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Tribulation

When the term tribulation is used in the church, everyone thinks of a set time before Christís return. The term tribulation period comes from Revelation 7:14 where the term is rendered as tribulation the great one. Therefore, it is difficult to understand the term tribulation because it is so closely connected with the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. In fact the term is more theological than biblical.

The majority of people who study the Second Coming assume the tribulation doctrine is true without ever studying the tribulation to understand Christís return. That was the case when I first studied the return of Christ. Do Christians want to play around in the world and still receive the saving grace of God in the nick of time? When you think about it, how can you define the time of Christ's return without knowing what God said about the tribulation?

When fellow Christians can find evidence beyond the shadow of a doubt to prove pre- mid- and post tribulation from the same version of Godís word, something has to be dead wrong. Godís word is consistent with the truth and that can not be changed. However, when Satan has his hand involved in the beliefs of the church he stirs up controversy, which lead to arguments, quarrels and eventually the breakup of the church. Who benefits the most from separating believers, to destroy his opposition and conquer the church.

During the time I studied the Second Coming, God helped me to prove each of the tribulation viewpoints beyond the shadow of doubt. Yes, Christ is coming but the father is still the only being that knows the times and dates. The prophets who wrote the manuscripts the bible was derived from expected God to come in their day. Jesus told several parables that the master of the house settled accounts immediately on his unexpected return, the brides waited for the groom without oil and the groom came when they were out. Jesus said the when the master of the house returned it would be better if you were found to be working at your assigned task than to be found waiting. You just do not know when he will be coming.

Godís word has a different approach to the idea of tribulation than those who have prophetic ministries. This article was designed to show Godís approach and the help you can receive from him as you go through tribulation not to prove a time period exists. Reading this article may change your mind so take time of your own to prove the truth about tribulation. If I were to summarize my conclusion it would look like the following, A deep concern about future uncertainties and things we can not control is the cause for tribulation.

A personal note to help you understand, the use of the original word will be color coded that you may know the origin and use of the word in the king James version of the Bible. The NIV uses words other than are listed below but they display more contemporary use of the American Language. Included are 50 verses from the New Testament that contain the word tribulation, three of which contain the phrase great tribulation. The commentary that follows each verse is a personal viewpoint from the insight of the Holy Scriptures that I have developed with the help of Jesus Christ. However, I would rather you consider the following information in a godly and prudent manner by taking the time to listen to God and think over his written word.

The first thing I do is to find a definition on the topic of study so I will have a basic idea of what I am studying.

Tribulation - Great affliction, trial, or distress; suffering. - An experience that tests one's endurance, patience, or faith. American Heritage dictionary

NT:2347 thlipsis, or thlipsis a pressing, pressing together, pressure -Thayer's Greek Lexicon NT:2346 thliboo; to press Ė according to Thayer's Greek Lexicon

NT:2347 thlipsis (thlip'-sis); from NT:2346; pressure - rendered in the King James as - afflicted (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble. NT:2346 thlibo (thlee'-bo); to crowd - rendered in the King James as - afflict, narrow, throng, suffer tribulation, trouble. - According to the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance

Tribulation is a pressure of evil placed on everyone to teach us to persevere, to know our savior and to experience the power of God to overcome the pressure to sin. In this parable those caught in the trap of evil was overcome because he or she has not learned to lean on the foundation of truth and Jesus Christ for the help they need. Tribulation is the thief that steals the word preventing the word from anchoring its roots into the soil of the spirit. Without root the plant will lack strength to grow.

How does trouble and persecution cause the spirit of man to fall away from the ability to overcome the trails of this life. Keeping this parable in context with tribulation you must see that those who fall away are those who worry about the problems they face and where the money will come from to have the things they want out of life. Persecution and tribulation will prevail when your are not listening to God. Those who heard and understood prospered.

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. Matt 24:9

Christians are persecuted today and further persecution can be expected especially in the future when the saints have been handed over to Satan for a time, times, and half a time. Daniel 7:25 Satan is making war against the saints today, bur no one knows the extent Satan is capable of defeating the church until that day arrives.

For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now-- and never to be equaled again. Matt 24:21 parallel verse Mark 13:19

In the last 5 years the stress level in the work place has increased dramatically and continues to grow as the seconds tick away. In the last 40 years the world has increased the pressure to subdue Christian activity. Roe versus Wade outlawed prayer initiated by public officials, unwanted babies are murdered with government approval, and displaying the Ten Commandments is no longer lawful in public buildings. The irony of it all is every citizens of the United States has freedom of speech, but public employees can not speak about God or practice their beliefs in public buildings. The pressure to reduce Christian activity to a standstill continues to increase and Christians in America are watching the show from their armchairs without defending their freedom of religion. The persecution of the Christian faith will continue waging war against the church leaving only a remnant.

As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom. Daniel 7:21-22

Personal note: the Greek words Megas thlipsis forms the phrase "great tribulation" and is present in the following verse.

"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. Matt 24:29' Mark 13:24

No matter the tribulation view you believe the Bible the Lord will not return until after the tribulation. Everyone on the face of the earth will not be exempt from the tribulation of those days. Jesus said that you would face tribulation (John 16:33) in your lifetime, but that he had overcome the world. For example, the loss of a loved one creates a mental anguish such as distress.

Distress creates a problem within the disposition of human beings and affects the decision making process. Distress creates a state of uneasiness and apprehension, and a deep concern about future uncertainties and things we can not control. Your emotions are affected by feelings and how you feel about things can and do control your decisions.

Because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now ó and never to be equaled again. Mark 13:19

Matthew 24:21 is a parallel passage to this verse with one difference in reference to the tribulation. The word megas (see explanation on Matthew 24:21) is absence but the words being unequaled from the beginning describe more than the usual. There must be a reason for such absence but you should be the one who determines the importance.

