“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 4:22 KJV. The word ‘tribulation’ does not mean God’s wrath. Why would we enter into the kingdom of God ‘through much of God’s wrath’? There are many Bible scholars and pastors who say that the word ‘tribulation’ means God’s wrath. This is simply not Bible truth and just another lie that most Christians believe because that is just what they were taught by pastors who are lying.
The word ‘tribulation’ was translated from the Greek word (2347) for “thlipsis”, a noun, and is defined as PERSECUTION, affliction or distress; that is, pressure (what constricts or rubs together), used of a NARROW place that “hems someone in”, especially internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined (restricted, “without options”). Thlibó is the Greek root word, a verb, which means to make narrow, PERSECUTE or press hard.
‘Tribulation’ is a time of persecution and distress for Christians. It is not a time of escape. Persecution in Christianity, is suffering for doing what is right and being faithful. Every true Christian suffers persecution: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12). Persecution does not come from God, but from the devil. It is suffering as a Christian. We see Christians around the world today, suffering (persecuted; thlibo) for being a Christian, and many dying still today for doing nothing wrong but for simply believing in Christ. Many Christians have been martyred throughout the centuries, simply for their faith in Christ. Persecution, tribulation, is from the devil because he hates Christians (and the devil knows, that Christ is the only way to God). That is precisely why the devil doesn’t mess with Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, other cults, or Islam, etc. He doesn’t bother with them because he has already deceived them.
In short, tribulation is the wrath of the devil toward Christians, not the wrath of God toward unbelievers. There are those pastors who say that the great tribulation is only the time of God’s wrath being poured out on an unbelieving world. See my writings on the ‘secret pre-tribulation rapture lie’ on the side of this page. God will pour out His wrath eventually, but that is not the definition of the tribulation or the great tribulation.
”Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” Rev. 12:12.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” Rev. 13:7.
It is the devil’s goal to make Christians think that God would never, ever allow them to go through any sort of suffering in this life or in the tribulation. It is his agenda to deceive believers into thinking they will be whisked away and escape through the rapture. So many will be angry at God when that doesn’t happen. They will blame God, when it was never in the Bible in the first place. See my research on the lies of the secret pre-tribulation rapture theory.
Luke 13:23-29, “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.”