When you opened this post, you may have been expecting some sort of survival guide, including things like building up a seven-year food supply and living out in the woods, etc. But you can forget about all of those things, because the best and most effective way (in fact the only way with a 100% guarantee) to survive the tribulation period is to skip it altogether.
Jesus wasn’t talking to you!
“I wish we could just skip it Matthew, but the Bible says he who endures to the end shall be saved. We’re just gonna have to go through it and hope we can endure until the end – God help us!“. Look, were you saved when you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, according to Romans 10:9? “Well, yes, but Jesus said we have to endure to the end to be saved“. I know what Jesus said in Matthew 24:13, but He wasn’t talking to you! In that passage Jesus was giving a message specifically for the Jews (and the Gentiles not in the Church) who will be here during the tribulation period – it does not apply to Christians (including Jewish Christians). You need to understand that the Bible speaks to three distinct groups of people, detailed in 1 Corinthians 10:32, “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God“. In reading a passage in the Bible, you need to understand who it is speaking to. For example the Old Testament is speaking primarily to the Jews, but it also has relevance to the Church. Paul’s letters on the other hand are speaking specifically to the Church.
Jeremiah adds some good news: Israel will be saved out of it.
The tribulation of the latter days is actually mentioned as far back in the Bible as Deuteronomy 4:30, “When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the Lord your God and obey his voice” (English Standard Version). Deuteronomy was written by Moses and is part of the Torah, it is very clearly referring to the children of Israel, now known as the Jews. Jeremiah 30:7 refers to this time as, “The time of Jacob’s trouble“, it is the time of Jacob’s trouble – not the Church’s. But Jeremiah does add some good news: Israel will be saved out of it. In case you’re still thinking about getting your supplies ready – just to be safe, let’s look at some more evidence that we are not going to be here.
When the great day of His wrath comes, we will have already been taken away to safety in Heaven.
Revelation 6:17 says that during the tribulation, people will cry out in terror because, “The great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?“. But like I said, we are not going to be here and here are three verses that prove it:
- “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Romans 5:9
- “…..even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:10
- “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Thessalonians 5:9
When the great day of His wrath comes, we will have already been taken away to safety in Heaven. If you study the Book of Revelation with the view that you are going to be here for the whole thing, then it is a pretty scary book. But why would the God of Love, the God who said that perfect love casts out fear, end the Bible with something so terrifying. The truth is that it should not be scary for those who follow Jesus. Being a Christian in these final days is a blessing, it is not a curse! For the people who are still here after the rapture, the final seven weeks before the return of Jesus as King are going to be an extremely tough time, to put it mildly. But it is completely avoidable, God doesn’t want anyone to have to go through it, which is why He is holding off acting for as long as possible, to give people time to repent.
If you are reading this post and have not yet made Jesus the Lord of your life, I suggest you do it now.
If you are reading this post and have not yet made Jesus the Lord of your life, I suggest you do it now. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2 that, “now is the day of salvation“. The evidence points to the rapture occurring around September time at the end of a Biblical seven-year period (see ‘Jesus Is Coming Back – Eventually‘). But there is no absolute proof of that, there is no guarantee. There is the possibility that it could happen when no-one expects it. It could happen today. Also, without Jesus, you have no guarantee of how long your life will last. Simply put, you do not know with any certainty, how long you have left to accept Jesus’ free offer of salvation. You can find a prayer to pray to receive Jesus as your Lord & Saviour at the end of this post. Once you have received Jesus you can be guaranteed safety (see ‘An Angelic Security Force‘). In fact the name ‘Jesus’ is the Greek form of the Hebrew name ‘Yeshua’ which means ‘safety’.
It is vitally important to never take what the Bible calls ‘The Mark of the Beast’.
Of course you could be reading this post at a time when Christians all over the world have already mysteriously disappeared, most likely during the month of September. Many explanations may have been given for this, which could even include something like alien abduction. Whatever the reasons offered, know that the truth is that the true Christians have been taken to Heaven. For everyone that remains it is vitally important to never take what the Bible calls ‘The Mark of the Beast’ (possibly, but not definitely, a microchip) in your right hand or forehead. For anyone who takes this mark, there is absolutely no hope of salvation. For them, all hope is lost. But for everyone who refuses the mark and offers genuine repentance to God, there is always hope. You may need to ‘endure to the end’, you may even need to lose your life, but the rewards are eternal. Likewise the consequences of rejecting God are also eternal.
If you have any further questions or thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment.
If you have never received Jesus as your Lord & Saviour, if you have gone away from God, or if you have any doubts regarding your salvation. I encourage you to click on the link below. Clicking on the link will not secure your salvation, but praying the prayer you find, from your heart, will.
For the salvation prayer, please click here.