Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake (Matthew 24:9).
One of the signs during the first half of the 70th week of years is affliction. The word translated afflicted is the Greek word thlipsis, that can also mean tribulation, pressure, oppression, or distress. Since the first half of the 70th week of years is commonly referred to as “The Tribulation”, we will use the word tribulation instead of afflicted. While we tend to think of tribulation as a bad thing, the following passages indicate the positive influence it can have on our lives.
- …and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (Acts 14:21:22)
- And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; … (Romans 5:3-5)
- Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation,… (Romans 8:35)
- …For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; … (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
- …I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) … (Revelation 2:8-11)