After the Tribulation in Those Days

//After the Tribulation in Those Days

Sunday, August 21

This good news of the Kingdom will be preached.Matt. 24:14.

The postwar year of 1919 opened up the possibility for a worldwide witness to be given about God’s means of salvation and the good news of the established Kingdom. Anointed Christians seized this opportunity to witness, resulting in thousands more anointed ones being gathered to become Christ’s joint heirs. From the mid-1930’s onward, it became evident that Christ had started to gather millions of his “other sheep,” who would make up a multinational “great crowd.” Under the direction of anointed Christians, this great crowd also follow the courageous example of Jesus and publicly make known that they owe their salvation to God and Christ. By enduring in this witness work and continuing to exercise faith in Christ’s ransom, these ones will be privileged to survive “the great tribulation,” which will bring an end to Satan’s world.

COMMENTARY

What is the great tribulation? According to the Watchtower the great tribulation will come about when the United Nations disposes of all the religions throughout the world.

While there is no question that such a development would be earthshaking, is the destruction of Babylon the Great what Jesus was alluding to when he said “For it will come upon all those dwelling on the face of the whole earth. Keep awake, then, all the time making supplication that you may succeed in escaping all these things that must occur and in standing before the Son of man”?

In order to answer that question consider the context of Jesus’ remarks in the 21st chapter of Luke. The disciples had just shown Jesus the beautiful temple in Jerusalem and were likely stunned when he told them that not a stone would be left upon a stone and all Jerusalem would be destroyed.

The disciples naturally wanted to know when this would come about. So, in response Jesus foretold of wars, pestilence, food shortages and great earthquakes. Then he said: “However, when you see Jerusalem surrounded by encamped armies, then know that the desolating of her has drawn near. Then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains, let those in the midst of her leave, and let those in the countryside not enter into her, because these are days for meting out justice in order that all the things written may be fulfilled. Woe to the pregnant women and those nursing a baby in those days! For there will be great distress on the land and wrath against this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations until the appointed times of the nations are fulfilled. Also, there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and its agitation. People will become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But as these things start to occur, stand up straight and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is getting near.”

It is particularly noteworthy that Jesus and his disciples had come down to Jerusalem from Galilee in order to observe the Passover festival. Jerusalem and especially the temple, was the center of worship for all of the Jews and proselytes. With its priests performing the sacrifices prescribed in the sacred law, you might say that the temple arrangement was Jehovah’s earthly organization.

It is also well to keep in mind that the temple had not been defiled, as it had been in the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. True, there were the money changers and sellers of animals in the temple courtyard, whom Jesus forcefully evicted on two occasions, but he did so because he recognized the temple as the house of his Father’s worship.

The Watchtower, on the other hand, claims that the temple represents false worship and not just Christendom, but Babylon the Great, the world system of false religion. The Watchtower claims that the first century Christians had nothing to do with the temple, which is a lie, as I have repeatedly pointed out in various articles. The Jewish Christians were very much tied to Jerusalem and the temple, which is why the apostles instructed Paul to go to the temple and offer up a sacrifice to quell the rumors circulating among the Jews that he was fomenting an apostasy from Moses.

In the run-up to the destruction of the temple Paul wrote his letter addressed to the Hebrews and explained to them that the temple-centered worship was merely a shadow of spiritual realities. The apostle also reminded them that they did not have in Jerusalem a city that remains. Paul was preparing them for the coming of the disgusting thing, which would be the signal for them to flee Jerusalem without delay.

Clearly, Jerusalem and the temple do not foreshadow Babylon the Great. According to Daniel, which Jesus advised the discerning reader to consult, the desolation of the holy place is connected to the interruption of the constant feature and the bringing to ruin of the holy ones. These matters have been put before the Watchtower is considerable detail.

That the desolation of the holy place during the conclusion relates to Christ’s congregation is why Jesus instructs his followers to flee out of the midst of the city when the time comes for meting out punishment. (Keep in mind that in the illustration of the faithful and evil slaves both slaves are punished, albeit the ignorant slave with only a few stories of the lash and the willfully disobedient slave with many strokes.)

Given the fact that the desolation of the holy place occurs during a time of great tribulation unlike anything that has ever occurred or will ever occur again, what is the tribulation?

In his prophecy of the conclusion Jesus said the tribulation would be followed by the sun becoming dark and the moon not giving its light and men becoming faint with fear. That same symbolism is employed in the 6th chapter of Revelation with the opening of the sixth seal. It is apparent that the crashing of mountains and falling stars is meant to symbolize the collapse of the political and economic system. That is why the terrified citizenry are depicted as hiding in caves and holes in the earth, begging the mountains to “fall over us” to protect them from Jehovah’s wrath.

