The Lord Jesus Christ spoke to His Disciples:  “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  (Jn. 16:33)  Jesus encouraged His disciples not to worry when they encountered tribulation that is to be expected when they lived in this world.  He had promised to take care of them and give them peace.?

Two  Kinds  of  Tribulation

 

n         Personal    “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”  (1 Pet. 4:12-13)

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;”  (Rom. 5:3)

 

n         Universal    “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”  (Mt. 24:21)

“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Rev. 3:10)

Why  Do  Christians  go

through  the  Tribulation ? 

 

n         As Children of God Christians suffer with the Lord Jesus Christ

 

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs  -  heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  (Rom. 8:16-18)

n         Tribulation  develops  Christian  Character

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character, and character, hope.”  (Rom. 5:3-4)

 

Joseph went through tribulation in his early years at home and later became a high official in Egypt to save his family.


Testimony of Elder Huang in San San (3 mountain) Church, China.



Elder Huang was imprisoned for 17 years by the Chinese Communist government for refusing to deny the existence of the One True God in the Lord Jesus Christ.  His prison cell has a small window with the distant view of his home.  Every morning he looked out the window and saw his son passing by on his way to school.  He would pray for his son to come to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  By the time Elder Huang was released from prison his son did believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  His son received a Ph.D degree from Imperial College, London.  Elder Huang said that he would go to prison for another 17 years if he had to because he was faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ and it made him a better Christian.

n         Going through the Tribulation  train  Christians  to  comfort  Others

        “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.”  (2 Cor. 1:3-5)

Testimony of Sister Liew of TJC in Cambridge, U.K.

Brother John Liew, a civil engineer, had a very successful bean sprout business in Cambridge, England.  He built a very nice home on a large piece of land where the church met every Sabbath day.  John died of stomach cancer in his mid fifties.  His wife Sister Liew was very depressed and their son, a freshman at college at that time, became bitter from the tragedy and he stopped attending church services. 

Sister Liew requested the General Assembly in U.K. to send a church minister to counsel their family but there was no trained Christian counselor.  She prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ to help her get through the tribulation.  After her days of mourning she took a university course in Christian counseling.   After graduation she volunteered herself as a Christian counselor for the Church in the United Kingdom.  Praise God, her son’s faith was revived and he came back to the church.   

Going  through  the  Tribulation 

to  Enter  the  Kingdom  of  God

 

n         “Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘We must through many tribulations enter the Kingdom of God.”  (Acts 14:22)

n           “ I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 1:9)

 
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