GREAT TRIBULATION BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE
25th April, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: GREAT TRIBULATION
Matthew 24:21 (KJV)
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Today’s devotion is a follow up on that of April 17, 2019, under the topic, “Invasion of Israel.” We discovered that when Israel refuses to submit to the blasphemy of the antichrist who will claim he is god to be worshipped in the Jewish Temple, the nation Israel will be invaded by enemy nations; this invasion will lead to what Scripture calls, “great tribulation.”
The world is described in Galatians 1:4 as, “Present evil world.” So long as we live in this present evil world, both the righteous and the unrighteous are bound to face tribulations. Our Lord Jesus affirmed this fact when He said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, KJV). However, there’s a difference between the tribulations we face from day to day, and what Scripture calls, “great tribulation.” Matthew chapter 24 is a discourse Jesus had with His disciples regarding the future state of the Jewish Temple and the nation Israel. It is in that context that Jesus said, “For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, SUCH AS WAS NOT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO THIS TIME, NO, NOR EVER SHALL BE” (Matthew 24: 21, KJV). In other words, this is the worst tribulation ever to be faced in this world; and the nation Israel will be the main target, although those who will be born gain in those days will also go through same.
Since the nation Israel will be the main target in the days of great tribulation, the precautions Jesus gave to help mitigate their sufferings are specific to the culture and landmark of Israel. He said, “ When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day” (Matthew 24: 15-20, KJV).
Remember, the antichrist will seek to do away with all forms of fundamentalism. By virtue of the intensity of this great tribulation, almost everyone will compromise and receive “the mark of the beast” in those days, apart from fundamentalist groups such as the Jews practicing Judaism, and Christians who may be left behind after the rapture, or who will be born again in those days. We will focus our next devotion on “the mark of the beast.”