There are two great purposes for the tribulation—purposes that affect the kingdom. One purpose is for judgment on all unbelievers because of their godlessness. It is a judgment of death and can be viewed as a cleansing of the earth from sin in preparation for Christ’s reign. The second great purpose is to bring salvation to many who will populate the earth during Christ’s reign.
The focus of the tribulation of course will be on Israel. God has especially prepared this time of tribulation for them—a time which has been termed “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7). This time has not been designed necessarily to punish them, but to bring them to repentance and salvation. And indeed, at the very end, the entire nation of Jews (all that have survived the tribulation) will be saved (that is, all that have not already been saved will be saved at the end); and they will enter the grand kingdom of God as leaders and teachers.
There will also be many Gentiles who will be saved due to the preaching of the 144,000 Jewish witnesses (Rev. 7), two resurrected witnesses (Rev. 11), and angels (Rev. 14:6-13).
This phase of the kingdom is most necessary for the millennial phase, for it is a phase of cleansing—hence, all who enter the millennial kingdom will be newly saved and eager to please Him.
The next several posts will be on the Millennial Kingdom of God.
Copyright © 2014 by Stephen Nielsen.