Memory Verse: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, not even shall be”.- Matt. 24:21.
Bible Passage: Mark 13:19-26.
The word tribulation, means trouble or suffering . There are different kinds of tribulation mentioned in the Bible. These include: tribulation of the disciple in the world (John 16:33); tribulation because of acceptance or obedience to the word of God (Matt. 13:21), the tribulation on the way to the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22; Matt. 7:14), earthly tribulation that is common to all (Job 5:6-7); tribulation on evil doers (Romans 2:9); and the great tribulation (Matt. 24:21).
The focus of the lesson is the Great Tribulation. The Bible says it is “the mother” of all tribulations. The hardship , turmoil, distress and perplexity that would be experienced in the days of the great tribulation are unprecedented. What is the great tribulation all about? When will it be ? What are the events in the days of tribulation?
- Understanding the Great Tribulation
- Events in the Days of Great Tribulation
UNDERSTANDING OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION
The Great Tribuklation is also called the time of Jacob’s (the nation- Israel) trouble (Jer. 30:7). The unbelieving Jews (and unsaved or backslidden Gentiles). will be the candidates of the great tribulation. It will begin after the rapture of the Church and the revelation of the antichrist , the “man of sin (2 Thess. 2:3-7).
The time of the Great tribulation is the “seventieth week” that is the last one week of the seventy weeks of Daniel. The seventy weeks has three sections: the first seven weeks, the next sixty-two weeks and the last one week. Thre are seven days in a week. A day in the week represent one year. So the duration is seven years (Daniel 9:20-27).
The first half of the last one week (the first three and half years) all be for the full physical manifestation of antichrist, during which he shall make a covenant with Isreal (Daniel 9:27). The second half of the last one week (the last three and half year) will be the time of unprecedented trouble. “In the midst of the week’ the antichrist shall break the covenant with Isreal and practices, “abomination of desolation” in the temple (Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:36; Matt. 24:15-16). The last three and half years of the great tribulation will culminate in the second coming of Christ to reign on earth (Mark 13: 24-26; 2 Thess. 2:8).
EVENTS IN DAYS OF GREAT TRIBULATION
- The Great Tribulation will witness a series of significant but terrifying events (Matt. 24:21;22).
- Unparalleled global religious deception (Matt. 24:24-28).
- The untold global economic problem, in which only those who receive the mark of the Beast can buy or sell (Rev. 13:17,18).
- Series of unrighteous and abominable religious practices (2 Thess. 2:3,4,10).
- Intense temptation all over the world (Rev. 3:10).
CONCLUSION: Those who have received Christ as their Lord and personal Saviour and keep themselves holy till He comes at rapture shall be delivered (through rapture) from, the days of the Great Tribulation. However, the sinners and the backsliders are faced with the danger of the Great Tribulation. Beloved, are you truly saved from sins? Examine yourself today and be sure!
1. Mention the events that characterize the Great Tribulation.
2. What is the way out from the Great Tribulation?
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