I’m not sure if most people will ever be able to discern the times they are living in (in times to come) because for one, peoples’ love will grow cold, and secondly, they will continue living their lives as if the world (as they know it) will continue unabated forever, marrying, being given in marriage, having children, going about their everyday lives as per the norm…
I can only IMAGINE how things will be during the tribulation, and from my PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE I would say that at the first sign of trouble, e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, solar eclipses, immense hatred and famine, people will be terrified and fill apostate churches as they do today as most will be totally clueless as to what is happening and why, so most will follow the person who claims to be the Messiah, and who performs miracles along with his spokesperson and representative, namely the False Prophet.
Given, the world as we currently know it is a Godless, evil world where most are biblically illiterate, Christ denying and foolish Atheists and religionists, so one can only imagine how this mindset would multiply, grow and take hold during the time of Jacob’s Trouble.
Today, most want an “experience” or a feeling, they rely on their emotions, they want to feel good which is in direct contrast to heeding the doctrine given to the Apostle Paul pertaining to this current dispensation. So one can only think what will be taught or instilled into their children and their children’s children and ensuing generations (which will one day live through the time of Jacob’s Trouble). Not to mention the current degree of anti-semitism in the world which will only worsen in times to come.
What most people fail to realise during this current dispensation is that one has to cut oneself off from fellow believers who propagate rank heresy. Why? In order for sound doctrine to survive and so do God’s will to make men see, and one cannot make all men SEE with apostate doctrine.In reality it is those who propagate heresy who are the ones who in reality cause the division. The same can be said for the ensuing dispensation (time of Jacob’s Trouble), only then will it have dire consequences, which is the fact that one can and will lose one’s salvation if one preaches, follows or believes falsities or heresies.
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Yet many today see this as dividing the body of Christ and/or not exercising or practising Christian love, but what love is there to be had if there is no sound doctrine which reflects love for one’s fellow man by conveying unadulterated truth and getting people saved and edifying them? The same can be said for every dispensation. When Israel took on the ways of the heathen and backslid she took on the status of a whore. It is therefore apostate Israel who is the whore in question during the tribulation period. Not every Jew during the tribulation will be a Messianic Jew (believer), in fact they will turn against one another with a large portion following the Antichrist. Read the book of Matthew.
During the tribulation period Israel is born-again. After having divorced her, God remarries her, hence she is aptly called the Bride of Christ. (Jeremiah 3:8, Isaiah 54:5).
The Apostle Paul tells us that evil men will wax worse and worse (2 Timothy 3:13), and that men will deceive others and themselves be deceived. Since this is written to Timothy who was a leader (a Pastor), it means MOST spiritual leaders today are seducers, so if it is like this today, one can only imagine the seducers who will be present during the tribulation, and they are referred to as false Christs (Matthew 24:24).
Although there aren’t any signs, wonders and miracles taking place during this current dispensation, circumstances and events dictate that we are on a downward spiral and preparation is taking place for the time of Jacob’s Trouble. One only has to look at the current state of the world to confirm this in relation to how drastically the world is changed in just the last 20 – 30 years. It is almost as if evil is increasing faster these days, which makes me PERSONALLY believe that the Time of Jacob’s Trouble isn’t too far in the distant future.
Unfortunately, in every dispensation men tend to follow or believe every way BUT God’s way. It happened in Adam & Eve’s time, it happened in Noah’s time, it happened to Israel, and it is currently happening in this current dispensation. God gave doctrine to the Apostle Paul for Gentiles (who were never under a Covenant) and to Jews (who rejected the Covenant God made with them) and He made salvation easy for both, yet there is a problem with salvation as most believe they HAVE TO accomplish something in the works department in order to be acceptable to God.
The Holy Ghost Himself will dictate that men’s (biblical) knowledge will increase in times to come, which I see as righteous men who will understand what is taking place and why, and who themselves will follow God’s way, realising that the Kingdom Gospel will be preached throughout the world before the end of the world (as they know it) comes, and that men will either have to bless the true Israel (Messianic Jews) and assist them during these troubled times (Genesis 12:3) as many Gentiles aided/assisted the Jews in times past (Joshua 2), or on the other hand will have to believe that Christ is the Son of God and justify their faith in Him in accordance to works of the law, i.e. prostelyzing.
The doctrine for the time of Jacob’s Trouble is to be found between Hebrews and Revelation, as well as in unfulfilled prophecy of the Old Covenant.
