Forced To Watch The Great Tribulation

Q. I thank you for your dedication to the Lord and His word. I hope you don’t mind but I use some of your Q & A’s that address basic issues in my jail ministry. They are very helpful.
My question is regarding the idea we will be watching the great tribulation from heaven like we had some grandstand seat to a sporting event. I spent nearly two years in combat and 22 years as a street cop. I’ve seen mans inhumanity toward man. I’ve seen mans horror until I cried out to the Lord to ” please let someone kill me tonight, I don’t want to see any more”. This I did many times.

Thankfully the Lord didn’t answer that prayer. He did however answer my prayer to return to me some of my innocence. I am sickened by the thought of a heavenly view of the great tribulation. I find it hard to believe God’s will is for us to watch such a thing. I have clung to Isaiah 26:20-21 believing in my heart God didn’t want us to see. Tell me sir, have I clung to this in vain.

A. I agree with you. Once I leave this world, I won’t need any updates on what’s going on here. Remember, we’ll be going to an awards ceremony where the crowns will be passed out, then to our wedding, after which we’ll begin a 7 year honeymoon in the home the Lord has spent the last 2,000 years building for us. I doubt there’ll be much time for, or interest in, earthly affairs.

As for concern for our friends and families, Psalm 45:10 gives us this advice as the Bride of the Messiah King.

Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house. The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord.

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