Posted by Richard on February 1, 2009
An anonymous reader asks:
What signs will we have that the tribulation is coming?
WARNING: This answer is LONG! Skip to the end if you just want to know what you need to take away from the lesson.
One of the most important promises made to us, as believers, is that we will be kept from the period known as great tribulation.
Disclaimer: This post contains some topics which are very theologically salient. It also contains quite a few theological buzzwords. Don’t let yourself be bogged down by them. Don’t be afraid to look them up at www.dictionary.com. There is great contention between many so-called believers as to how the clues left to us should be interpreted. The view presented here is based on two key principles: that the Bible is correct, and that the Bible is meant to be interpreted literally where it is clear that was the literary intention. Skip to the last paragraph for the most important takeaway point from this study.
The “pre-tribulation” view takes the Greek in Rev 3:10 (Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. ESV) tēreō ek to mean keep from, which most exegetic scholars agree is the viable interpretation. This means that believers will be rewarded for their perseverance, and be taken up in the Rapture before the tribulation pours out God’s wrath on the world (flesh-dwellers).
HSAT, now we arrive at the particulars of the question. Prophecies all over scripture have given us a picture of what the world will look like leading up to the tribulation. As the signs increase in number and prevalence, we are reminded to be prepared for Jesus’ second coming.
More after the jump!