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Dispensationalists believe that the great tribulation (Rev 7:14) is a future event after the church has been raptured.  We must think beyond our comfortable western culture and consider the great suffering the church has faced throughout history and the great suffering our brothers and sisters in Christ are experiencing presently all over the world (1 Pet 5:9).  G. K. Beale helps us understand more clearly that great tribulation is here and now if we are willing to have a biblical perspective, rather than a human perspective.

Many evangelicals do not believe the Great Tribulation is here yet because things do not appear bad enough.  But what could be worse than the killing of God the Son on a cross in the first century?  That seems to be an appropriate event to signal the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Certainly at the end of the church’s history there will be universal severe persecution more intense than anything the church has even experienced (Rev 20:7-9), but this will be an intensification of the already-present eschatological tribulation inaugurated at Christ’s first coming. (Beale, 1-2 Thessalonians , 21)

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  1. April 2, 2007 at 12:47 am

    Great quote! It strikes me that too many Christians take the doctrine of the Tribulation from a dispensational spin without much critical thought, probably because it is so prevelant in pulpits you would think it dated back to the Council of Nicea.

  2. Chad
    April 2, 2007 at 1:28 am

    Arthur,

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Actually, dispensationalism dates back to the beginning of time. =)

    I agree and like you choice of words, “critical thought” or lack of critical thought that most Christians have when it comes to eschatology.

    Chad

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