The book of Hebrews opens up with a reminder to the Jews concerning who Jesus is and what He accomplished on Calvary’s cross: the perfect sacrifice without spot or blemish who they will place their sin on in times to come, their Messiah. (Hebrews 1-2).
There is also the realisation that most in the world today want a leader who “can make the world a better place, a world where all can live in peace and harmony” a leader who will herald in a New World Order, a golden age which is preparation for a world leader in times to come, the Antichrist. Men’s minds are already being influenced in order to propagate the same line of thinking to ensuing generations, more so now than ever.
Some state that since the god of this world takes scripture and twists it, he will take Pauline scripture (Paul’s 13 epistles) and influence Man during the tribulation into the “realisation” that Pauline scripture (faith without works) will be applicable during that time (doctrine for the wrong dispensation), just as he is currently blinding men to Pauline scripture and they are believing tribulation doctrine and Old Covenant doctrine for their salvation today.
There could and probably will be a number of current day Gentile churches who will take faith without works doctrine into the tribulation, but the tribulation won’t be about Gentile Christian Churches (so-called), it will be about Israel, and Gentile churches, especially the Roman Catholic church for one will be classed as unbelievers because the times of the Gentiles will be over when the tribulation begins.
Many make the mistake of putting a Gentile apostate church at the forefront of the tribulation as the “whore”, but in reality Gentile (apostate) churches will have nothing to do with Hebrew doctrine and events at this time. They were never classed in God’s eyes as being right to begin with, so they never went of the spiritual tracks (so to speak), therefore can never be classified as the “whore” Hebrew doctrine mentions. There WAS never a time God approved of Roman Catholicism, and God never mentions an apostate Gentile church during the dispensation of grace in the Old Covenant nor the New Covenant, and modern day churches aren’t referred to as “she”, i.e., a woman. The body of Christ (those who are saved) are referred to as the One New MAN – masculine.
The reason for the tribulation is for God to bring Israel back into the fold, for her to once again be the light unto the world through which Gentile (heathen) nations can and will prostelyze in order to be saved, where salvation is no longer directly given to the Gentiles as it is during this current dispensation. Doctrine in accordance to the revelation of mystery is that God gave individual salvation DIRECTLY to the Gentiles (Acts 28). During the tribulation this will no longer be the case.
The time of Jacob’s Trouble is when God will fulfill all His covenant promises to Israel, and those Gentiles who believe and bless the Messianic Jews will be saved to live through the Millennium and partake of the blessings.
The best information or advice one can offer those Gentiles living during the tribulation period is to either bless Israel (Messianic Jews) or to prostelyze to Israel’s new covenant doctrine and believe her Kingdom Gospel. Concerning the Jews during that time, there will be the two witnesses (prophets) whom God will raise up at that time, not to mention the 144 000 who will preach to the Jews at that time. Matthew talks about Jews of the same household and family turning against one another, the Old Covenant speaks about hunger and famine so great that Jews will turn to cannibalism. It’s called being refined in the fire as gold – if they give into the needs of their flesh they will be condemned because their works will not justify their faith.
More importantly during this time we need to be more concerned with preaching Paul’s Grace Gospel to the lost than be concerned with the salvation of people during a future time when we will no longer exist on this earth and salvation during a future dispensation isn’t our responsibility at all.
We as believers are living during this current time where we can make all men see……. let us not forget that because one day soon we will be judged according to this (a good work) as opposed to being saved and not caring how many OTHERS land up in hell for eternity.
We live in a very selfish world where ME, MYSELF and I hold sway. It’s about MY happiness, it’s about how good I am…… it’s about what I can do, it’s about how I am drawing closer to God and how I can see exclusive doctrine and others can’t, and how bad everyone else’s behaviour is in comparison to MINE. I’ve made it, you haven’t. I’m perfect, in fact, I’m the only perfect person on this planet along with those who think and behave like I do. Their belief system boils down to performance and the renewing of the rotten flesh as opposed to the crucifying of the flesh which amounts to the innerman exercising self-control.
That’s the line of thinking of most: politically correct, too saccharine to be sincere and putting the emphasis on the outerman to prove the spiritual condition of the innerman – this is what is known as love in the world, hence the difficulty in getting most people saved (by the preaching of the Gospel, which isn’t based on one’s performance).
We live in a world of “go-getters” who DO things in order to climb the corporate ladder, to become rich, to become better people………… so why wouldn’t gaining salvation be any different to them? “Your words make you who you are”, “Words have power”. Yes, words do have power in that they can either put you down or build you up, but on the other hand, people cannot insult you without your permission, so in fact it boils down to whether you believe what people tell you, so giving power to their words.