As much as I want to write about things that would be uplifting to others, I also feel a deep need to convey my thoughts about what is commonly referred to as the “Great Tribulation” in the New Testament.
Jesus has much to say about practical issues, and this issue is incredibly practical for those of us who will be alive during this time of great tribulation.
One place to begin to understand what Jesus has to say about the period of tribulation is in Matthew 24, verses 29-31:
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
It used to confuse me when I read these verses, because in them Jesus says that “all of the tribes of earth will mourn.” I wondered, “why would people of the earth mourn at the return of Jesus?” Wouldn’t that be a time of unbelievable joy? The only way it makes sense is when we understand that the world will be filled with followers of the Anti-Christ during this time. The antichrist will have deluded the whole world into following him openly. (Revelation 13:3).
The book of Revelation speaks of a three and a half year period right before the return of Jesus when the entire world will be under the complete dominion of the antichrist. (See Revelation 11:3-4; 12:14) It is very important to note that John (the writer of the Revelation) saw it necessary to record this period in days, months, and years, presumably so that there be no confusion about the amount of time. Many commentators have tried to squeeze a more figurative reading from of these time frames, (i.e. turning days into years) but they don’t make much sense in the long run.
We are seeing one of the most astounding prophesies take shape right in front of our eyes with the advent of microchip technology. This would be the Mark of the Beast prophesy that many people have heard about, but which many people still find puzzling. For people who are not familiar with what the Mark of the Beast is, it is something that will be put into the right hands or foreheads of all people who walk the earth as a final form of currency. Anyone who wants to remain connected to the global economy will have to have a microchip implanted in them to conduct financial transactions. (See Revelation 13:16-18).
Jesus has already told us that our ultimate devotion belongs to God alone, and that money would become the foremost competitor to God in this dark period of human history. (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13). The Mark of the Beast simply allows Satan (the Deceiver) the ability to expose humanity’s lust for goods rather than love for God. During this period of 3 1/2 years, Satan will reign over the whole world, and he will decree that all accept his “mark” to prove their allegiance to him. So what can those of us who wish to refuse the mark do?
First off, we can thank God that even when things are at their absolute worst in human history, God has shortened the time to “only” 3 1/2 years. (Mark 13:19-20).
Next, we can begin to pray desperately that we have faith that can endure all things, including torture and death. (Matthew 10:22).
Finally, we need to get out and share these things with as many as possible. For anyone who believes it is more loving to only share the “nice” things that are in Jesus’ teachings and the New Testament-that is a poor excuse not to share with others the warnings we have been given. If you saw someone sitting right next to a propane tank that was spewing out its contents, and they were not aware that someone was approaching them with a lit cigarette, would you just walk away and hope for the best, or would you do everything in your power to warn both of them about the danger that is coming? Is it more loving to scream to avoid a real danger than to smile and let the danger come?
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