Great Tribulation for Israel
by David Vaughn Elliott

"Then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matt. 24:21). 

The imagination is stirred! Of what time is the Word of God speaking? Is it past, present, or future? The only way to find out is to study the context. The immediate context is Matthew 24. However, it is of utmost importance to notice that in this context, Jesus calls attention to a prophecy of Daniel. An in-depth study of Daniel 9 prepares the student for a better understanding of this “great tribulation.” 

The contexts of both Daniel 9 and Matthew 24 deal with the children of Israel, the Jews. Some people have special feelings in favor of these unique people, the Jews. Others have special feelings against them. Some believe the Jews are God’s chosen people. Others would like to annihilate the Jews from the face of the earth. 

Why are there Jews in the world anyway? Who are they? Where did they come from? Are the Jews God’s special nation? 

Without question, the Jewish nation is the dominant nation, not only of Daniel 9, but also of the entire Old Testament. They were the focus of God’s dealings with man for two thousand years--from the time God promised Abraham that a special nation would rise up from his descendents until New Testament times. But why was so much attention given to the Jews? Was it because God simply wanted to especially bless only one nation out of all the nations of the earth? Or did God have another purpose in mind? 

NOTE: This excerpt is taken from Chapter 5 of Nobody Left Behind: Insight into 'End-Time' Prophecies. If you would like to read more about God's purpose in choosing Israel, then you will want to read all of Chapter 5. If you want to learn more about the Great Tribulation Jesus' spoke of in Matthew 24, then you will be interested in several chapters dealing with this great topic. 
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