The Difference Between Tribulation and Wrath
I would like to comment on another segment of Todd Strandberg's article, "God Hath Not Appointed Us to Wrath":
Todd Strandberg's statements, "A post-Trib view would make God's promise of protection from wrath into a lie" is not true.
God's wrath and Antichrist's wrath are entirely different things. The purpose of the Tribulation is for Antichrist to have his time to pour out his wrath on the inhabitants of the earth who will not bow down and worship him and take his mark. (Rev. 12:12) God's wrath comes later, after the Lord Jesus Christ returns for His church.
Making the words tribulation and wrath mean the same thing is not honest when one honestly checks the context of scripture. The words, "tribulation" and "wrath" are not interchangeable.
Jesus Christ promised that we would have tribulation in this world (John 16:33 and Rev. 2:10). He also prayed to the Father that we would not be taken out of this world during tribulation but that we would be kept from evil. (John 17:15).
God also tells us to wait for "his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come." We must wait for the Lord Jesus, who has already delivered us from the wrath to come.
The Lord Jesus Christ has already delivered each Christian from the wrath to come! This verse does not say "will deliver." It says delivered. The Bible tells us plainly what "the wrath to come" means. The wrath of God is directed toward those who refuse to repent and receive His mercy: the children of disobedience. The wrath of God is His punishment on unbelievers. (See Luke 3:7, Eph. 5:6, Col. 3:6, Rev. 6:17)
The saints of God are appointed to tribulation.
The children of disobedience are appointed to God's wrath.
In Greek, the word wrath (ogre--3709) means punishment God executes against the wicked.
The word tribulation (thilipsis--2347) refers to the sufferings that Christians go through in this world for Christ.
Matthew 13:21, 24:9, 21, 29
Mark 4:17, 13:19, 24,
Acts 7:10, 11, 11:19
Romans. 2:9, 5:3
2 Thessalonians 1:4
God pours out his wrath upon those who reject his mercy (unbelievers) not his own children.
Mark 3:5Lk 3:7, 21:23
Romans 1:18, 2:5, 8
Ephesians 2:3, 4:31, 5:6
1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2:16
1 Timothy 2:8
James 1:19, 20
Revelation 6:16, 17, 11:18
We must purpose to not be offended in Christ if things don't turn out the way we hope and the way we have been told they will. When Christians find themselves on earth when the New World Order is in full swing and God's people are being sought after for elimination, we need to understand that we are suffering the wrath of Antichrist, not the wrath of God.
God will not leave us or forsake us even during the Tribulation if we keep the faith -- obey his word without reservation and patiently endure until the end. He has no difficulty protecting His people from nuclear explosions, biological warfare, etc. but that is for another article.
We need to understand and keep the difference between tribulation and wrath in our hearts and minds so we will not be offended with the Lord Jesus Christ and be spiritually set up to look for another Christ.
This is exactly what Satan is using his agents to condition Christians to do. He wants them to embrace a false Christ right now (a Fantasy "Christ" who will permit them to live ungodly in this present world but will still bring them to heaven when they die).