The Gospels – The Gospel According to Matthew
The great Tribulation
Matthew 24:15-22 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
The terrifying effect of the Judgment has here been described by Jesus. The catastrophic natural disasters and the sufferings are beyond words. It will be so terrible that if it should last for much longer every single human being and animal will die. However, those who have remained true to God will be allowed to see the new day. It is obvious here that only those who have adjusted their wills to that of God will survive and no one else. We should see to it that we are numbered among these.