(Pastor Thaddaeus Thompson: TMGMinistries)


Tribulation means “a cause of great trouble or suffering.” We go through tribulation. For example, if something happens to us such as causes us to suffer for a period of time. Tribulation strikes and takes time to go away. Jesus walks though the tribulation with us making sure we are safe. Example is Shedrach, Meshach, and Abednego in their tribulation; Job in his tribulation; you in your ailment; me in my ailment. God is in the tribulation to decease the impact.


There are so many scriptures in the Bible that talk about tribulation. Here are a few:


“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;” (Romans 5:3 KJV)


“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” (Romans 12:12 KJV)


In other words, When you have hope, rejoice; when you have tribulation, have patience, but in both cases whether good or bad keep praying.


Christians often confuse tribulation with longsuffering. Longsuffering is enduring, tolerance, and patience during tribulation. Tribulation is inflicted by Lucifer; something unpleasant that you go through, and again it is always caused by Lucifer, not God. I said it is caused; I did not say it is allowed. The Bible teaches in:


Matthew 18:7. “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”


In this scripture we see how Jesus warns the world because of offences and how he warns the offenders. So, how can tribulation, which inflicts harm, suffering and sometimes death on people come from God, when God in the scriptures that we just read warned offenders. If tribulation comes from God, then he is warning himself too, which makes no sense. This is confirmation that God does not levy tribulation on humanity.


Here is a scripture to refute such an allegation against God by Christians, including preachers.


"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)


Here God says he has only “thought of peace” towards us, so is tribulation peace? If you believe that tribulation comes from God, then it is either you or God is not telling the truth.


However, Romans 3:4 says, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4 KJV)


Another myth you hear from the puppet and some believers is that God uses tribulations to get us to serve him. If this is true, then it contradicts the “Choice” that God has given humanity.


The Bible is emphatic on its teaching that humans possess free will and are capable of originating evil. Notice, for example, that in the very first chapter of the Bible God commands humans to be fruitful and exercise dominion over the animal kingdom and the earth (Gen. 1:26). The fact that God must command us to carry out his will reveals that we are not forced to carry out his will. We can choose to obey God or not, as the subsequent narrative makes clear.

Human free will is manifested in the fact that, throughout Scripture, God gives us choices and calls on us to choose the way he knows is best. To give just a few illustrations, notice the way God talks to the Israelites when finalizing his covenant with them at the end of Deuteronomy:

"See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways…then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed…I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…(Duet 30:15-19).

God gives the Israelites a choice to either choose life (which means choosing to love and obey him) or to choose death (which means rejecting him). God obviously hopes they’ll choose life, but it is ultimately up to them to decide. In a world that is centered on love, even God can’t be guaranteed to always get what he wants


Does it mean God allowing you to go through tribulations is a strategy he uses to get you to follow him? The answer is no.  Many Christians misconstrue tribulations as coming from God, because he allowed it to happen. You often hear: “Every Christian will go through tribulations, because tribulations are normal and they make you a strong Christian.” This is a lie, because if this is true, then all the people in intensive care at the hospitals are experiencing spiritual victories (No! They are dying) and you are also saying God delights in seeing us suffering, which is a blunt lie. 


Tribulations, which include suffering, illness, diseases, sin, accidents, temperament, etc. are all caused by demonic forces working for Lucifer, popularly known as Satan.  Christians normally do not think it’s demonic forces at work, because they believe that acknowledging what Satan is doing gives him power. Well, when Jesus spoke about Satan did he give him power? Because Jesus spoke about 70 percent of his message referred to Satan.


What they failed to understand is that as the anointing of God comes upon people of God and goes back to God after performing a specific task, so also the demonic activity of the devil comes and go. If the demonic activity stays there permanently in the believer, it will be detected, so it doesn’t stay; it comes and go undetected. The Holy Spirit also comes and go undetected, protecting the devoted believer from satan’s traps.  When Jesus said that it is necessary for offences to come,” (Matthew 18:7) he did not mean they come from him. All he was hinting is that tribulations will come but I have given you power to cast them out. If you are experiencing any form of tribulation and you are ok with it, why pray to God for help? It is not true that God wants you to go through tribulations. We create some and others are inflicted on us “because we slept” (Matthew 13:25). Do not accept tribulations, rebuke them, because they are not from God but from Satan.


Here is what the Bible says about God:


“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)