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tribulation

trouble or affiction of any kind (Deut. 4:30; Matt. 13:21; 2 Cor. 7:4)

In Rom. 2:9 “tribulation and anguish” are the penal sufferings that shall overtake the wicked.

In Matt. 24:21, 29, the word denotes the calamities that were to attend the destruction of Jerusalem.

Jesus Christ said to His disciples,

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33

Tribulation helps followers of Christ develop the virtue of patience—“and patience, experience; and experience, hope” (Romans 5:3). The Apostle Paul informed the Corinthian church that our merciful God comforted him and his companions “in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). For these reasons, Paul reported, “I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation” (2 Corinthians 7:4).

3½ years of very “great tribulation” on Earth precede the coming Millennium of peace.

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