Great Tribulation Did Not End in 4th Century

“Orthodox” 16th Century Representation of the “Apocalypse”


While some falsely claiming to be part of the Church of God indicated that the Great Tribulation began in 2008 or will in 2009, did you know that many Catholics believe that the Great Tribulation is over?

Notice what a Catholic priest wrote:

The “great tribulation” is a stereotyped phrase used often in the Apocalypse and elsewhere in the New Testament (Mt. XXIV. 21) for the Roman persecutions.  (See VII. 14)….

THE GREAT TRIBULATION.  The definite article used refers to something which had been mentioned before and was presumed to be known.  In chapter I.  9 and II.  10, St. John states it and warns the Christians in Asia of its coming.  He calls it the “hour of temptation” in II.  10.  It is bloody persecution.  In this verse, the stress placed on “the great one” points to the imperial persecutions, especially to the last one under Diocletian.  This scene is then in the fourth century, when the Roman persecutions had been abolished.  “The great tribulation” had passed away to return no more, and since then the Church had grown to grand proportions. (Kramer H.B. L. The Book of Destiny. Nihil Obstat: J.S. Considine, O.P., Censor Deputatus. Imprimatur: +Joseph M. Mueller, Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, January 26, 1956. Reprint TAN Books, Rockford (IL), pp. 81,181-182)

The fact is that much persecution against the true Church began after Constantine protected the Greco-Romans.  Actually, Constantine began persecutions against all who did not accept his militaristic view of Christianity.

But the doctrinal truth is that the Great Tribulation that the Bible speaks about is NOT over.  Even the Rheims translation of the New Testament (the first major Catholic accepted translation into English) teaches:

[20] But pray that your flight be not in the winter, or on the sabbath.
[21] For there shall be then great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be. (Matthew 24:20-21).

Thus, the time of the great tribulation comes at a particular time of fleeing.

Even though he taught that the Great Tribulation was over, the Catholic priest H. Kramer at least realized that the Church was promised protection in a place of safety for 3 1/2 years:

She is given “two wings” of a Great Eagle.  This intimates a rescue by airplane….The “Great Eagle” may send or have present a powerful airplane to bring its citizens home…God promises that those who trust in Him shall take “wings as eagles”.  The “wings” of the great eagle will enable the woman to fly into the wilderness.  This wilderness is a heathen nation…The great eagle therefore, as a nation, has never been Catholic.  The word “eagle” suggests that the nation may have become great by conquest.  This eagle will protect and shelter the Church during the reign of the Beast.  The place of safety for the woman…will refuse to join Antichrist and will protect the Church during his domination of the world…The time is stated in three different ways, in years, months and days to make the literal meaning unmistakably certain.  Evidently it is three and a half years actual time.  The time given in verse 14 is indefinite, similar to that of Daniel (XII.  7); But since in Daniel (XII.  11) it seems to mean 1290 days, so here it evidently synchronizes with the 1260 days of verse 6 and the same period in chapter eleven. (Kramer, pp. 296-297)

So, while this causes some confusion for the Catholics, at least some of their writers recognize that a 3 1/2 year period of the rule by the Beast is coming.  And it happens at a time when the true Church flees.

Hence, while some Catholics mistakenly have been taught that the Great Tribulation ended in the 4th century, at least many recognize that there are still passages that indicate that a physical place of protection will exist for those that God considers the most faithful during the 3 1/2 year reign of the Beast power.

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected? What does the Bible really teach? Who really is left behind?
Why is a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem Not Required? Although people like Timothy LaHaye teach a third Jewish temple is required, who is ‘the temple of God” in the New Testament?
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Living Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions. Português: Qual é fiel: A igreja católica romana ou a igreja viva do deus? Tambien Español: Cuál es fiel: ¿La iglesia católica romana o La Iglesia del Dios Viviente? Auch: Deutsch: Welches zuverlässig ist: Die Römisch-katholische Kirche oder die lebende Kirche von Gott?
Some Similarities and Differences Between the Orthodox Church and the Living Church of God Both groups claim to be the original church, but both groups have differing ways to claim it. Both groups have some amazing similarities and some major differences. Do you know what they are?
Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation discusses the largest church since the second/third century, which in a real sense is the eighth church mentioned in the Book of Revelation (it also endorses “eighth day” worship). What church would support the Beast?
Prophecies of Barack Obama? Are there biblical and non-biblical prophecies about Barack Obama. Did Nostradamus predict Barack Obama dealing with the Antichrist? This is the longest and most detailed of the articles here related to prophecy and Barack Obama.
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? When does the six thousand years of human rule end?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2009, 2010, or 2011? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?

Get news like the above sent to you on a daily basis

Your email will not be shared. You may unsubscribe at anytime.