Don’t Worry Folks, the Great Tribulation Isn’t Happening This Weekend, or Ever

Don’t Worry Folks, the Great Tribulation Isn’t Happening This Weekend, or Ever September 21, 2017

Is the Great Tribulation getting ready to kick off this weekend? Are we about to plunge into seven years of global chaos where all those left behind will be forced to take the mark of the beast or get beheaded?

Well, that’s what one end-times predictor is warning the world.

And I’ll admit, this end-times prediction is a little crazier than usual. An end-times “prophet” named David Meade is predicting not only that the Great Tribulation will kick off this weekend, but that it’s actually going to happen when earth is hit by “planet Nibiru” on Saturday.

I guess apparently NASA missed that memo.

While in this case I would image that even end-times enthusiasts would laugh off the prediction due to how outlandish it is, the reality is that this kind of end-times nonsense has found its way deep into the roots of Americanized Christianity. My evangelical brothers and sisters can laugh this one off, but even if they don’t believe the world is going to plunge into chaos and be overtaken by the Anti-Christ this weekend, they still believe it’s going to happen.

While much of the modern end-times nonsense (like the idea of a “secret rapture of the church”) is a modern invention that has only been around since the late 1800’s, the theological concept of a Great Tribulation is different– that actually is found in the Bible, and was taught by Jesus himself.

But what was Jesus talking about when he was talking about the Great Tribulation?

He certainly wasn’t talking about some global event that would happen 2,000+ years later. Not only is such a belief completely out of context with the area of Scripture where this is found, but it would have been completely irrelevant to his disciples.

When we actually turn to what Jesus said with a heart to understand, we find some really good news:

We don’t have to worry about the Great Tribulation– because it’s not happening this weekend, or ever. This video blog will give you a short, but detailed explanation as to what Jesus talked about, when he talked about the Great Tribulation:

unafraid 300I believe the modern end-times movement is part of what has inspired many to live out a fear-based faith, because it invites us to expect and anticipate the world to get worse and worse. Instead, I believe God invites us to embrace hope and optimism about what God is doing in the human story– and to partner with the divine to create a better tomorrow.

I’d invite you to join me on a journey of moving beyond any belief that is rooted in fear, and to move into the faith that God has called us to. Preorder my new book, Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, today!

unafraid 300Dr. Benjamin L. Corey is a public theologian and cultural anthropologist who is a two-time graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with graduate degrees in the fields of Theology and International Culture, and holds a doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also the author of the new book, Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, which is available wherever good books are sold. 

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  • MarciaX

    The rapture happened in May 2011, just as Harold Camping predicted (his math was impeccable!) Unsurprisingly, no one on earth (including him) qualified to go. As for the great tribulation, I personally believe it started on January 20, 2017 but I can’t exegete it biblically.

  • Artistree

    Right on, Ben !
    You are absolutely correct . Plus, those “end times” Gospel references which you site at the beginning of your talk parallel Revelation 6….so the bulk of the Book of Revelation has already been fulfilled too, within the generation of Jesus’ disciples, and John’s immanent hearers/readers of the Apocalypse .

  • Baby_Raptor

    I wonder how many times the world is “totally gonna end this time folks!” before the misled prophets give up. On the plus side, it’s still amusing.

  • otrotierra

    Well, perhaps it’s “amusing” in an academic sense for scholars and researchers interested in how Rapture fan fiction stands in opposition to the actual teachings of Jesus, as Dr Corey has explained.

  • BrotherRog

    It is sad to say, but such reminders are needed. We have plenty of real crises to deal with here and now, and we don’t get to avoid dealing with them with fantasies of being beamed up onto the mothership. Another reminder: Certain fundamentalists are apparently thinking that the end of the world, apocalypse, and/or the “rapture” will take place this Saturday. They might have a point, except that this year isn’t the year they think it is. FYI, This isn’t actually The Year of Our Lord, 2017, it’s actually 2021 at this very moment.

    From a piece in 2012: “Who knows? Maybe something big will happen in 2012! … but 2012 isn’t this coming year. It already took place 4-6 years from ago! “What?!?”
    Strange piece of trivia. Jesus wasn’t born in the year 1 A.D.
    A.D. comes from the Latin “Anno Domini” means “the year of our Lord” so when we say 2011 or 2012, whether we know it or not, we’re employing the Christian calendar and we’re saying “the Year of Our Lord 2012.” B.C. comes from the English “Before Christ.”
    Wait a minute Roger, did you say that “Jesus wasn’t born in the year 1 A.D.”? If B.C. means before Christ, doesn’t that mean that Jesus was born in 1 A.D.?
    Yeah, that’d make sense — if it weren’t for the mistake.”


