12 Nov The Tribulation Saints, Who are They?
Once the believers have been caught up and the Tribulation period begins with the signing of a peace covenant according to Daniel 9:24-27, we learn there are people who will come to faith in Christ during this terrible time. We are first introduced to them in Revelation 6:9-11. We are told as the fifth seal is opened that John saw the souls of those who had been killed because of their faith. We further learn they are given white robes and told to wait because some of their fellow servants will likewise be martyred.
We then read in Revelation 7:9-11 that John saw a great multitude from every nation standing before the Throne wearing white robes and holding palm branches. In verse 13 the question is asked, who are these and the answer is given in verse 14, These are they who have come out of the great tribulation, they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore, we understand there are people who will be saved during the tribulation and many will die for their faith. In addition these are the tribulation Saints who are distinctly different from the Bride of Christ/Saints of the Church age in which we live.
The idea of a partial rapture is propagated only by someone who does not understand salvation by grace as opposed to works and believes our being caught up has to do with what we do, as opposed to who we are in Christ. We live for Jesus and serve Him because of His love for us, and our love for Him realizing that we are eternally His. No doubt the eternal security of the believer is a doctrine many have not grasped. If any person could earn their way to Heaven, Jesus would have never died on the cross to do for us what we could never do for ourselves.