LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken…’ (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 24:29, the Holy Bible).
WHAT IS THE “GREAT TRIBULATION”? Do you know what the “great tribulation” is all about? In Matthew 24:15-28 of the Bible, the “great tribulation” is a time of great suffering foretold to occur everywhere in the world, never before seen and never to happen again, where many will die, and only God’s chosen people, or those who remained firm in their faith in Him, will live.
Here is an account of the “great tribulation”, made by Jesus, our God and Savior, in Matthew 24:15-22: “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…
“For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE `GREAT TRIBULATION’? What kind of great suffering could this be? Could this be the “fire” spoken of in Malachi 4:1-2 and in 2 Peter 3:10 which will engulf the whole world, burning everything in its path, making the sinners and evildoers stubble, leaving not even branch or root among them?
If this happens—and it is surely going to happen because Jesus, as God, is a God of truth—are we prepared for it? Inevitably, if an individual believes in God and in His Word, the Bible, he or she must believe that this day is truly coming, that one day it is going to happen.
Here is what Malachi 4:1-2 (or, in some translations, Malachi 3:19), says about this day: “…`Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire’, says the LORD Almighty… `Not a root or a branch will be left to them’…”
WHAT TO DO TO AVOID THE “GREAT TRIBULATION”: On the other hand, here is what 2 Peter 3:10 is saying: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare… That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat…”
What kind of preparation must be undertaken then if one desires to escape the wrath of the “great tribulation”? In 2 Peter 3:11, it is there written: “… Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives…”
In Malachi 4, we are told that those who revere God’s Name will be saved. Thus: “… `But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,’ says the LORDAlmighty…”
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