Often people ask, who are those
who came out of the great tribulation?
This is a great question and is usually
offered as proof that both the book of
Revelation and the great tribulation is
It rather becomes and explosive keg
of gun power that explodes in the face
of the futurist.
A proper identification of those who
come out of the great tribulation is
“Then one of the elders answered saying to me,” Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore, they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And he who is on the throne will dwell among them. (Rev. 7:13–15)
In Revelation chapter 7, we have a vision of the sealing of the 144,000 of the tribes of Israel, (vv. 3–8). Following this is the number which no man could number who stand before the throne of God with palm branches in their hands, (v. 9).
When an inquiry is made concerning their where they come from, it is said that they had come out of the great tribulation and had washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
This enabled and entitled them to stand before the throne of God, where they served him day and night in his temple.
Dispensationalists Claim Revelation and The Great Tribulation is Future
In order to make a case for themselves, Premillennial Dispensationalists claim the Book of Revelation is yet unfulfilled. Likewise they see the great tribulation mentioned in chapter 7:14, as a future event.
They continually make the blunder of reading 21st century ideas into these first century prophetic texts. In perusing a blog last night, I ran across the statements which said the apostles prophesied that the end time events were “yet future to us,” meaning 21st century Christians.
Consider whether you have read any last days coming of the Lord prophecy which uses that language. For example, compare the statements:
“The coming of the Lord has drawn near,” (James 5:7 with
“The coming of the Lord has drawn [yet future to us, i.e. 21st Century Christians] has drawn near, (Dispensationalist)
Or, the end of all things has drawn near, (1 Peter 4:7) with:
The end of the all things [yet future to us, i.e. 21st Century Christians] has drawn near. (Dispensationalist)
This is the manner in which Bible texts must be reworded in the mind and system of the Premillennial Dispensationalist to wring out a future coming from these passages.
However, the passage above in Revelation puts that theory to rest.
Only Firstfruit Saints Came Out of the Great Tribulation
The firstfruits is a concept from the Jewish harvest festivals. In Levticus 23, it refers to the first harvested grain. The Barley harvest was first, and the priest waved a sheaf of the first ripe grain.
About 50 days later on Pentecost, the a second portion of firstfruits were taken at the beginning of the wheat harvest. This identifies two portions of first fruits.
Exodus 23:19, acknowledges the concept of the first of the firstfruits as signified at the beginning of the Barley harvest which corresponded in time with the Jewish Passover festival.
The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring in to the house of the Lord your God…”
Christ, corresponds to the first of the firstfruits. There can be no other as Christ is the beginning. Likewise, those who form the second portion of the firstfruits began on Pentecost (Acts 2) just as in the agricultural typology.
James writes of first century Christians:
Of His own will He brought us forth by the world of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:18)
Further, firstfruits Christians in the first century, were given the firstfruits of the Spirit, as the pledge of their inheritance, i.e. miraculous gifts, (Romans 8:23; Eph. 1:13, 14).
John, in Revelation 14:1–5, shows that in addition to the innumerable company of chapter 7, i.e. the number which no man could number, the one hundred and forty-four thousand likewise stood before the throne of God.
They are called the firstfruits!:
“These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God. (Rev. 14:4, 5)
Only those who were the first Christians, the first ones to respond to the gospel message can be the firstfruits. It is utterly impossible for 21st century Christians to be first in line before 1st century Christians. Yet that is what a Premillennial Dispensationalist must believe in order to make the great tribulation future.
Those who came out of the great tribulation were firstfruits saints, i.e. 1st century Christians, not 21st century ones. Therefore, here is more proof that the great tribulation occurred within the first century and has no place in a 21st century prophecy scheme imagined by futurists.
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