In view the fact that Jesus said the tribulation would be cut short on account of the chosen ones, otherwise no flesh would be saved, indicates that the tribulation is an existential crisis for all humanity, not merely the destruction of false religion.

What does it mean that the tribulation is cut short?

That the tribulation does not immediately lead into Armageddon is evident from the fact that Jesus referred to events occurring “immediately after the tribulation in those days.” Its being cut short means that the nations will be allowed to recover momentarily. That is what is symbolized by the beast crawling out of the abyss, by the mortally wounded head that miraculously revives. In the aftermath of the tribulation Revelation depicts the angels holding back the four winds of destruction. Why? In order that the sealing of the chosen ones may be finished. Jesus indicated as much when he said after the tribulation the great trumpet will sound and the chosen ones will be gathered. 

It is at that point in Revelation chapter seven that we are introduced to the 144,000 and the great crowd who come out of the tribulation. That is what Jesus meant when he said “on account of the chosen ones,” so that they may be sealed. That the great crowd comes out of the tribulation means that from that point on salvation for anyone on the outside is impossible. That is where the weeping and gnashing of their teeth will be. 

It is after their sealing that the chosen ones are impelled to embark upon the final witness, portrayed in Revelation by John receiving the little scroll and being told by Christ to “prophesy again about peoples and nations and tongues and many kings.”

After the final witness is given concerning the then-established Kingdom, then the end will come.

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2017-03-18T11:40:01+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Commentary|41 Comments
  • Open minded

    This is by far the simplest way to explain the future events that culminate into the Greatest event to be witnessed by the world. Yet it continues to be elusive to the Watchtower. Amazing, a person who with basic bible knowledge could get the sense of this, but not the leaders of the Organization…

    • Burt Reynolds

      Unfortunately, it seems that they do get the sense of it, but are opposed to it, but maybe you’re right, maybe that they are blinded because their hearts are set on other things.

      • Vilhelm Bock

        Well Burt, looks like dear Robert came through and gave me my answer after all. God bless him…lol 🙂

        • Burt Reynolds

          He does tend to deliver on time, I must admit. I seem to have come reasonably close, so I’m being rather pleased with myself learning.

  • Burt Reynolds

    Robert, if the anointed are to give a final witness, what is the role of the great crowd in that witness?

    • 1914for100Alex

      Duck and cover?

      • Burt Reynolds

        You wish!

    • e.v.g

      The goats will know they are doomed, the sheeps will see the power of Jehovah for testimony.

    • Joel

      Hey Burt! Joel here!

      I do not think that the final Witness will be like we might think. I mean it WILL NOT be a protracted door-to-door campaign, the kind we are use to now. No. I think only the anointed—before they are taken to heaven—will “prophecy” a message of judgement, in a final Witness to the governmental heads of the Nations. They will likely do this by face-to-face, but also primarily by the internet. The Great Crowd survivors who come out of the Great Tribulation WILL NOT take part in this special “tormental” message. Only the remaining anointed. The final Witness will likely be very short in duration, as like “five months.” Then Armageddon will come.

      • LW

        After the fiery purge the faithful will experience a dousing by the Holy Spirit not experienced since the original outpouring of spirit on the day of Pentecost. The 2nd chapter of Joel foretells that both the anointed (sons and daughters) and non-anointed (menservants and maidservants) will receive the full measure of God’s holy spirit in order to accomplish the final phase of God’s work in the post- Watchtower period of the tribulation. Joel 2:28-29 foretells: “And after that it must occur that I shall pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will certainly prophesy. As for your old men, dreams they will dream. As for your young men, visions they will see. And even on the menservants and on the maidservants in those days I shall pour out my spirit.”

        However, unlike the day of Pentecost when holy spirit begot the first sons of the kingdom, the outpouring of the holy spirit upon the sons and daughters during the day of Jehovah does not anoint them. That is because they will have already been anointed. The ultimate fulfillment of the prophecy has to do with the body of Christ becoming fully accepted into the kingdom, so that at that point, during the world’s darkest period, the chosen ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the kingdom of their heavenly Father. That event will mark the long- anticipated revealing of the sons of God.

        The prophesying inspired by that outpouring of spirit will no doubt have to do with heralding the authentic establishment of the kingdom – not in the manner that Jehovah’s Witnesses presently preach, but with spirit and power.

        The “visions they will see” will be the first-ever accurate understanding of the prophetic visions recorded in the Bible. But instead of offering the hope of salvation to the nations, Jehovah’s true witnesses will then “shout a war cry” – announcing to the nations that they must meet Jehovah “in the low plain of the decision, for the day of Jehovah is near in the low plain of the decision.” – Joel 3:14

      • Burt Reynolds

        Thanks Joel.

