MATTHEW 14:3 "The disciples came to Jesus privately saying, (tell us what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and the end of the world?)" In the rest of that 24th chapter Jesus answered their question. And because we are clearly seeing many of the things He mentioned: happening right now, this will be a sincere effort to detail a warning to all who might read this. It was all spoken by Christ and will be seen exactly as He prophesied. He stated in Matt. 21&22, (For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved but for the elect's sake, those days shall be shortened.) You may feel I am repeating this verse too often, but I intend to expose it again to show what a terrible disaster it will be when we experience it. Jesus warned it would be the worst thing the world would ever see. Most have read or heard of this, but do you realize it is a reality that is going to happen as Jesus warned, and it could happen in the near future, and even in your lifetime? Stop at this point and seriously think about it. THIS GREATLY FEARED TRIBULATION IS GOING TO HAPPEN. Most Bible scholars agree to that. Do you?
You might wonder why I will now skip from the first book of the New Testament to the last book thereof; but I hope you see it does not change the subject, but continues to show Jesus still answering the disciple's important question. Jesus began to warn of the coming of anti-christ and the part he will play in the tribulation. The world will become so wicked, God will permit Satan as the anti-christ to have a short rein over a sinful world to punish it. Rev. 13:7-8 (And it was given him to make war with the saints and overcome them: and power was given unto him over all kindreds, tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the Earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.) Now think seriously about this. How does names become written in the book of life of the Lamb? The powerful Holy Spirit of God will write all names there who are true Christians and remain loyal to Jesus Christ. If He has written your name there you can feel it: just be sure you do feel it. But who is this anti-christ? 2John 1:7 gives the best answer I have found. It reads, (All who do not believe Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is a deceiver and an anti-christ). Then in Rev. 20:4 Jesus said, (I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands, and they lived and reined with Christ in the first resurrection.) It is truly serious and sad that too many church members are being deceived to believe in a false rapture theory. That amounts to a cowardly hope to escape the tribulation, but Christians will also have to go through the tribulation. But if Almighty God had the power to lead Moses and His people through the red sea on dry land, I believe He still has the power to lead me through the tribulation. Now Rev. 13-14 One of the elders answered, (What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they? And he said unto me, These are they which came our of great tribulation, and have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb.) Yes, Christians will go through the tribulation and many may lose their lives, but the faithful will receive eternal life and beautiful white robes. All that is written herein will be seen when the present world becomes sinful enough to anger God, Who will permit it, as His punishment for the terrible sins as seen in our world today. Turning back to God can prevent it.