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. John 16:21

There is no other way to describe the agonizing pain of childbirth other than pure physical pain. However, God greatly increased the pain of childbirth as the result of Eve deceiving Adam to sin.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Tribulation comes in two forms, physical and spiritual. You can expect tribulation in this life because man has chosen to rebel from God and live as they see fit. The limits placed on man by God are both practical and productive to the life you enjoy. Jesus said he overcame he world because he was never alone, his father was in him guiding his every step.

But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt; so he made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace. Acts 7:10

Joseph is a good example of the trials and tribulation that you can expect in this life. Can you imagine what went through Josephís mind every time he faced punishment for doing the will of God? During his time of trouble, Joseph learned the importance of serving others when ruling.

" Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our fathers could not find food. Acts 7:11

Most Americans can not imagine the struggle of feeding their family when food is scarce. They can recall seeing children that look like living skeletons in the midst of war and draught on television. The same conditions would make you spend much of your day worrying over where the next morsel of food would come from.

Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. Acts 11:19

The fear of certain death caused a number of biblical characters to run from the harm they faced. Imprisonment, pain, being escorted through the streets in front of those who know you do a lot of damage to self esteem. The expectation of those things adds to the mental stress because you have been wronged for doing what is right in Godís eyes. This verse involves fear connected with the persecution and death of Stephen and how the gospel was spread along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to what is now northern Syria.

He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. Revelation 13:15

Revelations speaks of the first beast having the power to give breath (life) to an image that will speak. His command will be worship the image or die. Will you serve God to the point of death or worship the beast. What will you do then, because when you think about it long enough, only god can make objects of metal come to life?

Strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said. Acts 14:22

As a Christian you will experience the pressure of affliction, oppression, anguish, burdens, persecution, tribulation, trouble, distress, and dire straits. Paul writes that tribulation teaches perseverance overtime. Paul also points out, "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God, one of which is the narrowness of the road that leads to life.

I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. Acts 20:23

Like Paul you should expect hardships. Avoiding the hardship defeats the purpose of tribulation by failing to learn and experience the trustworthiness of God. Paul went to Jerusalem with his eyes wide open knowing that he was going to be imprisoned by Rome. Paul thought of it as gain rather that something to avoid and the outcome was that he was able to spread the gospel to a number of people he would not otherwise been able to speak to.

There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; Romans 2:9

In this passage distress is similar in meaning to the word tribulation. Paul is saying that anyone who indulges in sin can expect trouble. Letís also consider the domino effect of tribulation that eventually affects everyone in its path. Like the waves caused by a speeding boat, tribulation spreads outward until the ripple effect strikes home.

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. Hebrews 5:7-8

Reverent submission was the key to Jesus Christís sinless life. However the stiff-necked person will refuse to bow to the God that created him. Man is born with a rebellious spirit that demands to be in charge and be waited on hand and foot. Jesus Christ denied himself of a life of his own and reverently submitted his will to his Father for benefit of mankind. It was through his reverent submission to God, he learned obedience from the trials he suffered. With God the outcome of tribulation should reap benefits. One of those benefits is being able to stand in the midst of the battle with the shield of faith quenching the fire of sin thrown at us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Romans 8:35

Tribulation will not separate you from the love of God as long as you continue to follow the ways of God. Cling to him, set your mind on him, and do everything within your power to please your father in heaven. Nothing can separate the love of God from you but you have to trust in him to be your help in your time of need.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

Man has faced trouble because of his sin ever since it was brought into the world. Consider this, God has instructed his children how to overcome every form of tribulation subject to man.

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Submitting to temptation is the first step to the mental anguish of sin because conviction and guilt always follows the deed. God has told you to submit to him and Satan will flee from you. Doing what God tells will not help you to avoid tribulation but it will help you to go through it unharmed. Once you submit to God you can rejoice in the fact that you have overcome the temptation of the evil one.

But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this. 1 Corinthians 7:28

Self-centeredness and the lack of unity with your spouse is the main culprit found in divorce. Problems in marriage need management not the arguments or the reasons that blame the other person for the trouble. Dealing with the arguments governed by self-centeredness is a full time job. There is nothing wrong about marriage that a strong effort on your part to become a team, but Paul wanted to spare you the anguish. Marriage is a bed of roses that has been equipped with way too many thorns.

Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:4

God comforts us as we experience tribulation so we are able to assist others in their tribulation. True comfort comes from God who shows you how to hang in there and keep going. God stabilizes your life when you lean on God for his wisdom and help. If God can help you in your time of need he is also able to help others when they need it.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 2 Corinthians 1:8

Hardships were so great that Paul wanted to die to end of the pain he was suffering. This is something we all go through when we wonder when it will all end. In this passage Paul wants to encourage you to seek God and to keep going no matter the circumstances. You are going to face evil no matter what you do, but Life goes on. Job was told to curse God and his friends said he was a sinner but Job remained true to God in his trial.

For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you. 2 Corinthians 2:4

You can share your love about the hard times of your life by how you overcame tribulation with Godís help. Sharing those hard times may bring up things that you may not want known but they demonstrate your love in ways that can not be counted. Tribulation used in this fashion develops relationships with the person in trouble, but the knowledge that God can rescue them from your tribulation is priceless.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:17

Tribulation does not appear to be momentary in the midst of the trial. Focusing on the trouble leads to worry which only feeds the anguish you already are facing. Where you place our focus during tribulation is the key to the solution. Look to Jesus for the solution that quenches the fiery darts of tribulation and gives glory to God.

Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 2 Corinthians 6:4

Stumbling blocks will be found in the Christian walk no matter what you do. Paul said, he made the choice to sin when he wanted to do good things. In spiritual warfare you will feel Satan pushing you against the wall and intimidate you sin, only to make you feel guilty after the fact. Christians who are rooted and grounded in Godís word will have the praise of God and receive a rich welcome into his kingdom because they submit to God. Encouragement comes in many ways, but when anyone applauds your effort they build up your self-esteem.

I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds. 2 Corinthians 7:4

Everyone subconsciously watches your life and overtime see what you have done with your life. The manner in which you live often encourages other people to seek the inner power you have to manage life. How you handle trouble says a lot about your personal beliefs and your disposition. In Christian life others Christians who place your needs before God in prayer share your troubles. Troubles become easier to bear when you know others love you and pray on your behalf.

Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 2 Corinthians 8:2

Godís grace is sufficient even in times of extreme hardship, trials, and sufferings that you can contribute to another personís need. Paul was responding to the Macedonian church that gave generously in a time of extreme poverty to his ministry. That generosity may have come at the time Paul was in dire straits.

Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 2 Corinthians 8:13

Godís grace is such that life equals out so no one is pressed beyond his level to endure the trials of life. Paul concludes that the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn the plenty of someone else will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, 2 Corinthians 8:14. God wants each of his children to share what they have with fellow Christians regardless of their trial.

I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. Ephesians 3:13

Paul knew that people study the lives of others to see what they stand for and how they manage their lives. Paul handled his life is such a manner that he asked fellow Christians to imitate his life. He set the example for the early church for people to follow. Therefore, when he struggled in tribulation they could see with their own eyes how to handle their life. Suffering during the trial is minor when you look at the benefits you learn. Paul was saying that everyone could benefit from suffering even those in the front lines of spiritual warfare.

Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Philippians 4:14

Troubles bring out the best and the worse in people. Paul received help from Philippians during his time of hard times and was the reason he praised God with a passage most Christians know. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13. The strength Paul received from God gave Paul the resolve to complete his mission.

Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ'safflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. Colossians 1:24

Paul was saying that his tribulation was nothing to the tribulation Christ went through. Everyone from Adam and Eve faces tribulation in one fashion or another. Some have faced worse trials than you have had or will ever have. Instead of complaining about our tribulation, all of us should rejoice in the tribulation that Christ went through because of the benefits provided for those who have chosen to follow Jesus. Tribulations may have a bad taste during the trial and involve pain but in the long run teach us to live a godly life.

You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 1Thessalonians 1:6

Paul realized that your deeds had to agree with your spoken words. One cannot live the same manner the world does and preach the gospel of Christ. The Thessalonians became imitators of Paul because of the outcome of the trials he endured. Paul demonstrated that even in tribulation, he could live a victorious Christian life.

So that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them, 1Thessalonians 3:3.

Jesus Christ warned you when he said you would be persecuted because of his name and the truth you stand for. Tribulation is spiritual warfare. God equips his children with the weapons of truth that will quench the fiery darts of the evil one. Do not panic when the trials come for they will come. Managing your fear and emotions enables you to make the right choices, but fear will take control your life if you allow it to.

Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. 1Thessalonians 3:7

Applying the principles of Godís word to the way you live expresses your faith in God louder than all you could ever say. The proverb, Actions speak louder than words, is true. You can encourage others by the way you handle the trouble you face in life. Tribulation brings out the virtues of faith with a demonstration that other people will see and want for their own.

Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 2Thessalonians 1:4

Paul concluded his boasting about his trials in these words. The Lord said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Then explained, Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Consider it joy, to face trials, because the testing of your faith develops perseverance. However, If you lack the wisdom to endure the trial, ask God, who gives wisdom generously without finding fault in you. paraphrased James 1:2-5

God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you. 2 Thessalonians 1:6

The Lord says vengeance is mine. He will recompense those who afflict you according to their deeds. This is hard to apply when all you want to do is to return the favor. Tribulation teaches you to live a discipline life governed by love. Revenge in like manner would make you just as evil in Godís eye therefore, make room for Godís wrath. Those who trouble you are sowing seeds that will produce a crop of trouble from God. Hasnít God said to do unto others as you would have done to you?

Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. Hebrews 10:33

It is not uncommon to be with a group of Christians doing Godís work and be scoffed by those passing by. Christ suffered this same kind of abuse on the cross by those who wagged their heads and hurled insults at him. Come down from the cross if you can yet it was the strength of his love for you that kept him there to die for our sins.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

Widows and orphans have one thing in common, they do not have the family support that most people have. Family is a source of encouragement and methods to handle the trouble that stalks widows and orphans lives. Being alone causes loneliness and those who suffer from it cling to anyone who will talk to them. James says our religion is in vain if we do not obey Godís commands to care for others.

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Revelation 1:9

God is not partial, you are not the only person who has tribulation because your brothers in Christ all over the world are bearing the same kind of trials. Tribulation like temptation is common to each man on the face of the earth. Johnís trial was that he was exiled to the island of Patmos because of his stand on Jesus Christ. While in exile, John received the most beautiful vision of God and our future home in the ages to come. Because of his trial, John was able to share, The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. Revelation 1:1

I know your afflictions and your poverty-- yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Revelation 2:9

It is safe to say he knows what you have done in your life because God lives in you. God is not partial and those not recorded in the book of life will answer to God on the day of Judgement. The trials you face are known and not forgotten because Jesus was with you every step of the way.

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10

Suffering for your beliefs is not uncommon in the Christian walk. God wants worshipers who worship him in truth and in spirit, this means that beliefs and actions must be in agreement. Being faithful amounts to being loyal to your word and beliefs to the point that you would die rather than deny them.

