sermonette: Will God Shorten the Day of the Tribulation?

Clyde Finklea
Given 14-May-16; Sermon #1322s; 20 minutes

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Clyde Finklea, cuing in on the Olivet Prophecy, especially the section on the Great Tribulation, asks whether God will shorten the days of the Tribulation. Some preterists, those who believe fulfillments of prophecies have already occurred, have jumped to the conclusion that all these events were fulfilled in 70 A.D, when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. Others believe that this event, known as Jacob's trouble, has not yet occurred, but forecasts a horrible, dreadful time for the offspring of Jacob, a time threatening utter annihilation of nearly the entire earth unless God would cut this horrible event short for the sake of the Elect. The prophet Zephaniah suggests that the term Elect may refer to more than the Church of God, but may possibly also refer to a remnant called at Christ's return, upon whom God will pour His Spirit, a group He will hide from the horrible holocaust which will engulf most of the earth. Shortening the days could refer to God's curtailing a punishment that He had intended to do, making possible the innumerable multitude (Revelation 7:9).

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Abomination of Desolation standing in the holy place Chosen generation Chosen Days '16 hours' long speculation Deuteronomy 14:2 Elect I Peter 2:9 42 months God's elect Great tribulation Great suffering Holy people Hidden in the Lord Mark 13:20 Matthew 24:1-3, 15-22 No flesh saved alive Not one stone upon another that won't be thrown down Peculiar people Remnant elect Revelation 10: 4 Royal priesthood Second trumpet Seek righteousness and meekness Seventh seal Seven thunders Seven trumpets Shorten as abridge Shorten as cut off Shortened as limited Shortening the days Sixth woe Taken away judgment Two witnesses 3and ½ years Who are the Elect ? Zephaniah 1:1-2, 17-18; 2:3; 3:12-14 Whole earth destroyed


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