Tribulation is a very familiar word in the world of christianity. It is found in the Chapter 24 of Matthew where it also contains the answers of Jesus Christ to the questions of his apostles. Christ was asked, when will these things happen (destruction of the temple), the sign of his coming, and the end of the world? He answered and tackled each of them especially the concerning of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, he said:
There will be great tribulation
When the Lord Jesus mentioned what would happen in Jerusalem and the Temple as it would be destroyed, he told the disciples to pray that their escape would not happen in the cold or on the sabbath. Because if this happens, great tribulation will come.
It has never happened before and will never happen again
This will only happen once and only during the time of the Christians in the first century. And one more important thing, it is necessary to shorten those days because no one will be saved but because of the chosen ones will be shortened. This is also reported by Luke according to his Gospel:
It will be noted in the verse that the event that will take place in Judea is also written, how Jerusalem and the temple will be besieged and destroyed and there will also be tribulation. But the word used in Luke is “great distress” instead of great tribulation. Even so, this is just proof that there was a great tribulation during the time of the first century christians in the Bible. Because the particular accounts in the book of Matthew and Luke are in the same time and situation..
After the Tribulation of that Day
In the book of Matthew again in chapter 24 the word “tribulation” can be read again. It is different because of the event it involves. Because it refers to the imminent coming of Christ. If we read the verses:
Christ will come after the tribulation
The Lord Jesus Christ himself said, “after the tribulation of those days”. This tribulation will not continue. When it is finished, the Lord Jesus will be seen in the clouds. Even angels with trumpets. What does the book of Luke say about this? Let’s read:
The Equivalent of the Tribulation in Luke
According to Luke, the people of the nations will experience poverty, be stunned by the sound of the sea and the waves, and be overwhelmed by fear. This can be compared to what Matthew says that tribulation will happen as the coming of the Lord Jesus approaches. What is remarkable about the statements of the Lord in these verses, when he came in a cloud is what he said, “your redemption is near”.
Redemption is near
This is what the believers of the Lord Jesus have been waiting for the most. The redemption of his servants. So the servants of God in this present time expect something to happen. This is the tribulation and when it is over Christ will come in the clouds with his angels with trumpets and will redeem those who will be saved.
Reminder to All
Let us beware of believing those who say the word “great tribulation” mixed with their own interpretation. There are two types of tribulation mentioned in the book of Matthew chapter 24 and they are different events. Read the scriptures carefully and let’s not crowd ourselves with our own conclusions. What is written is what is written that we must accept, believe and carry out. So that we don’t get lost in false beliefs, let’s persevere to read the verses again and again. The more times it is read the clearer it becomes to the reader. God Bless Us All!