As we continue to look at Israel’s expectations about the tribulation we see that the descendants of Jacob (Israel) must go through the refining fire – the time of Jacob’s trouble.
As we continue to look at expectations about the tribulation we see examples of a pattern familiar to NT Christians; firstfruits and latter fruits of the kingdom. This pattern was not revealed to the prophet Daniel, but was hidden within the mystery of God in Christ. Yet Daniel sees the fulfillment of the 5th and everlasting kingdom for his people. In what way do these fit together?
Israel’s expectation about the tribulation also precedes an earthly kingdom and a final judgment. Let’s clarify the distinction of these as they’re applied to the faithful and unfaithful. The comparison is revealing.
As we continue to look at expectations about the tribulation we see a distinction between a righteous remnant in Israel and the those cutoff due to unbelief. This is a distinction we must understand if we’re to see the role of tribulation for both groups.
As we continue to look at expectations about the tribulation by Jewish scholars prior to the incarnation and ministry of Jesus Christ, we see a contrast in the expectations of Jews for their Messiah. This contrast is stark and revealing.
When looking at two expectations about the tribulation by Jewish scholars prior to the incarnation and ministry of Jesus Christ, we can see an obvious correlation to Christ’s kingdom-building work for Jew and Gentile alike. This correlation is outlined for us by the Apostle Paul.
When considering the scope of the tribulation of the latter days, there are many directions one can take as to how to approach it. There is insight to be gained by understanding the perspective of Jewish authors of Late Second Temple Judaism regarding the tribulation, as they would communicate expectations for the coming Messiah, and impact how he was received by them.
The answer to the article’s title depends primarily on what presuppositions are held about the events to which the hour of trial might point. A larger context for understanding these verses comes from the vision and the vision-giver who is revealing the things that have been, the things that are, and those things yet to come (Revelation 1:19).
This question is based on the promise of Christ to the Philadelphia congregation recorded in Revelation 3. Christ is surely reminded of his warning to his disciples regarding their treatment in the world. How they would be handed over to death and hated for his name’s sake. In all this tribulation they are encouraged to endure patiently, thereby securing their salvation.
In this article, let’s continue to look deeper into 2 Peter 2 and examine the other examples of God’s deliverance cited there. Peter’s objective is not just to show how God is able to rescue the Godly from trials, it’s also to show his power to restrain the wicked sufficiently so that the whole world throughout time is not engulfed in wickedness until his work in Christ Jesus is underway.