January 8: The Tribulation Introduction: Duet. 4:30-31

We are ready to take the next step on our journey into End Times “The Tribulation.”  Scripture refers to this time by several names:

  • The Tribulation
  • Day of the Lord
  • 70th Week of Daniel

Each of these words carries a slightly different perspective, so we will use them all! 

The word “tribulation” probably is the most common and the most descriptive as it elicits anxiety.  (Often translators use the more modern word, “distress” as in the following passage.)

God knew Israel would face much tribulation; He warned her but He also promised He would help.

Deuteronomy 4:30-31

 When you are in ‘tribulation’, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

The Hebrew verb: צָרַר  (tsä·rar’) means: to bind, make narrow, constrict, cause distress, be bound. 

I grew up hearing the Yiddish word “tsuris” which meant everything from a vegetable stew (a mixed up mess) to serious trouble.  So we can define ‘tribulation’ as a mixed-up mess of trouble, real trouble.

In fact, it’s beyond fearful, it’s indescribable.  It’ll be a time when men will cry for death, but death will not come. 

Yes, it’ll be a challenging time, but let’s remind ourselves:

  • God has invited us to not only escape the Tribulation but to enter into Eternity with Him.
  • God is merciful, gracious and long suffering, abounding in covenant keeping love and truth. He is also holy and just, punishing the wicked

Psalm 147:11

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.

Our journey into the Tribulation will begin with some helpful guides.

  • An overview
  • God’s purpose
  • Our perspectives
  • Some new definitions

In Part 1, our foundational passages were the 70-Week prophesy of Daniel and Yeshua’s description of the signs of the end times found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.

In Part 2 “The Revelation” will be our basis.  Revelation gives us the overall picture, so we will have to fill in the details through the Hebrew Prophets.




One last note, in honor of God’s Word, we at Novea Ministries invite you to set aside a day to rest and restoration in His presence.  Thus, Lunchtime Prayer for Israel will only be

published 6 days a week!

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