Can people alive today be saved in the tribulation? Yes.
are a number of preachers today preaching that if you don’t get saved
before the rapture, then there is no chance for you to get saved in the
tribulation. And there is good reason for this.
2 Thes. 2:8-12, we find that many will perish "because they received
not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause
God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie;
that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness." In the tribulation, people who don’t love
the truth end up believing a lie. They believe that salvation is a
fantasy or a figment of the imagination. And God is the one that will
make them believe this lie (compare Eze. 14:9).
the church age, salvation is a free gift which is given to anyone who
will receive Jesus Christ by faith, and put their trust in his finished
work at Calvary. However, during the tribulation, there is an element
of works involved in salvation. Look up Rev. 14:12 and 12:17.
Tribulation saints not only have faith in Jesus Christ, but they also
"keep the commandments of God." So, if people won’t accept simple
salvation now, why would they accept Jesus when they have to keep the
law, as well? That’s not very likely.
the tribulation, people must have the mark of the beast in order to buy
and sell (Rev. 13:17). Without the mark, they will have no way to buy
food. Tribulation saints, therefore, will be starving because they
cannot take the mark of the beast (Rev. 7:16). If they take the mark,
they will lose their salvation (Rev. 14:9-10). So, why would a person
that rejected Christ now be willing to go through that much suffering
then? They wouldn’t. They would probably take the mark, instead.
the tribulation, many of the saints are martyred for their faith in
Jesus Christ and for the testimony of his word (Rev. 20:4; 6:9). Again,
why would someone who rejected simple salvation in Christ without the
threat of death suddenly be willing to die for him? They wouldn’t.
it is likely that those who reject Christ now won’t get saved in the
tribulation. However, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be Gentiles
saved in the tribulation. There will be millions saved in the
tribulation. They will be saved out of all nations. Look at Rev. 7:9-14
and notice some key things.
- Rev. 7:9, these people are saved because they are before the throne, before the Lamb and wearing white robes.
7:9, these people are from "all nations, and kindreds, and people, and
tongues." So, they are not just Jews, but rather, they are also
- Rev. 7:10, they are praising God for salvation.
- Rev. 7:11, they are in heaven, so they were raptured before the second coming of Christ.
- Rev. 7:14, they were saved out of the great tribulation.
So, the answer to our question this week is, "Yes." People will, in fact, be saved during the tribulation. But if you find that you are not saved yet, then please trust Christ as your Savior now. Don’t wait. It will be much harder to get saved if the Lord returns before you get saved. And the likelihood is that you will not get saved then, anyway.