- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Bible Prophecy and the End Times
- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:46
The Bible affirms the Church, which is the Body of Christ, will not experience "the Great Tribulation" or "the Time of Jacob's Trouble." In this period of divine judgment, God will deal with the spiritual blindness and sins of Israel to restore her to Himself. Daniel 9:24-27 is an important passage describing Israel's history from the desolation of Jerusalem by Babylon (2 Chronicles 36:15-21) to their restoration and blessing under Christ as their King. Believers of this dispensation are not mentioned in this prophecy or any other relating to Israel's earthly hope or judgment. Our hope is heavenly for the wrath of God due us was on our wondrous Substitute at Calvary (Romans 8:1, 32-39).
2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 states the Day of the Lord, which includes the outpouring of His wrath upon the nations (first 42 months) and Israel, begins at the appearing of "the Man of Sin." There must be a "taking out of the way" first. Till the Rapture, the work of the Holy Spirit and the presence of the Church restrains the manifestation of this "Wicked One" and therefore God's wrath.
The Church, having been raptured, will not be God's witness on earth during that period. 144,000 Jews are raised up preaching a message for the hope of Israel, not the hope of the Church.
In Christ, we are "children of light" and not "of darkness," saved from the coming wrath appointed for the world (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:2-9).
Revelation 3:1 0 promises, "I will keep thee from the hour of temptation which shall come upon the whole world." Ours is a "blessed hope," "a comfort," an imminent event, "For our citizenship (Young's Literal) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior (Deliverer), the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20).
J. N. Smith