The Fifth Seal in the Book of Revelation.
Will Christians face persecution during the time of tribulation?
There are several verses that sure seem to answer that question with a resounding yes.
But what about the pre-tribulation rapture of the church? That doctrinal position teaches that the church goes to heaven before the tribulation. Who are the Christians who endure persecution?
Let’s look at just a few verses that describe persecution of Christians during the tribulation.
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
In the above verse, the tribulation years have already begun. The famous four-horsemen of the apocalypse has begun to ride. One of the obvious results of those famous horsemen is the persecution of Christianity. The fifth seal describes Christians who endure persecution because of their faith. The words, ‘slain for the word of God, make a clear statement about persecution.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
This verse is not the least bit encouraging. It comes at the end of the seven years of world-wide destruction. The carnage is unspeakable. It includes those who have ‘the witness of Jesus.’ Those are none-other than Christians. The message is clear, Christians will face persecution and it will be severe. It’s not a pretty sight, certainly nothing to look forward to. It serves as a warning to all of us.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.
This verse is right in the middle of the Tribulation. In the chronological order of the book, this takes place just before the Antichrist is about to be revealed to the world. His true identity will be known to all. What follows after his unveiling will be more of the same persecution we read about in the earlier chapters of Revelation.
Is the pre-tribulation rapture correct biblical doctrine? I don’t think it is, but it sure would be easier to go to heaven before the trouble begins.
I believed that position was correct until I did something all Bible students should do. After listening to your pastor or teacher, spend some time in the Bible to see if what was taught is correct.
Much more on this topic in the months to follow.
Below is a link to a trusted Bible scholar who noticed the same thing as I have. Click through and see for yourself.
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