There are a lot of Christians who are fascinated by end times. You can search the internet and find all kinds of theories and predictions. Everyone wants to know when it is going to happen even though Jesus told us it would come like a thief in the night. One area that is often overlooked is those who are left behind after the rapture. There will be salvation during the tribulation. What happens to them?
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.
God’s Judgment Poured Out
Before Christ returns for His millennial reign, there will be a seven-year period of time called the tribulation. Before the Tribulation, Christ will come for His church in what we call the rapture. That seven-year period of time will be when God pours out His judgment on the Earth. Those who come to Christ during that time will be the saints talked about in this passage. They will have been martyred for their faith but are now in the presence of God.
Even during the tribulation, God will still give everyone on Earth an opportunity to repent and give their lives to Him. Many of the judgments spoken of in Revelation are specifically for that purpose. Unfortunately, many will harden their hearts and curse God. There will be a remnant of those left on Earth who will come to Christ. They will have their sins forgiven and be given the gift of eternity.
Salvation During the Tribulation
While we are waiting for the return of Jesus Christ, we should be letting those around us know about Jesus. We should tell them that Hell is real, and one day God will judge those on Earth for how they lived their lives. There should be a burden in our hearts for those who don’t know Jesus. If there is not, we should be praying that God places one there, then love your neighbor enough to share the Gospel with them.