    • LW

      After the fiery purge the faithful will experience a dousing by the Holy Spirit not experienced since the original outpouring of spirit on the day of Pentecost. The 2nd chapter of Joel foretells that both the anointed (sons and daughters) and non-anointed (menservants and maidservants) will receive the full measure of God’s holy spirit in order to accomplish the final phase of God’s work in the post- Watchtower period of the tribulation. Joel 2:28-29 foretells: “And after that it must occur that I shall pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will certainly prophesy. As for your old men, dreams they will dream. As for your young men, visions they will see. And even on the menservants and on the maidservants in those days I shall pour out my spirit.”

      However, unlike the day of Pentecost when holy spirit begot the first sons of the kingdom, the outpouring of the holy spirit upon the sons and daughters during the day of Jehovah does not anoint them. That is because they will have already been anointed. The ultimate fulfillment of the prophecy has to do with the body of Christ becoming fully accepted into the kingdom, so that at that point, during the world’s darkest period, the chosen ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the kingdom of their heavenly Father. That event will mark the long- anticipated revealing of the sons of God.

      The prophesying inspired by that outpouring of spirit will no doubt have to do with heralding the authentic establishment of the kingdom – not in the manner that Jehovah’s Witnesses presently preach, but with spirit and power.

      The “visions they will see” will be the first-ever accurate understanding of the prophetic visions recorded in the Bible. But instead of offering the hope of salvation to the nations, Jehovah’s true witnesses will then “shout a war cry” – announcing to the nations that they must meet Jehovah “in the low plain of the decision, for the day of Jehovah is near in the low plain of the decision.” – Joel 3:14

      • Burt Reynolds

        Thanks LW, very helpful and informative.

  • that right there ? “Keep awake, then, all the time making supplication that you may succeed in escaping all these things that must occur and in standing before the Son of man.” should be the aim, ambition, desire and determination of everyone here

  • (being sarcastic) “Paul was preparing them for the coming of the disgusting thing, which would be the signal for them to flee Jerusalem without delay.” oh no no, ya see, Paul was waring the sects of Christendom that blah blah a wah wah

  • Patrick Langat

    If “the great crowd comes out of the tribulation means that from that point on salvation for anyone on the outside is impossible” then why “are the chosen ones impelled to embark upon the final witness”, put another way, why witness to a doomed people?

    • “And it was granted the locusts, not to kill them, but to torment them five months, and their torment was like torment by a scorpion when it strikes a person. In those days people will seek death but will by no means find it, and they will long to die, but death will flee from them.”

      • Patrick Langat

        It is well understood now, I am greatful for your response.

        • ^_^ welcome

        • Joel

          You are so welcome my brother! 🙂

    • Vilhelm Bock

      Ezekiel states over 70 times: “The nations shall know that I am Jehovah!”. Thats why.

      • Patrick Langat

        It’s clear now, thanks a lot.

    • Joel

      Hi Patrick!

      What I think it means is that the final ‘prophecy’ (or preaching) that the sealed anointed give to the few standing Nations AFTER the Tribulation has struck and concluded, is NOT to find honest-hearted persons to save and join the already gathered Great Crowd Survivors that are headed straight into the New Order (or New World, or New Earth), no!

      The reason for the ‘final Witness’ coming AFTER the Tribulation is two-fold. First, it is take a Victory lap, so to speak; to inform the Nations that it is JEHOVAH that has just brought the world to nothing in the just-concluded Great Tribulation! Yes, just as Vilhem Brock correctly qouted from the prophetic book of Ezekiel, “the Nations shall no that I am Jehovah!” And by the anointed giving that last final Witness AFTER the Tribulation to the then defeated Nations, surviving mankind will indeed know they everything that had just occurred was by the hand of not false pagan God’s, or Christendom’s triuine God . . . but it was by the ONLY TRUE GOD, JEHOVAH!

      The second reason for the anointed preaching a final ‘after-tribulation’ message to the Nations, is to no doubt give inform the entire surviving world that the Lord Jesus Christ is about to destroy this system of things in the ‘now here’ battle of Armageddon! Yes, it will be an official message of Judgement! to the ‘after-tribulation world.

      In this way, then, the Nations will certainly—without question—know that the Tribulation that had just concluded, and the destruction that is about to occur (ushering in a “new heavens and s new earth”) is the long-fortold final ” end of the age” prophesied by Jesus Christ and brought to devastating fruition by the Great God of truth . . . the first only true God . . . our God . . . Jehovah!

      I hope this has answered your question to satisfaction.

