Mat 24:8 KJV – All these are the beginning of sorrows.
In the context of this passage, we see Matthew 24: listing six “sorrows”, which align themselves perfectly with six seals of Rev 6:…
- vs 5… False Teachers and Anti-Christs
- vs 6–7a …. Wars and Rumors Of Wars
- vs 7b ,,, Famines
- vs 7c … Horrific Deaths (pestilences, earthquakes)
- vs 8-14… Martyrdom of Saints
- vs 15-21… Worship Taken From Jews and Lost World (Taking Truth and Physical Destruction From Lost)
Why does this Matthew passage refer to these 6 types of tribulation brought upon mankind as “sorrows”? The word for “sorrows” is a Greek word for “birth pains”. Why would Christ describe these as “birth pains”?
There are at least three basic ideas connected with birth pains:
- suffering that increases in frequency
- suffering that increases in intensity
- suffering that lead to a new life
The six types of tribulation listed by Christ will increase in frequency and intensity as the coming of Christ draws near. This will lead to a whole new type of life at Christ’s appearance in the clouds. Lost mankind will be destroyed, the world will be purified, and His people will enter into eternity with Him. This is why these sin areas of tribulation that have, is and will continue to fall upon mankind is described as birth pains.
Folks, as we see these types of tribulation take place around us, and increase in both frequency and intensity over time, may we all continue to remember that these things are leading us to a new type of existence.
At the coming of Christ, His people will no longer be in the presence of sin, nor feel its affects in our lives. We will enter a world that has been remade by the Lord specifically for the habitation of His people. We will be living in the very presence of our Lord for an eternity!
May we all rejoice in Him knowing these trials will come to an end someday and we will enter into eternal rest with our Lord!
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation & Matthew:
Seals 1-4: http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ
Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6: http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc
Matthew 24: http://wp.me/pU88A-IW