Revelation 2:22 -
Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
I have heard many people speak on the subject of “The Great Tribulation”,
but I do not honestly understand what it is. Could you please explain it to me?
The Term “The Great Tribulation” has (3) Different and Distinct References:
Daniel 12: 7 -
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
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( 7 ) Year Period of Time: "The Great Tribulation" is seen as a period of time with a span of seven years as most religious leaders believe.
Now, the (7) seven years (Daniel 7:25 ; 12:7) is referred to by some who says it deals with the life of mankind after the resurrection of the saints of God.
Furthermore, this (7) seven year period many believe that if any man or woman will be saved; that they must refuse the Mark of the “ Beast “
(Satan) or face the possibility of death by beheading.
The scriptures and verses that are commonly used is taken from the passages below:
Book of Revelation Chapter 13
Revelation Chapter ( 20 ) Verse ( 4 )
Adam to Christ
Now, it is commonly stated by many scholors and bible teachers that from
Adam to Christ = ( 4 ) Days
Christ to the Church = ( 2 ) Days
with a total ( 6 ) days of work that will be done according to the
commandment of God. Exodus 16:5 , Deuteronomy 5:12-
The “Sabbath Day “ or the last day (1000 years) ends the work week and is Holy unto the Lord and no work would be done. A day to God is as a (1000) Thousand years and a thousand years as a day. We see this mentioned in 2nd peter 3:8. Therefore, still being under the Royal law the believers must complete our work week and the last day must be a day of rest for us.
Reveals to the followers of Christ will reign with Christ for a “Day” which is
the (1000) years reign period that is the completion of the week.
Now, some people say that the ( 1000 ) year reign will take place at the end of the great tribulation. However, I believe common sense dictates that “immediately” after the 6th day of work is the “Sabbath”. (7th Day).
Again, as a teacher of the word of God I will leave it up to you to decide who is actually correct, because it is my job as a teacher is to point out the details.
A “ Bed ” ( Grave ) -
The Book of Revelation Chapter 2:20, 21 say that for Jezebel and those that commit adultery would be a bed of “Trouble” (Tribulation).
Now, we know that Jezebel did not repent of her evil ways and was cast down into a bed of “Great Tribulation” or “ Affliction”; where she shall remain with those (Unbeliever) that sinned against God and did not repent, until the Great white thrown judgment.
God (Christ Jesus) has a “ Wife“ (Bride) or woman that bring forth his seed (Word) Revelation: 19:7-
Satan emulates every thing of God ( 2nd Corinthians 11:14) and Satan also has a “ Wife“ ( Bride ) -
The rich man in Luke 16:19-
Therefore, everyone that places their faith and trust in Jesus Christ can be saved from this place of “Great Tribulation” which is appointed to hold the wicked until the white thrown judgment.
The riches that sent this man to hell (Eternal Damnation) can be found in Galatians Chapter 5:19-
He did not love righteousness and hate iniquity?
Therefore, the person (Man) became filthy rich being “clothed “with those attributes.
A place they came out of: “Great Tribulation as referred to in the Book of Revelation 7:13-
Likewise, this place is also referred to by Apostle Paul as a “ Burden”
(2nd Corinthians 12:7), because it is to us a place of trials where we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our house (body) which is from heaven. Again, Apostle Paul also speaking of our natural body being full of the motions of sin (Romans 7:5) and also as a “Body of death”.
Now, we know that we must go through the vale that is the flesh to enter into Spirit. However, as Jesus suffered in the flesh we are told to arm ourselves likewise. Therefore, we that were born in the flesh must now be birthed of the Spirit and of the water (living) by being born again not of the flesh but of the Spirit.
Because, the fall of man by way of Adam caused the creation ( Mankind) to be slaves to sin and if we are slave we are indeed (actions) servants of sin. Therefore, now are we admonished not to fulfill the lusts of the flesh (body), but to mortify the deeds of it (the flesh); which is to us saints a place of trouble, “Great Tribulation” and sorrow that can easily beset us by hindering us from walking with the Lord God and living in the Spirit (Liberty).
Now, for me Satan is not my biggest problem because he is not omnipresent and cannot be every where at once. I (Pronoun) am my biggest problem and my healing will come when I am willing to acknowledge it before God and man.
Satan the devil (himself) cannot tempt me in Florida and at the same time tempt you in New York or Canada. However, because his nature (spirit or fleshly habits) dwell in our members ( body ) we are troubled on every side (position or aspect). Yet, the word of God is mighty through the pulling down of strongholds! And, if we cast down every imagination
( Image / of / Nations ) we can be victorious, as Jesus Christ was victorious in this world.
Moreover, please understand that whether we are awake or asleep the motion(s) of sin that is within our members are at all times working within our conscious mind and also within our sub-
get a dictionary and define the word (Self).
Now, many have taught that the people of (Revelation 7:13-
are solely those in some distance future.
Let's disprove that theory! Always, look for key words or phrases!
Washed, Robes by blood of the Lamb ( Jesus ). Every child of God from Adam to present needs it to cleanse their Conscience.
Every person that has been born of God has need of our “Conscience” to be washed by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).
Why? Because, of sin within our members and consciousness we have need of His (Jesus Christ) “Blood” to purge us from the guilt of sin.