      • LW

        Well said but this is what was in the day of Jehovah is near

        The 2nd chapter of Joel foretells that both the anointed (sons and daughters) and non-anointed (menservants and maidservants) will receive the full measure of God’s holy spirit in order to accomplish the final phase of God’s work in the post- Watchtower period of the tribulation. Joel 2:28-29 foretells: “And after that it must occur that I shall pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will certainly prophesy. As for your old men, dreams they will dream. As for your young men, visions they will see. And even on the menservants and on the maidservants in those days I shall pour out my spirit.”

      • Patrick Langat

        Thanks very much, I get it now, the witnessing is different from the one we conduct now in that currently we search out honest hearted people to join the future great crowd while the final witnessing is for the doomed world to know who Jehovah is and the surviving great crowd to know of the impending destruction of the old world.

        • Joel

          Yes! That’s it! And one last thing . . . the preaching that the remaining anointed will do will NOT last a long time. No. There is biblical evidence to suggest that it will be a swift message of judgement! Maybe lasting no more than five months! The Bible calls it a message of “torment.” The end will have come for wicked incorrigible mankind. IT’S CLOBBER’IN TIME!!!

  • Vilhelm Bock

    Loved the article. Question: if the Great Tribulation is the beginning of World distress why would those hiding in caves be hiding from Jehovahs wrath,yet on a large scale, how would they know him yet at that stage? Doesn’t the hide in caves from Jehovah refer more to Armageddon?

    Article quote:
    “That is why the terrified citizenry are depicted as hiding in caves and holes in the earth, begging the mountains to “fall over us” to protect them from Jehovah’s wrath.”

  • e.v.g

    The great tribulation will come over all kind of people, no matter who we are (Ecc. 9 : 11-12) including the fds with all their knowledge and wisdom, they should know that.

    • Joel

      You are correct, my brother;

  • Tabitha

    This is pretty heavy stuff! Love that we are able to have such deep spiritual truths explained…thanks so much Robert. I do have a question though. In reading Matt 24 it seems to indicate that the false christs in the wilderness etc abound after the great tribulation breaks out:
    for then there will be great tribulation+ such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again.+ 22 In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.+
    23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’+ or, ‘There!’ do not believe it.+ 24 For false Christs and false prophets+ will arise and will perform great signs and wonders so as to mislead,+ if possible, even the chosen ones. 25 Look! I have forewarned you. 26 Therefore, if people say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.+ 27 For just as the lightning comes out of the east and shines over to the west, so the presence* of the Son of man will be.+ 28 Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.+
    29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened,+ and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.+
    Is this something we need to watch out for then as well as what has been happening since the 1914 false parousia? ….love that I can ask this here…how exciting!

    • Tabitha

      Just thinking my question through again, is it that the false Christs and prophets are those in the WT who would have us follow them obediently no matter what, during this time, instead of trusting in Jehovah and his son as saviour?

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    This makes sense!

  • Bklyn Kevin

    Podcast #62 https://e-watchman.com/podcast-62/.

    4) Will the tribulation last 3.5 years? And how soon after Armageddon may we expect the miraculous healing and resurrection to begin? Questioner refers to this Watchtower Study article

    5) In the prophecy of Zechariah God declares that those who molest his people are touching his eyeball. How can we reconcile that with the child abuse cases involving Jehovah’s Witnesses the WT is embroiled in now? Questioner refers to this Watchtower article

    In connection with the last question I mis-spoke, referring to God’s people going into captivity twice. I should have said God’s people are attacked twice. The first attack is sanctioned by God. The second one is not and that is what God likens to touching his eyeball.

    1) If it is impossible for god to lie, why did God sanction lying to king Ahab?

    2) Since there is no historical proof that Egypt was literally desolate for 40 years, is it possible that the judgment applies to the greater “Egypt” – America, only for 40 days instead?

    3) There were 500 believers who saw Jesus after his resurrection. Why were there only 120 who were anointed on Pentecost? .

  • Burt Reynolds

    Hello everyone, my sister on this site asked me to let you know that she won’t be able join in for a while due to a problem at head office with the time she has spent in messaging…they felt she was wasting their time, and I got the impression they would sack her is she continued to use company time inappropriately …..she is able to read all that is going on so long as it’s not in their work time….though it seems they want her to work 24 hours a day! Don’t forget she is getting married soon so we will have to look for her new name when she gets back off honeymoon.

  • noname

    Pledge of Allegiance waiver form angers ‘patriotic’ parents in Florida https://www.rt.com/usa/356876-pledge-allegiance-waiver-outrage/

    • 1914for100Alex

      Gotta love the hypocrisy. People claim to love their country and constitution so much that they would deny others their right not to say the pledge because it hurts their feelings. What a bunch of idiots.

      • LW

        Lol, I saw this comment somewhere: “for the land of the thief, and the home of the slave.”

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