So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. Revelation 2:22

A bed is a place for rest but suffering robs you of sleep. God is speaking of a place where the wicked have no rest. Repenting is the key to understanding the intense suffering God will inflict on those who sin as a result of their teaching and to those who are deceived. The fire of hell is reserved for those who cause sin and those who sin.

I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14

Matthew 24:21, Revelation 2:22 and Revelation 7:14 have one thing in common, the Greek words megas and thlipsis that forms the phrase "great tribulation".

Great in this case comes from the Greek word megas, which describes the intensity and degree of the following; mass and weight, compass and extent, measure and height, stature and age, number and quantity, intensity and degree, affections and emotions.

For tribulation to be great, the degree of tribulation would have to agree with the above terms. Great is an adjective, which modifies a noun when directly proceeding it giving the noun scope. For example, When you use the term great in the phrase great power, the degree of power could be amplified to overwhelming power.

Strongís exhaustive concordance defines tribulation as pressure and vines further define tribulation as anything which burdens the spirit. The words rendered from the Greek word thlipsis are afflicted (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, and trouble. The most common idea portrayed by these words is mental and physical pain.

The question that needs to be asked is how does the word great amplify or modify tribulation? The primary meaning to the word tribulation comes from is pressure. Pressure is the use of steady use of force by one body in contact with another body. One scripture relates tribulation as unequalled since the beginning of time, The word great amplifies the scope of tribulation for those currently suffering have tasted only a fraction of the tribulation to be expected in the end times.

By definition, the word megas does not apply to tribulation in terms of number. When mega applies to numbers, Mega is defined as Large and One million or 10 to the 6th power. The word ĎMega" has invaded our computer language in terms of megabytes equal to 1,048,576 units of storage capacity. Those who listen to radio know the call letters and the megahertz number assigned to their favorite station. When it comes to how time has been applied to the length of the tribulation to come, the number of years the tribulation period has been credited as having is greatly exaggerated.

Some prophetic teachers teach that those coming out of the great tribulation are the tribulation saints or those who were saved during the tribulation period. They also teach the duration of the tribulation period as being seven years in length. Is the tribulation period nothing more than a theological term to describe the end times?

The prophets writing the message of God to other churches thought they were in the latter days of the end times and that Jesus Christ could return for them at any time. Somewhere between the idea of Christís imminent return and the tribulation period Christians have the idea that if we miss the rapture they could still go to heaven by remaining true to the faith until the tribulation has been completed. We all have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Jesus said:

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3

Man does not survive on the food the dust of the earth provides but needs the knowledge that proceeds from God to truly survive the deception the world indulges in. There has always been a God given reason for personal involvement by reading the word of God. A personal relationship with God begins with your time and effort to know God through his word. This involves taking a reverent approach to the sacred scriptures and opening your mind to the truths of Godís word. Considering Godís word as truth always proceeds taking his words to heart. Jesus Christ warned man that he could be deceived and the written word has been dissected, rearranged, examined, analyzed, and then explained in minute detail and been mishandled by inadequate study to make you wonder what is right. God is always right and his word grafted into your soul is able to save you.

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:14."

The king James uses two nautical terms in this verse that defines the entry point into the Kingdom of God and the path to life. No one can enter the Kingdom of God unless they go through Jesus Christ. The road to life is well defined and limited by the moral behavior that our father demands. In nautical terms Strait and narrows is the restrictive passages between two large bodies of water such as those divided by landmasses that approach the lane of passage from each side.

The entry into the Kingdom is severely restricted to one way and that through the name of Jesus Christ. The path once in the kingdom is well defined and you are advised not to stray to the right or to the left. The key to staying on the path that leads to life is submission to God and accepting his authority as your Father.

Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. Mark 3:9

Everyone has been in the crowding situation described in this verse. This condition is similar to going home after the morning service where everyone has to funnel through the exit to shake hands with the minister. It is the condition that you face as you leave a football stadium after the game. The crowd comes from every where closing in on you to leave, but in the process they restrict your movement and rub your shoulders in an uncaring manner. Everyone in this situation has the same goal and once through the exit door the pressure is relieved.

Satan loves to put you into the same condition by letting you know you are going to be hurt and showing you door to relief, but the choices are limited to those Satan wants you to make. Once you made the wrong choice the pressure is relieved and without the pressure you realize the error of your choice. Those split second decisions while under pressure cost you, your life is the kind of intimidation Satan specializes in.

If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 2 Corinthians 1:6

People who successfully endure trials and tribulation have learned to persevere. Its comforting to know that trials only last a short time and the knowledge gained from the experience makes it easier to endure the next trial. Consider the trial, the tribulation as the cake and the experience of leaning on our Savior for help, as the icing on the cake.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 2 Corinthians 4:8

Every kind of trouble is closing in on us and we canít go this way or that way without being harmed, what can we do? Christians find themselves in this condition more than any other group. The best thing coming from trials and tribulation is that it drives you to your knees and into the loving hands of God.

For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn-- conflicts on the outside, fears within. 2 Corinthians 7:5

As a Christian your walk is restricted to what is proper, fair and just and the rule to do to others what you want done to you in return. Your friends, that is worldly friends will advise you to do otherwise, go ahead they wonít miss it or its only a little lie. Yet when you take their advice they are the first to condemn you. They are the first to turn on you and make fun of you, but they are the first to shame you for doing what is right in the eyes of God. As Christians we must learn to accept harassment as a badge of honor.

In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 1Thessalonians 3:4

The world wants to remove God from the responsibility from ones own actions. With God out of lifeís equation they can live without restrictions. Your choice to live as Jesus did tells the world that they are living the wrong kind of life. They admire you for your stand but because of the choice they have made they can not live up to your standards.

