The doctrinal believe and preaching of many denominational churches, as I know, are that the tribulation is to take place after rapture. The idea is that believers would be caught up prior to judgement on the earth and Jesus second coming. This teaching is absolutely wrong. A believer must know the reason he suffers troubles and torture for the sake of Jesus Christ: otherwise he may be disappointed to cause lost of the crown of life, which is promised by the Lord Jesus Christ. To hold out such sufferings to the end with will be the glory of the true church and the victory of Christ.
May the readers be blessed for they are elected to suffer for the sake of Christ, Amen. Jesus answered; “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth-pains.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted, and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved“ (Matt. 24: 4-13).
Although the teaching of denominational churches is already pointed out, the teaching of Jesus is not such, it rather says, “He who holds out tribulation to the end will be saved.” This message was not publicly proclaimed, but solemnly and seriously said to the chosen disciples. And, this is to happen at the end of age. The elected must faithfully hold out the tribulation to the end and will be given the crown of life. This tribulation is to occur just before the second coming of Christ.
“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky; then all the tribes of earth will weep, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. The great trumpet will sound, and he will send out his angels to the four corners of the earth, and they will gather his chosen people from one end of the world to the other” (Matt 24: 30, 31).
In that wonderful moment of saying of Saint Paul and beloved John will happen as: “There will be the shout of command, the archangel’s voice, the sound of God’s trumpets, and the Lord himself will come down from heaven! Those who have died believing in Christ will be raised to life first” (I Thes 4:16).
“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky; then all the tribes of earth will weep, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. The great trumpet will sound, and he will send out his angels to the four corners of the earth, and they will gather his chosen people from one end of the world to the other”(Matt.24: 30-31).