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Jesus, speaking to his disciples, as recorded in the Gospel according to Matthew, makes this statement: "For then shall be great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, no nor ever shall be. And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved; but for the elect's sake these days shall be shortened." In these words, Jesus expresses in a very clear manner a truth that is reflected in the Old and New Testaments alike. In this statement Jesus is giving, almost word for word, a prophecy uttered by Daniel as recorded in Daniel 12:1. Isaiah 26:21 speaks of a time when, "Jehovah cometh forth out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity." Thus, by the testimony of the Old and New Testaments, there is proof of a time of tribulation to come upon the world such as has never been.

This investigation was centered around the problem and purpose of studying the various views, comparing interpretation with interpretation, in the light of the Holy Scriptures, in order to come to such a conclusion that convictions might be had as the real teaching of the Word of God on this matter, that the people of God might receive the blessings promised.

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