God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 2 Thessalonians 1:6

Luke 6:38 Luke tells us to give and to expect a return in multiples units according to the measure you give in. Jesus said this; So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12. In other words what other people do to you is the way they expect to be treated by you. Whereas God demands that you love them regardless of how they treat you. You will have justice through this promise that God will spend his wrath on them for what they have done to you.

And give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 2Thessalonians 1:7

Donít expect God to render justice as you would like. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9. However, there is a point when God says enough is enough and then on the final day of this age you will see the punishment of the wicked with your own eyes.

And is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds. 1 Timothy 5:10

Helping those in need is more than a command of God. Devoting yourself to do good deeds is far better than doing things that hinder life at its best. Strive to assist others in their time of need making what little they have into something they can be glad to have been through.

They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated-- Hebrews 11:37

Chapter 11 of Hebrews, is known as the hall of faith because it tells of the faith of men who were looking for a city not built with the hands of man. It speaks of the men who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised for the sake of God. They trusted God because their lives were held in the balance. During their lives they endured the kind of trouble that you and I make every attempt to avoid for the opportunity to serve God at their full potential.

Satan believes that man will give all he has for his own life (Job 2:4). Survival is a strong instinct especially when you believe that life stops at death and you have no paradise to look forward to. Satan is not going to tell you about eternal life and his reward for rebelling against God. Nor is he going to tell you that everyone in his kingdom will be exiled to a place of punishment. From Satanís perspective tribulation throws doubt in your face saying that Godís promises is an elaborate hoax.

Reading Hebrews chapter 11 shows that these men of faith went through tribulation beyond what most men have to endure and because they endured received the reward of life with God. Joshua said that none of Godís promises ever failed. We too, should know that God will keep every promise he ever made to his children. By being true and obeying our father we can expect eternal life. Tribulation is one way that we learn the benefits from leaning on the promises of God for the help needed to overcome stumbling blocks and solve the problems that is in the world. God has the answers even in tribulation.

Personal note: Below are a list of synonyms related with tribulation and the idea of tribulation rendered throughout the Bible. These words may help you to further understand tribulation. Finding synonyms

Adversity - A state of hardship or affliction; misfortune. . A calamitous event.

Affliction - A condition of pain suffering or distress. A cause of pain suffering or distress.

Agonize - To suffer extreme pain or great anguish. To make a great effort; struggle.

Anguish - Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment.

Anxiety -. A state of uneasiness and apprehension about future uncertainties. A cause of anxiety A state of intense apprehension uncertainty and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation often to a degree that the normal physical and psychological functioning of the affected individual is disrupted. 3. Eager often agitated desire.

Apprehensive - Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy. Capable of understanding and quick to apprehend.

Bitter -. Having or being a taste. Difficult or distasteful to accept admit or bear. Resulting from or expressive of severe grief or anguish

Burden - Something that is carried, Something that is emotionally difficult to bear A source of great worry or stress; weight

Cliffhanger - being unsure of how things end . A dramatic event effecting the emotions ending In suspense

Complaint - An expression of pain dissatisfaction or resentment.

Coward - One who shows ignoble fear in the face of danger or pain. -

Cruel -. Disposed to inflict pain or suffering. Causing suffering; painful.

Difficulty - The condition or quality of being difficult. Something not easily done" accomplished comprehended or solved.

Dismay - A temporary state of mental confusion and clouded consciousness resulting from high fever "intoxication shock or other causes. It is characterized by anxiety disorientation hallucinations delusions

Disquiet - To deprive of peace or rest; trouble. Absence of peace or rest; anxiety

Distress - To cause strain anxiety or suffering to. Anxiety or mental suffering.

Doubt - To be undecided or skeptical about. To tend to disbelieve; distrust To regard as unlikely.

Fortitude . Strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage.

Grief - Deep mental anguish as that arising from bereavement. A source of deep mental anguish. Annoyance or frustration. Trouble or difficulty

Grimace -. A sharp contortion of the face expressive of pain contempt or disgust

Hardship - Extreme privation; suffering. a cause of privation or suffering.

Hurt - To cause physical damage or pain, to injure. To cause mental or emotional suffering to; distress

Moan - A low sustained mournful cry usually indicative of sorrow or pain.

Oppress - To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority. To weigh heavily on.

Pain - An unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury disease or emotional disorder

Pang - A sudden sharp spasm of pain. A sudden sharp feeling of emotional distress.

Patient - Bearing or enduring pain difficulty provocation or annoyance with calmness.

Perplex - To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt. To make confusedly intricate; complicate.

Pinch - To squeeze or bind (a part of the body) in such a way as to cause discomfort or pain.

Precarious - Dangerously lacking in security or stability - Subject to chance or unknown conditions Based on uncertain unwarranted or unproved premises.

Prick - A persistent or sharply painful feeling of sorrow or remorse.

Relief -. The easing of a burden or distress such as pain anxiety or oppression.

Remedy - Something such as medicine or therapy that relieves pain cures disease or corrects a disorder

Remorse - Moral anguish arising from repentance for past misdeeds; bitter regret

Risk - The possibility of suffering harm or loss; danger A factor thing element or course involving uncertain danger; a hazard.

Rumor - Unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth; hearsay

Sore - Painful to the touch; tender.

Sorrow - Mental suffering or pain caused by injury loss or despair

Sting - To pierce or wound painfully with or as if with a sharp-pointed structure or organ as that of certain insects.

Straits - A position of difficulty perplexity distress or need. Often used in the plural

Suffer - To feel pain or distress; sustain loss injury harm or punishment.

Suspense - The state or quality of being undecided uncertain or doubtful Pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome such as the ending of a mystery novel Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain undecided or mysterious situation Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain undecided or mysterious situation

Thorn - One that causes sharp pain irritation or discomfort.

