How Do You Know This? Follow Up

Q. In a recent post you said, “The believers who suffer during the Great Tribulation are those who come to faith after the Church is gone, and in fact the disappearance of the Church will convince many to become believers. We know they’re not part of the Church because their destiny in Eternity is different than the Church’s.” How do you know this? Please explain the difference.

A. I know this from reading Rev. 7:15 which says Tribulation martyrs will be servants in God’s Temple, but they’re never called priests. Also the martyrs mentioned in Rev. 20:4 will reign with Christ but they’re never called kings. Those in the Church are both kings and priests. And only the Church is considered to be the Bride of Christ. Tribulation believers are called bridesmaids (Matt. 25:1-13) but never the Bride.

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