JESUS ON THE GREAT TRIBULATION
By Michele Cox
I am interested in why one would quote Revelation and other parts of the Bible and neglect to go directly to Jesus to find out what he meant by tribulation. In listening to Jesus, I find that all who believe in His Word suffer tribulation to different degrees from the time he began His ministry to now, and will continue until the end of this world. From listening to his Parable of the Net and his description of the Last Judgment, I find that all will rise together. All will be drawn together to be separated the one from the other, as the sheep are separated from the goats. Tribulation is not an end of times event. It is an over-the-course of history event. Jesus is also quite clear on his view of this world:
23 He said to them, You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.
28 I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.
36 Jesus answered, My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.
The following link will shed more light regarding the topic of pre-tribulation and/or rapture.
I find that in listening to the Great Principal, everyone must make the choice of life in this world or life with the Father. There will be no end of times event that will allow for those who claim to follow Him to be excused from making this choice either by being "taken up" or "left behind". Everyone experiences death in this world. And those who believe in the Truth of His Word and abide by the Great Principle's choice which is set before us all, will find life after death. This is, of course, what I believe, from listening to Him.