Threat - An expression of an intention to inflict pain injury evil or punishment

Throe - A severe pang or spasm of pain as in childbirth - condition of agonizing struggle or trouble.

Torment - Great physical pain or mental anguish

Travail - Work "especially when arduous or involving painful and strenuous effort; toil - Tribulation or agony; anguish. 3. The labor of childbirth.

Tremble - To shake involuntarily as from excitement weakness or anger. To feel fear or anxiety.

Trial - A state of pain or anguish that tests patience endurance or belief.

Trouble - A state of distress affliction danger or need. A condition of pain disease or malfunction.

Troublesome - Causing trouble or anxiety; worrisome. Difficult; trying.

Twinge - A sharp sudden physical pain. 2. A mental or emotional pain.

Uncertain - Not known or established; questionable. Not determined; undecided. Not having sure knowledge. Subject to change; variable.unsteady.

Uncomfortable - Experiencing physical discomfort.- Ill at ease; uneasy. -. Causing anxiety; disquieting.

Uneasy - Lacking a sense of security; anxious or apprehensive. Affording no ease or reassurance. Awkward or unsure in manner; constrained.. Causing constraint or awkwardness. Not conducive to rest.

Unsettled, - Not in a state of order or calmness; disturbed.. Likely to change or vary; variable. Not determined or resolved.

Unsure - Doubting or disputing and uncertain. causing hesitation or wavering; lacking Confidence wondering or questioning the feasibility of things. Not trustworthy

Wail - To grieve or protest loudly and bitterly; lament A long loud high-pitched cry as of grief or pain.

Worrisome - Causing worry or anxiety. Tending to worry; anxious.

Wrench, A sudden sharp tug at one's emotions; a surge of compassion sorrow or anguish. A break or parting that causes emotional distress. b. The pain so associated.

When the term tribulation is used in the church, everyone thinks of a time just prior to Christís return. The term "Tribulation Period" comes from Revelation 7:14 where the term is rendered as tribulation the great one. Therefore, understanding the return of Christ has been made more difficult because this doctrine has been linked with the rapture of the church. However, the term, "Tribulation period" is more theological than biblical.

Within the Christian community there are theologians that can teach the entire seven years of the tribulation period. They can show the month and year when particular events will take place during that time period. They know the purpose of the events and the desired affect on mankind. Their illustrations are graphic as well as convincing. Yet, when the doctrine is analyzed and compared, connecting the information they teach to a specific time of tribulation can not be done.

There is a another problem with the tribulation period, because it is a theological term those who teach it can define the period in any way they think best. What I mean by that is, theologians can define its scope when the average bible student canít find what they are teaching. That forces the average layman to believe the teaching by blind faith. Doctrines need to be credible so, when the doctrines can not be compared with the word of God we should investigate the teaching before believing.

The purpose of this study was to see if there was a time period associated with the tribulation the great one. Is there a time period of seven years defined as tribulation within the text of the Bible? Did God set aside a specific period of seven years for suffering? Are theologians in agreement with the word of God?

The Hebrew word Tsarah is the equivalent word for tribulation and occurs 73 times in the Old Testament. OT:6869 tsarah (tsaw-raw'); feminine of OT:6862; tightness (i.e. figuratively, trouble); transitively, a female rival: KJV - adversary, adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, trouble.

A personal note to help you understand, the use of the original word will be color coded that you may know the origin and use of the word in the king James version of the Bible. The TNIV uses words other than are listed below but they display more contemporary use of the American Language. Included are 73 verses from the Old Testament that contain the word tribulation. The commentary that follows each verse is a personal viewpoint from the insight of the Holy Scriptures that I have developed with the help of Jesus Christ. However, I would rather you consider the following information in a godly and prudent manner by taking the time to investigate and think about his written word.

Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone." Genesis 35:3

Jacob lived up to his name the one who grabbed the heel. Jacob had a lot of trouble during his lifetime most of which was of his own making. However, during his lifetime he learned to lean on God because rescued him from it.

They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress has come upon us." Genesis 42:21

Joseph was distressed because of what he was about to endure. The brothers were distressed because of their guilt. Trouble comes in many forms but not quite like those we make ourselves.

And in that day I will become angry with them and forsake them; I will hide my face from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, 'Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?' Deuteronomy 31:17

God is forewarning his people not to forsake him for when they do disaster will come with no one to rescue them.

And when many disasters and calamities come on them, this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath." Deuteronomy 31:21

Israel was given a song to remind them not to forsake God.

Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!" Judges 10:14

God allows you to worship the god of your choice but he also forewarns you of its consequences. Let the godís you have chosen to worship save you from your troubles.

Because the Lord had closed Hannah's womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 1 Samuel 1:6

Who can stand being told I told you so, I told you so all day long. Taunting by Hannaís rival was her source of tribulation.

But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, 'No, appoint a king over us.' So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans." 1 Samuel 10:19

Calamities are the events that bring distress, severe affliction and disasters but reject your God and you are asking for them.

As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble." 1 Samuel 26:24

Trouble can be avoided and Davidís life was spared because he spared the kings life.

David answered Rekab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, "As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, 2 Samuel 4:9

When trouble lurked at his door David knew who to trust, but he also dealt with those who brought the trouble to him.

The king then took an oath: "As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, 1 Kings 1:29

When trouble lurked at his door David knew who to trust, David was not ashamed of his beliefs and openly expressed his trust in God.

They told him, "This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them. 2 Kings 19:3

Sennacherib surrounded and demanded complete surrender of Jerusalem but because Hezekiah and the rulers of Jerusalem trusted God, Sennacherib fled after 185,000 of his men died mysteriously overnight.

