Jacob’s Distress–The Great Tribulation

Jacob’s Distress–The Great Tribulation

Jeremiah 30:7 speaks of Jacob’s distress. It reads:

Alas! for that day is great,
There is none like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s distress,
But he will be saved from it.

We refer to this distress as The Great Tribulation. The word distress in the original Hebrew can also be translated “trouble, tribulation.” Jacob here refers to Israel. All those who look to Jesus as their Savior, are a part of Israel.

A modern teaching (within the last 100 years) is that believers in Jesus will not go through The Tribulation, but will be taken up into the sky with Jesus, or raptured, before The Tribulation. Tim Lahaye’s popular book series Left Behind, pushed this doctrine.

If you look closely at the original Hebrew, that word from in the last line of the quoted scripture above can also be translated through. All believers for hundreds of years understood we would be saved through the tribulation.

I see a very real danger in the teaching that we will be saved from tribulation. When tribulation begins and we’re not immediately snatched up and raptured, we will doubt the validity of the Bible and its truth if we have been taught this doctrine. We have no strength of faith. Our faith in Jesus and His ability to strengthen and supply our every need is what will get us through every tribulation–even The Great Tribulation. 1 John 5:4 says: For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.

Jesus told us in John 16:33, These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.

Jesus died and rose again that through Him, we will be overcomers–even through The Great Tribulation.

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