Tribulation, then Restoration
Tribulation is real, but it is not the end for God’s people.
Today’s reading: Amos 7-9; Revelation 7
15 I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the Lord your God. Amos 9:15
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:13-14
The prophet Amos had a gloomy message for Israel. He himself was touched by what he was saying. “O Lord God, please forgive! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!” he cries out again and again (7:2b). But God relents and promises that all these dire warnings will not be final. There is a day of restoration and joy ahead. It will be permanent. There will be lasting prosperity and security.
Given the depth of sin and failure on the part of Israel, how is this blessing possible?
The answer is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God whose blood atones for the sin of God’s elect. They wash their robes in it. Those filthy robes are made white. They endure the pain and suffering of the great tribulation and though, as Amos admitted, they are small, yet they stand.
Do not be surprised if you suffer for a time. Some of it, we bring on ourselves by our sin and some of it is merely the sufferings of Christ that His people must bear. In the end, there is restoration. Be strong in the Lord, because tribulation is real but it is not the end.