the entire Church Age and addresses individuals and our individual live

A DIFFERENT MATTER

But Matt. 24:21 is a different matter altogether.

First of all it applies to a specific period of time, commencing on the heels of the abomination of desolation (Matt. 24:15) and ending just before the 2nd Coming (Matt. 24:29). And Jesus prefaced the word tribulation with “great” saying nothing like it has ever happened in the history of the world, or ever will happen again.

From other references we know the Great Tribulation will last for 3 ½ years and will be far more severe than anyone can imagine. So much so that if the Lord doesn’t return to put an end to it, not a single human will survive (Matt. 24:22)

So as far as the Bible is concerned, there are two kinds of tribulation.

The first is the general condition of our fallen creation. Hardship, illness, persecution and other kinds of unfair treatment, and a general state of uncertainty characterize our world.

These are facts of human life that to a greater or lesser extent have impacted all human beings throughout the Age of Man. This is the tribulation Jesus spoke of in John 16:33. Of the 21 times the word tribulation appears in the New Testament (KJV) 16 of them are in this context.

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Blessings
Yaddy

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Not so prodigal......

We often hear the parable about the prodigal son, and how, he finally came to his senses and realised he would be better off with even working for his dad, than where he was.

But there is another side to this story too......

We also read that the father stood every day watching for his son......

I know a family....of whom the parents are forever helping their son.......He gets into trouble........ they help him out...time and again.....


This father in the parable, could have easily sent a servant to go and look for him, after a while...... I would not even be surprised if he sent some one, one of his servants, maybe.....to check on his son.....

and then the servant could have come and told him, the father, how the son was doing.....

he could then have sent a servant again to fetch the son home and help him out again......

but he did not......

That is also a lesson for us as parents to learn.......

If our children decide to “do their own thing” like the son in this parable,

we should let them....

I know....I know.....

it is not always the easiest thing to do..... it would be so very hard, for a parent to allow them to muddle through without jumping in to “help”

them out of the problems they got themselves into, in the first place.

This father was a rich man, it did not seem to be a problem to him to give the younger son his share....it did not send him broke......But......

The father was there......

waiting and watching.....

every day.....we read in the Bible......

but.......

he waited till the son came to his own conclusions that he needed to go home...no matter what!


Then.....the son knew dad was there.......but the son figured that out all by himself......not with prompting from his dad.....

So.....what I am getting at is this.....we are always there.......for our children.....

but it’s not always a good thing, to help them out of the trouble they get themselves into!

And this young man surely was.......getting into some really deep trouble.....going by what we read in the Bible.....

He surely was living it up.....like some young people today, still do too......and if mum and dad are always there, to get them back out of the soup they got themselves in,

How do you think they would take it if they knew they could NOT depend on mum and or dad, to help them out yet again?

It seems to me, it would be best, to let them figure it out for themselves and in so doing they will have learnt their lessons well!
Blessings
Yaddy