16. Revelation 7

Revelation 7? : There are many of the pre-tribulation persuasion who believe that it will be impossible to be saved during the Great Tribulation. They base their claim on Matthew 25:10-13. They believe that the rapture is a pre-tribulation event and that those “left behind” will have no opportunity to be saved. This is a preposterous notion in light of these verses.

Matt 25:10-13

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

They fail to understand the statement of verse 12—–”I know you not”. Some translations say—”I never knew you”. It is quite clear that this passage describes a separation of the redeemed and the unsaved when the Bridegroom comes. Let’s see what the New Testament says about the Elect of the Great Tribulation.

Revelation 7:14-8:1

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes

Revelation 21:4-5

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Revelation 20:4-6

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

I’m just wondering what is so difficult about these portions that causes the pre-tribulationist to believe that there will be no Redeemed, Elect of the Lord, in the Great Tribulation? What do the words “this is the FIRST RESURRECTION” mean to YOU? Can there BE a resurrection before the FIRST RESURRECTION?

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