My theology and what I have taught and preached for the last 40 years is that the church will be raptured out of this world before the Tribulation starts. Many have debated this view with me over the years, but I am convinced that my view is correct.
But let’s pretend I am wrong, there are many very smart people who believe we will go through the Tribulation. Let’s also pretend that January 1, 2021 is the beginning. The fourth event that occurs after the start of the Tribulation is a world wide pandemic along with war, famine and wild beasts that kills one-fourth of all the people on the earth. I wonder what we will do, how we will act, think, and talk. I wonder how much fear we will have? The very next event to occur called the fifth seal described in Revelation 6:9 is that there will be much martyrdom for us who believe and follow Jesus, ”When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;” And then the next thing that is said is that there is great fear in every person’s heart.
Revelation 6:15-17 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
How will I be acting, talking, thinking, and reacting to the events happening around me if I am there, how about you. Why would God leave me here in those days? There is only one reason that I can think of, and that is that we would he a witness for Jesus to those who are so filled with fear.
Tonight I read through the book of Revelation four times in a row, in order to get the full picture of what those days coming, probably very soon, will be like. When I got to the end of the fourth time reading the book I thought to myself, ”So how are you going to do Duke if you are here in those days?”