Jesus was asked about the signs of His coming and the end of the world (Matthew 24:3). He responded by describing a future where many false Christ will come (Matthew 24:5) and that there would be many military conflicts (Matthew 24:6) and natural disasters (Matthew 24:7). All of these things would merely be just the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24:8) that will leads to persecution of believers by a world that rejects Christ (Matthew 24:9). However, Jesus gives an assurance in Matthew 24:13 that those who endure to the end will be saved.

The Hebrew (tsârâh) and Greek (thlipsis) describe the term ‘tribulation’ wi descriptors such as adversity, distress, affliction, anguish, trouble, pressure and burden. These are all things we as believers will try to avoid if they can, but the Bible teaches that the journey of faith will indeed come with troubles, and the good news is that God strengthens his faithful (Philippians 4:13). We must all understand the value of our salvation and that it can never be earned by any good works. Salvation is possible only by grace and the blood of Jesus. Our salvation however necessitates us to make the message of the Gospel know to a lost world despite time of trouble where we must stand firm in our faith.

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