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When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 4
Monday, September 18, 2017 by Dr. Paul D. Norcross

When Does The Tribulation Begin?

As stated before, there is a day coming when the righteous are removed from the earth and the anti-Christ is completely unrestrained. This event triggers the tribulation. The tribulation (and parts thereof) are also identified in Scripture variously as:

  • the day of the Lord (Acts 2:20; I Corinthians 5:5; I Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10)
  • the wrath (Romans 2:5-8; 5:9; I Thessalonians 1:10; 2:16; 5:9; Revelation 1:16-17; 14:19; 15:1)
  • the great tribulation (Matthew 24:21; Revelation 7:14)
  • the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7)
  • the 70 weeks of Daniel (Daniel 9:24, 27)
  • the tribulation (Matthew 24:9-28)

It is vital for the church of Jesus Christ to remember that born again believers have been gathered together with the Lord in the air BEFORE the start of the tribulation. We are delivered completely from the wrath to come!

“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”  (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10)

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11)

The reality of the rapture of the church, the fact that we shall escape the tribulation, should instill within us a renewed urgency to evangelize, helping unbelievers come to Christ and be saved from the horrific events which will come upon all those who have not yet received Christ into their hearts. The entire chapter five of 1 Thessalonians exactly speaks to this concern.

 

NOTE: This is the fourth of a 10-part series on this topic taken from Principles for Overcoming in Spiritual Warfare,  Copyright © 2016 Paul D. Norcross. 

Part 5 will address why there is so much confusion about a pre-trib rapture.

 

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