One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress. 2 Chronicles 15:6

God kept other nations in turmoil to strengthen Israel after they had forsaken the godís of other nations and begun to seek the God of Israel.

'If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.' 2 Chronicles 20:9

A statement of faith knowing that your trust in God will save you out of your troubles.

So you delivered them into the hands of their enemies, who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies. Nehemiah 9:27

In his prayer, Nehemiah reminds God he alone delivered his people out of their troubles. Yet it is the distress of trouble that drives you to your knees.

Because of our sins, its abundant harvest goes to the kings you have placed over us. They rule over our bodies and our cattle as they please. We are in great distress. Nehemiah 9:37

Nehemiah acknowledges it was because of the sin of turning to other gods that Israel was in great distress.

From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you. Job 5:19

Job is saying that it doesnít matter how many times calamities strike your life God will rescue you. Still, it is the time of trouble that you learn to lean on God for help.

Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them? Job 27:9

Trouble comes and goes but the real question is do you pray when trouble comes into your life?

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalms 9:9

You can count on God to be your refuge in the good as well as the bad times.

Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? Psalms 10:1

Whether or not you are in trouble God is never far away. If God seems to be a quadrillion miles a away it is for your benefit. You need to trust in him in good times as well as the bad times.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. Psalms 20:1

Keep in touch and the Lord will answer you when you are in trouble.

Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. Psalms 22:11

For better or worse God has promised to be with you until the end of the age. Trouble may only for a moment away but you need God when trouble copmes.

Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Psalms 25:17

Relief is on its way the moment you ask God for help.

Redeem Israel, O God, from all their troubles! Psalms 25:22

Troubles come and trouble goes but its wonderful to know you have been redeemed in the midst of trouble.

I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. Psalms 31:7

God loves you before, during, and afterwards, God loves you regardless of your circumstances.

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. Psalms 34:6

God doesnít care if you are rich or poor God brings relief because he loves you.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psalms 34:17

God brings relief because he loves you, but right standing with God insures relief.

The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. Psalms 37:39

God should be our stronghold whether the time is good or a time of trouble.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1

Keeping yourself in right standing with God is an ever-present help.

and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me." Psalms 50:15

God has promised that you can cast all your cares upon him, but do you revere him for deliverance?

You have delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes. Psalms 54:7

Its wonderful to come out of trouble smelling like a rose and seeing those who brought you trouble getting what they deserve but it is just as wonderful to look to the one the deliverance came.

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. Psalms 71:20

No one wants trouble in his or her life yet we are glad that we can trust God to restore order in our life.

When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. Psalms 77:2

This man sought the Lord in his distress until he knew God had heard his plea.

He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostilityó a band of destroying angels. Psalms 78:49

Godís wrath, indignation and hostility gives you good reason to revere the Lord.

In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Psalms 81:7

Trouble does more than build your trust in God, but it also develops a sincere love for God. Even then, God tests man to see if he will obey him regardless of his or her life goals.

When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. Psalms 86:7

Trouble will make seek those who will comfort you.

They will call on me, and I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will deliver them and honor them. Psalms 91:15

There are many promises made by God that he will be wherever you go but you can call on him anytime of the day or night and he is there to help you.

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Psalms 116:3

There are times when life takes you to the pit of despair when we can not remember that God is with you to lift your spirit out of despair. In times of trouble God is the lifter of spirits.

I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Psalms 120:1

Our God is a God of comfort who will comfort us ao we can comfort others in their time of sorrow.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. Psalms 138:7

God is the lifter of spirits and he is always there to save you from the worse of enemies.

I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. Psalms 142:2

You can always cast all of your cares on Him.

For your name's sake, Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. Psalms 143:11

Who do you rely on when trouble is at your door?

when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Proverbs 1:27

Being ready for trouble is possible when you know Godís word. God is our peace maker and a shelter from the storm. Though trouble can overwhelm you knowing God takes the sting out of the struggle that assaults you at every corner.

The righteous are rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead. Proverbs 11:8

Itís those who obey the Lord that are saved out of their trouble. It is those who are out to make trouble for you that are caught in their own trap.

Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble. Proverbs 12:13

People love to boast about what they have done not knowing that they must first tame and control their own tongue.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17

It is also good to know that we have one we can trust that is closer than a brother.

Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

For most of my life my mouth has created most of my trouble

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! Proverbs 24:10

To err is human to have faults is normal, to be at fault causes every eye to focus on what you have done. However, a little humility goes a long ways with God.

Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble. Proverbs 25:19

A broken tooth or a lame foot is a constant reminder of their cause but reliance on those who are in trouble all the time is as useless as a broken tooth or a lame foot.

Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness. Isaiah 8:22

Tribulation is seldom used for trouble in the future but here like other examples of future tribulation it is used to warn you of Godís wrath. If you can imagine the day of Godís return and you are being gathered by an angel you would see darkness and gloom. There is also a day of gloom for the wicked as they will be thrust into utter darkness.

Through a land of hardship and distress, of lions and lionesses, of adders and darting snakes, the envoys carry their riches on donkeys' backs, their treasures on the humps of camels, to that unprofitable nation, to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless. Therefore I call her Rahab the Do-Nothing. Isaiah 30:6-7

Men have certain hardships in this life that is bound to happen and as Ecclesiastes would say. What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? Even though the profit margin is small we still go and do the work.

Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. Isaiah 33:2

As long as God is the priority of your life in the good times he will be the God of the times of trouble that comes into your life.

They told him, "This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them. Isaiah 37:3

This was Hezekiahís response to the Assryian field commander demand that Israel surrender to him. Hezekiah laid everything out on the table before God and left it in his to resolve. The next day the Assyrian commander left for home after losing 185000 of his troops.

