I saw this meme on a Reformed Facebook group that I am part of. Obviously the creator of the group is a preterist. I am a futurist. Basically, I believe most of the prophecies of the book of Revelation are yet to be fulfilled in the future. This is my comment on this discussion:
“There are multiple tribulations.
Jesus said in John 16:33, ‘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.’
The tribulation of the Church (those called out) began at the time of the apostles because we would be hated by the world (John 17:14). That is one reason why I believe Revelation 7:9-17 refers to the Church in heaven. The tribulation of the Church ends at the Rapture.
Unfaithful Israel’s tribulation is judgement against them because they broke the Mosaic covenant and all the curses would come upon them. That began during the times of the judges, at the destruction of Israel by the Assyrians, and continued with the destruction of Judah by the Babylonians. Then of course when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and emptied the land of a Jewish presence (for the most part). That tribulation will come to an end at a future point that can be debated. I think Jesus’ prophecy of Jerusalem no longer being trod down by the Gentiles is around that time (Luke 21:24).
The tribulation spoken about and referenced by the picture of John Hagee is speaking about the tribulation of the Gentiles, God’s wrath on the whole world. Jesus spoke about it in Revelation 3:10 as recorded by John. And of course unfolds in later chapters of Revelation.”
This subject would make for an interesting book.
I agree that would make a interesting and needed contribution as a book! There’s so much mis-information and dis-information re: the end times. I lived fearfully for years aftr watching end times movies of the 70’s and 80’s. I had no inkling that some scriptures applied to: the Church, the world at large, an to Israel. Yes, we will face trials, but they will be overcome by the Christ in us. Yes, we have a G-d that is for us, and whose arm is not to short to save! Thanks!
Thank you for your comment, and you’re welcome. :) I understand.
Christ is our strength and our courage, no matter what happens we are safe in Him. We have no reason to fear. He is our solid foundation and our strong tower. Our high wall of protection. And if we pass through the fire, He will be with us in the fire and give us everything we need to endure to the end in victory.