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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

God's Blessing in the Great Tribulation (Rev 14)

Revelation 14 gives us an overview of the second half of the Tribulation, known as the Great Tribulation. But even in this time of God's most severe wrath, we also see God's tremendous blessing and grace. Did you know we see God's grace in Revelation?

Because Revelation 14 is an overview of the second half of the 7 year Tribulation, we see some really scary stuff; the worst of God's judgments on those who refused to trust in Jesus. Yet in the middle of this really scary stuff, we see God pour out His amazing grace and love on those who have absolutely refused Him.

In Revelation 4:1, John was caught up in the air, a rapture, representing the rapture of the church before the Tribulation begins. At that point, the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way when all of the followers of Jesus are "caught up." Why? Because the Holy Spirit resides within the followers of Jesus who are alive on this earth today. The phrase "the restrainer is taken out of the way" is referring to the Holy Spirit who indwells believers currently alive on this earth:

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

At this point, there is no one left on the earth to share the gospel message of salvation with all the unbelievers who are about to go into the Tribulation.

So God, in His mercy sends two witnesses on the scene to share the gospel for the first 3.5 years of the Tribulation.

In addition to these two witnesses, God seals 144,000 Jews to share the gospel with anyone who will listen.

Several become believers during this first half of the Tribulation as they hear the gospel.

But then at the midpoint of the Tribulation, the Antichrist takes out the two witnesses and the 144,000. So who is left to share the gospel?

Revelation 14:6 I saw another angel flying in midheaven having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people.

This means absolutely everyone on earth even at the beginning of the second 3.5 years of the Tribulation will still get an opportunity to hear the gospel and have the choice to repent and believe in Jesus and attain eternal life.

Do you see God's amazing grace and love here?

In Matthew 24:14 Jesus said, "this gospel of the kingdom will be preached to the whole world ... and then the end will come."

Today the gospel has been preached to maybe 90% of the world. But it has not been preached to every nation, people, and tongue yet.

But God's Word tells us it will be preached, even after people have rejected God half way through the 7-year Tribulation.

Why? Because God does not want any to perish but for all to choose to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise and some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.

Dear Lord, Thank you for your amazing love and grace. Thank you even after you have rescued your followers from the wrath that is to come (the 7-year Tribulation), You still give absolutely every opportunity for people to realize your love and your desire that no one would perish but all would choose to be with You for all eternity. Thank you Lord for your amazing love which I know I don't deserve. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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