Revival In The Tribulation

After Jesus comes and "raptures" His church out of the world, millions of people will be left on earth to face a seven-year tribulation. Is there hope for them? The answer is "No" for those who have heard the gospel and either clearlyrejected Jesus or postponed their decision. They will receive "strong delusion" to believe Satan’s lies because they believed not the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). However, what about the millions who have not heard the gospel or have not heart it clearly enough to make a responsible decision?

There is evidence that many who have not heard can be saved. Only God knows where the line is drawn between those who can be saved in the tribulation and those who can’t.

Following the shocking seven seal judgments in Revelation 6, God sends an angel to interrupt four destroying angels, saying,
"Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads" (Rev. 7:3). Twelve thousand Jews will be sealed from each of the twelve tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:4-8). These 144,000 Jews, living on earth during the tribulation will be called "… the servants of our God …" How could this be?

In Genesis 1, God gave a summary of the creation. In Genesis 2, He explained some of the details of how it was done. Just so, here, we have 144,000 Jewish Christians show up. I believe Revelation 11 explains how they were saved. There He explains that He will have sent two witnesses to Jerusalem
(Rev. 11:3 & 8). Though not named, verse 6 suggests they are Elijah and Moses. God protects them from death while they witness for 1260 days (vs. 5). Remember on the Mount of Transfiguration, Elijah and Moses were there with Jesus, discussing His "decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem" (Luke 9:31). They were talking about the cross, resurrection, and return of Jesus to Heaven. They were preparing to witness in these last days.

I believe these 144,000 Jewish Christians will have believed in Jesus under the preaching of the two witnesses. They will be sent out to witness to all nations, resulting in one of the greatest revivals in history. Here are their converts:
"After this I beheld and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, …" (Revelation 7:9). "And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, Who are these who are arrayed in white robes? And from where did they come? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, ‘These are they who came out of the great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 7:13-14).

When they complete their testimony, they will be killed by the Beast
(vs. 7). Their bodies, left in the streets of Jerusalem for three and one-half days, will be seen by God’s enemies from all over the world (T.V.?). The enemies of God will rejoice and send gifts to one another, celebrating victory over God’s witnesses (vss 8-9). Then the two witnesses will be raised to life and caught up to Heaven (vs12).

In Genesis 12:3, God promised to bless the whole world in the children of Abraham. Of course, He did that through His Son, Jesus Christ, who was also a descendant of Abraham. However, I believe God still plans to bless the world through these 144,000 Jewish evangelists who are also children of Abraham!

This revival in the tribulation is a great demonstration of the sovereign power and mercy of God. He loves you and sent His Son, Jesus, to die for your sins. Jesus arose to save you. Believe in Him and be saved today. Don’t wait for the tribulation revival. Be saved today. Amen!

© 2002 D. B. Martin