References for the Tribulation
- Matthew 24:21-22
Talks about the Jews being tribulated [by the Beast in the Great Tribulation] and says that if Jesus doesn’t come back, no one will survive (Ref. Dan 12:1).
- Revelation 6:9-16
Says that the souls of the Saints under the alter cry out to Jesus to avenge their blood. Jesus tells them to wait until the rest of the Saints [Gentiles and the 144,000] are killed [in The Great Tribulation] as they had been killed.
- Revelation 7:13-17
Mentions the Saints wearing white robes standing in a circle before the throne of God along with the living creatures, the elders, and all of the angles. An elder tells St. John that those Saints came out of the Great Tribulation. The tribulation is believed to begin slow for the first 3.5 years then escalates to The Great Tribulation in the last 3.5 years where everyone’s life is threatened.
- Revelation 20:4-6
Describes the souls of Christians who had been beheaded [in the Great Tribulation] for preaching the gospel and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.
This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.