Preparing for the Afflictions of the Tribulation

The starting point of the tribulation (the end times, the apocalypse) is only the beginning of a long series of events, unfolding over several hundred years, eventually leading to the return of Jesus Christ in the distant future. Many of the sufferings of the tribulation are for future generations. So the whole tribulation is not experienced by any one generation. But, in my view, this present-day generation will experience some of the sufferings of the tribulation. Even so, the end is not any time soon.

[Matthew]
{24:6} For you will hear of battles and rumors of battles. Take care not to be disturbed. For these things must be, but the end is not so soon.

The expression “battles and rumors of battles” is Jesus’ way of indicating that some news reports will be true and some will be false or very inaccurate. Some news is truth, and other news is rumor. This will be particularly true during the tribulation, because many persons will be very afraid, and fear interferes with the ability to make rational and balanced judgments using reason. Faith is necessary to have a well-lit path during the difficult times of the tribulation.

If you believe as I do, that we are presently (as I write these words in Feb. of 2012) on the very threshold of the tribulation, it would be prudent to make some preparations. How you prepare must be your own decision, based on the particular circumstances of your life. However, I have some thoughts and suggestions on the topic in my book:
Apocalypse Survival Guide for Christians
available in paperback and in Kindle format

by
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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