They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move. Though people cry out to it, it does not answer; it cannot save them from their troubles. Isaiah 46:7

Idols are utterly useless but God is willing to let your lifeless idols save you out of your troubles.

In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:9

God will have compassion on whom he will have compassion on God can be troubled by the troubles we go through so much that he does redeem us from our troubles.

Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the one true God; whoever takes an oath in the land will swear by the one true God. For the past troubles will be forgotten and hidden from my eyes. After this life is over the troubles of our past will be forgotten See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. Isaiah 65:16-17

I hear a cry as of a woman in labor, a groan as of one bearing her first childó the cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands and saying, "Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers." Jeremiah 4:31

Tribulation is expressed and described in many ways, here it is associated with the groan of childbearing. Sometimes groaning is the only way to express how you feel.

We have heard reports about them, and our hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped us, pain like that of a woman in labor. Jeremiah 6:24

The example of childbearing is used to express how trouble grasps and controls our life. Though tribulation can control our life and cause us to suffer emotional pain God is always ready to step in with the help we need.

You who are the hope of Israel, its Savior in times of distress, why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stays only a night? Jeremiah 14:8

Most of us have heard there is never a cop around when you need one. Our minds are geared to respond to the trouble of the physical world. Most of the trouble seen by the Christian comes from the spiritual realm and it does seem as if God is a stranger when we face trouble. Its how we face tribulation and what we focus our minds upon that reveals how close God is to our needs. God sticks closer than a brother but when we focus our mind on the trouble we are facing God only appears not to be in sight.

The Lord said, "Surely I will deliver you for a good purpose; surely I will make your enemies plead with you in times of disaster and times of distress. Jeremiah 15:11

When God makes a promise you can count on his word.

There are good times and there are times of trouble God is with you in both.

How awful that day will be! None will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it Jeremiah 30:7.

Theologians have turned this verse into a full blown doctrine of the end times. I donít understand how they could because Jacob was in trouble most of his life. Jacob lived up to the meaning of his name to supplant. He learned to lean on God in times of trouble and perhaps that is why he said, "

Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor. Jeremiah 49:24

Mental anguish can mentally handicap your life to the point that tribulation controls your ability to think. Knowing God will stabilize your life so you can live a victorious life by trusting in Jesus to rescue you in your time of need.

The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped him, pain like that of a woman in labor. Jeremiah 50:43

Anguish can mentally devastate your life to where you see no more reason to live. Trust in God will keep you going and keep your life on a even keel.

At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your peopleóeveryone whose name is found written in the bookówill be delivered. Daniel 12:1

No one knows exactly what will occur the time described in this verse however it does tell us that it is one of a kind and will cause strain, anxiety, or suffering in a different scale. Does this mean God will withdraw his mercy. No it does not.

You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble. Obadiah 12

No appreciates those who gloat over your misfortune but when trouble comes appreciates the help you can give.

You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble. Obadiah 14

It is not good to destroy those that could be your salvation in the future.

He said: "In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. Jonah 2:2

Jonah received help even when everything said he was a goner. He got Godís attention from inside the belly of a whale and was spit up on the shoreline. It may not have been an ideal rescue but it was miraculous in his eyes.

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, Nahum 1:7

God is good all the time even in times of tribulation.

Whatever they plot against the Lord he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time. Nahum 1:9

God deals with Tribulation in such manner that it does not return.

I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Habakkuk 3:16

Habakkuk was in a condition we are in waiting on the day of the Lord when we will be delivered from this life of trouble. Yet I would never wish what is going to happen to the ungodly on that day. It should give us incentive to help God build his Kingdom.

That day will be a day of wrathó a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blacknessó Zephaniah 1:15

Godís wrath is nothing you want to receive and yet one day God will say enough, the number is complete. And the day of reckoning close at hand, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, a day of wrath.

They will pass through the sea of trouble; the surging sea will be subdued and all the depths of the Nile will dry up. Assyria's pride will be brought down and Egypt's scepter will pass away. Zechariah 10:11

No one will travel through life with out passing through the sea of trouble. God gives us a promise in the following verse; I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will live securely," declares the Lord. Zechariah 10:12  God is always with us where ever we go he is our constant help, our refuge to seek and a shelter in our day of need. If anything Tribulation gives us a reason to seek God for the help we need. And our seeking God in the trouble we face we learn to trust our Savior.

The doctrine of the tribulation period appears to be a combination of end time doctrines. Like other doctrines that are synthesized from other doctrines to make it easier to understand it appears the opposite is true. Studying the end times, last days, end of the age and prophecies concerning the coming of Christ are better understood when studying each of the doctrines individually.

In my study of the end times I had to ask myself why I was studying the return of Christ. I discovered two things regarding the human nature, even though one of those things was I couldnít wait for the kingdom of God to come. The first thing I learned was I wanted to know how long I could play around before I had to be serious with God. The second thing was that I could look like an idot by telling what I knew.

Would your life be any better if you could narrow the last day down to a date on a calendar? Before we go to such extreme perhaps we need to ask another question. Did God want you to know the exact date of his return or did God want you to keep busy doing the work of the kingdom till he returns?

Even though you can obtain a massive amount of information about Christís return, how does that help Godís plan of saving the world from utter destruction when he does come? God made it known that it would be better for you if you were found busy doing the work he called you to do. For the time being it is better to know that he has a plan to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11. You and I have been involved with Godís plan from the moment of conception and will because of our choice to follow him see the glorious promise God spoke of in our future.

The remaining prophecy about Christís return can take place in a relatively short period of time. In under a minute every one of the predictions can come to pass because with God all things are possible. The ultimate goal is going home to be with our father. However, for the time being it is better to be about our fatherís business.

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