    Roger Wolsey, author, “Kissing Fish”

  • Clayton Gafne Jaymes

    Oh, it will happan just as surely as you believe it won’t. You can gurantee yourself that much.

    And anyone thinking that the tribulation of Scripture was referring to 70CE is simply out of their mind given that fact that God made it clear that when the actual ‘Armageddon’ comes there won’t be any ‘enemies of God’ standing on this earth or in the heavens.

  • The views in this blog are so far in the minority that it’s silly. This is just an advertisement for Ben’s book. He is preaching to his base.

  • Bones

    No, the majority view is there will be no Armeggedon.

    That’s shared by most of humanity except for religious nutters.

  • I’m disappointed that the Wikipedia guardians don’t want to include this prediction in the list.

  • Herm

    “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
    Matthew 22:14 (NIV2011)

  • gimpi1

    Aaand… It’s Sunday, and no Nibiru! Who’s surprised? No one?

    Seriously, when last week dawned and there was no “new star” to see, you’d think people would have realized this was just another con. I read a couple of conspiracy-mavins blabbering about how “the Government” was covering everything up… how do you cover up an approaching planet? I could see the last comet-approach with a good pair of astronomical binoculars.

    Well, since the “planet” failed to materialize, I guess we’ll be on to then next “end-times” prediction…

  • Tim

    No, quite the opposite. The only people out of their minds are the ones that think it wasn’t referring to the events surrounding 70 CE. As Ben pointed out, Dispensational Futurist interpretation wasn’t even a thing until the late 1800’s.

  • Tim

    The rapture where no one was raptured happened 6 years ago? I see…

  • Bones

    Just on Armageddon……..

    Megiddo was the base of the Sixth Legio Ferrato, the Sixth Ironsides Legion which participated in the slaughter against Jews in the first century.

    Once again – it’s all explained in a first century context.

  • Matthew

    “Show me that smile again …. oh show me that smile.” :-):-)

  • Matthew

    Hello Eva!

    I´m O.K. Thanks so much for asking. I just looked at some online photos of County Wicklow. I really hope to visit someday.

    How are you?

  • Brock R. Henderson

    You have become a wiser and more observant and discerning man than you once were, Narnian. Keep it up.

  • Matthew

    Honestly Eva, I never thought Joel Osteen´s mega-church would make the short list of America´s “must sees” :-)!, but hey your bucket list belongs to you :-)! Try Asheville, North Carolina or for something much bigger NYC!

    I don´t like the new layout very much. I wish they would have asked us our opinion(s) first.

  • Dean

    Honestly, the best argument against the futurist perspective is that the events that people who hold to this view say are suppose to occur at some point in the future simply haven’t happened yet. I’m not sure how long you need to wait until Christians realize that. 2000 years is a really long time, especially when you have verse after verse throughout the NT speaking of those events supposedly happening “soon”. CS Lewis says it’s the most embarrassing thing in the Bible. I’m not saying that the the book of Revelation isn’t relevant to us today, I think it’s extreme relevant. It’s the futurist perspective, ironically, that renders it irrelevant for anyone not living in the “last days”, which has pretty much been everything single person who has ever lived since the death of Jesus. Basically, for those who hold the futurist perspective, every generation of Christians has been absolutely wrong about living in the last days, but amazingly, you might be the one that happens to get it right. If we ever need Occam to help us cut through this bullshit, it’s on this topic.

  • I do not hold the view that the time has expired.
    There is a verse, 2 Peter 3:4,
    They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
    I go along with the future…

  • Dean

    Obviously everything is possible. But not everything is equally likely. What is more interesting though, is how the Church has managed to reinterpret virtually everything in the NT BASED ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE PAROUSIA IS NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN IN OUR LIFETIMES. So you see, I’m just honest about my skepticism, but if you prefer lip service, that’s ok too. Let me guess Bob, you have life insurance and retirements savings. I wonder why.

  • Peter Byl

    Thanks Benjamin.
    Do you have any resources re the book of Revelation?