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The Tribulation is about Israel

By Elizabeth Prata

The Time of Jacob’s Trouble as it is known (the Tribulation last 7 years) is about Israel. Israel is the hand on God’s prophetic clock. These things must come to pass as it is prophesied that Israel on that last day will stand alone with all her enemies around her.

A prophecy:

<i>The word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves</i>.” (Zechariah 12:1-3).

Why? So that they turn to their Messiah, the One whom they rejected but now call upon!

Although there have been seiges and wars around Jerusalem before this time, we also know that this particular event is still future. The verse says “on that Day”, which is always a reference tot he Day of Judgment.

<i>For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and thus all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, ‘The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.’&nbsp;</i>Romans 11:25-26).

That verse tells us that Jews in Israel will be accepting Jesus as Messiah during the Tribulation. He will remove the partial hardening so that they will see the truth and be able to call out to Him. At long last, they will ask for Jesus!

<i>And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son</i>. (Zechariah 12:10).

Though rejected by His own people for 2000 years, on that Day He will pour out grace. Not mete it out, not dribble it out, but POUR it out upon those who refused to know Him but now clamor for His grace.

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5 thoughts on “The Tribulation is about Israel

  1. Amen. Thank you Elizabeth. Israel will be the focal point of the tribulation, but remember that the same dragon that persecutes the Jews is the same dragon that persecutes their offspring – true believers (Rev 12:17). All those who call on the name of Yeshua, the one and true Messiah of all people, will be persecuted for their faith. As such, there will be trouble for the elect around the world, not just Israel.

    Yeshua also speaks of the universal aspects of this tribulation in Matt 24:21-22 – “21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”

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    1. Correct. God will pour out His wrath on those on earth during that time, including beleivers who come to faith after the rapture prior o the Tibulation’s start, and the lost who are living them. All will be affected. But the point of the Tribulation is to punish Israel. Daniel 9:24.

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  2. Thank you, Elizabeth. My sister and I have been discussing this too and the title of your blog resounded loudly. I am a John MacArthur (unofficial) student and I have turned my sister onto his expository teachings that are so rich. We are going to go back to his series on this issue but you’ve explained a lot. So, from what I’m reading from you is that there is a lag between the rapture and the tribulation? So scary that all will turn against Israel and I’m grateful I won’t be here to see it. I’m new to your blog but found you on twitter a couple of days ago. I bought both of your books as it is so hard to break through all the noise to find a genuine woman of the faith to seek guidance from. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Karen,

      Thank you for reading and commenting! I am glad you found John MacArthur, he is so solid.

      I have no idea of the time gap between the rapture and the Tribulation, whether it’s fairly instant or months between…I don’t think anyone knows. Daniel 9:24 outlines the reasons the Tribulation willl happen, primarily to punish Israel for rejecting Jesus. It is also a time of wrath upon all the ungodly. Fortunately also, there will be a great number of people saved at that time too, and though most of them will be martuyred, a great number of tribulation martyrs will be in heaven with us. Praise Him!

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