Opening Prayer: Almighty Father, help us to hold on to you to the end, in the name of Jesus.
Previous Knowledge: Teachers should allow the students to review the previous week’s lesson.
Bible Passage: Mark 13:19-26.
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.
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?
LESSON AIM: To study the meaning and events of the great tribulation.
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, students should be able to: a. Understand the meaning of the great tribulation.
b. Explain the events during the great tribulation.
c. Allow Students to make contributions to the lesson
d. Summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignments to the students
TEXT REVIEW: Mark 13:19-26.
The following shall characterise the days of great tribulation.
i. Uncommon affliction
ii. Confusion about the location of Christ (Mark 13:21).
iii. False Christ and prophet v22.
iv. Fake wonders and seducing tendencies. v22.
ACTIVITY: The teacher should identify any other five strange happenings that will characterise the period of great tribulation from the passage.
Teaching Method: The teacher should use the lecture teaching Method.
Time Management: Teachers should apply two-lesson outlines teaching time.
LESSON OUTLINE ONE: UNDERSTANDING THE GREAT TRIBULATION
The teacher should explain the following identities which are the flagship of the great tribulation.
i. Great Tribulation is also called the times of Jacob’s trouble(Jacob’s means the nation Israel). Jer. 30:7.
ii. The unbelieving Jews and Gentiles will partake in the great tribulation (but he i.e Jacob, shall be saved out of it). Jer. 30:7b.
iii. It will begin after the church has been raptured and the “man of sin” i.e the antichrist, has been revealed (2 Thess. 2:3-7).
iv. The time of the great tribulation is the “seventieth week” of the seventy weeks of Daniel (Dan. 9:24).
v. The seventy weeks are sectioned into three as follows:
a. The first seventy weeks (Dan. 9:25).
b. The next sixty-two weeks (Dan. 9:25).
c. The last one week (Dan. 9:25).
vi. In the last “one week” one day represents one year. Therefore, the duration of the attribution is seven (7) years (Dan. 9:27).
vii. The first half of the one week (three and a half years) will be for a full physical manifestation of the antichrist (when the antichrist will make a covenant with Israel). (Dan. 9:27).
viii. The last half of the week (three and half years) is the period when the antichrist will break his covenant, and cause great abominations and desolation in the temple of God. (Dan. 9:27; Dan. 11:36; Matt. 24:16).
ix. At the end of the second three and a half years, Christ will come again (the second coming of Christ) to reign on earth (Mark 13:24-26; 2 Thess. 2:8).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students to mention key points about the great tribulation according to Lesson Outline 1.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: 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).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Mention the identities of great tribulation according to Lesson Outline 2.
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
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!
EVALUATION: What are the nature and time of the great tribulation?
CLOSING PRAYER: Almighty Father, save me from the calamity of the great tribulation. Take me to Heaven when you come.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention ten (10) things about the events of the great tribulation. Take me to heaven when you come.
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