God's People in the Tribulation
Posted on 10 May 2012 02:26 PM
Do God’s people live through the coming tribulation or are they raptured before the tribulation? 

The experiences of ancient Israel were examples given by God for His people living at the close of time (1 Corinthians 10:11). Just as Israel was delivered from Egyptian bondage after the plagues, so God’s people will be protected through the plagues and be delivered from the hand of the oppressor.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego entered the flames when they refused to yield to the universal death decree of Babylon’s king. Their death-defying faith faced the flames In those flames, God miraculously delivered them.

The Bible verse declaring that He comes as a thief is given after the list of plagues (Revelation 16:1-15). What sense would it make to declare, “Behold I come as a thief” after six plagues are already poured out if He had already come as a thief before they were poured out?

Revelation 15:8 emphatically declares, “no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled." 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8 makes it plain that the Antichrist is revealed before Jesus comes, not after during a time of probation, and that the Antichrist is destroyed by the brightness of His coming.

For more information, see our article on the secret rapture.

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