Tribulation Saints: Eternal Hope in a Temporarily Hopeless Situation
So far in these chronicles I have given to you, as best as I am able to describe, as realistic a picture of the conditions under which you will be living during these final 7 years post-rapture; however, it is simply beyond my ability to convey the depth, breadth, and enormity of the devastation that now faces you, although you are now living with such unprecedented horrors. I simply cannot do it justice in my descriptions as I am penning these letters pre-rapture. However, in Revelation chapters 6–18, you can read what God Himself showed to the apostle John in a vision regarding what you are facing.
It will be all-encompassing global destruction – God’s wrath being outpoured.
I also told you that the event which begins the countdown of these final 7 years is not the rapture of the Church – perhaps known to you as the great vanishing. It is rather the “confirming of a covenant” between a man (who will be THE Antichrist), even though he will use as his platform a “peace initiative” and will appear to be a “global savior” of sorts. It’s the significance of that covenant he brokers which will begin the final 7-year countdown.
The man who will make this covenant with Israel and “many” other nations for a period of 7 years will be the long-foretold Antichrist. As I will explain later in an upcoming letter, he will betray Israel and will break this covenant at the very midpoint of these last 7 years.
It is the signing or “confirmation” of this covenant (see the Old Testament book of Daniel 9:27) that begins the final 7-year countdown, not the Rapture. I reiterate this because of its significance.
There might be a gap of time (if or how long a gap I have no way of knowing, but I do not think given the state of global affairs now that there will be much of a time gap) between the event of the rapture, and before the signing of this covenant. Once this covenant confirmation occurs, there will be ONLY 7 YEARS left under the old order of the world under Satan’s dominion.
After this covenant is confirmed, this world will be on the very brink of total destruction with a loss of life so vast that, if Jesus did not return to put a stop to it, ALL flesh would die. However, at the penultimate moment, right before total destruction can occur, the Lord Jesus will return bodily to Earth; and there on the Plains of Megiddo, He will put an end to all rebellion at the culmination of a battle you’ve always heard of as “the Battle of Armageddon.”
In this letter though, I want to give HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT to those of you who are soon to become believers after the rapture will have already taken place – those of you who are now, or who will become believers in Jesus Christ during this last 7 years; for there is GREAT HOPE and a bright and glorious eternity beyond your wildest imaginings that awaits all who will come to Christ and who “remain faithful unto death.”
You will become, not a part of the Church, for the Church is now complete and residing in Heaven, but you will be what the book of Revelation calls “saints” of the Tribulation – those who will become believers post rapture who live during the 7 years of the Tribulation. Sadly, the vast majority of Tribulation believers will be martyred during this time. You will become the “Tribulation Saints,” as I will refer to you from now on.
As I will continue to reiterate, if you come to salvation after the rapture has already occurred, then you must remain faithful to death and you must NEVER – under any circumstances or for any reason – NEVER accept within your body (in your right hand or in your forehead) any type of “mark” associated with the Antichrist, his name, or the numerical value of his name.
This “mark” (whatever form it takes, be it an implantable microchip, biometric tattoo or some other form of identification to be placed on or within your body) will be globally mandated by the one who will be the False Prophet. Everyone will be required to receive it. Without this “mark” no one will be able to buy, sell, conduct business, make any kind of financial transaction, receive medical help of any kind, gain or keep employment, or move freely among society.
Nevertheless, accepting this mark will forfeit any hope for salvation. Accepting this mark will damn your immortal soul to hell for all eternity. I cannot stress this enough. Taking it is an irrevocable act of ultimate rebellion and rejection of Christ and His salvation that will not be forgiven.
NOTE: This “marking” system will not be implemented until the midpoint (three and one half years into the 7-year Tribulation. The forced coercion to take this “mark of the beast” will not occur until 31/2 years after the Antichrist “confirms a covenant” with Israel – not before.
That’s the reality you now face. Accept Christ and remain faithful to Him, realizing that you will almost certainly die because of your faith, or continue to reject Him. Should you reject Christ, you will die eternally, either at some point during these 7 years or at the end of these last 7 years when Christ returns.
However, for those of you who do come to Christ – those of you who are willing to lay down your lives for His namesake – let me give to you the great news, which is not just the hope, but the CERTAINTY that will be the future you will share with all who will forever dwell in the presence of the Sovereign Lord of All Creation – the eternal future you will have with your Lord in Heaven after you lose this mortal body in death.
This truth is the oasis in the midst of Hell on Earth. Here is what awaits you the instant your heart beats its final time and you are ushered into the presence of your Lord for all eternity.
From the book of Revelation chapter 7:9-17:
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb (Jesus Christ who is called The Lamb of God), clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
“And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the Elders (representatives of the Church) and the four living creatures, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God saying, AMEN: Blessing, Glory, and Wisdom, and Thanksgiving, and Honor, and Power, and Might, be unto our God forever and ever. AMEN.
“And one of the Elders (one who belongs to the Church) answered, saying unto me, Who are these which are arrayed in white robes, and from where did they come?
“And I (John) said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And (the Elder) said to me, these are they who have come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
“Therefore are they (their souls) before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. These shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore: neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
“For the Lamb (Jesus Christ) which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
How blessed, glorious and restful this will be to all of you who will suffer great pain and loss during this time (hunger and starvation, deprivation, paralyzing thirst, sickness, horror, violence and betrayal, war and famine, earthquakes, global devastation, beheadings and death).
The scripture above describes what you will enjoy the second your soul leaves your mortal body, if you are saved and remain faithful unto death by refusing to take the “mark” of Satan’s Antichrist.
After all, what is eternity compared to a period of time that will literally be Hell on Earth, and from which you will not escape? For all of eternity, those who accept that mark will be tormented day and night in the Lake that forever burns with fire. This is the only alternative for those who willfully reject Christ’s offer of salvation, just as you did before the rapture occurred. Please don’t make that same calamitous choice twice.
Oh, let me plead with you; come to Christ now and remain faithful, even though in all probability it will cost you your physical life to do so. If you follow Christ through death’s door, this glorious place described above will be where you open your eyes. And once there, you will NEVER suffer again!
Keep this vision ever in the forefront of your mind, because now we have reached (in our chronicles) the midpoint of the Tribulation. From here on out until King Jesus returns to Earth, Hell itself will be unleashed upon planet Earth.