Hebrews Chapter 9. In addition, God has clothed the saints of God with the fine linen being adorned as the “Wife “ ( Bride ) of Christ who is our righteousness (Revelation 19:8).
Now, the saints are bride of Christ and the bride of Christ, includes all believers ( Old Testament and New Testament ) and saints, including any man, woman or child that shall place their faith in Christ Jesus in the future and we shall be caught up or raptured.
(1st Thessalonians 14-
of (Hebrews Chapter 11) desired a better country and promises of God toward-
Why do I say this? Because, Jesus first descended to freed captive saints who were held by the spirit of death within the bosom of Abraham
(Luke 16:19). Moreover, the spirit of Death (Revelation Chapter 6:8)
and the book of ( Hebrews 2:14-
Yet, these souls heard the message of the gospel of Christ and received the word of God; which God in (Christ) did preach and now are freed from their spiritual prison (Matthew 27:52-
Likewise, these souls that were held within the bosom of Abraham were also baptized of John the Baptist; who was called to prepare a people before the face of the Lord. But, after his (Christ) ascension all these souls must “ Sleep “ (No Activity), (1st Thessalonians 5:13-
(Genesis 2:21) the Lord did place Adam to “ Slept “ (No Activity) who was a shadow of that which was to come.
Now, there are only ( 2 ) two resurrection spoken of in the Bible, but if you want to nick-
However, on a whole scale involving the (masses) of people that are resurrected together we can only support the two resurrections; which are the resurrection of the saints and the resurrection of the sinners:
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted.
The religious community believes that people can be saved after the resurrection based upon (Revelation 9:4). Because, some had the seal of God on their forehead. Therefore, many saints believe that these people with the focus solely upon men only, with no the women or children being mentioned are the believers that remained who did not get raptured. However, the men here that are sealed are not the saints of God, but the (2) “Two witnesses” (Revelation 9:1-
The writer reveals to us that the pit ( hell ) has been reopened. Why did I say reopened? Because, in order for the locust and devil to come from the pit he (Satan) must first have been locked up in the “ Pit“ ( Hell ).
Now, let's go back to (Revelations 9:1) that speaks of the (5th) trumpet of judgment being blown. The judgment or wrath of God is now in process from “ Revelation Chapter 8 -
When the Israelites or people of God were in Egypt God made provision and distinctions to allow the Egyptians (Exodus 9:26) to see His majesty in power and judgment and the Israelites to know this was His doing (Glory). There are no distinctions made, because the “Church” was not present in the earth. Notice, that in (Revelation 18:23) that the groom (Christ) and “ Bride “ (Church) was gone and God's ruling authority during this period are the (2) “Two witnesses” that was sent to the earth to administer the judgment and the wrath of God upon those who chose not to be saved while the Spirit of God ( Christ ) was in the earth within His people preaching the gospel which was foolishness to them (sinners).
Remember, (Revelation 20:6) "blessed and holy is he (Everyone) that takes part in the first resurrection which let's us know that if you don’ t take part in the (1st) Resurrection that your not blessed or holy. Not to make the first resurrection means you will make the second, but making the first resurrection means that the “ Spirit of death “ (Revelation 6:8) that same who held Abraham and those in the bosom in a spiritual prison shall have no power over us (Revelation 2:11), but will have power over those who did not make the first resurrection. Daniel 12:2 shows the resurrection of the saints unto everlasting life and the resurrection of the sinners who will be awaking unto everlasting shame and contempt.
The last ( link ) is to actually look at the timing from the pit being reopened and the locust ascension from the “Pit” (Hell) during the Fifth Trumpet of judgment (Revelation 9:1-
Revelation 11:7 indicates that when the “Two witnesses” have finished their testimony that the devil will ascend out of the now reopened “ Pit “ (Hell)
This revelation places the Two Witnesses and the devil (Beast) in the same time period and his (Satan) ascension out of the “Pit” (Hell) to war with the
“Two witnesses” (Revelation 11:7) who are in the earth at the same time proves that the People of God (Saints of God) were not in the earth at that time.
Remember, I spoke of Satan being in chains? One day as I studied, the Spirit of God pointed this word (Chains) out to me. A person (in jail) can be in jail and chained but if you open the jail, the person in chains would
still be there.
Because they are still bound until the “ Spiritual chains are loosed “.
Now, the reason the locust only came out of the pit when they did was because the devil was still in chains and was not allowed to be released from those chains until the “Two witnesses” which were in the earth completed their testimony.
Therefore, the pit could be reopened allowing the locust an extension of
(5 ) months without their king and only the locust exited because their king was still in chains being yet bound allowing the “Two witnesses” to complete their “ Task “ (Testimony).
In Days of Old
It was always to the glory of a king to lead his troops into battle, but God denied Satan (Revelation 9:7-
Christ (The word of God) shall lead his troops Revelation 19:11.
May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ forever grant you the understanding, grace and wisdom to receive His Holy word.
Study and Teaching Tools
Study Material(s) such as various types of Books are given by God to allow us to Grow, understand and know the mysteries of the kingdom of God and I believe these tools include the following books that I use to define and give clarity to the letter of the Bible.
The American Heritage College Dictionary
The Reader Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary
The Free Dictionary by Farlex (Online Dictionary)
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Revelation 7:14 -
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.