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The Church Not Appointed to Wrath
The hope the Church has in not having to endure the coming seven year Tribulation and all its awful judgments gets even better, because on the tail end of the Tribulation period after the Second Coming of Christ we will go into what's called the Millennial Kingdom. Not only will the Church experience this wonderful Millennial Kingdom, but also the nation of Israel will continue to exist nationally. Israel will literally receive everything that God promised them as far as land and other different blessings. Israel will experience the fullness of their blessing.
Again, the Church has not been called to this time of wrath. I want to give you a few verses along the way just to reiterate the fact that again our blessed hope is in Christ. The time of the Rapture is an event that will literally remove the Church out of the way in order for the Tribulation to come in.
I must say one other thing now before going on. I have heard people say, "Brother Perkins, you guys who hold a Pre-Trib view, you guys want to be raptured because you are afraid of the Antichrist and you are afraid of judgment." Well, that's not the case. Based on Scripture, that dispensation or time of wrath has not been called to the Church. The Church has not been called to this time of wrath and we'll see that as we go on further.
Quoting Romans 5:9, the apostle Paul wrote, "We shall be saved from wrath through Him." We will be saved from this wrath through Christ, this wrath that is to come. The Church will be saved from it. We have been delivered from it. We are not called to live through wrath.
In 1 Thessalonians 1:10 Paul wrote, "Even Jesus which delivered us from the wrath to come." The Bible says we are waiting for Jesus from Heaven who delivers us from the wrath to come. Our Savior has already done it! We have been delivered from this time of judgment that is to come.
Luke 21:36 says, "Watch you therefore and pray always that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." Here he says may you pray that you may be accounted worthy to escape. This is an event that is not ordained for the Church. The Tribulation, persecution by the Antichrist, and the events of this coming era are not events that are ordained for the Church.
I want to give you a few more here. Revelation 3:10 gives a promise to the Church. Jesus says in verse 10, "Because though hast kept the word of my patience, I will also keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." This is a promise to the Church. If you overcome, He said, I will keep you from the hour that is to come, this hour of Tribulation, this hour of temptation that is to come.
First Thessalonians 5:9 says, "For God have not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." Because of what Christ has done at Calvary's cross, today we have been delivered. We have not been appointed to this time. That word "appointed" is key, because what we are going to see is that the Tribulation is an appointment for the House of Israel. The Tribulation period is a season, it is time frame that began in the Old Testament. It is prophecy that is literally millennia old since God prophesied to the prophet Daniel that Israel will go through a season of test. God would take them through the 70 week judgment. And again, the end result of that will literally be the salvation of Israel.
What are some names for the Tribulation?
Now, let's go a little bit further. What I want to do here is give you some names for the Tribulation. I'm also going to give you a few Scriptures, and as we look at them it is going to give us a little bit of a clearer idea as to what this Tribulation period is.
The first name I want to give you is found in the book of Daniel 12:1, "And there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation, even to the same time." Here it is called "a time of trouble." Daniel prophesied that there is coming a time upon the House of Israel where they will experience major, major trouble.
Another one is Matthew 24:21, "For then shall be great tribulation, for such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor shall ever be." We can find this term in Revelation 2:22 and Revelation 7:14. These are the only times we literally find the term Tribulation or Great Tribulation mentioned. Here Jesus called it "Great Tribulation." Again, it is an event that will be like none other.
Another name can be found in Jeremiah 30:7, "Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble." Focus on this, "but he shall be saved out of it." So, another name for the Tribulation is "the time of Jacob's trouble." We already know the name Jacob literally is Israel, so Jeremiah is saying the time of Israel's trouble. And again, Israel is really the key to understanding the Great Tribulation, because it is a time that has been ordained specifically for the House of Israel.
There is a name in Revelation 6:16. This is given during the Seal Judgments. The Bible tells us in verse 16, "And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb." This reference occurs during the first six Seal Judgments of the Great Tribulation. Here it is called "the wrath of the Lamb."
On a side note, there is some debate from people who believe a view they call the Pre-Wrath Rapture. They believe that the Church will be raptured three-quarters of the way into the Tribulation. They believe that the wrath of God does not come into the Tribulation until we are three-quarters in. They believe that the first half of the Tribulation is the wrath of man, and the second half is the wrath of God. But, Revelation 6 actually begins the Great Tribulation because here we see it being called "the wrath of the Lamb." I'll show you as we go on that as the 3 1/2 years going into the Tribulation are crossed, it gets worse. We do know that, that it gets worse and the judgments intensify. But, at the beginning of the Tribulation, it is still the wrath of God. It is clearly called "the wrath of the Lamb."
I'm going to give you one more name, and it's in Revelation 3:10, "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation." And so, we have different names in the Scriptures given to the Tribulation that identifies this period of time. The time is an hour of great test and toil upon the people who have rejected God.