Against whom is the Great Tribulation?

The title here says it all.  The scriptures will answer the question.  Let’s just look at the word "tribulation" to see the general usage of the word without referencing the end times passages.

Matthew 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Tribulation comes because of the word of God.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Tribulation comes into the believers lives, but we are to be of good cheer in the midst of tribulation.

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

These teaching were directed toward the churches by none other than the Apostle Paul. The churches must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Tribulation comes into the believers life, but it is something to be gloried in.

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Tribulation will come, but it will not be able to separate us from the love of Christ. We don’t have to fear tribulation. We can face it in the strength of Christ because of His promises to us.

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Tribulation for the saints, but patience and prayer as we endure tribulation.

II Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Tribulation for the believers, but comfort from God as they are going through the tribulation that we may be a comfort to others.

II Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

Tribulation for the Apostle Paul, but joy in the midst of it.

I Thessalonians 3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

Paul reminds them that he had previously taught them they would suffer tribulation and that it is coming to pass in their lives just as he taught them.

II Thessalonians 1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

Tribulation against the believers from non-believers is expected, but God promises to repay the non-believers Himself.

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

John was going through tribulation for the Word of God and says he is a companion in tribulation to those who are in the churches. Those who are in the churches were obviously going through tribulation for the Word of God as well.

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Here is a church going through tribulation.

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

The tribulation here is most likely torture in prison for ten days until they are put to death, hence the admonition to "be thou faithful unto death". Again, tribulation is for believers and it comes because of their testimony for the Word of God.

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.

The context here is that Jezebel along with the rest of the church will be cast into the great tribulation, and, are they ready?

In the New Testament, the general usage of the word "tribulation" is persecution against the saints because of their testimony for Christ.  Let’s not forget this foundational truth when we turn to the prophetic portions of God’s Word and study what the Great Tribulation is all about.

Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13

-The Orange Mailman 
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